Marriott International has announced a series of health protocol options to help event planners and guests into 2021. Those options include COVID-19 testing for groups and events, beginning in January 2021.

Marriott recently announced their Connect with Confidence Program, ” a program empowering meeting professionals to identify and tailor solutions that best meet the needs of their attendees.”

The initiative will first be implemented in Marriott’s Gaylord brand, and other Marriott Hotels will soon follow.

Some of the optional health protocols that meeting planners can consider 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

In 2020, Marriott introduced its Global Cleanliness Council and Commitment to Clean, which added safety and cleanliness protocols to those that were in place. Those include face covering requirements (for guests, event attendees, and Marriott employees), 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,” said Tammy Routh, Senior Vice President, 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.”

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