Fairfield Inn & Suites Launches Small Business Road-to-Success Challenge – Offers $20,000 Grand Prize to Top Small Business Traveler

PR Newswire — July 22, 2010

BETHESDA, Md., July 22 /PRNewswire/ — Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is giving a boost to small business owners in the U.S. with the launch of the Small Business Road-to-Success Challenge on July 21, 2010. To nominate your small business (July 21 through August 20, 2010) visit www.fairfieldchallenge.com. Fairfield Inn & Suites will select 10 small business owners who will be awarded 15 free nights for the sole purpose of traveling around the country to build their business. After three months of working through their own set business challenges, one small business will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 by the judging panel.

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The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of four influential small business bloggers including John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing, www.ducttapemarketing.com, Nicole Marie Richardson of Inc.com, www.inc.com/author/nicole-marie-richardson, Maisha Walker of Message Medium, www.messagemedium.com, and Drea Knufken of Business Pundit www.businesspundit.com, as well as Shruti Gandhi Buckley, vice president, Global Brand Management, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, www.fairfieldinn.com.

To qualify for the Challenge, each small business applicant must frequently travel on business and have fewer than 100 employees. To learn more about the challenge and submit a nomination, go to www.fairfieldchallenge.com. The top ten finalists will be announced on September 9, 2010 and will begin the Small Business Road-to-Success Challenge on September 13, 2010.

Over the course of three months, the finalists will share their journey by blogging, tweeting and posting photos as they travel the country. At the end of the Challenge, one winner, judged to have been most successful in achieving his or her business goals, will be selected to receive the $20,000 cash grand prize.

As a leader in the moderate tier lodging category, Fairfield Inn & Suites is designed for today’s traveler who is looking to be productive on the road, whether for business or leisure. In addition to complimentary hot breakfast and thoughtfully designed guest rooms, Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels offer free high-speed internet access in all guest rooms and free Wi-Fi in public spaces, comfortable beds, on-site business centers and state-of-the-art fitness centers. The brand is one of Marriott’s fastest growing brands with over 150 properties in the development pipeline including several locations in New York City.

With more than 650 properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, guests can rely on Fairfield Inn & Suites to deliver outstanding service so travel is easy, comfortable and productive, wherever their travel may take them. Fairfield Inn & Suites participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards? frequent guest program. Members earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at nearly 3,000 Marriott hotels worldwide.

For more information or reservations, visit the web site at www.fairfieldinn.com or call the Fairfield Inn toll-free number at 800-228-2800.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.

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