Homes & Villas by Marriott International Launches Channel Connectivity Program, Opening Up Its Growing Home Rental Offering to More Companies to Meet Rising Demand

BETHESDA, MD, MAY 3, 2021 — Homes & Villas by Marriott International (“HVMI”), the popular whole home-rental offering part of the Marriott Bonvoy travel program, is launching an initiative enabling property management software companies and channel managers to integrate directly to its Application Programming Interface (API) (“Channel Connectivity Program”). The new Channel Connectivity Program creates multiple options for property management companies to connect faster, more efficiently, and more reliably to HVMI. The first participants expected to connect directly through the Channel Connectivity Program are Avantio, BookingPal, Ciirus, Direct Software, Escapia, Hostfully, KrossBooking, NextPax, Rentals United and Track.

“Customer interest in our home rental offerings has been extremely strong and reservations for homes have grown significantly over the last year,” said Jennifer Hsieh, Vice President of Homes & Villas by Marriott International. “Opening our API through the Channel Connectivity Program enables us to meaningfully scale our inventory to meet demand. This will also provide property management companies with personalized support and service, ensuring their homes are presented to our customers, including members of Marriott Bonvoy, in the best light possible.”

Homes & Villas by Marriott International has teamed up with Publicis Sapient, an industry-leading digital transformation consultancy, and Epsilon, an outcomes-based marketing organization, to help develop the Channel Connectivity Program technology. Marriott expects the collaboration will innovate guest experiences by unlocking the power of data and accelerate supply growth on the Homes & Villas by Marriott International platform.

Now, with more ways to connect, property management companies around the world can tap into a multitude of benefits consistently available through Homes & Villas by Marriott International, including access to Marriott Bonvoy’s 147 million members, a dedicated account manager and operations support, best-in-class hospitality training, favorable procurement pricing and more. Property management software companies and channel managers can work with Homes & Villas by Marriott International with confidence, knowing they are working with a company with decades of hospitality experience and one that aims to stay on top of the ever-changing home rental landscape.

Property management companies interested in working with Homes & Villas by Marriott International can find out more information here.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including demand trends for certain types of lodging products, demand on the Homes & Villas by Marriott International platform, growth of the Homes & Villas by Marriott International platform, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. Marriott International (“we”) caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in our U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Risks that could affect forward-looking statements in this press release include the duration and scope of COVID-19, including the availability and distribution of effective vaccines or treatments; its short and longer-term impact on the demand for travel, transient and group business, and levels of consumer confidence; actions governments, businesses and individuals have taken or may take in response to the pandemic, including limiting or banning travel and/or in-person gatherings or imposing occupancy or other restrictions on lodging or other facilities; the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on global and regional economies, travel, and economic activity, including the duration and magnitude of COVID-19’s impact on unemployment rates and consumer discretionary spending; the ability of our owners and franchisees to successfully navigate the impacts of COVID-19; the pace of recovery when the pandemic subsides or effective treatments or vaccines become widely available; general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the effects of steps we and our property owners and franchisees have taken and may continue to take to reduce operating costs and/or enhance certain health and cleanliness protocols at our hotels or other lodging offerings; the impacts of our employee furloughs and reduced work week schedules; our voluntary transition program and our other restructuring activities; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with customers and property owners; and the availability of capital to finance growth and refurbishment. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Homes & Villas by Marriott International
Launched in May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International is a curated and growing collection of 25,000 premium and luxury whole home rentals located in 240 prime destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Leveraging Marriott International’s decades of delivering exceptional hospitality experience, each home is professionally managed and meets the company’s design, cleanliness, safety and amenity standards. It is also the only home rental offering to participate in the award-winning travel program Marriott Bonvoy, enabling members to earn and redeem points for all stays.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,600 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 133 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com.

About Publicis Sapient
Publicis Sapient is a digital transformation company. We help global brands create and sustain competitive advantage in a world that’s constantly changing and increasingly digital. Our expert SPEED capabilities: Strategy and Consulting, Product, Experience, Engineering and Data, combined with our culture of curiosity means that we know how to identify and convert opportunities in new ways. Every differentiated product, service or experience that Publicis Sapient builds across the customer journey is designed to deliver meaningful impact for our client’s business and their customer. Publicis Sapient is the digital transformation hub of Publicis Groupe with 20,000 people and over 50 offices worldwide. For more information, visit publicissapient.com

About Epsilon
Epsilon is the leader in outcome-based marketing. We enable marketing that’s built on proof, not promisesTM. Through Epsilon PeopleCloud, the marketing platform for personalizing consumer journeys with performance transparency, Epsilon helps marketers anticipate, activate and prove measurable business outcomes. Powered by CORE ID®, the most accurate and stable identity management platform representing 200+ million people, Epsilon’s award-winning data and technology is rooted in privacy by design and underpinned by powerful AI. With more than 50 years of experience in personalization and performance working with the world’s top brands, agencies and publishers, Epsilon is a trusted partner leading CRM, digital media, loyalty and email programs. Positioned at the core of Publicis Groupe, Epsilon is a global company with over 8,000 employees in over 40 offices around the world. For more information, visit epsilon.com.

SOURCE: Marriott International, Inc.