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Marriott Hotels invites travellers to submit bold ideas on

Marriott Hotels , the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. is inviting travel enthusiasts to submit ideas on how to travel brilliantly for a competition on the Marriott Hotels website,  The competition will be open until the end of April 2014 and the grand prize winner will travel to the company’s Bethesda, United States headquarters to work alongside Marriott experts on forward-thinking projects in its innovation lab, The Underground. 

Geared towards modern travellers who seamlessly blend work and play, has been soliciting travel ideas for design, culinary, wellness and technology in the United States since June 2013. The competition is now open to UK residents and site visitors can also watch videos of innovations Marriott Hotels is working on now for the future of travel.

“With Travel Brilliantly, Marriott Hotels is rethinking the travel experience beyond the four walls of the hotel, “said Osama Hirzalla, Vice President of Brand Marketing and E-commerce, Europe. “As we transform the Marriott Hotels brand, we are continuing to engage our guests, giving them a voice in co-creating the future of travel with us.”

A panel of four judges -- Shira Lazar, Host/Founder of What's Trending; Faris Yakob, Founder, Genius Steals LLC; Chris Baer, Director of Innovation at Marriott; and Anjana Kallarackal, grand prize winner from’s first co-creation competition in the United States -- will choose the next grand-prize winner.  In addition, three first prize winners will receive prize packages, including items from Herschel Supply Co. and Brookstone** (U.S retailers offering functional lifestyle products and travel goods) that will enable brilliant travel.

From more than 700 submissions to in last year’s U.S competition, Kallarackal’s concept, a healthy and nutritious vending machine, rose to the top. Kallarackal travelled to the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square to work with Marriott Hotels’ experts and local innovative partners, Simon Prockter, the Founder/CEO of Housebites, Shaun Clarkson, interior designer and owner of Pitfield Café, and Laurence Holloway, recipient of the 2013 British Young Business Award for his company, Lovestruck, to further develop her winning idea. A video of Kallarackal’s trip can be viewed on Once fully developed, her inspirational idea will come to life at a U.S Marriott Hotels’ property later this year.

As a part of Marriott Hotel's transformation for the next generation of travellers, the iconic brand continues to innovate globally. With the expansion of mobile check-in globally on the Marriott Mobile app, guests can check-in to 350 Marriott Hotels’ properties in 19 countries, using their smartphones. By the end of 2015, Marriott Hotels expects to fully introduce its re-designed Greatroom Lobby, to all hotels globally. The Greatroom Lobby is a stylish, modern and welcoming space for guests to use for any purpose, business or social, at any time, offering full access to technology from complimentary Wi-Fi to power points.  Additionally, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott Hotels recently introduced new concepts for the mobile worker including Meetings Imagined and the Meeting Services App (Red Coat Direct).

*Please visit for competition rules.
**Brookstone is not affiliated with Herschel Supply Co. or Marriott, and Marriott Hotels is the sole sponsor of this contest.

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