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Bits: bizarre new Marriott ‘no desk’ policy, more British Airways Shanghai flights

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News in brief:

Is Marriott getting rid of desks because young people don’t find them cool?

In my articles on the takeover of Starwood by Marriott, I made a couple of observations about the perceived lack of cultural fit.  The team that created ‘W’ hotels is unlikely to sit happily in a Mormon dominated institution that still insists on bibles in every bedroom and a big photo of Bill Marriott in the lobby.

Exhibit B on ‘how Marriott just doesn’t get it’ is in this article from Slate.  As Marriott-branded hotels are refurbished, Marriott is ripping out the desks.  They’ve seen all those kids in Starbucks with laptops on their knees and they have decided that desks are just so not cool.  The business traveller of today prefers to sit in bed with a chai latte (although it is unclear where you would get a chai latte at your average Marriott) with their Macbook on their lap.

If you are under 30, I blame you.  You were asked at some focus group why you refused to stay at Marriott hotels and you said ‘because they have desks in the rooms’.   You’ve screwed it up for the rest of us now.

Shanghai Unsplash

British Airways increases Shanghai frequencies

British Airways has announced that it is adding three additional flights per week to Shanghai from 20th February.  These will be coded BA160/161.

As always with new BA routes, Avios availability will be excellent as the flights will have been loaded with two Club World seats and four World Traveller seats on every service.

From 1st August, the main daily Shanghai flight will be switched to a new Boeing 787-9.  The additional three weekly flights will remain on a Boeing 777-200.

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Comments (98)

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  • Globetrotter7 says:

    Managed to earn 950 of the 1050 points. Thank you for posting 🙂

  • Graeme says:

    excellent pocketed 1100 points, they even credit if you get the answers wrong 😉

    Thank you!

  • LM says:

    Oustanding, thank you! Got 1100 points, despite getting a couple of questions wrong…

  • Nick Burch says:

    My hunch – they did a survey and found half a dozen top reasons. Several of them were quietly excluded before the results were presented, as they were things like “we don’t like the creepy giant photo of the guy behind reception”. Senior Managers didn’t understand most of the ones that were left on, and the only one they did was the no desks thing (probably phrased more about working in the bar/lounge), then they acted on that as they had to act on something….

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