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Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions. Every week, Team TPG and I comb through Facebook posts, Tweets, Instagram pics and more to find the most interesting things going on. Here’s a look at the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the week, but if I miss something you’d like to discuss feel free to:
Win A Trip To Nepal On Qatar Airlines: If you have your sights set on the Himalayas and climbing Mount Everest, or just want to visit the tea houses of Nepal, Qatar Airlines is giving away two tickets to Katmandu through the CheapOair.com Facebook page. Enter now through November 4, 2013 at 12:00 am EST simply by filling out the form on the Facebook page here. You have to be a resident of the 48 contiguous states (excluding Hawaii and Alaska), and the winner will get one voucher to be used towards the purchase of 2 economy class roundtrip tickets on Qatar Airways to Kathmandu, Nepal departing from New York City, Orlando, Washington Dulles, or Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Win A Seven-Night Trip To The UK: By designing your own fantasy soccer team, you could win a seven-night trip to the UK from @VisitBritain. To play, use a budget of 100 GBP to pick a squad of 15 players from the Barclays Premier League, to win the VIP trip plus two Barclays Premier League matches during the 2014/15 season.
Win A Trip To Dubai With Emirates And Virgin America: To kickstart the partnership that was announced yesterday, Virgin America launched a promotion to Win A Dream Trip To Dubai With Emirates through their Facebook page, where you can enter to win a trip for two to Dubai with Emirates now through November 21, 2013. You will also get 250 Elevate points just for entering, and the whole grand prize package includes:
- Two round-trip Economy Class tickets from San Francisco to Dubai on Emirates Airline
- Flights on Virgin America to San Francisco for flyers in our other destinations
- A three-night stay at Atlantis, The Palm, located on iconic Palm Island
- A chance to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay, Atlantis, The Palm
- A dune dinner safari for you and your guest
Here are some of the hottest news stories that everyone has been tweeting about this week.
National Monument Honoring US War Dogs To Be Dedicated At Lackland Air Force Base: @HuffPost Travel announced the good news that the first monument honoring war dogs that have fought and died with U.S. troops while also bringing them comfort is to be dedicated at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio. The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument will be dedicated on October 28 at the base where many of the U.S. military dogs are trained, as well as treated when wounded.
Ryanair To Introduce Flexible Fares And Change Bag Rules: Known for its extreme cost-cutting, budget airline Ryanair is to continue its transformation by offering new fares and services aimed at pulling in business travelers and families, revealed @Skift. The no-frills airline will start selling higher-priced flexible tickets aimed at the business market, allowing passengers to change flight more easily without further penalty, along with groups traveling together to pool their luggage allowance to ease the burden on families.
American Tourism To Cuba Is On The Rise: After being tightly restricted for over 50 years, American tourism in Cuba is growing, with 98,050 Americans visiting the Communist country in 2012 – up from 73,566 in 2011 – reported @LATimesTravel.
Travelers To Thailand Could Get Charged Entrance Fee: What has long been a budget travel destination could get pricier thanks to plans by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Public Health and members of the Royal Thai Police to charge an entrance fee of 500 Thai Baht (about $16.55) per visitor staying in Thailand longer than three days as of January 1, 2014, according to @HuffPost Travel.
Detroit’s New Marketing Campaign Hopes To Attract Conventions And Conferences To Bankrupt City: Detroit hopes that it will get an upswing of visitors thanks to a new marketing campaign to convince top executives that it is a comeback city where they should hold company meetings and conventions. Bill Bohde, senior vice president for sales and marketing at the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, is launching a $1.6 million marketing campaign even as the city is trying to become the largest in the U.S. to enter bankruptcy, reported @APTravel.
Carnival Cruises New CEO Is Being Paid $8 Million Compensation Package: In an attempt to rebrand the sinking cruise line’s image, new Carnival CEO Arnold Donald is being paid a hefty compensation package that adds up to around $8 million in 2013 and beyond, and then additional big bonuses for next two years, according to the SEC filing detailing his contract, according to the according to the SEC filing detailing his contract, revealed @Skift.
Enterprise To Become The First US Car Rental Company To Offer Motorcycles: It is no longer compacts and mid-size vehicles on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car lot, the car rental company is the first major company to rent motorbikes, reported @USAToday Travel. The two-wheelers will be available for rental only from a facility in Las Vegas, where Enterprise hopes to woo enthusiasts who want to see local sites, from the Strip to the Hoover Dam, by motorcycle.
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