Leading Collection of Meetings Hotels & Resorts Continues its Dedication to Creativity and the Performing Arts

Bethesda, MD– Jul. 24, 2019 – Following the success of Marriott's Convention & Resort Network’s (“Marriott’s CRN”) first-ever 48-Hour Film Challenge that took place in Vancouver in March, The Network announces today its succeeding challenge at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida, August 22-25. The second iteration of this innovative program further solidifies the resort’s commitment to local community arts whilst highlighting the creativity and capabilities of Marriott’s CRN’s 116 properties to transform spaces beyond traditional meeting rooms.

The first competition of its kind to take place in Collier County, the event will consist of a team challenge and a reality show production. Four, five-person amateur film crews will have two days to deliver a five-minute film all set within the 30-acre campus of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Each crew will be provided with a meeting space as a set to film their movie centered around a given theme, with each one sponsored by an additional Marriott’s CRN destination. With a goal to inspire planners to think outside the box while staying at the forefront of industry trends, incorporating these properties into the challenge further illustrates the variety of options for Marriott’s CRN’s planners, as well as the ease of hosting multi-year bookings across The Network. 

Following the 48-hour filming period, three industry judges will evaluate the films and award one winner at a concluding award ceremony. The winning team will be rewarded with film industry mentorship opportunities, as well as distribution of their short on Marriott’s CRN’s Meetings Buzz platform and across the participating hotels’ digital platforms.

In order to provide a deeper lens on how planners can work with JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort and other Marriott’s CRN properties across the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada, a reality show will be released to further demonstrate how these properties can convert their meeting and event spaces into imaginative and dynamic event productions while highlighting the strong capabilities of the service teams who make planners’ visions a reality. 

Earlier this year, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort unveiled a $320 million, property-wide transformation - coined “Paradise Redefined” - that places special emphasis on meeting space. The addition of the new 8-story Lanai Tower, whose first three floors are dedicated to flexible meeting space, elevates the property-wide total to more than a total of 100,000 square feet.


About Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network

Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network is a premier collection of 116 world-class, integrated JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels® Gaylord Hotels®, Westin Hotels & Resorts®, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts® and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts® dedicated to providing the ultimate meeting experience for attendees. With over 9.3 million square feet of meeting space and over 100,000 guest rooms, Marriott’s CRN offers choices from New York to Los Angeles, Las Vegas to Cancun, and Montreal to Hawaii. Visit and for more information. For more details on Marriott’s CRN’s innovative programs and tools for planners, visit and


About JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort truly represents Paradise Redefined – the perfect island within an island escape where serenity, indulgence and enrichment are found in abundance. The Balinese-style resort evokes complete tranquility and harmony; featuring four sparkling pools, a luxurious SPA by JW, inspired restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining, as well as unparalleled beachfront event space and two Championship golf courses - the Rookery at Marco and Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club. In November 2018, the resort completed its comprehensive $320 Million renovation project welcoming the new Lanai Tower, which is home to reimagined Lanai Suites, a signature restaurant, Tesoro, and 10K Alley – a 12,000 sq. ft. entertainment center and gastropub. The tower also boasts ‘Paradise by Sirene, a Curated Experience Exclusively for Adults,’ offering elevated amenities including rooftop pool access and beach butler service for its 94 rooms and suites. The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is now home to 100,000 square feet of innovative oceanfront event space and 810 finely appointed rooms and suites. Located 20 minutes south of Naples and just a 50-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, this exquisite coastal property is the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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