July 2, 2009
Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plan to introduce Cisco’s telepresence remote conferencing technology to several properties this year, which would have implications for meeting and event planners booking groups into those corporate meeting facilities.
Marriott is partnering with AT&T to bring the Cisco TelePresence technology to Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance properties in 25 cities, including Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. The company said the first meeting suites would be operational by the end of October.
Starwood, meanwhile, is working with Singapore-based Tata Communications to bring Cisco TelePresence rooms to 10 of its hotels by the end of the year. The first rooms will be in Sheraton properties in New York, Sydney and Toronto, and Westin properties at Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago. Beyond that, Starwood plans to add rooms to properties in Brussels, Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and other major international business markets.
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