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Marriott to begin phase-out of adult content

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Adult movies. Mature content. Porn. Whatever you want to call it, you soon may not find it on the television at a Marriott hotel.

After years of discussion and protests from some quarters over in-room pornography movies, Marriott has apparently decided to pull the plug on pay-per-view porn.

USA Today’s Hotel Check-In blog reports that adult content will be "off the menu" in Marriott’s new hotels and will eventually be phased out company-wide.

Marriott told Check-In reporter Barb De Lollis that decision coincides with a pending shift to new, in-room entertainment technology and a decrease in movie revenue as guests increasingly carry their own entertainment.

Jets fans welcome in (at least one) Boston hotel

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Many New England Patriots fans have not gotten past the playoff defeat to their hated rivals, the New York Jets.
But the Liberty Hotel in Boston has.

The luxury hotel introduced a "Go and Gloat Weekend" package for Jets fans, inviting them to "bask in their recent Patriot pillaging." The overnight package starts at $310 and includes breakfast for two.

The 300-room Liberty Hotel, located in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, is housed in a building that used to be a jail. Playing on that theme, the hotel said this:

"Be warned, if you check into this former-jail-turned hotel and flaunt your Jets jersey, the die-hard Pats patrons may put you behind bars.", then and now

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This link takes you to the archived version of a BusinessWire press release of Oct. 30, 2000, announcing the sale of to Amadeus, which paid total consideration of nearly $90 million, consisting of “cash, warrants and the assumption of nearly $30 million in debt.”  At that time, was said to have 8,400 members and sales of about $20 billion.  

Fast-forward to the sale of to Travel Leaders. Our story puts Travel Leaders’ sales at $15 billion, post-acquisition. (According to our most recent Power List, Travel Leaders had 2009 sales of $1.68 billion.) Also according to the Power List, counted 5,000 members in 2009.

While you’re pondering how well Amadeus might have made out on the deal, consider another way things have changed in 10 years: The press release of the Amadeus sale referred to as a “’click and mortar’ travel agency.” Cute, huh?
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