Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced that it set a single-day company record in bookings on its web site, Marriott.com, generating more than $4.8 million in gross sales on March 3, 2003 - the highest since the site was launched in 1996. The record comes just weeks after Marriott.com announced a series of web site enhancements that enable travelers to design their own travel packages and book last-minute weekend getaways.
Recent Enhancements to Marriott.com:
Design Your Own Vacation Packages - The feature enables leisure travelers to easily custom design their own vacation packages, including hotel rooms, flights and car rentals for anytime they want to travel. Two or more people can travel anywhere in the U.S., with the best values booked at least 14 days in advance. Packages include Marriott Hotels & Resorts; JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Renaissance Hotels & Resorts; Courtyard; Fairfield Inn; Residence Inn; TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites.
Last-Minute Weekends - With more than 60 percent of reservations on Marriott.com made less than two weeks before departure, Last-Minute Weekends offers these travelers an additional planning feature. Leisure travelers can choose domestic and international getaway packages that include a choice of hotel rooms, airline tickets and car rentals. Available within two weeks of departure, Last-Minute Weekends offers savings of up to 60 percent.
In 2002, Marriott.com generated more than $1 billion in gross sales in a single year, representing a nearly seven-fold increase in just two years. Today, over 75 percent of all Marriott rooms booked on the internet are reserved through Marriott.com as opposed to third party travel sites. Hotel reservations on Marriott.com can be made at more than 2,500 hotels worldwide.