Want to get great exposure across the Midwest as the featured property on the cover of the 2012 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Then Enter the Lodging Directory Cover Contest! It’s free to enter and open to all sizes and types of WH&LA member properties in Wisconsin. Plus, we’ve changed the fee structure for this year’s contest and have added a social media promotion campaign where the traveling public gets to pick the winner. Be sure to check out the program’s new structure, deadline and fees in the details below.
WH&LA member properties may submit up to two photos featuring indoor or outdoor locations at their Wisconsin lodging property. No identifying signage is allowed. Web-resolution photos may be submitted for judging, but a high-resolution, print-quality version must be available should your photo be chosen as the winner. No exceptions.
Photos must be e-mailed to Michelle in the WH&LA office by Friday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Photos received after the deadline will not be considered. Hard-copy photos may be mailed to WH&LA Lodging Directory Cover Contest, 1025 S. Moorland Road, Suite 200 Brookfield, WI 53005.
All photo entries will be submitted to a third-party, outside design firm for first-round judging, where 12 finalists will be chosen. Each of the 12 finalists will be charged a $300 promotion fee.
The 12 finalists will each have a 2012 Lodging Directory cover designed and displayed at a special page at wisconsinlodging.org from Tuesday, April 12, through Monday, May 9. The traveling public will be able to vote for their favorite cover on the page. Each finalist will also be featured in a special edition of the WisconsINN Getaways e-mail newsletter n April, sent to nearly 6,000 subscribers. Additionally, finalists will be promoted via WH&LA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the voting period, and finalists are encouraged to promote the contest through their own social media channels. The winner of the cover contest will be announced on Tuesday, May 10.
The Fine Print
Finalists will be notified and billed the $300 promotional fee on or around April 12, 2011. If payment is not received by April 26, 2011, the property’s image will be disqualified. Only properties that have paid by the deadline will be featured in the promotional e-mail. The finalist that is chosen as winner must renew its WH&LA membership on or before to June 30, 2011 to be eligible to be featured on the cover. The winner must also continue or expand its Lodging Directory advertising commitment from 2011. If a property wins the cover contest but chooses not to renew membership, it will be disqualified and the second-place finalist will be named the winner. WH&LA reserves the right to refuse any photo submission for any reason.
Questions? Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262/782-2851.