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Leap Local's 2012 International Tourism Competitions:
This is our 4th year of celebrating cultural exploration and adventure travel by hosting global competitions which award prizes to both the tourism service provider at the point of destination (the local) and to the traveller.
New this year is The $1000.00 Splits Competition. $500.00 is awarded to the traveller who makes the best NEW recommendation on Leap Local's website and $500.00 is awarded to the tour guide/service provider who was recommended. ()
Travel Story Competition: For a third year we are running the travel story competition. There is a $500.00 first prize and two $150 runners-up prizes awarded to the winning writers. The top 25 entries can be published in, Leap Local's travel magazine. ( )
The Leap Local International Tour Guides & Services Competition is now in its fourth year. The expert panel of judges uses the recommendations and reviews made on Leap Local's website to select the best individuals in tourism from around the world. Winners can be tour guides, local tour operators, drivers, guest house or homestay owners, or teachers/artisans. The winners are awarded PR (the equivalent of $2500.00 in man hours of PR from Leap Local's professional team) which includes specific press releases to embassies and media and tourism organizations, continued features on the website and on social networking sites and in mailings to our travel community around the world, plus a personalized winning certificate, and other prizes. In past years the PR has resulted in some lucky winners making the front pages of their national newspapers. ()
All our competitions are judged by a panel of journalists, travel writers and authors, and academics, who work for internationally renowned publications such as the Guardian, National Geographic, TIME, Travelers' Tales, Washington Post, Lonely Planet, and Archaeology Magazine.