Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts, a collection of nine luxury resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, just launched a new program called "Carry-on Charity" in line with the increasingly-popular trend of meeting attendees looking to give back while traveling.
"Carry-on Charity" provides visiting groups with need lists from local charities, encouraging attendees to pack items to donate. Groups can make a team-building activity out of delivering the items to the charity, which is a great way to feel the benefit of giving back while also experiencing and learning about local culture.
How does it work? Guests pack the items in their individual suitcases, or the resorts can send a duffel bag with a Carry-on Charity logo to the meeting planner and items on behalf of all guests can be packed in there. To incentive participation, the resorts will provide one $25 F&B credit to any group attendees who bring one full bag packed with charity items to offset the additional checked baggage fee. Additionally, when five (or more) total bags are received from a group, the property's General Manager will present a framed award to the group during an event and the hotel will cover costs of transporting the donations to the charity.