Ever want to run your own hotel and boss people around, but sounded like too much work?
Well, now you can – on Facebook. To be precise, you can get a taste of it with “My Marriott Hotel (TM)” – a facebook game just launched by Marriott International.
As of now, the game is focused on running the hotel’s kitchen. Gamers can create their own restaurant, hire staff, buy stuff for the kitchen and direct incoming orders from the restaurant to the chefs.
You get points for happy customers, and lose points for poor service. You can even choose a General Manager to work under.
The game is meant to attract prospective recruits to apply for jobs with Marriott. It can be played on the company’s jobs & careers page on Facebook.
The game can be played in five languages, and Marriott says they’re planning to use social media gaming to fill as many as 50,000 jobs by the end of this year.
Marriott is also planning to add other hotel departments to later versions of My Marriott Hotel, and a mobile phone version is also scheduled for next year.
Back in 2009, Hilton had also launched a PSP game for interactive employee training for its Hilton Garden Inn brand workforce.
The game was called “HGI Ultimate Team Play” – a 3-D, first person video game set in a virtual Hilton Garden Inn hotel where gamers must respond to a number of different guest-related requests by a specific deadline.
It was meant to show hotel team members how their actions have an impact on the hotel and on the guest’s mood, which in turn drives the brand’s Satisfaction and Loyalty Tracking (SALT) scores higher or lower. Gamers were able to take a position in housekeeping, food and beverage, engineering/maintenance as well as the front desk.
Hilton got a 1000 Playstations from Sony and handed them out to HGI employees – for playing video games on the job! Note to Marriott employees – you now have an excuse to spend more time on Facebook.
Photos – MyMarriottHotel snapshots