Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts

Spot the Sun: Official Rules

THE MARRIOTT HOTELS AND RESORTS® SPOT THE SUNSM GIVEAWAY

Official Rules, Terms & Conditions

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OF WIN.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  Subject to all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. Giveaway begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Wednesday Aug 1, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Monday, August 30, 2012 (the "Giveaway Period"). Void outside the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited by law.

The Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.  If you enter, you are providing your information to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Questions or complaints regarding this Giveaway should be directed to Sponsor, not to Facebook.

SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR: This Giveaway is sponsored by MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 2400 North Commerce Pkwy, Suite 201, Weston, FL 33326. The Administrator is MMGY Global, 4601 Madison Ave Kansas City, MO 64112 (“Administrator”).

ELIGIBILITY: THE MARRIOTT HOTELS AND RESORTS® SPOT THE SUN GIVEAWAY (the "Giveaway") is open only to legal U.S. residents currently residing in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years old as of August 1, 2012. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, Administrator, or any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies, web site providers, web masters, and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings and children, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household (whether related or not) are not eligible to enter or win. All entrants must have access to the Internet prior to the start of the Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to verify the eligibility of winner. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to Sponsor's decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway.

ENTRY PERIOD: Eligible persons may enter only during the Giveaway Period – i.e., from August 1, 2012 at 12:00:01 AM to August 30, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM. 

TO ENTER: During the Giveaway Period, visit the Marriott® and Renaissance® Caribbean and Mexico Resorts Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico (“Fan Page”), and “Like” the Fan Page if you have not already done so (if you have, you can skip to the next step). Go to the Spot the Sun contest tab and use your computer mouse to locate the hidden sun graphic within that day’s “Spot the Sun” photograph. Click on the sun in the image and follow the instructions to complete and submit the registration form with the requested information, including first and last name, email address and zip code. You must provide all required information on the registration form to be eligible to enter. Registrations must be submitted by the participant. You may be asked to answer optional questions and/or register for future notices of online promotions; however, you need not answer these questions or agree to receive future emails in order to be eligible for entry in the Giveaway.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per day of the Giveaway Period, for a maximum of thirty (30) entries per person throughout the Giveaway. If a participant is awarded the maximum five (5) prizes (such minimum is stated below), participant will not be able to continue to enter the contest from that point forward, regardless of method of entry.

Information collected from entrants is subject to the Marriott International, Inc. Privacy Policy.  For information about Marriott International, Inc.'s Privacy Policy, go to: www.marriott.com/privacy.mi. Sponsor will not sell personal information submitted with entry to outside solicitors.  

No information regarding Entries, other than as otherwise set forth in these Official Rules or on the Website listed above, will be disclosed. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on 8/30/2012. Limit one (1) Entry per person/email address per day regardless of method of entry. For the purposes of this Sweepstakes, a "day" is defined as beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET each day. Use of any automated or computer system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. 

Bulk, automated and/or third party entries are prohibited and will be disqualified.  Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the permitted number of entries by using multiple and/or different email addresses, accounts, identities, forms, registrations, addresses or any other method will void all of that participant’s entries and that participant may be disqualified at Sponsor ’s discretion.  Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address.  Normal Internet, phone and usage charges imposed by your online or phone service may apply.  Incomplete, illegible, corrupted, or untimely entries are void and will be disqualified.  Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, misdirected, or illegible entries; lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections; or miscommunications, computer or software malfunctions, telephone transmission problems, technical failures, garbled transmissions, damage to a user’s computer equipment (software or hardware), or other errors or malfunctions of any kind whether, human, mechanical, electronic or otherwise.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant or participant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, Internet service provider, or other organization (which may include an employer) responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.  Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. Entries specifying an invalid, non-working, or inactive email address will be disqualified and ineligible to win. 

SELECTION OF WINNER: Each day during the Giveaway Period (except one day as described below), three (3) potential winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible Giveaway entries received by 11:59 p.m. ET the previous calendar day. On one day during the Giveaway Period, which day will be on or around August 13, 2012 (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion), thirteen (13) potential winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible Giveaway entries by 11:59 p.m. ET on the previous calendar day, instead of the usual three (3) winners. The random drawings will be conducted by the Administrator, an independent judging organization whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the Giveaway. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. 

Potential winners will be notified via email. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.  If a potential winner does not respond within seven (7) days after the first attempt to notify him/her that he/she has been selected to receive a prize, or the prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, that potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize.

Except where prohibited, potential winner(s) may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”) within seven (7) days of being notified.  If the potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, or is unavailable to accept the prize within the time period specified by Sponsor, the potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize. Noncompliance with the foregoing or failure to abide by these Official Rules may result in disqualification. No alternate winners will be selected for each prize, and applicable prizes will remain un-awarded.

The winners’ names will be posted on http://www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico as after winners have been completely verified.  

POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE GIVEAWAY.  AN ENTRANT SELECTED TO RECEIVE A PRIZE IS NOT A WINNER OF THE PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL ENTRANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND ENTRANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE. 

PRIZES: One Hundred (100) prizes are available to be awarded.  Each prize consists of one (1) day / one (1) night of standard hotel accommodations (double occupancy) at any Marriott® and Renaissance® Caribbean & Mexico Resort of the winner’s choice.  Each prize will be awarded in the form of a certificate redeemable for one (1) day / one night hotel stay. Limit: five (5) prizes per person. If an entrant wins multiple prizes, he/she may use each room night separately and at different Marriott® and Renaissance® Caribbean & Mexico Resort hotels (i.e., does not have to combine them in one hotel stay and/or at one hotel). To view the nine (9) eligible Sponsor properties, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/spot-the-sun-giveaway; the list includes: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort; CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort; Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino; Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort; JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa; Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino; St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. Approximate Retail Value of one hotel night is $200US (total of all prizes is $20,000 USD) and will vary based on fluctuations in price for accommodations and seasonality.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Prize winners may be required to complete a release of liability prior to prize use of prize certificates. Certificates subject to additional restrictions; see front and back of voucher and any accompanying materials for details.  Certificates are subject to blackout dates. Food, beverage, parking, non-room related service charges, resort fees, gratuities, other taxes, other incidental expenses, or any other expenses or fees relating to use and acceptance of the prize are the sole responsibility of each winner. Certificates are not redeemable for cash or Marriott® GiftCards. NO CHANGE OR CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN on any unused portion of the certificate.  Any tax liability, including disclosure connected with the receipt or use of the certificate is solely the winners' responsibility. Certificates may not be used for/toward convention, catering, group and/or tour programs and cannot be used in conjunction with any other certificate or reservations made through a travel agency.

Certificate may be used to pay for the expense of one (1) standard guest room (double occupancy) only.

Hotel selection for each room night awarded must be completed by each winner by October 30, 2012. Travel must be completed by August 30, 2013.  Travel restrictions, conditions and blackout dates, including holidays, may apply; hotel stay must be booked at least sixty (60) days prior to departure. Accommodations and activities are subject to availability. All travelers must possess valid travel documents. Once scheduled, the hotel stay cannot be modified.  No refunds or credit for changes are allowed, and no refunds or compensation will be made in the event of cancellation. Prize may not be combined with any other offer. Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of prize not specifically stated herein, including but not limited to, airfare, transportation to and from airport, automobile insurance, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, security fees and/or other expenses, are the responsibility solely of winner.  Prize cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion.  Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes or components of a prize.  Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer.  Limit five (5) prizes per person, per household.  Only the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules is available to be won in the Giveaway.  In the event winner and/or a guest of winner engages in behavior during a hotel stay using a prize certificate that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal, or that is intended to threaten or harass any other person, or that in any way disparages or adversely affects the reputation, image, and/or customer goodwill of Sponsor or any of Sponsor services, products, trademarks, service marks, or logos, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the hotel stay with no further obligations or compensation whatsoever to winner with respect to the redeemed prize certificate, and may, in Sponsor sole discretion, result in such winner’s disqualification from the Giveaway and forfeiture of any (and/or all) prize(s).  In the event winner or guest engages in behavior during hotel stay using a prize certificate that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects winner or guest to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by winner or guest as a result of such conduct. Sponsor SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF PRIZE WINNER’S OR GUEST’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Void where prohibited by law and outside the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia.   WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GIVEAWAY OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  Neither Sponsor nor anyone acting on its behalf will enter into any communications with any entrant regarding this Giveaway, except as expressly set forth in these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process, the web site, and/or the legitimate operation of the Giveaway; to violate the Official Rules; or to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. Sponsor  and its agents are not responsible for (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Giveaway or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If, for any reason, the Giveaway is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor , which corrupt or affect the operation, administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Giveaway, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, void any suspect entries and (a) modify the Giveaway or suspend the Giveaway to address the impairment and then resume the Giveaway in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; and/or (b) award the prizes through a random drawing from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. 

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASES: BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS GIVEAWAY, ENTRANTS AGREE THAT  SPONSOR, ADMINISTRATOR, FACEBOOK, INC. AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, AFFILIATES, FRANCHISEES, SUBSIDIARIES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, LEGAL COUNSEL, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROMOTIONAL, FULFILLMENT AND MARKETING, WEB SITE PROVIDERS, WEB MASTERS, AND ADMINISTRATOR, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AGENTS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY, OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS GIVEAWAY OR IN ANY GIVEAWAY-RELATED ACTIVITY, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY.  THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM.  BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS GIVEAWAY, PARTICIPANTS AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF ANY INTERNET SITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GIVEAWAY OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY SUCH SITE.  

EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, PARTICIPATION IN THE GIVEAWAY CONSTITUTES WINNER’S GRANT TO SPONSOR   (WHICH GRANT WILL BE CONFIRMED IN WRITING ON REQUEST OF SPONSOR), AND THE RELEASED PARTIES THE RIGHT AND PERMISSION TO PRINT, PUBLISH, BROADCAST, AND USE, WORLDWIDE IN ANY MEDIA NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER DEVELOPED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB, AT ANY TIME OR TIMES, THE WINNER’S ENTRY, NAME, PORTRAIT, PICTURE, VOICE, LIKENESS, OPINIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HOMETOWN AND STATE) FOR ADVERTISING, TRADE, AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES (INCLUDING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS OR HER NAME ON TELEVISION OR RADIO BROADCAST) WITHOUT ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION, COMPENSATION, PERMISSION, OR NOTIFICATION.  

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS GIVEAWAY, INCLUDING THE WEB SITE AND ALL PRIZES, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY.  CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS. 

DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court in Maryland; (2) any and all claims, judgment, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Giveaway, but in no event attorneys’ fees; (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor   in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of laws rules (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland.

OFFICIAL RULES & WINNER LIST: For the names of the winners, available for 90 days after announcement of the winners, visit www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico or /spot-the-sun-giveaway.

The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.  Marriott International, Inc. shall not be liable for technical, pictorial, typographical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. Copyright ©2012 MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. Marriott® and Renaissance® are trademarks of Marriott International, Inc.  All other trademarks and logos used herein are trademarks of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.  All rights reserved. 

 

THE MARRIOTT RESORTS SPOT THE SUN VACATION GIVEAWAY ABBREVIATED RULES

Void outside the 50 U.S. and D.C., and where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who are at least 21 years old as of 8/1/12.  Begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on 8/1/2012 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 8/30/12. To enter: visit www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico and “Like” the Fan Page; access the “Spot the Sun” tab and click on the hidden sun image in the photograph; then  follow the instructions to complete and submit the registration form with the requested information, including first and last name, email address and zip code. 100 Prizes: Each a certificate redeemable for one-night of standard accommodations (double occupancy) at any Marriott® and Renaissance® Caribbean & Mexico Resort of the winner’s choice. Limit: Five (5) prizes per person. To view the nine (9) eligible Sponsor properties, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/spot-the-sun-giveaway. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.  For complete rules, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/spot-the-sun-giveaway.  Sponsor: Marriott International, Inc., 2400 North Commerce Pkwy, Suite 201, Weston, FL 33326. 

Copyright ©2012 MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.  Marriott® and Renaissance® are trademarks of Marriott International in the United States and/or other countries.  All rights reserved.