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Marriott International Announces COVID-19 Testing Availability For Groups

As part of ongoing steps to help instill confidence for meeting professionals and attendees, Marriott International will be offering COVID-19 testing, which meeting professionals may select for group meetings at certain Marriott-branded hotels in the United States, beginning in January 2021. The optional health protocols build upon initiatives already in place as part of the recent launch of Connect with Confidence.

The optional health protocols for meeting professionals to consider include:

Wynn Las Vegas Debuts New Customer Loyalty Program, Wynn Rewards

Wynn Las Vegas has announced its debut of Wynn Rewards, its new customer loyalty card, which officially debuted Monday, December 21, 2020. Wynn Rewards will supplant Wynn's existing Red Card loyalty program, with current Red Card members automatically enrolled in Wynn Rewards. The program launched at Encore Boston Harbor earlier this year.

Harrah's New Orleans Undergoes $325 Million to Transformation Into Caesars New Orleans

Caesars Entertainment, Inc., parent company of Harrah's New Orleans, has shared plans to transform the property into Caesars New Orleans as part of a $325 million renovation and construction project that will significantly enhance the property, set to be completed by 2024.

The plans, presented before the New Orleans Building Corporation, detail a large-scale renovation of Harrah's, the only land-based casino in New Orleans, which is only steps from the famed French Quarter

Cvent, BWH Hotel Group Sign 10-Year Tech Agreement to Drive Business Transient Growth

Cvent, a meetings, events and hospitality technology provider, and BWH Hotel Group have  announced a 10-year agreement for Cvent Transient solutions. Under the agreement, BWH Hotel Group will use Cvent’s transient sourcing platform to set and promote corporate hotel rates and manage RFPs from the world’s largest corporations for more than 4,700 properties worldwide.  

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center Completes Renovation to F&B Outlets, Lobby

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center has announced the completion of a $12 million renovation to the hotel’s public spaces and dining outlets, which includes the addition of four new food and beverage concepts: Top DraftCentennial GroundsNew South Kitchen and Vues Lobby Bar.

Marriott Hosts First-Ever Hybrid Meetings Event: Connect With Confidence

On November 9, Marriott International hosted a hybrid virtual and in-person event, “Connect with Confidence,” as the first part of a global series. The event was attended by 30 in-person customers and 238 virtual attendees, and took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in Virginia. It showcased Marriott’s updated processes and meetings spaces, while reinforcing the brand’s commitment to help meeting planners execute conferences and events during this new normal. 

American Express Global Business Travel Adds Sustainable Travel Feature for Hotels in Neo

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced the addition of a new green hotel badge to its proprietary travel and expense software, Neo. The new display is the latest in a series of developments to support GBT’s commitment to helping companies attain their carbon ambitions by enabling travelers to choose sustainable transport and hotel options.

The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Invites Guests To Co[Me] Work in Kingston

The Jamaica Pegasus, a Kingston business hotel, continues to pivot its operations to best meet the needs of today’s increasingly mobile corporate world with the launch of new "Co[ME] Work" packages. The new packages target work-from-home professionals and students who could benefit from a change of scenery to spice up their typical workday. "Co[ME] Work" packages include the private use of guestrooms converted into office suites, with desks and conference tables replacing the hotel’s beds.