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A new era is beginning for the more than 110 million members of Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty programmes Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).

Scott Becher has been named as vice president of partnership and loyalty at Carnival Cruise Line, bringing with him some 30 years of experience.

Marriott International announced the launch of the new Club Marriott, combining Club Marriott, Eat Drink & More, and Star Privilege, bringing the three dining loyalty programmes in Asia Pacific into one single paid membership scheme.

Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways' loyalty programme, has celebrated the signing of its five millionth member by gifting 500,000 miles and an upgrade to gold status to the milestone member, Rashid Al Shehhi, who joined the rewards scheme while applying for an ADIB credit card.

Aiming to improve its loyalty offerings, Oman Air has recently signed a partnership agreement with Kaligo Travel Solutions enabling Sindbad membership holders to earn up to 15 miles for every USD1 spent on hotel bookings through Kaligo Travel Solutions' website.

In 2016, Preferred Hotels & Resorts saw a 15 percent year-on-year increase in reservations revenue, generating USD1.11 billion on behalf of its member properties worldwide.

On February 22, Wizz Air celebrated the milestone of 100,000 passengers on its low-fare domestic route between Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca.