The chatter regarding the Lim Center suing Marriot has been floating around for quite some time. The Lim Center claims that the lack of compliance during Covid from Marriott is only the tip of the iceberg. The roots of problems are way deeper than the hospitality chain is willing to acknowledge.
The Lim Center representatives claim that Marriot is not only responsible for the legal loss of the Lim Center but also partakes in other illegal activities such as data breaches, money laundering, financial embezzlement, and theft of funds from bank accounts belonging to the Lim Center. They claim that the issues were there long before they were highlighted.
According to the Lim Center, they wiped all matters of breach of trust and corruption under the rug until the Covid hit. Even after several requests from the Lim Center, Marriott was up and running during the pandemic. The Lim Center solely managed the operational expenses during this time. The Marriott offered the Lim Center an advertisement deal that they never entertained.
The extreme nature of the case led to a criminal investigation overseen by the office of the local district Attorney in Warsaw. This issue highlighted many other offenses of the international hospitality chain and may define the future of Marriot for years to come.
Offenses During the Pandemic
Every business and individual can agree that Covid was one of the most uncertain times for everyone. While every individual and entity tried to sympathize with each other, the lack of compliance from Marriott became the breaking point for the Lim Center.
Most major hospitality chains remained closed during the pandemic. However, Marriott was adamant about staying open during the pandemic, leading to great financial losses for the Lim Center as they were handling all operational costs. While the Lim Center hoped to cover the losses with an advertisement deal, Marriott also failed to adhere to that.
This offense was not a sole incident. Instead, the criminal investigation led to the discovery that at least two Marriott Hotels were suing Marriott and the insurance company Zurich. Both Marriott and Zurich claimed that the clause for coverage during such circumstances was never part of the original agreement.
In addition to Marriott's failure to provide coverage to their partners during such unpredictable times, the multinational hospitality chain faced the heat for exploiting the partners into covering their financial expenses to keep up and running during the pandemic.
Ongoing Investigation in Poland
From drip-pricing to data breaches and money laundering, many serious accusations from the Lim Center led to the criminal investigation of Marriott. The problems that Lim Center faced because of Marriott sheds light on several incidents of the hospitality chain’s patterns of exploiting other businesses and failing to help their business partners.
The ongoing lawsuit by the Lim Center against Marriott in Poland claims that the hospitality chain is involved in illegal activities such as data breaches, drip-pricing, money laundering, financial embezzlement, and much more. The Lim Center claims that Marriott took money out from the businesses belonging to the business.
The investigation against Marriott is still ongoing and may as well move to the next year. This time may be responsible for a lot of financial challenges for both parties involved. The answers that lay at the end of this investigation can make or break this business's future in the hospitality industry.
Possible Consequences and Compensation
One of the biggest concerns and challenges that Marriott is battling right now is anticipating the financial consequences it may have to face. Of course, the business is entangled in several accusations right now that come with their own financial challenges, but the real danger lies ahead.
Another important factor that Marriott may come face to face with is informing their customers regarding the breach, including all details. This also includes the potential risks and means to handle the situation. These circumstances can lead to the customers asking for the deletion of their private data from the records of Marriott.
In addition to the loss of business from several customers and breach of trust and corruption in the eyes of state holders, Marriott may also have to pay customers compensation for the loss of personal data, emotional distress, and so on. It is the only way Marriott can save itself from being caught in the heat in the future.
The accusations of data breach and theft of funds have made a strong impact on the way customers, partners, and stakeholders see Marriot as a reliable name in the industry. Even the customers that stay with Marriot are expected to be more demanding for their well-being. Marriot will have to match the levels of transparency with all parties involved like never before.
Of course, maintaining the right standards for customer safety is challenging, but the upcoming challenges from partners and vendors may be another big thing to worry about. Marriott may have to face a lot of harsh challenges in the coming years.
Forming and maintaining existing partnerships may be challenging for Marriott. They may only work with partners with state-of-the-art systems, processes, and platforms to win over the confidence of customers one more time.
Hence, it is safe to say that the data breach will trigger a series of events and increased responsibility for data protection. This shift can set a standard for all parties involved in the hospitality industry and revolutionize partnerships in the field.
Marriott is one of the most renowned hospitality chains most trusted by the customers. However, the recent series of events and the following criminal investigation have made everyone question the reliability and trustworthiness of Marriott as a hospitality chain.
Allegations as severe as money laundering, theft of funds, breach of trust and corruption, criminal investigation can tarnish any business's reputation for years to come. The only way for Marriott to regain the confidence of customers and partners is by making the needful changes and maintaining transparency for full confidence.