In conjunction with its bi-annual confab of GMs from its full-service hotels, Marriott recently unveiled several initiatives, including an upgrade of televisions at its higher end properties. Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels & Resorts will become the first brands to offer high-definition, LCD televisions with a digital connectivity panel in all its guestrooms in North America.

Using the new plug-in panel, guests can connect a host of digital devices to view on the flat-panel, high-def screen, including laptops, camcorders, digital cameras, video games and more. The 32-inch TVs are also equipped with a 25-watt stereo speaker system so guests can listen to tunes on their MP3 players and iPods. No headphones are required.

In other Marriott news:

  • As part of the “New Look and Feel at Marriott,” hotels are undergoing renovations to “renovate, redesign and reinvent” public and lobby space. Guests will experience a great room concept — a mixed-use space that creates a lounge-like atmosphere with mood music, scents, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, tailored menus and more.

  • Marriott and JW Marriott spas are introducing two signature treatments created with spa companies Kerstin Florian and June Jacobs. The treatments will be available at all Revive Collection spas.

  • All Marriott hotels in North America are reducing the use of trans fats in their food offerings by switching to a trans fat-free frying oil and French fries. The hotels had previously eliminated trans fats from their artisanal breads, salad dressings, baking mixes, muffins, croissants and cookies.

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