BETHESDA, Md. — As part of ongoing steps to help instill confidence and provide exceptional experiences and solutions for meeting professionals and attendees, Marriott International has identified health protocol options, including COVID-19 testing, which meeting professionals may select for group meetings at certain Marriott branded hotels in the U.S. beginning in January 2021.
These optional health protocols build upon initiatives already in place as part of the recent launch of Connect with Confidence program.
Meeting professionals may select optional health protocols for meetings and events at Gaylord Hotels and Resorts in Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Colorado as soon as January 2021. In the weeks that follow, the health protocols are expected to be available at certain other Marriott branded hotels throughout the U.S.
Optional health protocols include:
• self-administered COVID-19 tests taken by the guest prior to travel
• COVID-19 testing administered by a third-party testing provider on site at the hotel
• daily and/or pre-arrival health screening questions via a dedicated mobile application
• daily temperature checks to enter the event area
The new health options will supplement existing protocols and features already in place at Marriott hotels in the U.S., including guest and associate face-covering requirements, social-distancing policies, reduced seating capacity for meetings, frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, hand-sanitizing stations throughout the hotel, mobile technology and hybrid-meeting options.
“These new health protocols provide options for meeting professionals as they plan and host meetings, conferences and events,” says Tammy Routh, SVP, Global Sales Organization for Marriott International. “Building upon the work of our Global Cleanliness Council, we engaged industry-leading experts and through a thorough review process, identified third-party providers capable of offering the health protocols that meeting professionals want and need for future events.”