Guests can keep their credit cards in their wallets when checking in with Apple Pay. // © 2015 Apple
Marriott International is set to become the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay to guests. The payment option will be available at 11 Marriott, Renaissance, Edition and Ritz-Carlton locations in popular U.S. destinations beginning this summer, allowing travelers to pay for their rooms using their iPhone 6 or Phone 6 Plus. The move is part of Marriott’s larger goal to provide customers the option of having a completely mobile-powered travel experience, from booking a room and requesting extra towels to making dinner reservations.
“Approximately 75 percent of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25- to 35-year-olds — a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years,” said George Corbin, senior vice president of Marriott Digital. “Millions of customers already use Marriott Mobile to quickly book a hotel, check in or check out. Now, Apple Pay can make it virtually effortless.”