Complimentary Internet is Latest Benefit for Members Who Book Through Starwood Channels Online or Via the SPG App

 Booking Via SPG.com Allows Travel Pros to Extend Access to SPG Clients

 Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road – whether for business or pleasure – is vital to today’s modern traveler. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide  is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest members who book through Starwood’s digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.

“With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed,” said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood. “Offering free in-room Internet access just relieves one more pain point in the travel experience and recognizes our loyalty to SPG members who travel with us.”
Beginning February 2, 2015, free Internet access will be available to SPG members who book their hotel stays through Starwood’s many digital channels including the company’s corporate and brand websites and mobile sites as well as the SPG app.

Starwood’s digital channels have seen increased popularity among guests and SPG members. The SPG app has seen the fastest growth in bookings across SPG’s digital platforms experiencing nearly 60% growth in the last year. In total, all of Starwood’s digital channels have seen more than 10% growth, and now, Starwood is rewarding guests who book through its platforms with the services they want.

“This year we’ve been laser-focused on empowering our guests with tools to control their stay and personalize their experiences,” said Holdren. “SPG Members can now share their core preferences through SPG Preferences or bypass the front desk and open their door with their smart phone with SPG Keyless. Free Internet access is another milestone as we put ever greater control in the hands of our loyal guests, with more to come.”

Access Extended: Travel Pros Can Offer Free Internet with SPG.com Bookings

In addition to members, SPG is dedicated to championing travel professionals who play an integral role in helping travelers book their stays. Following the launch of SPG Pro, a new comprehensive loyalty program designed to reward travel professionals, SPG is offering all travel professionals the opportunity to extend free Internet access to their client base of SPG members when travel is booked on spg.com. This advantage is in addition to all other SPG Pro benefits they’re already receiving if they are enrolled in the program.

Chris Austin, Vice President, Global Leisure & Luxury Sales added: “This move underscores Starwood’s commitment to supporting the travel professional community, including the growing number of home-based professionals, and to providing these important partners with the same opportunities as their clients.”

Visit spg.com/internet for more information and to secure standard in-room Internet access for your next Starwood hotel stay or a stay on behalf of your clients.

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Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

If you’re at all like me, sitting in a cold climate like the Northeast, you’re  sure excited about Christmas, and you might even be a little excited about another white Christmas, as you get sentimental. But after it’s all over, you’re probably dreading the continuing cold that will stay around until spring. Get some relief!

Plan ahead and you’ll be able to afford a fantastic Year-End deal on all inclusive getaways to 45 different Club Med Resorts! From Mexico to the Caribbean, Asia to the Alps, the price will please you–$129 per adult per night!

Vacationers who book during Club Med’s Year-End Sale will lock n super low rates on all-inclusive escapes from October through to summer 2015 and kids under four stay free**. Available at 45 resorts around the world, from the Caribbean and Mexico to the Alps and Asia, sun getaways start from $129* per adult, per night and ski escapes start from $272* per adult, per night including lift tickets and ski lessons. To take advantage of these special rates, guests must book by January 7, 2014 for travel through June 26, 2015.

Sandpiper Bay Florida

Travelers seeking a sun-filled vacation can enjoy Club Med’s “premium sports” family resort, Sandpiper Bay in Florida, which offers highly acclaimed golf, tennis, volleyball and triathlon academies. Here is a recent review, from a guest who gave it five stars on Trip Advisor.

“This great all inclusive resort is the only Club Med in the US. If you want to learn how to fly on the trapeze or be any kind of high act in the circus ….this is the place to be. The best thing is that there are numerous clubs here for all ages. You just drop the little one off in the morning and you can be carefree and footloose all day, knowing that the Club Med (Gracious Organizers) will take good care of the kids while you are out golfing, or attending the tennis academy or sailing or just lying by the adult pool.

Food is plentiful and the drinks are not the usual watered down types of all inclusives in the Caribbean. Best of all, this resort is close to home in the US…no passport…no TSA (unless you live far enough away to have to fly). It is close enough to Orlando to start or end your vacation at Disney. It’s a little piece of international culture close to home. Most of the employees have worked for Club Med for years in other parts of the world so you will hear French, Spanish, Greek, Chinese and a myriad of other languages too.Lots of fun!”

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Of course, Club Med, famous since the swingin’ sixties, has resorts all over the place–more exotic destinations such as Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, the recently renovated Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas or Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, which just announced an exclusive partnership with Cirque du Soleil to bring an ultimate circus-inspired experience to guests of all ages in June 2015. Here is one traveler’s opinion of his recent Club Med Punta Cana experience:

Club Med lives up to its true value proposition having spent a week with my family at the resort. Every day was jammed packed with activities for the young and old. And you are never short of ideas to do something or do nothing. They made the Internet connection so damn slow that you gave up trying to get connected to work but to just enjoy the fun filled activities. That I thought was a clever trick. Room was not exceptional but otherwise acceptable. The GOs were awesome and you were made to feel at ease and at home all the time.” 

As part of the all-inclusive program in Punta Cana, adults and children will be able to train with Cirque du Soleil staff on aerial stunts and acrobatics – perfectly tying in with Club Med’s signature trapeze experience and continuing to foster the theme of “happiness”, a philosophy that has been in the brand’s DNA for over 60 years.

 

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