Marriott Bonvoy’s ‘Week of Wonders ’ offers discounts

W Muscat, a resort situated on the upbeat Shatti Al-Qurum beachfront, offers an insider access to what is up and coming in the city. It has 279 luxury hotel rooms and suites.
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Updated 10 October 2020

Marriott Bonvoy’s ‘Week of Wonders ’ offers discounts

Recent research from the Institute for Applied Positive Research shows 97 percent of people surveyed said having a trip planned made them happy. In appreciation of travelers’ aspirations,  Marriott Bonvoy has kicked off the “Week of Wonders” from Oct. 8 to 15. The celebration is aimed at bringing members joy and happiness by encouraging travel and providing an opportunity to experience the pleasures of travel in their own homes. Each day this week will feature a different “wonder” with themes such as inspiration, comfort, discovery, rejuvenation and delight. These “wonders” will include great travel offers globally at renowned brands that are part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels and Autograph Collection.  

“We are all yearning for the time when we can freely travel again and explore the world,” said David Flueck, senior vice president, Global Loyalty, Marriott International. “With ‘Week of Wonders,’ we are bringing our best offers, content and experiences across the entire Marriott Bonvoy portfolio to inspire travelers to dream of travel or recreate their favorite travel experiences at home.”  

Inspiration:  Marriott Bonvoy is premiering several new original short films, where viewers will feel inspired watching life-changing journeys. Additionally, even as sports stadiums stand empty, passionate fans who travel to watch their teams play can still feel a part of the action knowing there will be a seat waiting for them in the future. Manchester United fans can elevate their match experience at home by having their names appear on the pitchside advertising boards during a live match at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams.

Comfort: Travelers can rekindle memorable trips and dream about future journeys by taking home the comforts of travel with 30 percent off Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques on all merchandise including brand signature items like The Westin Heavenly Bed, The Ritz-Carlton Fragrance Collection, and others.

Discovery: Members can discover more of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio by being able to redeem points for up to 33 percent less at more than 7,000 participating hotels and resorts worldwide for stays until Nov. 13. All redemption pricing for participating hotels will be in off-peak rates including:   

• UAE — W Dubai — The Palm and Al-Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi

• Saudi Arabia — Assila Jeddah, a Luxury Collection Hotel and Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

• Oman — Al-Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel and W Muscat

• Bahrain — The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and Westin City Center Bahrain

• Jordan — W Amman and The St. Regis Amman

Rejuvenation: For those across the Middle East looking for a spontaneous getaway and rejuvenation, Marriott Bonvoy members can enjoy savings of 25 percent and non-members savings of 15 percent on participating properties.

Elaa to redefine corporate & government travel in KSA

Updated 20 October 2020

Elaa to redefine corporate & government travel in KSA

Seera Group, a travel services company, has announced the launch of Elaa 3.0, a digital travel management solution (TMS) that has been designed to optimize corporate and government travel bookings across Saudi Arabia.

A new dedicated portal has been launched for Elaa, Seera’s travel management company, which enables employees of partner organizations to make all their bookings and travel planning seamlessly without having to go through a tedious and costly manual process. This means reduced cost through higher levels of transparency, predefined policy setting and travel management efficiency.

“Elaa made the most of the downtime caused by travel restrictions during the pandemic by digitizing and simplifying the processes and enabling continuous improvement and innovation for its partner companies across private and public sectors,” a statement said.

The new improved platform can digitally connect everything for customers whilst supporting them in the new normal, as travel management policies, structures and strategies have changed following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government ministries, departments and corporations with large-scale travel management requirements, can now manage all their requirements through Elaa’s new portal, which is designed as a flexible and scalable booking platform that is easy to navigate and is both time- and cost-efficient.

Abdulrahman Mutrib, executive vice president and group chief technology officer of Seera Group, said: “The new reality has brought a significant change in the travel requirements of corporate and government entities. Travel policies are constantly being updated or reviewed, and only a travel management system that can factor in these changes in real-time can add true value to organizations. Over the past years, we have been investing significantly in digitizing our processes, and we are now ready to offer the next-generation TMS system for our customers.

“The digitization of the processes, end-to-end, will mean less complexities in bookings, easy modifications and changes, as needed, and higher levels of operational efficiency. The automation of travel management, through Elaa 3.0, will lead to not only saving time but also cost advantages for the organization.”

Among the benefits for customers include search, select and booking of employee trips as a self-service, as well as a streamlined and swift digital approval process seamlessly regulated with pre-configured internal travel policies.

“With real-time tracking of booking requests, Elaa 3.0 serves as a revolutionary product in the travel market sector in the Kingdom,” a statement said.

Elaa’s highly secure and automated platform aims to redefine corporate and government travel for the new era. Elaa, meaning “trusted adviser” in Arabic, has activated a suite of internal training programs to familiarize customers on the new models that will be implemented.