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City of Moncton and Tourism Moncton launch 2013 Tourism Season with the kick-off of the second annual Moncton Moments Contest


May 27, 2013 
 
MONCTON – The City of Moncton and Tourism Moncton are proud to officially launch the 2013 Tourism Season in Southeastern New Brunswick with the kick-off of the second annual Moncton Moments contest.

Once again, Monctonians and tourists are asked “What’s your favourite thing to do in Moncton?” You will have the opportunity to share your pride for our community and to promote the quality of life in the city by showing and explaining what makes your Moncton Moment so special.

The City of Moncton and Tourism Moncton believe the contest will provide a big boost to the Tourism industry as they look to build on their record-breaking 2012 season.

“Moncton Moments not only gives residents and visitors the chance to show what makes Moncton so special, but it also facilitates attraction promotion for the Tourism industry”, said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “Greater Moncton saw new all-time highs with 1,613,000 visitors and 398.7 million dollars in total tourism expenditures in 2012 and this year, we’re looking to break these records again.”

This year’s contest features three major additions: a photograph category, uploading, submitting and voting via the Moncton Moments Facebook App and children participation. In addition to 45-90 second videos, participants will now be able to submit photos of them and their families doing their favourite activity in the Moncton area. Children will also be able to take part in the contest with the help of a parent or a legal guardian.

To participate, use your smartphone, camera or camcorder to shoot a video or take a picture of yourself with or without your family showcasing what you love to do in Moncton. Then go to the Moncton Moments Facebook App and submit your video or photo. Eligible Moncton Moments must be found within a 45-minute drive from the City of Moncton, within New Brunswick. However, anyone can upload videos and photos of their favourite Moncton Moments from anywhere in the world.  Participants may submit one video or photo per day during the submission period, as long as they are unique and different from previous submissions. See the Moncton Moments Facebook App for details. 

There will be a total of 29 prizes to be won: 14 weekly submission prizes, 4 judges’ selection prizes, 7 weekly voting prizes, 2 runner-up prizes and 2 grand prizes.  This year, the prizes donated by regional tourism partners are worth approximately $5500 in total.

Submissions for the contest will be accepted from now until August 26, 2013. The weekly submission prizes will be awarded at random by an independent contest organization every week until the end of the submission period.

The weekly voting prizes, the runner-up prizes and the grand prizes will be decided by votes placed on the Moncton Moments Facebook App. The voting period will take place between September 3 and October 22, 2013. To vote, visit the Moncton Moments Facebook App by searching Tourism Moncton/Tourisme Moncton on Facebook or following this link: http://www.facebook.com/TourismTourismeMoncton. Voters can vote for one video and one photo each day during the period and all voters will be entered in a draw for a “voter’s prize”.

The mayor also challenged the media partners to participate in this event this year to further showcase the wonderful things Moncton has to offer to the world.  The media has until Wednesday, June 19, to submit their favourite ‘Moncton Moments’ video, and the winner for the best video will be announced on Monday, June 24. 

Make sure to follow us @monctonmoments on Twitter for news about the event and attractions and don’t forget to like our Moncton Moments Facebook page to submit your videos and photos.

What is your Moncton Moment?

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Media Contact:

Ben Champoux
Director, Tourism and Culture
City of Moncton
506-853-3518