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.


Hyatt Regency Riyadh bags global hygiene accreditation

Updated 22 October 2020

Hyatt Regency Riyadh bags global hygiene accreditation

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has become the first hotel in Saudi Arabia and one of the first hotels in the Middle East to be accredited by Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR in September. GBAC is the gold standard for prepared facilities, and the accreditation further enhances the operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety at the hotel.

The accreditation builds on the Hyatt brand’s existing rigorous protocols, colleague training, support resources and a cross-functional working group of medical experts and industry professionals that contribute to various aspects of the hotel experience. Under the guidance of GBAC, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.

“The world as we knew it has been changed by COVID-19, and when our guests are ready to travel again, we want to ensure them that they can feel confident that each aspect of our commitment is designed with their safety in mind, and that we’re putting their well-being first,” said Walid El-Awadly, general manager. “To do this, we must critically examine the hotel experience from every vantage point and think about what matters the most from our guests’ point of view — from rooms and lobby to spa and dining — bringing in the latest research, technology and innovations to make that happen. The GBAC accreditation is an important hygiene and cleanliness milestone, marking our purpose to care for people so they can be their best — always.”

The hotel received its GBAC STAR accreditation through a performance-based cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program that focuses on establishing that the hotel environment is sanitary, safe and healthy. 

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely,” she added. Furthermore, the hotel intends to complement this accreditation with regular internal and third-party auditing. 

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the GBAC provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. 

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. 

The program verifies that Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.