These rules apply to the ‘2020 Best Kept Secret getaway contest’ conducted by Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN).
Who can enter
To enter, contestants must be 18 years of age or older. VBN reserves the right to examine identification and may reasonably choose to accept or deny awarding the prize based on identification presented.
Employees (including without limitation, part-time or temporary employees) of VBN, VBN Foundation and all affiliated companies at anytime during the applicable contesting period and the immediate family and household members of each of the above are NOT eligible to enter and/or to win the Contest.
Contestant may only win one prize per contest, unless expressly specified otherwise in contest rules for the specific contest at issue.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
One entry per email address. Entries must be received by November 30, 2020.
VBN is not responsible for any technical difficulties experienced due to overload, busy signals, loss of phone service, electronic problems or any other factor that may prevent an individual from completing a phone call, receiving a fax, receiving an e-mail or for any technical malfunction related to any telephone connection, servers, routers or any other technical problem that may impact entry, participation or prize claim.
All entries become the property of VBN and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entries received that are tampered with, illegible or from ineligible entrants will be void. Entries that are determined to be fraudulent will be void, and the person making such an entry barred from further participation in the contest. Incomplete entries may be disqualified at VBN discretion.
For internet based entries (whether via email entries, online submissions of entries or via websites), entrants will be asked to go to a particular website at particular times to enter the contest. Criteria for winning and/or conditions for entry will be announced on the website. Winners will be selected in accordance with criteria set forth on-line with respect to the contest.
The contest requires VBN to notify winner since there is a deadline for prize claims, if VBN does not have actual contact with the winner as part of the contest, VBN will be required to leave one message at the number provided in the entry form or provided at the time VBN collected the winner’s information. If no answer or voicemail is reached, VBN will not be obligated to attempt any further contact. However, VBN reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to attempt to contact any winner more than once and shall not be required to attempt to contact all winners/contestants an equal number of times.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or stated, no person will be entitled to receive any prize until after their eligibility has been confirmed or accepted by VBN and all required paperwork ( including without limitation, liability release, agreements) have been completed by the pending winner.
Prizes will be released to winners only. Winners are required to present a valid provincial photo ID and valid tax identification number in order to pick up any prize. Winners may be required to sign a Liability Release Agreement relieving VBN, VBN Foundation and any affiliated organizations from any and all liability with respect to the contestant’s participation in the contest and the receipt and/or use of the prize. Any person refusing to sign the Release and/or provide a tax identification number or complete or provide any other documents required by VBN by the deadline required by VBN will forfeit any and all contest prizes.
Prizes not claimed within thirty (30) business days of being awarded, or in the case of a time sensitive prize, within its period of usability, shall be considered forfeited and will become property of VBN. Such prize may be disposed of at the discretion of VBN Management.
Winners are responsible for paying all applicable local, county, state, federal and provincial taxes on prizes based on the estimated retail value of the prize, as set forth in the contest rules, and will be issued an IRS 1099 form for all prizes won from VBN where the aggregate value of all prizes is $ 600 or more.
With respect to travel and/or event tickets of any kind, VBN and sponsors are not responsible for replacing or reimbursing winners with any form of compensation for flights or events that are canceled, rescheduled or delayed. All cancellations are deemed beyond the control of VBN and its sponsors. This includes but is not limited to, event cancellations, trip schedule changes, flight cancellations, changes in travel arrangements, travel delays of any form and duration, as well as all delays or cancellations due to acts of nature, terrorism, illness or war. Additionally VBN is not responsible for any expenses incurred by contest winners as a result of such cancellations or delays.
Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.
VBN will be the sole arbiter in all matters relating to the contest and the interpretation of contest rules. Their decisions shall be final. Entry into the contest constitutes agreement by contestants to abide by these rules, as well as any other rules established by VBN.
By participating in a VBN contest, entrants hereby agree that VBN and its affiliates has no, and herby release VBN and affiliates and its contest sponsors from responsibility or liability in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind/caused by or resulting from the acceptance, possession and/or use of a prize or an entrant’s participation in such contest.
By participating in a VBN contest, entrants herby consents to VBN and contest sponsors’ usage of any one or more of the following for any other advertising or promotional purpose with out payment of any additional consideration: contestants name; voice; likeness; biographical information; his/her participation in the contest; and the substance of the contestant’s telephone call.
VBN contests are subject to all applicable laws and regulations and are void where prohibited.
VBN reserves the right to terminate or declare any Contest null and void and rescind any prize, if in its sole judgment, the rules or the integrity of the Contest have been violated or compromised in any way. Intentionally or non intentionally by any person whether or not a contestant in the contest.
Winner’s List: For the winning name, mail a self addressed stamped envelope to the VBN address below, identifying the name of this contest.
Visit Buffalo Niagara
403 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203