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The Bahamas & Sweepstakes: Official Rules

The Bahamas & Sweepstakes: Official Rules





The Bahamas & Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) starts on October 18, 2012 at 12:00:01 PM Eastern Time (ET) and ends November 1, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM ET (“Sweepstakes Period”).


ELIGIBILITY: Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the forty eight (48) contiguous United States and the District of Columbia (excluding residents of Alaska and Hawaii), who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. Employees of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism(“Sponsor”), Travelzoo Inc.,, Weber Shandwick, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, retailers, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies and members of their immediate family (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, ward, daughter or son and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, and where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the purpose of this Sweepstakes.


HOW TO ENTER: During the Sweepstakes Period, visit the Facebook page at and click on the Sweepstakes tab, and follow the instructions to “Like” both the Facebook page and VisitTheBahamas Facebook page. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Entry Form provided to receive one (1) entry. Limit one (1) entry per person per e-mail address for the duration of the Sweepstakes Period. All entries must be received by November 1, 2012 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to be eligible. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. Entries received from any person or e-mail address in excess of the above stated limitation will be void. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.


RANDOM Drawing: One (1) potential winner will be selected in a random drawing held on or about November 5, 2012 from all eligible entries received by an independent judging agency. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.


WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winner will be notified by telephone and/or email and will be sent an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law), which must be completed and returned within five (5) days of date of receipt. Return of prize notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within date specified, failure to submit original or court-certified divorce papers or death certificate (if applicable),Sponsor’s inability to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Official Rules by potential winnerwill result in disqualification and another potential winner will be selected.If a potential winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, prize may be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on winner set forth herein.


GRAND PRIZE(1): One person (the “Prize Winner”) shall win a four (4) day / three (3) night trip for two (2) people - i.e., the Grand Prize Winner and one (1) guest (the “Guest”) - to the Bahamas (the “Grand Prize”). The Grand Prize shall consist of round-trip coach air transportation for the Prize Winner and Guest to Nassau, Bahamas from a single major U.S. gateway airport nearest to the Prize Winner’s home (as determined by Sponsor), double-occupancy standard hotel accommodations for three (3) consecutive nights at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, and daily breakfast for two at the resort. 


Travel must be completed by November 1, 2013 or it will be forfeited. Travel must be made through Sponsor’s agent, on a carrier and with itinerary of Sponsor’s choice at least thirty (30) days prior to travel.  Travel arrangements cannot be changed in any way once booked and confirmed.No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Prize cannot be substituted, assigned or transferred or redeemed for cash, but Sponsorreserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize with one of comparable or greater value.  All expenses and incidental travel costs associated with prize acceptance and use not expressly stated as being included in the package description above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, luggage fees, meals, activities, tours, phone calls, incidentals, souvenirs, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, and all federal, state and local taxes are the responsibility solely of winner.  Actual value of trips may vary based on point of departure and resort selected. Any difference between stated value and actual value will not be awarded. Grand Prize Winner and Guest must comply with all venue rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of such portion of prize. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and certain travel restrictions and blackout dates apply.  Blackout dates include but are not limited to seven (7) days before and after all major U.S. holidays. Specifics of Grand Prize travel package are subject to availability and Sponsor’s sole discretion. Complete terms and conditions of Grand Prize trip will be furnished with prize notification. Prize Winner and Guest must travel on the same itinerary and are responsible for obtaining all required international travel documents. Once a travel Guest is selected, he/she may not be substituted, except in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. The Guest must be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of date of travel, unless Guest is the child of the Prize Winner. Any and all taxes on the prize, and any other costs, fees, and expenses not explicitly stated herein as being awarded, are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner. Approximate Retail Value of the Grand Prize is $2,500.00.


GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and independent judging agency, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Weber Shandwick,  Travelzoo Inc.,, Facebook, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) and their respective affiliates from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property damage resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from  participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). In addition, winners agree to the use of his/her name, photograph, entry, or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. 


MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, inaccurate, delayed, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, undeliverable, destroyed or stolen entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes.  Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Sweepstakes or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void.CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE FAN PAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Should any portion of the Sweepstakes be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, or if Sweepstakes is unable to run as planned for any other reason, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winnersfrom all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to termination.


ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the entrant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.


CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Florida, USA.


Request for Winner’s LIST: For the names of the winners (available after November 14, 2012), send a self addressed stamped envelope to: Weber Shandwick, Travel & Lifestyle Practice (Attn:  The Bahamas and Sweepstakes), 919 Third Avenue, FL 16, New York, NY 10022, for receipt not later than December 14, 2012.


SPONSOR: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, King & George Streets, P.O Box N-3701, Nassau, Bahamas.