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Suiteness Startup Suite Contest Gives Startups Chance to Win Stay in Silicon Valley, Mentor with Top VCs

September 15, 2017
San Francisco

Silicon Valley: Luxury travel company Suiteness has launched Suiteness Startup Suite, a contest offering startups the chance to win a complimentary three-night stay in San Francisco plus one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading venture capitalists. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

OAKLAND, CA – Oakland-based luxury travel company Suiteness has launched Suiteness Startup Suite, a contest offering startups the chance to win a complimentary three-night stay at the acclaimed Hotel Zeppelin, San Francisco. This travel experience will also include one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading venture capitalists to learn best practices and investment pitching strategies including:

Suiteness is an online booking service for exclusive luxury hotel suites and multi-room accommodations.  The Y-Combinator graduate who recently expanded to the San Francisco area is now offering hundreds of glamorous suites and connecting rooms giving business and leisure travelers the space they need and want when they travel.

To enter Suiteness Startup Suite, participating startups must submit a one minute video describing why their team needs to come together in San Francisco – whether it be to pitch Silicon Valley-based VCs, attend a conference or simply escape for a much-needed company offsite. All entries will then be shared with the public for community voting, during which period, startups are encouraged to promote and share their entries to receive votes. The selected winner will be announced on Friday, October 20th, 2017.

“Suiteness understands the struggles of growing and scaling a new business,” says Suiteness CEO Robbie Bhathal. “It is an exciting experience, but it’s also a stressful one. We believe that connectivity is crucial for young companies to exchange ideas and jumpstart new innovation. Our goal is to bring teams together so that they can succeed at their entrepreneurial goals while also getting a much needed stress reliever.”

Startup Suite Contest Details and Deadlines:

  • Phase 1: Application
    • Upload a video no longer than one minute to YouTube, Instagram or Vimeo, and share why their startup needs to stay together in San Francisco
    • September 7, 2017, to October 6, 2017, at 11:59 PM CDT
  • Phase 2: Voting
    • Share entries with everyone in their community asking for votes. Companies are encouraged to promote entries via email or via social media channels using the hashtag #StartupSuite
    • October 7, 2017, to October 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM CDT

To apply: https://www.suiteness.com/blog/suiteness-startupsuite

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/231952183#at=3

Suiteness is an online booking platform that allows users to access an inventory of thousands of exclusive luxury hotel suites. Suites range from standard one-bedrooms to spacious apartment-style stays with multiple attached rooms. The company is carving a niche for itself in the international travel industry as the leading website dedicated solely to luxury suites and is finding success with group travelers and families looking for a nice place to stay together.

Suiteness was launched in 2015, with funding and support from investors including Y-Combinator, Structure Capital and Keystone Capital. The platform currently has access to 30,000 luxury suites in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Chicago, and London. The company is expanding its suite inventory rapidly in key markets across the world.

For more information on Suiteness, visit http://www.suiteness.com.

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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Sweepstakes: Win 7-Nite Stay Anywhere in the World

January 20, 2015
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is offering travelers the chance to win a 7-night stay at any property around the world, including Wyndham grand Istanbul Kalamis Marina, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is offering travelers the chance to win a 7-night stay at any property around the world, including Wyndham grand Istanbul Kalamis Marina, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is offering travelers the chance to win the ultimate vacation: a seven-night stay at any Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property around the world, 100,000 United MileagePlus® award miles towards airfare and $1,000 cash.

Now through March 13, 2015, travelers can visit www.facebook.com/wyndhamhotels and submit a sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win one of eight weekly prizes consisting of 25,000 MileagePlus miles and one grand prize outfitting a week-long vacation. Upon entering, travelers are invited to create and share online their own ‘Do Not Disturb’ door tag with family and friends, detailing what they would rather be doing if they were on their dream vacation.

“This sweepstakes is the perfect chance for aspiring travelers to start dreaming up their next great vacation,” said Keith Pierce, brand president, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. “With properties in top destinations from San Diego to Shanghai, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has something for everyone, no matter what adventure they’re dreaming up.”

Consumers must enter weekly to be eligible to win that week’s prize. All entries submitted throughout the duration of the sweepstakes will then roll over into the drawing for the grand prize. The grand prize winner will be randomly selected from all of the entries and announced in mid-March.

With three tiers of offerings including Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts and Wyndham Garden® Hotels, the brand has more than 180 options around the world for travelers.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group and the largest lodging loyalty program in the world based on participating hotels. Guests can earn valuable points during their stay that can be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants and more. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

The sweepstakes is open to all U.S. residents over 21 years of age. Full promotion terms and conditions are available at www.wyndham.com.

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Ramada Hotels Celebrates 60 Years by Giving Away Six Dream Getaways

October 22, 2014

Hangzhou, China, one of the dozens of countries where Ramada has a hotel. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ramada® hotel brand has launched the “Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest,” offering travelers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Hangzhou, China, one of the dozens of countries where Ramada has a hotel. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ramada® hotel brand has launched the “Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest,” offering travelers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ramada® hotel brand has launched the “Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest,” offering travelers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations.

Ramada started in 1954 as a small 60-room motel off of Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona, and over the last 60 years, has grown to become one of the most well-known hotel chains in the world, with more than 820 locations throughout over 50 countries.

To enter for a chance to win, travelers should visit www.facebook.com/Ramada and click on the tab titled “60 Reasons.” Once there, they must then pick the location of their dream getaway destination using an interactive map and provide a short, written reason for why they want to travel there. Brief contact information and a Wyndham Rewards® membership number are required to complete the entry. For those not already a member, Wyndham Rewards is free to join.

When the contest ends November 16, 2014, a panel of judges will review all entries and select six winners to receive roundtrip airfare for two to any of 60 global destinations, six nights at the Ramada hotel of their choice and $2,000 U.S. in spending money, awarded in the form of a prepaid, Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Debit Card.

The Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest is open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada age 21 years or older. For more information, including official rules or to enter, visit www.facebook.com/Ramada.
A Global Hotel Chain
Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, Ramada is a global chain with more than 820 midscale and upscale hotels. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, most properties in the brand’s portfolio offer a wide-array of services and amenities, including but not limited to high-speed wireless internet access, on-site restaurants, lounges, room service, concierge service, meeting and banquet facilities and business centers. Properties also offer travelers the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

Each Ramada hotel is independently owned and operated, except for certain Ramada hotels outside of the U.S. which are managed by an affiliate. Ramada Worldwide is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. Reservations and information are available by visiting www.ramada.com.

“Ours is a globally known brand with an outstanding footprint and heritage,” said Caryl Porter, Ramada brand senior vice president. “What better way to celebrate this terrific milestone than by giving six loyal fans the chance to take the trip of a lifetime.”

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,440 hotels and over 638,300 rooms in 68 countries under 15 hotel brands.  Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

 

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‘Win a River Cruise For Two’ Sweepstakes from CruiseCompete, AmaWaterways

August 12, 2014

CruiseCompete, a premier online cruise marketplace, and AmaWaterways, a leading river cruise company, have partnered to present the “Win A River Cruise For Two” contest.

From now through August 31, 2014, chat up CruiseCompete on social media and join their newsletter to be entered to win a 2014 AmaWaterways Christmas on the Rhine cruise.

Winner chooses one 7-night cruise from these departures:

  • November 24, AmaCerto, Basel-Amsterdam
  • December 14, AmaReina, Basel-Amsterdam
  • December 15, AmaCerto, Amsterdam-Basel

To enter, visit http://blog.cruisecompete.com/win-a-cruise/. Read the instructions and enter via the Rafflecopter widget.

Award-winning AmaWaterways is an industry leader in ship design, service, innovation and onboard amenities. Guests are made to feel at home on board with spacious staterooms featuring French Balconies or Twin Balconies, plush robes and luxury bedding, marble-appointed bathrooms, complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi access and Infotainment Systems. And with inviting public areas, multiple dining venues, glass elevators and heated pools with swim-up bar or whirlpools, it’s no wonder their ships are among the highest rated in Europe. AmaWaterways’ custom-designed river cruise vessels sail itineraries in Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Africa.

CruiseCompete has been the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003. Consumers come to CruiseCompete to research and book cruise vacations and have received over 12 million quotes since 2003. Consumers compare offers from trusted travel agents, can see consumer reviews of agents and agencies responding, and then contact travel agents directly for more information and to book cruises. (CruiseCompete is an Iowa limited liability company and is not a travel agency nor owned by a travel agency.)

CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ offers monthly stats for an inside look at consumer trends and what consumers want in cruise vacations.

For more information, visit www.cruisecompete.com or www.cruisecompete.com/group_cruises

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Hilton Head Golf Island, PGA TOUR Radio Announce ‘Dream Golf Vacation Getaway’ Sweepstakes

August 9, 2014

Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI), a collection of 30 of South Carolina’s Lowcountry’s premier golf courses, and PGA TOUR Radio are presenting the “Dream Golf Vacation Getaway” sweepstakes where entrants can win one of three complete packages with accommodations and golf for four people at the island’s premier resorts and courses.

Golfers can enter by visiting www.hiltonheadisland.org/golf/pga-radio-contest/ through September 14, 2014 for the chance to win one of the following three vacations:

Golf Getaway at The Sea Pines Resort

Four days, three nights’ accommodations for four in a two-bedroom Sea Pines villa

One round of golf each on Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course for four

10 percent dining discount at The Sea Pines Resort’s restaurants

10 percent off full-priced merchandise at The Sea Pines Resort’s pro shops and retail locations

Two hours of complimentary court time daily at The Sea Pines Racquet Club

Complimentary access to The Sea Pines Fitness Center and Harbour Town Pool

Special discounts on Eco-Adventures, activities and bicycle rentals

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Golf Foursome Getaway Prize

Four days, three nights’ accommodations for four in a two-bedroom resort view villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

One round of golf for four on each of the three Palmetto Dunes championship courses (Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio, Arthur Hills)

Two hours of court time daily at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

Complimentary bike rentals for four during stay

Resort dining and merchandise discounts

Heritage Golf Collection & The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Four days, three nights’ accommodations for four in two oceanview rooms featuring The Westin Heavenly Bed & Rainshower

Three rounds of golf for four on any of the seven Heritage Golf Collection courses including Oyster Reef, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall and Port Royal Golf Club

One breakfast for four at Port Royal Golf Club

Complimentary tee gift on first day of play

Discount cards for the golf shops and clubhouses (some restrictions apply)

“The Dream Golf Vacation Getaway sweepstakes is a fantastic opportunity to visit the island on a golf buddy trip and experience our first-class golf and resort accommodations,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “We are thrilled to partner with PGA TOUR Radio to offer listeners and golf enthusiasts the chance to win an ultimate Lowcountry vacation.”

One of the nation’s foremost golf locales, Hilton Head is the vacation spot of players seeking a high-concentration of world-class courses. Legendary designers like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player and Davis Love III are represented. The region features an unspoiled natural environment, beautiful resorts and inns and old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

Hilton Head Golf Island features 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class designs sculpted by such vaunted architects as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.”  Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

 

More info: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

 

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Economy/Budget Hotels

July 31, 2014

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®—part of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide—once again has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction in the economy/budget segment by J.D. Power in the 2014 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.

Within its segment, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham ranked highest in six out seven factors measured by the study, including: reservations, check-in/check-out, guest rooms, hotel services, hotel facilities and cost and fees. This marks the 12th time in the last 13 years that Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham has been ranked highest in its segment by the study. It was previously ranked highest in its segment for 10 consecutive years between 2002 and 2011, and then again in 2013.

“Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is a leader in the economy space thanks in large part to a focus on innovation, design and quality,” said Patrick Breen, brand senior vice president for Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. “As a brand that regularly competes with hotels in not only in its own segment but with those in the segments above it, it’s a great honor to once again receive this distinction. My sincere gratitude goes out to our hotel owners and their staffs.  It’s their commitment to providing exceptional experiences that has allowed us to build such an enviable reputation over all these years and it’s their continued dedication that will allow us to keep raising the bar.”

With more than 310 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is one of the few economy hotel chains that requires every hotel that joins its portfolio to be newly constructed, resulting in exceptional levels of both consistency and quality.

This summer, as part of its “Microcation” contest, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is giving travelers the chance to win their dream getaway in the form of two million Wyndham Rewards® points. For official contest rules or to enter, visit www.facebook.com/microtel. Travelers can also save 20 percent off the best available rate when they book their own Microcation: three consecutive nights at any participating Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotel. For full terms and conditions or to make a reservation, visit www.microtelinn.com.

 

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Family Travel Forum Announces Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Contest

May 23, 2014
Exploring Ausable Chasm, in the Adirondacks of New York State. This year's FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship prizes include the I Love New York Teen Travel Writing Scholarship which will be awarded to the best blogs about travel in New York State © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Exploring Ausable Chasm, in the Adirondacks of New York State. This year’s FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship prizes include the I Love New York Teen Travel Writing Scholarship which will be awarded to the best blogs about travel in New York State © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Family Travel Forum’s (FTF) eighth annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship program offers more prizes than previous competitions.  Merit scholarships provided by 2014 sponsors will triple teen travel writers’ chances of winning cash grants and travel prizes from past years. Members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) – representing travel’s most trusted voices will work with FTF to judge submissions.  Teens can submit their work through July 27, 2014 at www.Scholarship.FamilyTravelForum.com.

“SATW is proud to partner with Family Travel Forum for its Teen Travel Writing Scholarship each year to provide young people with the opportunity to share their travel memories,” said Steve Giordano, president of SATW.  “SATW believes travel is a bridge between people and our goal is to assist in promoting a quality travel experience among all travelers, especially students who will soon be setting travel trends,” he continued.

Prizes for the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.  There is also an opportunity to win one of 25 Honorable Mention prize passes to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions along with travel gifts provided by National Geographic Kids.

The winner of Best Video will receive photo-journalism merchandise and 10 finalists will win a pair of CityPASS ticket booklets containing prepaid admission to the top attractions in their choice of 10 North American destinations.

Two additional FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship prizes include the I Love New York Teen Travel Writing Scholarship which will be awarded to the best blogs about travel in New York State.  Prizes are $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.  The winning blog, written by a student residing within 100 miles of Times Square in New York City, will earn the $500 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship from the New York Travel Writers Association.

The 2014 FTF Teen Travel Writing scholarship program is open to all students aged 13-18 who are enrolled in a junior high, high school or homeschool program in the U.S., Canada or American school abroad.  Students are asked to submit a maximum 600-word essay on any trip they have taken in the last five years, along with a photo or video.  For more information on eligibility, rules and scholarship applications, visit www.Scholarship.FamilyTravelForum.com.

Winners of the 2014 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship program will be announced on Oct. 23, 2014.  For more information about all FTF grants and scholarships for college, visit www.Scholarship.FamilyTravelForum.com.

The scholarship program is produced by Family Travel Forum (FTF) in association with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), I LOVE NEW YORK (ILNY) and the New York Travel Writers Association (NYTWA) to promote literacy and inspire young people to travel by encouraging all teens to share their travel experiences in words and images.

Additional sponsors of the 2014 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship program include Cayman Islands, CityPASS, Niagara Falls, Taking the Kids, TMS Family Travel, Travel Media Showcase and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)’s 1,000-plus members include journalists, photographers, editors, bloggers and online content providers, broadcasters, television and film producers, and travel industry public relations representatives. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, SATW is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) professional association. Members strive to maintain the industry’s highest professional and ethical standards.  Their dedication and experience represent the Society’s commitment to journalistic integrity and credibility.  SATW truly comprises “Travel’s Most Trusted Voices.”

Family Travel Forum (FTF) is an award-winning media company guiding those who Have Kids, Still Travel!® in print and online since 1996.  FTF’s expert and community content has been seen on Disney’s Family.com and other sites, in “The Complete Idiots Guide to the Best Family Destinations,” “Amazing Places to Take Your Kids in North America” and by millions of traveling families.  In addition to co-hosting the annual TMS Family Travel Summit and conferences, other FTF ventures include MyFamilyTravels.com; an annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship with SATW; “The Family Vacationist” blog and e-alert; and Family Travel Consulting to the trade in partnership with Taking the Kids.

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CruiseOne Offers Military Veterans Chance to Win Free Travel Franchise

May 16, 2014

CruiseOne and Cruises Inc agents aboard Norwegian's Breakaway for the travel franchise's 2013 annual conference © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CruiseOne  agents aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway for the travel franchise’s 2013 annual conference © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CruiseOne®, one of the nation’s leading home-based and military-friendly travel franchise companies, , is celebrating Military Appreciation Month this May with the launch of its third annual Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General contest, which begins on Monday, May 19, 2014 and continues until Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Five deserving U.S. veterans will each receive a CruiseOne home-based travel franchise, a total value of $63,500.

“We not only thank our veterans for performing the highest call of duty by serving our country, but we also invite them to put their military skills to use in the civilian workforce by owning a travel franchise and making vacation dreams come true,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne, part of World Travel Holdings.

The CruiseOne franchise contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date.

To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Friday, Aug. 8. The form and all contest details can be found at www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or on CruiseOne’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/CruiseOneFranchise.

There will be three rounds of judging as part of this contest. First, candidates will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application, business plan and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne executive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected.

Five grand prize winners will be announced in August 2014. Valued at $12,700, each grand prize includes a free CruiseOne franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees. The new recruits will report for active duty in October, when they participate in weeklong franchise training at CruiseOne’s state-of-the-art world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Winners will be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program. Once their training is completed, winners will be armed with all the tools and knowledge that they need to start up their own CruiseOne franchise.

“Studies show that veterans are among the most successful business owners in the franchising industry and that approximately 250,000 transition out of the military each year,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne. “We recognize this fact and proudly recruit military veterans to join our network when they return home. In fact, veterans appreciate our extensive training program and the flexible work-life balance owning a home-based business provides, enabling them to simultaneously be successful and maximize their family time. Operation Vetrepreneur is just one way CruiseOne supports military veterans.”

A member of VetFran, CruiseOne offers many military veteran incentive programs including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. The company aims to have 25 percent of its travel franchise system consist of veterans and their spouses by December 2014.

CruiseOne’s Vetrepreneur program will aid military veterans in finding work that will separate them from their past lives while still using the disciplinary skills they have acquired. This opportunity will enable military veterans to rise to success in the travel franchise industry while still granting them time to also relax and vacation anywhere in the world.

Consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise, CruiseOne’s accolades include a number one ranking by Forbes in its “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise,” inclusion on USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans” and recognition as a “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneur and U.S. Veterans magazines. For the past four years, CruiseOne was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Franchises® lists, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to support military veterans.

Military veterans with a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested in working as a CruiseOne franchise owner, visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or call 888-249-8235.

CruiseOne, Home-Based Travel Franchise

Celebrating 22 years in business, the home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® is ranked in the top one percent of all franchises worldwide and is a member of the International Franchise Association. As part of World Travel Holdings, one of the world’s largest cruise retailers, CruiseOne franchisees are able to offer their customers the lowest possible pricing on vacations with its 100 percent “Best Price and Satisfaction Guarantee.” CruiseOne has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line®, Royal Caribbean International®, Celebrity Cruises® and Carnival® Cruise Line. For more information on CruiseOne, visit www.CruiseOneFranchise.com; Like CruiseOne on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CruiseOneFranchise, and follow on Twitter at @CruiseOneBiz.

Begins May 19, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends August 8, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older at the start of the Contest, have a computer and internet connection, be a legal resident of the US or DC and a former member in good standing of one of the five branches of the U.S. military who is retired, off active duty and/or was honorably discharged prior to the start date of the Contest.  If selected as winners, Contestants must commit to a 5-year CruiseOne home-based franchise, which requires attendance at a 6-day New Franchisee Training Class in Ft Lauderdale, FL and a starting investment capital (for more information, go to www.cruiseonefranchise.com ; or call 888-441-2542).  Only one submission per contestant. To enter, complete the online entry form available on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cruiseonefranchise) or on the website (www.operationvetrepreneur.com) ; If qualified and selected to move to the next round after a phone interview, Semi-Finalists must submit a résumé, CruiseOne franchise application and 1,200 words-2,200 words business plan. Submissions must comply with the Submission Guidelines in the Official Rules. Only complete, valid submissions will be accepted. Sponsored by CruiseOne, Inc., 1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd. Ste. 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.  See [www.OperationVetrepreneur.com] for complete Rules and details. 

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Win a Villa Vacation in Provence, France with Villas of Distinction

May 15, 2014

Villas of Distinction®, one of the world’s premier villa rental companies, is giving away a bucket-list villa vacation rental in one of the most sought out destinations — Provence, France at the breathtaking Villa Fleurs de Provence.

From now through May 30, 2014, consumers who enter will get the chance to win a 5-night stay and bring up to 13 of their closest friends and family with them to experience this luxurious 10-bedroom, 19th century mansion.

This villa offers ultimate privacy with two security gates at the entrance. With access to cars for airport transfers with the house manager as the chauffeur, the winner of this contest is sure to feel like a star. And, with a cleaning service five hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, guests can bask in the sun, relax in the sauna or pool, or take advantage of the many on-site activities including biking, Ping-Pong, soccer and more. If the winner is traveling with children, the tree house is sure to be a big hit.

“Coming together with our villa partners to offer our customers such an amazing giveaway is the ultimate way to give people the opportunity to experience a villa vacation,” said Steve Lassman, vice president & general manager of Villas of Distinction. “Once a consumer experiences a villa, they realize that it is an amazing value and really look forward to what a villa vacation provides – more space, privacy and personalized attention so you won’t need a vacation after your vacation.”

This villa estate is located a little over a mile from the village of Cabannes, a charming village with narrow streets which wind around the church with old cottages, some of which have been restored. Other nearby sites include St Rémy de Provence, a town associated with famous artists including Vincent Van Gogh, and St Remy is also the birth place of Nostradamus; and the historic center of Avignon with several things to see and do including Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge, a group of late medieval buildings linked to the Papacy.

To enter to win a 5-night stay at Villa Fleurs de Provence, a premier villa rental in Provence, France and for terms and conditions, visit the Villa Fleurs de Provence contest page on VillasofDistinction.com.

About Villas of Distinction®

Villas of Distinction®, as part of World Travel Holdings, is a premier luxury villa provider with an extensive portfolio of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations. For nearly 25 years, Villas of Distinction and its team of expert concierges have been helping travelers find their perfect vacation home without a membership fee. The company takes pride in offering customized vacations to meet every imaginable need, with most villas featuring private pools, butlers, maids and chefs. www.VillasofDistinction.com.

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Hilton Head Golf Island, JetBlue Announce ‘Airways, Fairways & Spa Days’ Sweepstakes

May 10, 2014

Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – a collection of 28 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses in South Carolina – and JetBlue announce the “Airways, Fairways & Spa Days” sweepstakes featuring airfare, accommodations, golf and spa treatments for four, valued at over $5,000.

Golfers can enter now through September 24 by visiting www.hiltonheadisland.org/jetblue/sweepstakes.

The giveaway is aimed to highlight new non-stop JetBlue flights from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV),

The Boston Airways, Fairways & Spa Days sweepstakes includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare for four from BOS to SAV
  • Two rooms for three nights, four days at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
  • Two rounds per person (based on a foursome) at any of the seven Heritage Collection courses
  • One complimentary round for two at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage
  • One complimentary round for four at Golden Bear Golf Club
  • Two spa treatments at the Heavenly Spa by Westin
  • Complimentary breakfast for four at the Westin
  • $100 resort credit towards bikes, kayaks and other family activities
  • Complimentary court times at the Port Royal Racquet Club

The New York Airways, Fairways & Spa Days sweepstakes includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare for four from JFK to SAV
  • Five days, four nights’ accommodations for four in a Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort villa
  • Two rounds of golf for four on any of the three Palmetto Dunes championship courses (Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills)
  • One round for four at the Country Club of Hilton Head
  • Four complimentary massages at Marriott’s Spa Soleil
  • $100 resort dining card
  • Complimentary kayak excursion for four
  • Complimentary bike rentals
  • Two hours of court time daily at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

To enter, visit www.hiltonheadisland.org/jetblue/sweepstakes

The inaugural JetBlue flights took place Feb. 13 and are now available seven days a week. Duration from BOS and JFK to SAV is about 2.5 hours. Hilton Head Island is an easy 40 minute ride from the airport.

Hilton Head Golf Island features 28 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class designs sculpted by such vaunted architects as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.”  Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

More info: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

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