With more than 160 applications for the Travel Experience Incubator Challenge, and the best seven selected for the Incubator, Marriott acquired a host of exciting new travel ideas exceptionally quickly. In less than nine months from program kick-off, they took forward six of the seven solutions developed through the Incubator, with the intent to pilot the ideas, bringing Marriott customers new and enhanced experiences in real-world scenarios.
One example of this was Marriott's pilot with program finalist Hostmaker. The two companies worked to bring Marriott's exacting standards to the London homeshare market, turning a potential industry threat into an opportunity for growth – and offering customers the best of intimate travel experiences they demand, with the quality that Marriott is known for. It’s proof of the power of innovation – and evidence of the essential vitality that relevancy and adaptability brings to a business.
Arne M. Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer at Marriott International, Inc., and Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer of Accenture, attend the Travel Experience Incubator Demo Day to judge the final solutions.