MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL TO HOST CULTURAL GAME CHANGERS DUBAI
International Thought Leaders Forum Broadcasts Live from JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
MARCH 19, 2016
DANA FAROUKI, CURATOR, COLLECTOR AND ART PATRON
KINDA IBRAHIM, DIRECTOR OF MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS, TWITTER MENA
DANIELLE PERISSI, HEAD OF DOCUMENTARY FILM & TELEVISION AND MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS, IMAGE NATION ABU DHABI
KHULOOD THANI, DESIGNER AND FOUNDER, BINT THANI
SUZANNE TROCMÉ, AUTHOR, CURATOR, DESIGNER, EDITOR-AT-LARGE, WALLPAPER* MAGAZINE
PARTNERSHIP WITH TWITTER WILL ENGAGE GLOBAL AUDIENCE IN REAL TIME CULTURAL CONVERSATION
Dubai, UAE – Feb. 25, 2016 – Marriott international’s (NASDAQ: MAR) Cultural Game Changers, an international thought leaders forum, will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai on March 19, 2016. This event follows the success of Cultural Game Changers London, which, in July 2015, inaugurated the series at The London EDITION hotel.
Cultural Game Changers Dubai will bring together pioneers in art, design, fashion, film and the media to discuss their work and share ideas about the future of their chosen fields as well as to identify key trends and insights relating to next generation audiences.
Marriott International is actively expanding its portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands internationally. In the Middle East and Africa region the expansion continues with the scheduled openings of 17 new properties in 2016, six of which are luxury and lifestyle brands, including Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection and The Ritz-Carlton.
Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International, comments, “Cultural Game Changers Dubai advances our cultural intelligence and helps us reinvent our existing and new hotel brands, such as Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, Moxy and AC Hotels and also engages next generation travelers on their own terms, with meaningful new experiences. An intimate, international forum for creative leaders who are shaping our culture, Cultural Game Changers generates inspiring dialogue among influencers in the fields of art, design, fashion, film and the media. With the participation of Twitter at this event, we will open up the conversation to a broad, international audience in real time.”
The line-up of panelists for Cultural Game Changers Dubai includes:
Dana Farouki, Patron, Art Dubai; Chair, The Abraaj Group Art Prize; Trustee, MoMA PS1 and Trustee, Creative Time
Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, Twitter MENA
Danielle Perissi, Head of Documentary Film & Television and Marketing & Communications, Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Khulood Thani, designer and founder, Bint Thani
Suzanne Trocmé, author, curator, designer and Editor-at-large, Wallpaper* magazine
Bronwyn Cosgrave, best-selling author, curator and cultural commentator, will chair the lively hour-long, brunch-time Cultural Game Changers Dubai discussion, drawing on the panelists’ impactful work. She will also elicit their ideas about future trends, insights relating to their industries and next generation audiences. “Cultural Game Changers is part think tank, part salon,” explains Cosgrave, who will chair the talk around a brunch table. “Panelists converse naturally with influencers and media guests in a relaxed manner to stimulate an intimate, provocative and thoughtful discussion.”
This first-time Cultural Game Changers partnership with Twitter will allow Tweeters to actively participate in the forum by watching it live stream on Periscope @JWDubaiMarquis (March 19, 2016, 11:45am–1:15pm GST), and interact with the Cultural Game Changers Dubai panelists by posting their ideas and questions on Twitter. This initiative will engage a global audience in a real-time cultural conversation. It is prompted by Twitter having recently opened its Dubai headquarters. Twitter Dubai is the first office in the MENA region for California-based social media company. MENA is one of the fastest-growing markets for Twitter.
Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, comments “We are thrilled to extend our hospitality to esteemed local and international participants in this inspiring forum at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, and to celebrate world class innovation and creativity at a time when the city is hosting cultural travelers from around the globe.”
Ask questions and watch the live stream of Cultural Game Changers Dubai on Periscope @JWDubaiMarquis on March 19, 2016 from 11:45am-1:15pm GST
About Cultural Game Changers
Marriott International’s Cultural Game Changers, a creative think-tank and thought leaders forum, was inaugurated at the EDITION Hotel, London in July 2015. Keynote speakers included Lisa Markwell, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent on Sunday, James Gay-Rees, the producer of Amy, Senna and Exit Through The Gift Shop, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, principals of the international design firm, Yabu Pushelberg and Serge Dive, Founder and CEO of Beyond Luxury Media. The guest list featured influencers, brand executives as well as editors and journalists from the finest newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, the FT, Condé Nast Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and Monocle. Author, curator and cultural commentator, Bronwyn Cosgrave moderated the panel discussion.
About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling over 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Santa Fe, Argentina, and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 28 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise nearly 55 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.