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Marriott International announces partnership with Grab in six Southeast Asian countries – TechCrunch

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the hospitality industry especially hard, and accommodations around the globe are in search of methods to regain income. Immediately, Marriott Worldwide and Seize introduced a partnership that can cowl the hospitality large’s eating companies in six Southeast Asian international locations: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

As an alternative of room bookings, Marriott International cope with Grab focuses on about 600 eating places and bars at its properties within the six Southeast Asian international locations, which is able to begin being added to GrabFood’s on-demand supply platform in November. A joint announcement from the businesses mentioned the deal represents Marriott Worldwide’s “first intensive integration with a brilliant app platform in Southeast Asia and Seize’s most complete settlement with a hospitality group so far.”

Marriott Worldwide is the world’s largest lodge firm. In the course of the second quarter, because the pandemic curtailed journey and in-person occasions, it reported a loss of $234 million, in comparison with the revenue of $232 million it had recorded a 12 months earlier. Chief govt Arne Sorenson known as it “the worst quarter we have now ever seen,” although enterprise is steadily recovering in China.

The Marriott-Seize integration means the 2 firms will hyperlink their loyalty packages, so GrabRewards factors may be transformed to Marriott Bonvoy factors, or vice versa. Marriott Worldwide’s eating places and bars that settle for GrabPay will even have entry to Seize’s Service provider Discovery platform, which is able to permit them to ping customers about native offers and features a advertising marketing campaign platform known as GrabAds.

Different hospitality companies that Seize already companions with embody and Klook. Klook is amongst a number of travel-related firms which have recalibrated to concentrate on “staycations,” or providers for individuals who can’t journey through the pandemic, however nonetheless need a break from their common routines.

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Catherine Shu