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Marriott launches virtual site inspections at 14 European hotels

Tours are result of partnership between Marriott’s European Convention Network and London tech start-up GoInStore
30/11/2016

Pictured: planners will have access to virtual live tours of meetings facilities at the ECN’s collection of 14 convention hotels in Europe

Marriott International is to offer virtual tours of meetings and events facilities of 14 of its hotels throughout Europe.

Thanks to a partnership between Marriott’s European Convention Network (ECN) and London-based technology start-up GoInStore, planners will have access to virtual live tours of meetings facilities at the ECN’s collection of 14 convention hotels in Europe.

Event managers will be on-hand to use GoInStore’s real-time mobile technology to conduct personalised and interactive virtual tours using a live one-way video stream and two-way audio channel. The technology also allows real-time access to multiple sites in the same session.

Pauline Bronkhorst, head of the ECN, said: “We’re really pleased with the progress we have made with the European Convention Network since its launch earlier this year and are thrilled to be working exclusively with GoInStore to continue to strengthen our offering and to set ourselves apart from competitors. 

“Many of our customers plan large annual or bi-annual events in different cities and are unable to carry-out site visits in person - our virtual tours offer the perfect solution and planners can continue to enjoy personalised interaction combined with the benefits of state-of-the-art technology to make well-informed decisions on their venue choices.”

André Hordagoda, GoInStore’s co-founder, said: “Having previously focused on the retail space, we’re excited to partner with Marriott International in Europe to apply our pioneering technology to a new sector. We learned that Marriott’s European Convention Network was considering creating a virtual site inspection and it soon became clear that GoInStore was a great fit. In this new chapter, we’re proud to empower event managers to deliver a revolutionary way to engage with planners and to enable Marriott to differentiate its offering.”

Launched in February 2016, Marriott International’s ECN is made up of 14 European properties across brands including JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels, AC Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels. The partnership is exclusive to hotels in the ECN and will be trialled for a six-month pilot period.


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