Club Med debuted its Group Advantage Program to make booking a meeting at its all-inclusive resorts in Cancun Yucatan, Mexico, Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic simple. Perks include a flat rate, free Wi-Fi, free upgrades, discounts, team-building activities and an hour-long cocktail reception. Large groups can buy out the resort. A password-protected Club Med Resort App and clubmedgroups.com make communicating easy.
–Michelle Lardizabal, vice president of sales for Club Med
Hyatt Place introduced its new Build Your Own Breakfast Bowls and Greek Yogurt Parfaits at its hotels in the United States and Canada. Bowls can be customized using ingredients such as cage-free eggs, all-natural bacon and sausage, a warm caramelized banana yogurt pudding and more. This is an excellent grab-and-go breakfast as you race off to a meeting. Menu items include Tangy Berry Bliss Parfait, California Dreamin’ Bowl, Classic American Bowl and Bananas Foster Parfait.
–Steven Dominguez, vice president of global brands Hyatt Place and Hyatt House
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C./Marriott International, Inc.
The Ritz-Carlton announced its foray into yachting. The fleet of three 149-suite, 620-foot-long ships will welcome 298 passengers. Two penthouse suites were designed with Tillberg Design of Sweden. A restaurant, a spa, entertainment, a lounge and a wine bar will be on board. The first ship sets sail in late 2019 and will be available for private rental. Itineraries will include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. Reservations will open May 2018.
–Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air entered a trans-Pacific joint venture to expand upon their partnership that began in 2000 as co-founders of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. More than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 90 in Asia are available to passengers. Delta recently debuted a nonstop route between Atlanta and Seoul, and Korean Air will add round-trip flights between California and Seoul. Customers will be able to enjoy the perks of frequent-flyer benefits from Delta’s SkyMiles and Korean Air’s Skypass.
–Y.H. Cho, Korean Air chairman
Master Life with Marriott
Want to dunk with NBA star Dwyane Wade or dive with Jean-Michel Cousteau, explorer Jacques Cousteau’s son? Marriott International is offering a master-class series to members of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. “We’re focused on taking the best of Marriott’s loyalty programs…and stepping it up with master classes that provide transformative experiences travelers cannot get anywhere else,” said David Flueck, senior vice president of global loyalty at Marriott International. Classes include cooking, surfing, golf and tennis lessons, a culinary experience and fly-fishing. These courses are an extension of the Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments programs.