The best holiday in the world?
Eighty days, unlimited flights, US$25,000 in your pocket … the traveler’s dream does exist, at least for Michael Corey.
The 25-year old Canadian videographer, marine biology graduate and breakdancer has been chosen as Cathay Pacific’s Travel the World in 80 Days winner -- a marketing campaign that will see Corey vlog his way round as many countries as he can from June 1-August 31, 2011, all paid for by the airline.
Corey's was one of 1,500 video entries (see his original video submission above) submitted to Cathay Pacific as part of this campaign to give one lucky traveler a chance to reach his or her dream destinations.
After a weekend in Hong Kong during which eight finalists created a blog entry and underwent an interview, the winner was chosen by a panel of judges including James Ginns, Cathay Pacific's general manager marketing & product, Ali Bullock, Cathay's online marketing manager, Jayne Leung, Facebook director for north Asia and James Durston, CNNGo's associate editor.
Corey is already planning his first flight -- to the Philippines. “There are over 60 festivals happening there in June, and I want to participate in as many as I can,” he says. “Besides, what better way to kick off this amazing opportunity than with a bit of partying?”
He also plans to travel to India, to dive with sharks in South Africa and to get at least part of the way up Mount Everest. Sleeping on the Great Wall of China and surfing and skiing in the same day are also in his itinerary.
The competition has already encouraged more than 100,000 people to share Cathay Pacific’s Facebook page and Corey’s regular vlogs as he travels the world should see that increase.
“I'm a traveler first and a videographer second … and being involved in a social media/marketing position currently, I really get the purpose of this competition,” Corey says.
In addition to unlimited economy-class flights during the 80 days, Corey will be provided with three nights’ hotel accommodation in each destination, a daily allowance of up to HK$2,800 (US$360), global travel insurance and a Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Compact Camera.
“We particularly liked Michael’s engaging personality and ability to tell a story in a creative way that will interest and captivate the audience,” says Ginns. “I think everyone who follows Cathay on social media platforms will really enjoy his adventures as he travels around the world.”
Stay tuned to CNNGo and to Cathay Pacific's Facebook page for Corey’s vlogs as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime.
Mike Corey's intro video