Hostelworld.com “Ultimate Backpacking Adventures” Competition – Terms and Conditions

Hostelworld.com “Ultimate Backpacking Adventures” Competition – Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter of the “Ultimate Backpacking Adventures” Competition (the “Competition”) is Hostelworld.com Limited (the “Promoter”) of 1, Central Park, Leopardstown, Dublin18, Ireland.
2. How to Enter: Entrants must book accommodation with Hostelworld and stay in the selected/booked accommodation between 1 August 2018 and 30 September 2018 and describe their most adventurous travel experience using 250 characters.
3. The Prizes are provided by the Promoter and the following partner (the “Organiser”): The NDL Group, Unit 12, Deane House Studios, Greenwood Place, London, NW5 1LB, England.
4. By entering the Competition, the Entrant also agrees to be bound by The NDL Group’s terms and conditions (see Clause 8 below).
5. By entering the Competition, the “Entrant” agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions and agrees that the decision of the Promoter is binding and final.
6. The full details of the Prizes are as follows:

A. GRAND PRIZE:

a) There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) of three (3) adventure trips of their choice, provided by the Organiser.
b) Each Entrant must pre-select three (3) preferences for an adventure trip from a list of thirty (30) options offered on the Hostelworld.com website or by suggesting their own adventures in a text box provided in the online entry form.
c) One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected from all entries to win their three (3) chosen adventures to the maximum cumulative value of €20,000.00. The most original and captivating description of an adventurous travel experience will be selected by an independent marketing agency.
d) The Grand Prize is for up to two (2) people and includes flights (including taxes and surcharges), three (3) adventure activities, transfers and travel insurance.
e) The chosen adventure trips for each Grand Prize Winner are subject to availability, and are at the discretion of Promoter and Organiser, and excludes Christmas, New Year, Valentines, Easter, School Holidays and Bank Holidays (both in the Grand Prize Winner’s own country and chosen destination(s)). Please note that these exclusions are necessary to ensure a high quality travel experience.
f) Any long haul flights must include a Saturday night stay in the Grand Prize Winner’s chosen destination(s). The departure airport used will be dependent on the availability from the Grand Prize Winner’s nearest available international airport, which may not necessarily be the closest.
g) The Grand Prize Winner may need a visa to travel to their chosen foreign destination(s) which they should arrange themselves at their own expense. The Promoter and Organiser cannot be held responsible for any visa applications being rejected.
h) Any activities, tours and attractions included in the package are subject to availability at the time of booking.
i) Travel insurance, where included, is subject to normal terms of acceptance. Pre-existing medical conditions may not be covered. Age restrictions may apply. For non-EU residents, should NDL Group be unable to purchase travel insurance on the winner’s behalf, the winner will be reimbursed fully for purchasing their own travel insurance.
j) The Grand Prize must be booked by the Grand Prize Winner via NDL Travel ltd by December 31, 2018, for travel by August 31, 2019.
k) The Grand Prize includes up to twenty-one (21) nights’ accommodation in hostels, based on two (2) people sharing a private room with en-suite facilities on a room only basis. This accommodation will be booked via the Organiser.
l) All holidays must be booked with NDL Travel (ABTA K3065). The maximum cumulative €20,000.00 value is redeemable against up to 3 bookings on selected holidays with NDL Travel using NDL’s trusted suppliers when at least 1 adult travels and must include transport and accommodation. If the cost of a booking exceeds the value of €20,000.00 used for that booking, the excess balance must be paid by credit card or by debit card at the time of booking. The Grand Prize Winner must redeem the prize in no more than 3 transactions. Any amount not redeemed in the 3 transactions will be forfeited by the Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize is not transferable – it is redeemable only by the person whose name is stated above for travel by that person. The Grand Prize may not be resold. Cash alternatives are not provided.

B. RUNNER UP PRIZES:

a) There will be three (3) Runner Up Prize winners (the “Secondary Prize Winners”) of one (1) adventure trip of their choice, provided by the Organiser.
b) Each entrant into the Competition must pre-select three (3) preferences for an adventure trip from a list of thirty (30) options offered on the Hostelworld.com website or by suggesting their own adventures in a text box provided in the online entry form.
c) Three (3) Secondary Prize Winners will be selected from all entries to win one (1) of their chosen adventures to the maximum cumulative value of €5,500.00. Following the selection of the Grand Prize Winner the next three most original and captivating descriptions of an adventurous travel experience will be selected by an independent marketing agency.
d) Each Secondary Prize is for up to two (2) people and includes flights (including taxes and surcharges), one (1) adventure activity and travel insurance.
e) The chosen adventure trip for each Secondary Prize Winner is subject to availability, and is at the discretion of Promoter and Organiser and excludes Christmas, New Year, Valentines, Easter, School Holidays and Bank Holidays (both in the Secondary Prize Winner’s own country and chosen destination(s)). Please note that these exclusions are necessary to ensure a high quality travel experience.
f) Any long haul flights must include a Saturday night stay in each Secondary Prize Winner’s chosen destination(s). The departure airport used will be dependent on the direct availability from the Secondary Prize Winner’s nearest available international airport, which may not necessarily be the closest.
g) Each Secondary Prize Winner may need a visa to travel to their chosen foreign destination(s) which they should arrange themselves with those countries’ local Embassies, at their own expense. The Promoter and Organiser cannot be held responsible for any visa applications being rejected.
h) Any activities, tours and attractions included in the package are subject to availability at the time of booking.
i) Travel insurance is subject to normal terms of acceptance. Pre-existing medical conditions may not be covered. Age restrictions may apply. For non-EU residents, should NDL Group be unable to purchase travel insurance on the winners behalf, the winner will be reimbursed fully for purchasing their own travel insurance.
j) The Secondary Prize must be booked by each Secondary Prize Winner via The NDL Group by December 31, 2018, for travel by August 31, 2019.
k) The Secondary Prize includes up to seven (7) night’s accommodation in hostels, based on two (2) people sharing a private room with en-suite facilities on a room only basis. This accommodation will be booked via the Organiser.
l) All holidays must be booked with NDL Travel (ABTA K3065). The maximum, cumulative €5,500.00 value is redeemable against one booking on selected holidays with NDL Travel using NDL’s trusted suppliers when at least 1 adult travels and must include transport and accommodation. If the cost of the booking exceeds the value of €5,500.00 used for that booking, the excess balance must be paid by credit card or by debit card at the time of booking. Secondary Prize Winners must redeem their prize in one transaction. Any amount not redeemed in one transaction will be forfeited by the Secondary Prize Winner. Secondary Prizes are not transferable – they are redeemable only by the person whose name is stated above for travel by that person. Secondary Prizes may not be resold. Cash alternatives are not provided.

7. All Prizes are non-transferable, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and can only be claimed by the Grand Prize Winners and Secondary Prize Winners who are notified by the Promoter in accordance with these terms.
8. The Promoter does not own or run any of the Organiser’s services. In order to avail of the Grand Prize or Secondary Prizes, the Grand Prize Winner and Secondary Prize Winners will be required to agree to any relevant terms and conditions required by the Organiser.
9. Entrants must be aged 18 (eighteen) or over. Each Entrant is required to fully and correctly complete the online entry form, including first name, last name, email address, and 3 adventure trip choices. In entering the Competition the Entrant does so at his/her own risk and on his/her own initiative, and is responsible for complying with local laws, to the extent any local laws apply. Entry into the Competition may be unlawful under certain local laws and if entry in the Competition is unlawful, the Entrant will be immediately disqualified from the Competition. This is unfortunate but beyond our control.
10. The Competition is not open to employees or agents of the Promoter, Organiser or any affiliated companies or subsidiaries or any third parties involved in the Competition.
11. The Competition is open from August 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018. The selection of the Grand Prize and the Secondary Prize winners will take place during October 2018.
12. All Winners of the Competition will be chosen by an independent marketing agency based on the most original and captivating descriptions of an adventurous travel experience.
13. All Winners shall be notified via their submitted email address.
14. By entering the Competition each Entrant agrees to allow the Promoter to use their name and nationality to be displayed as a winner on the Hostelworld.com website.
15. By entering the Competition the Entrant agrees, in the event that they are a Winner, to participate in such promotional activity as is reasonably requested by the Promoter, such as providing the Promoter with content for the Hostelworld.com website, blog, e-newsletters, and social media channels for further marketing purposes following the competition.
16. All Winners shall be given ten (10) calendar days from the date of notification to claim the Prize. In the event that a Winner fails to respond in writing via e-mail within that period, chooses not to accept the Prize, is ineligible for the Competition or fails to duly complete, execute and return any document required by the Promoter, he/she shall be disqualified and will relinquish any right or entitlement to the Prize. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the individual that submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorised account holder of the e-mail account.
17. Each Entrant releases and holds the Promoter and its employees, agents, sub-contractors and consultants harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Competition or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any Prize, including without limitation, personal injury, property damage and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.
18. The Promoter shall not be liable for any breach of its obligations resulting from causes beyond its reasonable control and the Promoter shall be entitled to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition and these terms and conditions without liability.
19. These terms and conditions will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Ireland and the Entrant hereby agrees that for the benefit of the Promoter and without prejudice to the right of the Promoter to take proceedings before any other court of competent jurisdiction, that the courts of Ireland shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any suit, action or proceedings that might arise out of or in connection with these terms and conditions and for such purposes the Entrant irrevocably submits to the jurisdiction of such courts.

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