Marriott Vacation Club

Coming Soon: Marriott Vacation Club, San Diego

Owners and guests of Marriott Vacation Club properties will soon have access to a new location. Starting July 1, Marriott Vacation Club will be accepting reservations for its newest property in San Diego through the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program.

[Read more…]

The Strand Hotel NYC

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Buys The Strand Hotel in NYC

The Strand Hotel, located in Midtown Manhattan, will now be managed by Marriott Vacations Worldwide. Pending specific circumstances, Marriott has also agreed to purchase the 176-room hotel in phases. The first phase will begin in 2016 with plans to make The Strand part of the Marriott Vacation Club vacation ownership program. [Read more…]

Marriott Vacation Club

Marriott Merges With Starwood: What to Know

Marriott International recently agreed to purchase Starwood Hotels and Resorts in one of the most significant business moves within the hospitality industry in recent memory. The deal will make Marriott inarguably the world’s largest hospitality chain, with approximately 5,500 properties scattered across the globe.

Rumors started spreading after Starwood vaguely hinted at major financial moves this past year, with some sort of buyout appearing imminent after they sold their timeshare ownership branch to Interval Leisure Group this fall. The merger, expected to occur sometime next year, will propel Marriott past their biggest rival, Hilton Worldwide.

The Marriott-Starwood Merger: Important Facts

Here are the key takeaways from the recent announcement:

  • The merger will add more than 30 brands to Marriott’s catalogue of properties, including Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis.
  • Marriott’s inventory will increase by almost 50%
  • Marriott may benefit from Starwood’s business travel-friendly partnerships with American Express, Delta Airlines, Uber, and more.
  • Starwood’s recent expansion into Chinese, Indian, and Emirati markets was a key selling point for Marriott, whose international presence in those areas has been subpar.
  • Marriott reportedly beat out other suitors of Starwood, including Intercontinental Hotels Group and Hyatt Hotels Corp. The deal was inked for $12.2 billion.

How the Merger Will Affect Timeshare Owners

With complete details of the merger still unclear, it is difficult to determine what kind of effect, if any, this will have on timeshare owners. Starwood timeshare owners are already aware of the purchase by Interval Leisure Group, so little may change there. If anything, Marriott Vacation Club owners may have some sort of increased access to Starwood properties, but that remains to be seen.

The Timeshare Authority will continue to report on these developments. If you own a timeshare affiliated with Marriott or Starwood, we advise you to keep an eye out for any official communication from your home resort or vacation club.

Marriott Vacation Club Partners with Children's Miracle Network

Marriott Vacation Club Partners with Children’s Miracle Network

The Marriott Vacation Club has announced a partnership with Children’s Miracle Network to raise money for local children’s hospitals. Through this partnership, Marriott plans to offer guests the opportunity to purchase an upgraded room key, in the form of a RFID wristband, in exchange for a donation.

Marriott Vacation Club has worked with Children’s Miracle Network and their hospitals since 1983 and has raised millions of dollars for charity over the years. Children’s Miracle Network raises funds for 170 hospitals across North America. In addition, they promote awareness for children’s hospitals and share the stories of the children they have helped. [Read more…]