Marriott Moments: Discover authentic local experiences with new personalised traveller recommendations

2018-05-22 11:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Al Maha Resort & Spa featured in Marriott Moments. (Photo: Supplied)

Nothing beats journeying to a foreign country and delving deep into local culture, enjoying new experiences and learning as you explore.

With a greater demand for local experiences from travellers, Marriott is implementing local-area expert recommendations, bespoke categories, and hand-curated lists of things to do on Marriott Moments. The aim is to assist both travellers and locals find authentic experiences.

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“Marriott has tapped into the company’s global network of thousands of local-area experts including its hotel associates, as well as global partners and celebrities to recommend their favourite sites to see and must-do activities,” says the company in a statement.

Marriott Moments’ recommendations come from hotel general managers, chefs and mixologists, luminary partners Chefs Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Stephanie Izard, actress Lea Michele, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and sports broadcaster Michele Tafoya.

Marriott Moments also offers bespoke categories based on “passion points, types of travel companions, and personality traits”, according to the group, adding that “all recommendations and categories will feature hand-curated lists of the best things to do from around the world, available for purchase with any major credit card”.


To make travels even smoother, and in addition to visiting the website directly, you can find and book experiences on Facebook Messenger. “Chat with Marriott Rewards or SPG on Facebook Messenger to get location-based recommendations of close-by Marriott Moments,” says Marriott.

Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International says that “Marriott is now helping travellers get more out of their trips” with these new services.

“With the expansion of Marriott Moments to everyone, whether they are a guest of ours or not, we are building a global culture of adventure seekers who can pursue their passions,” she adds.

Recommendations

Here are a few Marriott Moments recommendations from actors, athletes, award-wining Chef’s and other celebs:

  • Actress Lea Michele recommends her favourite museums, shopping areas, hikes and concert venues in LA and NYC.
  • Freestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy recommends his favourite off-the-beaten-path museums in Paris, Boston and London, as well as his favourite ways to explore the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Lynn Canyon in Vancouver, British Columbia, San Francisco and beyond.
  • Sports caster Michele Tafoya recommends active experiences including picturesque bike rides along Manhattan Beach, Sydney Harbour or the Loire Valley countryside in France; and thrills like a helicopter ride to a glacier and dog-sledding in Juneau, Alaska.
  • Chef Eric Ripert recommends his favourite food markets, restaurants, jazz clubs, spas and hikes around the world from Puerto Rico and Chicago, to Bhutan and Marrakech.
  • Chef Daniel Boulud recommends his favourite food markets and restaurants in NYC, San Sebastian, Lyon, Singapore and more.
  • Chef Stephanie Izard recommends her sure-fire ways of getting to know the culture and history of cities on three continents.

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Bespoke categories

Some of the bespoke categories:

  • Young, Fabulous, and Broke: For trendy travellers on a budget.
  • Foodies: Culinary experiences for those with a hunger to see and taste the world.
  • Exhaust Your Kids and Be the Family Hero: Create lasting memories for you and your family.
  • History Buffs: Step back in time with history and heritage tours.
  • The Ultimate Tourist: Must see sites and landmarks in top destinations.
  • Pop-Culture Vulture: Catch the latest local trends in art, culture and music.
  • The Romantic: #Couplegoal experiences.
  • The Wolfpack: Activities to do as a crew.
  • Zen Master: Find inner peace in any time zone.
  • Super Fans: Stadium tours, sports museums, and adventures with your favourite team.
  • Casting Call: Experience movie and TV locations IRL.

Unique and authentic experiences

Marriott Moments, a partnership with PlacePass, is an example of how the hotel group is working with start-ups to meet travellers’ needs.

It also partnered with Eatwith, an online community to find and book culinary experiences, with hand-selected hosts, in 130+ countries. This partnership allows travellers to immerse themselves in local cultures and try out authentic and traditional cuisine.

Marriott Moments offers newly developed on-property activities for unique experiences from the comfort of the hotel. For instance, in Miami enjoy the private Champagne Sabering or Mediterranean Cooking Class at The St Regis Bal Harbour. Marriott plans to grow these experiences globally.

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“Marriott’s Moments now includes over 110 000 new must-see attraction and top-rated activities open to anyone, and 8 000 exclusive Moments for members of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) that can only be redeemed with points,” says the company, adding that members who purchase a Moment using a credit card will earn points.

Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG are all free to join by visiting Members.Marriott.com.