ConnectedSign wins award Marriott to help Ikea with hotels
ConnectedSign has been honored in the 2013 DIGI Awards, sponsored by Digital Signage magazine.
ConnectedSign won in the Best Deployment: Integration of Digital Signage and Cell Phone Technology category for its project with Compass Mark named Riddle Quest Scoreboard.
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Ikea says Marriott International Inc. will help it open its new budget hotels across western Europe during the next five years.
The Swedish company, which first announced last year that it will launch the hotel chain, said Tuesday that Marriott, the operator of luxury hotels across the world, will be its partner.
They will develop some 50 hotels with 150-300 rooms each in major cities. The first is scheduled to open in Milan, Italy, next year.
Peter Andrews, head of Inter Hospitality -- part of Inter Ikea's property division -- said the agreement allows the group "to build a high quality hotel property investment portfolio."
Ikea, the world's largest furniture retailer, already owns a handful of hotels. Marriott International has more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories.