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Play Xplor(SM) And Enter For A Chance To Win A Free Trip Around The World From Marriott

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) is awarding one lucky Xplor SM gamer with 200,000 Marriott Rewards points and a round-the-world plane ticket. To enter for a chance to win, users must complete the entire Xplor game and register on www.Xplorthegame.com by December 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET. Two runner-up winners will each receive 150,000 Marriott Rewards points.

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Marriott's mobile travel game, Xplor, was unveiled in August 2013 and is available for free in the App Store. A first in the hotel industry, Xplor engages people of all ages to virtually see the world by visiting five gateway cities - New York City, Paris, Beijing, Dubai, and Sao Paulo - and accomplishing varied sightseeing challenges along the way.

To help users conquer Xplor, Marriott has compiled its top five tips for success:
  1. Since most challenges have a scavenger hunt component, choose the Backpacker character so you can carry more items.
  2. Always carry a drink and a snack so you can recharge when your energy is low.
  3. Visit each location within each city so that they can later be accessed directly through your passport.
  4. It's not always possible to buy items back from the lobby shop so be careful what you sell.
  5. Talk to the lobby concierge and other characters in the game to learn about multiple challenges.

Last month, Marriott awarded five dedicated Xplor gamers with 100,000 Marriott Reward points apiece. "It's exciting to see so many of our loyalists embrace Xplor and we're thrilled to recognize some of our best fans with Marriott Rewards points," said Stephanie Linnartz, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer. "These winners have been deeply engaged in the game and have submitted feedback that has actually helped us improve the Xplor experience."

"We set out to design a fun, interactive mobile game that appeals to the next generation, and we've done just that," said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. "At Marriott, we're committed to enhancing the travel industry experience through innovation, and new technology. Xplor is another example of how we're engaging with millennials."

Throughout the game, travelers experience unique cultural variations native to the region they are visiting including food, customs, and architectural design. Each city "Xplored" offers mini-games that are guaranteed to keep both serious and recreational gamers excited and engaged. For social adventurers, Xplor successes can be shared on Facebook and other social networks. 

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