Pack Your Bag Challenge 2016

OFFICIAL RULES

 

NO PURCHASE, PAYMENT OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN AND DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID OUTSIDE OF THE PROMOTION AREA AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

ELIGIBILITY: Pack Your Bag Challenge 2016 (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to individuals who, as of the entry date, are legal residents of Texas or Louisiana (the “Promotion Area”); are at least 18 years of age; and have a valid email address. Entrants are eligible to win one prize only from Sponsor during any six-month period. Employees, officers and directors of Houston First Corporation; Greater Houston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau; KHOU-TV; Sotherly Hotels, LP (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Parties”) or their immediate family members (i.e., their spouse, parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, and grandparents, regardless of where they reside), or individuals living in the same household as such individuals, regardless of relation, are not eligible to enter or win this Sweepstakes.

SPONSOR: Houston First Corporation, 1331 Lamar St., Ste. 700 Houston, Texas 77010.

PROMOTION PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins on May 13, 2016 at approximately 9:00 a.m. CST and will end on August 1, 2016 at approximately 9:00 a.m. CST (the “Promotion Period”). Sponsor’s computer shall be the official timekeeper for purposes of the Sweepstakes.

HOW TO ENTER: During the Promotion Period, go to http://www.visithoustontexas.com/packyourbag/ and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit an entry form. Limit one entry per individual. Should a dispute arise as to the identity of an entrant, then the person named as the authorized email account holder used to enter shall be deemed to be the entrant. If multiple names are listed on the email account, then the first name listed shall be considered the entrant. Any attempt to submit more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods shall void all entries by entrant. Any entries submitted with the use of a script, macro or other mechanical or automated device or means shall be void. 

THE PRIZE: Subject to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, one entrant of this Sweepstakes will be awarded all of the following: (i) a two-night, double-occupancy standard hotel room at The Whitehall Hotel in downtown Houston, Texas (the “Hotel”) valid, subject to availability, for a stay completed prior to June 1, 2017 and (ii) a Houston CityPass® booklet. The approximate retail value of the prizes is $500.00. Sponsor is not responsible for any costs or fees incurred by the prize winner due to acceptance and use of their prize, including by way of example and not limitation, airfare, ground transportation, meals, parking, gratuities, insurance, or any other cost or expense. Prize winner shall be solely responsible for reporting and payment of any federal, state and/or local income taxes incurred in association with acceptance of their prize. Prizes are non-transferrable and shall be accepted as awarded on as “AS IS” basis, with no warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, made by Sponsor or for which Sponsor shall be liable. SPONSOR DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. No cash or other substitution shall be made, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or a component thereof) with another prize (or component thereof, including cash) of equal or greater value if a prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

DRAWING AND ODDS: On or about August 1, 2016, one entrant will be selected randomly from among all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period to receive the prize. The random drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, whose decisions shall be final and binding with regard to all matters arising out of this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.

NOTIFICATION: The potential prize winner may be notified via the email address submitted at the time of entry (the “Notification”) with instructions to contact a Sponsor representative within forty-eight (48) hours from the time of the Notification. Receipt of prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules and completion and return of an Eligibility Certification and Release of Liability by the potential prize winner. If a potential prize winner does not timely respond to the Notification, fails to complete and return any required document hereunder, fails to comply with these Official Rules, or declines the prize for any reason, then a disqualification shall result, such prize shall be forfeited and, at the sole option of Sponsor, an alternate potential prize winner may be selected randomly from among all remaining eligible entries. 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are late, incomplete, illegible, corrupted, stolen, lost, or misdirected due to human or computer error. Sponsor is not responsible for printing or typographical errors in any Sweepstakes materials. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes if, in Sponsor’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Sweepstakes, or if viruses, malicious code, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical difficulties, or failures or any other kind or type beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award the prize, randomly, from among eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of such tampering or failure. 

RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, ENTRANT AGREES TO AND SHALL RELEASE, ACQUIT AND FOREVER DISCHARGE THE SWEEPSTAKES PARTIES, INCLUDING, IN EACH CASE, THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, LOSSES, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, COSTS AND EXPENSES OF ANY KIND OR TYPE ARISING OUT OF OR SUSTAINED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, DUE TO PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES AND/OR THE ACCEPTANCE, RECEIPT, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE. Further, by entering this Sweepstakes, each entrant gives permission to be contacted by the Sponsor for purposes related to the Sweepstakes. Prize winner, by acceptance of their prize, grants to Sponsor the right to publicize such winner’s name, city and state of residence, statements and/or likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional, trade and/or any other purpose in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission, or notification to such prize winner.

DISPUTES: Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, demands, and causes of action arising out of or sustained in connection with this Sweepstakes, or any prize awarded thereunder, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; any and all judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event include attorneys’ fees; and under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain (and entrant hereby waives all rights to assert or claim) awards for punitive, incidental or consequential damages. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant or Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without regard to any conflict of law provisions. Litigation in connection with this Agreement shall be in a court of competent jurisdiction in Harris County, Texas.

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICIAL RULES: By entering, each entrant full, irrevocably and unconditionally agrees accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor (including, by way of example and not limitation, decisions regarding eligibility of entries and entrants, the selection of the winner, and the awarding of prizes), which shall be final and binding in all respects.

WINNER’S LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain the name of the Sweepstakes prize winner (available after August 1, 2016) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, postmarked no later than September 30, 2016 to: Houston First Corporation, 1331 Lamar St., Ste. 700 Houston, Texas 77010. Please specify “Winner’s List” or “Official Rules” on the outer envelope. Do not send entries by mail to this address.

NATURE OF SPONSOR’S BUSINESS: Promotion of conventions, meetings, tourism, and special events in Houston, Texas and surrounding region.
 

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