Lonely Planet Writer

Not so secret Santa promotion

Thanks for entering Lonely Planet’s Not So Secret Santa promotion. Here’s some important stuff you should know.

Who’s running the show?

The promoter is Lonely Planet Publications Pty Limited (ABN 36 005 607 983) of 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Victoria 3011 Australia.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Lonely Planet, and not to Facebook.

Information about the prizes and how to enter, and Facebook’s Terms of Use, form part of these conditions of entry. By entering the promotion, these conditions of entry apply to your entry. Any changes to these conditions of entry will be published on the Lonely Planet website at www.lonelyplanet.com, so you should check these conditions of entry regularly.

Can I play?

To enter this competition, you must have a Facebook account. You must be aged 13 years or older at the time of the promotion, in order to be eligible to enter. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of the promotion, you have to get permission from your parents or legal guardian to enter, and we will need to verify this if you are selected winner. This is a global competition, however the laws in some places don’t allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, in which case the promotion and these conditions of entry are void in those places. Also, you cannot enter this promotion if:

  1. you are a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria and any other U.S. sanctioned country; or
  2. you (or your immediate families or housemates) are employed by Lonely Planet or their subsidiaries and affiliated companies.

How do I play?

To enter you must go to Lonely Planet’s online shop (shop.lonelyplanet.com) find a travel guide or pictorial and gift book you would like and copy the URL. Then go to www.facebook.com/lonelyplanet find the “Not So Secret Facebook” post and in the comments post the shop URL and tell us in 25 words why you would like to win the book. If you’d like to treat a friend, tag them in your comment and if you win they can then win the book too! You don’t have to tag a friend to enter, but if you do decide to tag someone make sure you only tag one person – the prize will be awarded to one friend only.

You can enter between 12am BST on 2nd December 2013 and 12pm on 13th December 2013. You can enter every day, but each entrant is only eligible to win one prize. Your entry is received at the time Lonely Planet receives it. If your dog eats your entry, it’s not Lonely Planet’s fault. If your entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn’t arrive for any other reason, that’s not Lonely Planet’s fault either. Lonely Planet might have to extend the dates of the promotion but only if it’s totally unavoidable (like we can’t draw a winner on the expected date, because it turns out to be a public holiday)- and we’ll let you know if we do.

How do you pick the winner?

Rather than consulting tea leaves, our judges will review all entries and determine the winner by deciding which entry is the most creative and best captures the Christmas spirit. Ten entrants will be selected as the winners.

The unenviable task of judging will happen in a small, dark room at BBC Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TQ, United Kingdom, on 16th December 2013 (or at an undisclosed location otherwise determined as required by Lonely Planet). The judges’ decision is final (so there!) and no correspondence will be entered into, even if you think that sucks. Lady luck has nothing to do with this promotion.

What can I win?

The ten winners will receive the travel guide, pictorial or gift book selected by them in their entry. If the ten winners have tagged a friend in their entry, we’ll send the winner the same prize for that friend as well!

Individual publications are valued at between approximately AU$7and AU 100. Total prize value is approximately between AU$70 and AU$1000. These prize values are accurate at the start of the promotion.

How do I find out if I won?

We’ll be announcing the winners on the “Not So Secret Facebook” post at www.facebook.com/lonelyplanet

If you’re riddled with curiosity, send an email to CS_Comps@lonelyplanet.com.au (including the name of the promotion) within 3 months of the closing date of the promotion, and we’ll respond and tell you who won.

Lonely Planet will do its best to find the weekly prize winners. But if we can’t, or winner hasn’t contacted us within 7 days of us posting a comment, the next best entry may be declared a winner.

If you do win …

You can’t exchange the prize for cash, or ask us to give it to someone else (not that you’d want to!). We will use reasonable efforts to award the prize as described but if, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to do that, we’ll substitute it either for cash or another prize of comparable value, but we’ll decide which.

What happens to my entry?

You agree that all of your entry is your own work. On submission, your entry becomes the property of Lonely Planet, and you give Lonely Planet a worldwide, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate and broadcast all or part of it in any form and media, and to sublicense those rights (including to our related companies, licensee publishers and partners). You also consent to us editing, re-using, storing, reproducing and communicating your entry in any medium. Generally, we will attribute you as the author where possible, but in some circumstances, we may decide not to.

Lonely Planet will only use the personal information contained in your entry to conduct the promotion and award the prize (but if you’ve told Lonely Planet that you want to receive stuff from us and/or our promotional partners, we’ll use your personal information for that too). If you win a prize, Lonely Planet can use your name and photograph for future marketing purposes unless you tell us not to. We will keep your personal information in accordance with Lonely Planet’s privacy policy at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/legal/privacy-policy

Good luck!