AP reports "The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a new campaign Tuesday offering five couples fully paid trips to the country's most popular cities and beaches. In return, they will be asked to blog, chat and tweet about their holiday in a bid to win a grand prize of $10,000, a BlackBerry and a video camera."
To enter, all you need do is submit a one minute video to the competition website here: http://ultimatethailandexplorer.com
#1 travelfishnews has been a member since 23/2/2009. Posts: 83
Everyone's different but Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui and Pattaya aren't places where I'd actually choose to go on holiday if I only had a couple of weeks vacation.
I doubt if I'd be able to fake sufficient enthusiasm about any of them to win $10,000 so I don't think I'll bother altering my current travel plans in order to enter this competition.
Will be interesting to see what TAT chooses as the winning portrayal of Pattaya...so far the only people covering that destination are a couple of sailors from the ex USSR looking for a good time.
I think for $10,000, I'd be able to fake it! The trick would be to take your knowledge and experience and find the most unique and interesting things to see and do, even in the most common places. A roti still tastes great even in Pattaya.
Bruce, I think it's an idea copied from the ozzie tourist board!
they ran a competition recently to win a job, as caretaker of a remote Aozzie island. It was won by an English guy who's job it now is to tweet and whatever about life on the island while maintaining the island - he is the only person staying there although he has got the use of a 4 bedroom villa created especially for him1 Looks amazing.
Sparts - yeah the TAT acknowledged that in the AP story referenced above:
""We got the idea from Australia," said TAT official Phanom Kaributra, who is coordinating the contest. "We think it's a good way to use social networking to promote Thailand.""
and also this gem:
"Phanom said the couples would be free to explore but would not be encouraged to "go to red-light districts and places like that.""
$10,000 alotted. That means someone stole $90,000. By the time all the oposing parties get thru making accusations and calling for investagations it will be 2049 before it actually happens.
#7 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
I just had a look at the actual rules and prizes for this competition.
This is what competing contestants will be required to do:
1. Explore their destination over a period of 6 days, AND…
2. Share their experiences through the following online media platforms:
* Posting on a blog at www.ultimatethailandexplorers/yourname
* Uploading video clips on www.Youtube.com/xxx
* Uploading photos on www.Flickr.com/xxx
* Maintaining a profile on www.Facebook.com/xxx
* Posting tweets on www.Twitter.com/xxxxxx
3. Encourage people to vote for them at www.ultimatethailandexplorers.com during the voting period from 10 December 2009 to 8 January 2010.
The winner gets $10,000 in cash (apparently) but they are a bit vague about how much the holiday package is worth... it's either $3000 or $5000 depending on where you look in the box. Maybe they are having trouble adding up how much all the free vouchers to shopping malls etc. are worth.
All the contestants will have to pay their own airfare to Thailand and only the winner gets a 6 day whirlwind holiday in Thailand. The round trip BKK-CM airfare is generously being offered as part of the 1st prize but the winners will apparently have to pay for their airfare to Phuket for the 3 nights they'll be staying there (in two different hotels)
The other 4 winning team prizes are two nights in a hotel and a spa treatment. Three of those hotels are in Pattaya and one is in Phuket.
None of the contestants seem to be getting ANY free nights in a hotel in Samui or Bangkok though they do say "other hotels will be announced soon" in the winner's prize section.... I'm not sure what that means as they already have six nights in hotels. Perhaps they'll be offering downgrades or something.
Looking at the videos so far I don't get the impression the contestants have read the fine print very well ... except maybe the two Russians who want to be in Pattaya anyway.
PS You can win a holiday package by voting too. The prizes for that look marginally better than what the four runners up will be getting and there's the added advantage that don't have to spend hours and hours blogging about how wonderful the most touristy parts of Thailand are.
PPS. Here is the event schedule. As you can see the competition is being held in December but the winners won't be announced till January. That means you may have to fly back to Thailand to get your two fee nights in a hotel in Pattaya unless you've planned a couple of months away from the office this winter.
* 1 September – 15 October 2009: Video clip submission/contest entry period.
* 19 October 2009: Announcement of 25 Semi-final teams.
* 19 October-12 November 2009: Online voting period to select 5 finalists from 25 teams.
* 13 November 2009: Announcement of Final 5 teams
* 8 December 2009: Final 5 teams arrive in Thailand
* 9 December 2009: Event briefing / welcome party & press conference
* 10-15 December 2009: Competition
* 16 December 2009: Thank you party
* 10 December 2009 – 8 January 2010: Online voting period to select the winning team.
* 8 January 2010: Announcement of the winning team.
* 2 February 2010: Press conference
Sorry forgot to post a link to the prizes for the winners section.
$10K, a BlackBerry and a video camera!!
Jeez, I've been posting TAT stuff on my site and on travel forums for years - all they ever send is comp. tickets to FANTASIA on Phuket.
Okay, Fantasia is okay the first couple of times, but if I hear the Katoey Review belting out "PHUKET, PHUKET!" to "NEW YORK, NEW YORK!" one more time I reckon I might punt them into near earth orbit.