Travel agency stages contest as a way to say thanks

Travel agency stages contest as a way to say thanks

Do you know a first responder or frontline worker who deserves a nice vacation?

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If you do, you can nominate them for entry in a contest to win a free trip to Mexico, sponsored by Wanderlori Travel, WestJet and Palace Resorts in Cancun.

Lori Smith, owner of Wanderlori Travel in Arcola, said there are people who have been putting their lives on the line to make sure everyone stays safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think we can all agree, not all heroes wear capes,” said Smith.

As way of giving back and saying thank you to all first responders and frontline workers, who have worked between March 15 to May 31 this year, Smith said they are giving away two free trips to Mexico in their Essential Workers Free Trip Contest — one for a first responder and one for a frontline worker.

The winners will enjoy an all-inclusive trip to Cancun that includes two round-trip flights provided by WestJet and a seven-night stay for two at a Palace Resort in Cancun.

There is no purchase necessary to participate in the contest. If you know an essential worker who fits the description of frontline hero or first responder who deserves a vacation, nominate them by filling up a form online at and include a short story on why they deserve to win a free trip.

Entries will be accepted until Aug. 16.

The definition of a frontline worker, for the purposes of this contest, includes any person working in these specific fields or providing support services to these industries: construction and maintenance, consumer products, educators and childcare workers, financial, food, beverage and catering, healthcare, hotel staff, information-technology, manufacturing and supply chains, postal and delivery services, safety, transportation, veterinarians and animal welfare, volunteers, waste and garbage.

The definition of a first responder, for the purposes of this contest, includes any person working in the following roles or services: doctors, EMT and hospital personnel, federal agents, firefighters, nurses, paramedics and police officers.

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