Fodor's Hotel Review Contest Official Rules
SPONSOR: Fodor's Travel, a division of Random House, Inc., 1745 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019 ("Sponsor" or "Fodor's").
I. HOW TO ENTER
The Contest will begin on September 6, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and will end on September 28, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) ("Submission Period"). To enter the Contest, go to www.fodors.com/world/ and locate the hotel property you wish to review. All reviews must be at least 200 characters or more and the entrant must have completed their stay in the last 12 months. After you have completed your entry, check the box that states "Yes, I would like to submit my entry in Fodor's contest for the chance to win a trip to New York City to Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards celebration on November 13, 2012..." before you submit your review to be entered. All entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 28, 2012 to be considered. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.
Entries must be in the entrants' own, original words and comply with Fodor's guidelines. No quoting of other material allowed unless attributed. Sponsor in its discretion reserves the right at any time not to post or to disqualify any entry that Sponsor deems to be obscene, indecent or otherwise inappropriate or offensive.
This contest is open to only to registered users of Fodors.com who are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years of age or older as of September 6, 2012. If you have not already registered, you can do so at www.fodors.com/login/register.html. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Random House, Inc., its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members, and persons living in their household may submit entries, but they are not eligible to win prizes.
III. SELECTION OF WINNER
Members of Fodor's marketing and editorial departments will select the winner from among all eligible entries. The winner will be determined on or about October 5, 2012 and notified by e-mail. Entries will be judged based on the review's success in conveying the entrant's experience at the hotel (50%); grammar and technical writing skills of the piece (30%); and the originality of the submission (20%). The decision of the judges will be final.
One winner will be selected by Fodor's marketing and editorial departments on or around October 5th and the winner will be notified via email. The return of any notification to the winner as undeliverable will result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner from among the eligible entrants, based on the discretion of the judging committee. In the event of any other noncompliance with rules and conditions, the prize may be awarded to alternate winners as set forth above. Taxes, if any, are the winner's sole responsibility.
The winner will win a trip for two (2) to New York City to attend the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards party on November 13, 2012. Trip consists of round-trip coach class air or train transportation for two (2) to a New York City area airport from the major U.S. gateway airport nearest to the winner's residence (as determined by Sponsor); standard hotel accommodations for two (2) (double occupancy) at a Fodor's 100 Hotel Award winning hotel for four (4) nights starting from Saturday, November 10, 2012 through November 14th, 2012; two (2) tickets to the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards Party on November 13, 2012; and a lunch with Fodor's Publisher, Amanda D'Acierno, and Fodor's Executive Editorial Director, Arabella Bowen, on November 12, 2012. All carriers, hotel and prize providers are selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion. (Total ARV of prize package: up to $3100). Actual value will depend on location of the winner's residence and time of travel. (Any difference between approximate and actual value will not be awarded.) Items not specifically listed in the prize description above, including but not limited to transportation to and from airports/train stations, additional ground transportation, meals, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at the hotel, security fees, taxes and all other personal and incidental expenses, will be solely the winner's responsibility. Winner and travel companion must travel on November 10 - 14. Travel times are subject to availability, blackout periods and restrictions. Once travel arrangements are made, no changes will be permitted. Winner and travel companion must travel on the same itinerary. Winner and traveling companion will be responsible for securing passports, photo I.D. or other travel documents required for travel. Winner and traveling companion will be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and/or Release within five (5) days of the date of notification. Failure to execute and return this Affidavit and Release by the deadline will result in disqualification, and Sponsor reserves the right to select an alternate winner in such circumstance.
No transfer or cash or other substitution of prize permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize or prize component with another of comparable or greater value.
Sponsor is not responsible for any electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other similar causes or causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, then, subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest. If technical malfunctions or suspect voting irregularities corrupt the voting process, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award prizes based solely on the non-suspect votes. In the event of termination, a notice will be posted on fodors.com and all eligible entries received prior to termination will be judged per these Official Rules. Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or similar methods of participation/voting will void all such submissions/votes by such methods.
SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY PERSON WHO TAMPERS OR IS SUSPECTED OF TAMPERING WITH AN ENTRY. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT, OR ANY MEMBER THEREOF, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND/OR SEEK DAMAGES AND/OR OTHER RELIEF FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
By accepting the prize, winner agrees that Sponsor, its parent company, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, its prize providers, and its advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prize, or participation in this Contest. By entering the Contest, winner consents to of the use of his/her name for publicity and promotional purposes by Sponsor with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law). For the names of the winner, available after October, 5 2012, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by November 15, 2012 to: Fodor's Travel, ATTN: Marketing, 1745 Broadway, 7-3, New York, NY 10019. WA and VT residents may omit return postage.