#DesignCharlotte – Part 1

I have mentioned in my blog that I was recently asked to participate in a project partnering with the Charlotte Center City Marriott.  The reason why I accepted is because I feel so passionate about the project.  If you haven’t noticed, the hotel is going through a serious transformation.  The location will always hold a special place in my heart because not only did I walk past it every day on my way to work during my corporate career, but I also encouraged out of town guests to stay there when I got married. (The picture below is taken from the front of the Marriott looking up towards the building that I formerly worked in).

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So what is this project that I am so excited about?  As part of the transformation, the international hotel chain has requested my help in encouraging my readers and those that I interact with to show off the city of Charlotte by posting pictures of their favorite elements of our town to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and using the hashtag #DesignCharlotte.  These pictures will be used in the newly remodeled hotel to create an energy that is representative of our community.  This will allow guests to experience what our city is all about.  By simply participating in this campaign, you will be entered to win a visit to the renovated hotel to experience the new stay.

IMG_5675I think it is incredible that such a mainstream hotel is willing to take the necessary steps to really get to know our town to make their guest’s experience one that should make them want to come back to Charlotte.  These photos should be representative of your favorite elements of Charlotte.  For example, a street performer, a ballpark, a local craft beer, a museum, or anything else that you love about the city that you live it.  A mosaic of participant’s favorite Instagram posts with #DesignCharlotte will be featured in the walls of the redesigned hotel.  Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing pictures on social media and my blog that represent my favorite elements of Charlotte (with the hashtag #DesignCharlotte).  I encourage you to do the same.  That said, I would like to walk you through a few of the many things that I love about my city.

Sundaes at Pike’s Soda Shop

IMG_3133Runs on Queens Road West

IMG_2135The Kings Drive Farmers Market

IMG_2291 IMG_2100Panther Games

IMG_1061Bruks Bars – formed in Charlotte

IMG_4688-1A good hot dog and fries from JJ’s Red Hots

IMG_2152Tailgating during 24 Hours of Booty

IMG_3255I could go on and on.  This is just the start.  I will continue to add to the list over the next several months.  Until then, I would appreciate you sharing your own pictures on Instagram (with the hashtag #DesignCharlotte).  If you are interested in learning more about the campaign, you could also check out the hotel’s social media accounts:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of #DesignCharlotte. The opinions and text are all mine.

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