TravelPulse Interview: Mr. T and Nik Wallenda on Fairfield's 'Amazing' New Campaign
PHOTO: Pop culture icon, Mr. T, right, helps American high-wire artist, Nik Wallenda, left, stay balanced at Fairfield Inn & Suites’ National Amazing Month event outside of the Flatiron Building on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. (Charles Sykes/AP Images for Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott)
Marriott International's Fairfield Inn & Suites is celebrating National Amazing Month for the duration of May.
In addition to providing expert tips on how to stay amazing and a hilarious video series starring Mr. T as "Mr. Guaran-T," the campaign was highlighted by a memorable exhibition of amazing in New York City's Flatiron District on Tuesday, where renowned high wire artist Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope above the Big Apple streets as Mr. Guaran-T showered him with tough love and words of encouragement.
In case you missed it, you can watch the event below.
Speaking to TravelPulse ahead of Tuesday's event, Wallenda and Mr. T expressed tremendous appreciation for one another as well as a great deal of excitement about the ongoing campaign.
"How can you have a guarantee program without Mr. T?" the pop culture icon born Lawrence Tureaud asked in the third person.
"My job allows me to travel around to all of the Fairfield Inns in the world. I get a chance to travel and check things out because, since my job title says guarantee, I've got to make sure things stay up to par."
Mr. T said he currently has the best job in the world and particularly enjoys surprising different Fairfield workers.
"They might not know who's going to bring them a pillow or who's going to come by the exercise room," said Mr. T.
As for what it means to be amazing, the "Rocky III" and "The A-Team" star said Wallenda is the epitome. "Nik is the most amazing guy I know right now."
The feeling is mutual if you ask Wallenda. "He's somebody I've looked up to for a long time," the aerialist said of Mr. T.
PHOTO: American high-wire artist, Nik Wallenda, left, helps pop culture icon Mr. T stay balanced at Fairfield Inn & Suites’ National Amazing Month event outside of the Flatiron Building on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. (Charles Sykes/AP Images for Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott)
Like Mr. T, Wallenda has come to love the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand while traveling.
"The campaign is all about maintaining momentum amid life's distractions and for us [my team] they're convenient, they're everywhere. There's great gyms, free breakfast."
Although he's conquered some of the most iconic natural wonders over the course of his career, including the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, Wallenda acknowledged that Tuesday's event was far different than any other walk he's done because of the distraction factor.
Nonetheless, Wallenda, who points out that he's trained for forces of nature for his entire life, made it look easy Tuesday, performing a handful of tricks throughout and effectively summing up what it means to be amazing.
PHOTO: American high-wire artist Nik Wallenda stays balanced at Fairfield Inn & Suites’ National Amazing Month event on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. (Charles Sykes/AP Images for Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott)
Travelers looking to follow the campaign can check in with Fairfield Inn & Suites official Facebook and Twitter account and chime in using the hashtag #StayAmazing. You can also check out Fairfield's official YouTube channel to keep up with Mr. Guaran-T.
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