STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) wants to know “What Vacation Means to You” so the global hospitality giant has launched a dream vacation contest available exclusively on Facebook. Whether it’s a luxurious beachfront villa overlooking azure waters, or a sleek urban oasis in the heart of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, travelers in North America are invited to answer what vacation means to them by posting a picture, photo or even a poem to Starwood’s Facebook page.
To enter the contest, travelers must “like” the Starwood Hotels Travel Exclusives page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starwoodhotelstravelexclusives). The contest is open to travelers within the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec).
Entries into the contest must be submitted by February 28, 2012. Ten finalists will be announced on March 6, 2012. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on March 27, 2012 based on who receives the most votes from other Facebook fans.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a five-night vacation at a participating Starwood hotel or resort in North America, plus roundtrip airfare for two via SPG Flights, $1,000 USD for vacation spending and two Maui Jim sunglass gift cards. Two finalists will each win a two-night stay at a participating Starwood hotel or resort in North America, and one randomly selected voter Sweepstakes Winner will receive a two-night weekend stay at a participating Starwood hotel or resort in North America.
For those who want to book a getaway now, Starwood’s weekly Starpicks sale offers exclusive savings of 20-40% off select destinations from Tuesday to Friday every week. Travelers can visit www.starpicks.com to browse participating Starwood properties and find out more about terms and conditions.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1071 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft® and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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