Competition Press Release

13 November 2012

Winner announced of the Gassan 121 Diamond Treasure Hunt in celebration of antor’s Diamond Jubilee year

ANTOR (Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives)

To celebrate their Diamond Jubilee Anniversary antor organised a treasure hunt for travel agents and tour operators resident in the UK in partnership with WTM and TTG. The first prize, a beautiful Gassan Diamond from Holland was won by Phlip Scott of Can Be Done Travel “It’s amazing” said Scott “When I received an email saying I had won I thought it was a scam until I called to find it was genuine”. The draw took place on the TTG stand on the last day of WTM, 08 November at 11am.  10 other lucky winners won gifts from ANTOR’s members:

  • Candlelit dinner for two at the Malaysian Lagenda Restaurant London: Angeleen Nizau, Travel-PA
  • Gibraltar Gift pack including photo frame/clock, note folder, calculator & men’s cufflinks: Mike Watkinson, Perigrination
  • Québec rucksack and goodies including pancake mix, miniature ice cider, fluffy moose, black bear and husky toys: Derek Small, Flight Centre Greenwich
  • Romance Box including a book on romantic Saint Lucia, mini rum bottles and “Bois Bande” and a bottle of “Chairman’s Spice Rum”: Sue Clutterbuck, Travel     Counsellors
  • Signed copy of 'Monica's Kitchen' by 'Master Chef the Professionals' co-presenter Monica Galetti, Ambassador for Samoa Tourism:  Donna Choolhun-Evans, Travel-PR
  • Omani Bedouin bag with frankincense candle, burner and dates: Ann Barber, Travel Counsellors
  • Rum and chocolate hamper from Trinidad and Tobago: Fay Winning, Co-operative Travel Chelmsford
  • Two bottles of Antiguan English Harbour 5 year old rum: Jamie Morris, Howard Travel
  • Polish Vodka & Gift set: Peter Forster, Those Travel Guys Group
  • Moravian wine gift pack from Czech Republic: Josh Gregory, Cosmos

The lucky winner Philip Scott is the proud owner of a Gassan 121 diamond cut, river colour, V.S. Clarity (Very small inclusion ), 0.25 carat (exactly a quarter of a carat) worth UK £ 1072 (€ 1.340). Gassan Diamonds is located in a beautifully restored factory building in the centre of Amsterdam. Built in 1878, the factory has become the epicentre of diamond perfection. With this goal in mind, the diamond polishers at Gassan Diamonds introduced an even more breath-taking cut: the Gassan 121. This cut has one hundred and twenty one facets, sixteen additional facets on the top and forty eight extra underneath in comparison to the traditional brilliant cut. Visitors to Gassan Diamonds can experience the diamond polishers at work first-hand, while multilingual staff reveal the ins and outs of the diamond trade.

“WTM marked a special year in antor’s calendar as it is our diamond Jubilee year, 60 years since the industry came together to recognise the work of foreign tourist boards abroad and to develop a fraternity and bond that is quite unique from any other association, what better way to celebrate than by giving a lucky member of the industry a Gassan diamond from Holland” commented Tracey Poggio, Chairman. “This bond is further demonstrated in the member’s united front in supporting the Fair Tax for Flying Campaign” continues Poggio, “By continually raising APD the government is limiting travel overseas in times of economic crises to the financially well off, as well as disadvantaging countries that rely on British Tourists for their own economic survival.”

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For further information contact:
Alison Cryer, Executive Secretariat, antor
Tel: 0870 241 9084

antor is the principal lobbying organisation for the world's tourist offices. Its UK membership comprises national and regional tourist offices which are represented in Britain.
antor 's objectives include providing a fraternal forum for its members to meet and exchange ideas, to forge close relationships with all other sectors of the travel industry; to be recognised as one of the foremost advocates of responsible tourism and to comment on a wide range of issues affecting worldwide travel and tourism.

In the current climate, antor provides a unique opportunity for destinations to work together, pool their resources through joint marketing initiatives and really leverage their marketing spend. Many of our activities would be impossible for most of our destinations to undertake individually but working together we can really raise the profile of your destination. antor UK is a voluntary, non-political organisation which was established in 1952. It is run by a board of members which is elected each year at the Association's Annual General Meeting.

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