Agents, Feeling Lucky?

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Nantucket's Harborview offers a relaxing oceanfront getaway.

 

Whether it’s searching for great vacation options for your existing clients or finding ways to generate new leads, we know that pleasing customers is a huge part of the travel agent business. But that doesn’t mean you should be all work and no play. In fact, we’re encouraging you to take a short break and try your luck at one—or all—of these fun travel contests we’ve rounded up. Who knows, you might just win a well-deserved getaway.

BeautifulPlaces, an international luxury villa hospitality and experiential travel company, is giving travel planners a chance to win a stay ay Harborview Place, an enclave of prime real estate rentals on Nantucket, with the company’s Nantucket Limerick contest.

We are all familiar with the infamous and risque limerick that starts…“There once was a man from Nantucket.” Simply follow the pattern of the classic limerick but make the topic BeautifulPlaces’ Harborview Place villas. Send your standard 5-line limericks—clean language only; all foul language will be disqualified—to nantucket@beautifuil-places.com for a chance to win. All entries must be received by Friday, Aug. 19 by 8 p.m. Pacific time.

The contest winner will win a 2-night stay in a luxury 2-bedroom Harborview Place villa on Nantucket, while three runners-up will receive a $100 credit towards a stay at Harborview Place. For contest details and more information on Harbourview Place, visit beautiful-places.com.

Poetry not your strong suit? Travel Guard North America, a company offering travel insurance plans and assistance services, is acknowledging the unsung heroes of travel—those who have helped others during medical emergencies, disastrous delays, harrowing honeymoons and other travel dilemmas through random acts of kindness. With the company’s new contest, World’s Unluckiest Traveler® 2: THE RESCUE, any North American traveler can recognize a hero who saved the day by nominating them to win a Hero’s Vacation at travelguard.com/unlucky.

Entries will be accepted online through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Travel Guard will announce the 10 best stories, as chosen by a panel of travel experts, on Sept. 27.

Throughout the month of October, the public will vote on the 10 best stories for the ultimate act of kindness. The winning hero, as voted by North America, will be awarded a $10,000 “Hero’s Vacation.” The person who nominated the winning story will win airfare for two anywhere in the U.S.

Travel Guard is also encouraging the public to spread the love by sharing their favorite stories of travel good deeds via Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. For more information on the contest and a full set of rules, visit travelguard.com.

Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic Airways is holding a contest of its own, as the airline recently announced its partnership with this year’s Telluride Film Festival, taking place in Telluride, Colorado, from Sept. 2-5.

To celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s support of the festival and the film industry, the airline will offer movie fans two chances to attend this year’s event as a guest of the airline via an exclusive Two to Telluride Giveaway on Facebook through Aug. 7.

Winners will receive two exclusive Patron Passes, roundtrip airfare from anywhere within the continental U.S. and hotel accommodation for the duration of the festival. Individuals 18 and older can enter by first “liking” the Virgin Atlantic Facebook page at facebook.com/virginatlantic, then filling out an online entry form. Participants can increase their chances to win by inviting friends to enter in the draw.

For more information on this year’s Telluride Film Festival, visit telluridefilmfestival.org.

If you’re a fan of cruise vacations, then you’ll want to know that  Norwegian Cruise Line is holding a contest to help select names for its two new ships, known as “Project Breakaway,” set for delivery in Spring 2013 and 2014. The line will select the two best names that reflect the project’s mission of offering a break-away from everyday, as well as the freedom and flexibility of Norwegian’s signature Freestyle Cruising experiences.

“Project Breakaway” will include  new next-generation Freestyle Cruising ships that will take the best of the best from all of Norwegian’s existing ships to offer two 4,000-passenger megaships.