By Jeremy Khalil on May 9, 2015
Singapore – May 8, 2015 – Marriott International Southeast Asia announced today that it is unveiling Meetings Imagined(MeetingsImagined.com) and its Meeting Services App to the region’s events planners and organizers. The two digital innovations are the first-of-their-kind in the industry and are intended to assist the planner, from inspiration through execution. Meetings Imagined will be launching across twenty-three fully-serviced Marriott International properties in six Southeast Asia markets including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam as below:
Transforming the Meeting into an Experience: Meetings Imagined
Meetings Imagined is an online platform modeled on the user-friendly Pinterest.com and the Chinese Huaban.com online forum. Meetings Imagined provides expert tips on everything related to meetings, including networking activities, maximizing social media exposure and how to create the right meeting environment. Meetings Imagined also includes the latest meeting trends and hundreds of inspirational images to spark the event organizer’s imagination.
Marriott International’s research discovered that there are seven purposes for meetings: celebrate, decide, educate, ideate, network, produce and promote. Meetings Imagined allows meeting planners to design their meeting with its purpose in mind. The website is curated around these seven purposes and the component building blocks: Setup, food & drink, tech & supplies, and experiences.
“Marriott International has been studying the way planners interface with hotels when they organize events. We have mapped out the planners’ journey, from the moment they have a need for a meeting, all the way through to how they search, book, plan and design the meeting. We aspire to provide something different to address the milestones – and pain points – in the planners’ journey.” said Ms. Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific at Marriott International. “Meetings Imagined is a unique approach to help planners and organizers design more inspiring and engaging meeting experiences for their delegates based on the purpose of the meeting, and allowing them to do so in a holistic and stress-free manner.”
Offering real-time connectivity: Meeting Services App
The Meeting Services App is a continuation of Marriott International’s innovation in technology, spaces and services, and builds upon the brand’s existing offerings. The app provides real-time connectivity to Marriott for meeting planners and features a wide range of functions. This includes a chat facility to connect MICE organisers with Marriott’s event team throughout the planning and execution process, and allows Marriott to immediately respond to any issues or requests, and inform the planner of how the request is being handled.
The app will be available to meeting planners who use Marriott’s facilities through the following brand names:
– Marriott Hotels: Red Coat Direct
– JW Marriott: JW Event Concierge
– Renaissance: R.E.N. Meetings Expert
– The Ritz-Carlton: ((chime))
– Autograph Collection: Meeting Services App
– Courtyard by Marriott: Courtyard Connect
Philippines’ Largest Hotel Convention Facility: Marriott Hotel Manila
When launching the Meetings Imagined in the region, Marriott Hotel Manila is also unveiling its brand new Marriott Grand Ballroom, the largest hotel convention facility in the Philippines. With its flexibility in-room configuration and prime location situated amidst the bustling entertainment center of Resorts World Manila, the Philippines’ first integrated tourist destination, as well as its easy accessibility, the Marriott Grand Ballroom is ideal for incentive groups, conferences, weddings, and social gatherings. The pillar-less Marriott Grand Ballroom featuring 12m-high ceiling offers a flexible meeting space for banquets for up to 2,500 guests or a performance event for up to 4,000 attendees. Marriott Hotel Manila’s award-winning culinary department delivers the finest cuisine crafted with a personal touch and guaranteed to please the most discerning palates.
Win a Stay at any Marriott International Hotels property in Singapore
To inspire and encourage event planners to share their meeting ideas, Marriott International is launching a “Share & Win” game from now until June 7, 2015. Participants simply create an account and compile their set of meeting ideas in the form of photos which will be shared via meetingsimageind.com. A two-night stay at any Marriott International Hotels property in Singapore will be awarded to the winner whose set of photos is most actively shared.