Win unlimited travel on Cathay Pacific


Cathay Pacific has launched a competition through its official Facebook page that offers one lucky winner the chance to travel the world on the Cathay Pacific network.

All it takes to get started in the “Travel the World in 80 Days with Cathay Pacific” competition is to click “Like” on the airline’s fan page on Facebook. Those who wish to enter should then submit a short video, photo or story through the Facebook page explaining how they would spend 80 days traveling around the world.

Entries can be submitted until March 6 and all the materials submitted will be displayed on the Facebook page. The competition is open to people aged 18 (Japan residents must be 20+) and over who are resident in one of the following countries/territories: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Terms and conditions apply.

After viewing all the entries, the airline will shortlist a total of eight entrants and invite them to Hong Kong - covering their airfares and accommodation - for a final panel interview and a one-day challenge from April 12 to 14. The challenge will involve the finalists touring Hong Kong for a day and using their initiative and creativity to post Twitter “tweets” and upload photos that capture the essence of the city’s attractions.

The overall winner will receive unlimited round-trip Economy Class tickets from Hong Kong to any destination of their choice on the networks of Cathay Pacific and sister airline Dragonair for 80 days between June 1 and Aug 31. Also included is three nights’ hotel accommodation in each destination, a daily allowance of up to HK$2,800 per trip and global travel insurance.

In return, the winner will be asked to submit a daily report on his or her travel experiences, including photos and videos, for posting on the Cathay Pacific Facebook fan page.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Marketing & Product James Ginns said, “We are very excited about launching this unique competition, which will generate interest around the world and help to highlight the connectivity provided by Cathay Pacific’s international network. Social network sites are an increasingly important tool through which we can engage with our customers and we are pleased to run the ‘Travel the World in 80 Days’ competition through Facebook, incorporating other social media channels such as Twitter.”

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Seems like fun. However, it appears you have to either be a gap student or unemployed to take part, as the contest is so intensively time- and effort-consuming.

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Not to mention, you need to be able to take 80 days off in one go!!

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Are they looking for a brand ambassador? Why don't they post a vacancy announcement instead? I suppose it would be the shortest term job (80 days)...

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Facebook page? That is their first mistake. I would never ever have one of those.

If you are American and will have to declare it as income.

The 80 days is easy in one shot...but the taxes on the cost of each flight??? and you know dam_ well the IRS is not going to charge them as a discount ticket.

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It might be difficult in Japan to persuade your employer to give you 80 days (even unpaid) for promoting another company. However, I think some progressive big companies might see it as an opportunity to advertise their dynamic workforce ("our employee was selected among thousands to travel around the world and we are proud to support him/her")

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I'm intrigued! And I'm currently between jobs. Maybe I should give it my best shot ?!?!

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The headline "unlimited travel" is misleading, as it is definitly not unlimited. There is the time limit of 80 days.

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