Posted by Ric Garrido

Last year, Anjana Kallarackal submitted an idea for nutritious snack vending machines at Marriott-brand hotels. This idea, one of 700 ideas submitted to, sent her on a complimentary trip to Marriott Grosvenor Square London to work with Marriott executives and innovators for the implementation of her contest winning creative idea.

You can submit your idea in the next round of submissions on Must be a resident of US 50 and DC or the United Kingdom for this contest.

Contest Entry Period: 9:00am eastern time Feb 3, 2014 to 11:59:59pm April 30, 2014. Official Rules link. There are three separate monthly entry periods for February, March and April.


Judging Criteria for Ideas:

  • Innovativeness (30%);
  • Extent to which the idea described in the Submission would enable “traveling brilliantly” (25%);
  • Global relevance (25%);
  • Overall impression (15%); and
  • Quantity of votes received in the Public Vote (5%).

The grand prize trip this year is an economy class flight and three-night stay in Washington, D.C. to meet with Marriott Executives and judges to work out the winner’s idea.

Kind of hard to picture that being a $7,400 prize value for a winner from the USA. Grand prize travel is expected to occur in June 2014.


First Prizes: Three (3) First Prizes will be offered (one [1] for each Entry Period). Each First Prize consists of one (1) Marriott gift bag consisting of a duffle bag, wireless item tracker, personal fitness tracker, digital luggage scale, and gift cards. The ARV of each First Prize is $500.00.


Marriott Hotels Again Invites Travel Influencers and Enthusiasts to Submit Bold Ideas on That Could Change the Future of Travel ( Feb 6, 2014).


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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2 Responses

  1. Go Green!!!! Serve green tea and green smoothies!!!!

    Comment by Dani Osewalt on February 10th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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