Marriott Hotels & Resorts and GOOD Worldwide Announce Contest to Make an Entrepreneur’s Dreams Come True


WEBWIRE – Monday, January 07, 2013

Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the signature brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) and GOOD Worldwide, a leading community-driven platform, are announcing the Work and Play in L.A. GOOD Maker Challenge. It is an opportunity for a winning entrepreneur to learn from experts and transform a great idea into a viable business venture. Now through, January 11, 2013, the brightest minds in the country can submit their most creative startup ideas on the GOOD website. Once the submission period closes, the public will be given the chance to vote on the winning idea.

The winner will travel to Los Angeles for a week to tap into the know-how at GOOD, including its founders. The winner will be hosted by the Marina del Rey Marriott where he or she will be able to fine tune their business plan by taking advantage of the property’s Greatroom, which offers the new generation of travelers spaces designed for individual work, as well as small group collaborations. The whirlwind week concludes with a celebratory reception at the hotel for the winner, who will present the refined and final business plan to VIP guests.

“With nearly 200 Greatroom lobbies worldwide, such as the one at the Marina del Rey Marriott, the Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand offers the new generation of travelers places and spaces to collaborate and innovate. We are proud to work with GOOD, a leader in social change, to provide an exciting way to transform one thought-leader into the next entrepreneurial success story,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice present, brand management for Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

“GOOD Maker is about challenging the community to propose solutions and bringing great ideas to fruition. It’s especially exciting that the winner of this challenge will be working with us directly to utilize the resources GOOD has to offer, like graphic designers, curators and video producers during their time in the office,” said GOOD founder, Ben Goldhirsh. “Working with Marriott on the contest made perfect sense. They have a heritage of introducing innovations, such as their Greatrooms, that are now industry standards.”

Marriott Hotels & Resorts has been reimagining the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces by designing them for a new generation of business travelers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and desire high tech and high touch. Working with its partners IDEO and Steelcase, Marriott is introducing new concepts, designed for the way Gen X and Gen Y works today. As the industry leader in hosting meetings of all sizes, Marriott is testing innovative technologies that will further differentiate the customer experience at its hotels worldwide.

For more information on the contest, including terms and conditions please visit http://liveworkcreate.maker.good.is.

About GOOD Worldwide
GOOD (www.good.is) is a global community of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. Good.is is the platform for collaboration between members of the GOOD community and the organizations and corporations that work with the GOOD community. For each member of GOOD, the mission is to learn and do what’s good for you and good for all. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GOODHQand on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GOOD.

About Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during stays. Join us on Marriott Hotels & Resorts rapidly growing Facebook community (www.facebook.com/marriott) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/marriott). For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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