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Star Alliance Round the World trip


FRANKFURT, Germany - October 3rd, 2016 - Star Alliance is offering two Round the World tickets for a good cause and is inviting members of the public to decide which of the six shortlisted nominees should be selected to travel the world with a companion.

Each nominee was put forward by one of the travel bloggers who recently completed their own Round the World trip with Star Alliance. With a brief to select an individual or charity “deserving” of a Round the World trip, the bloggers researched and ultimately proposed individuals who have personally impressed them, and could equally serve as a source of inspiration to others.

Food-loving video blogger Mark Wiens from @migrationology travelled the globe tasting diverse culinary delights, and has now nominated Dwight Turner for his work with underprivileged children in Bangkok through the @thecourageouskitchen (http://courageouskitchen.org/) charity.

Moving from food to wine, luxury travel guru Scott Eddy (@MrScottEddy) flew around the world tasting wines on six continents. He has chosen Tracy Hitchcock and Nate Walsh for their work empowering refugees and others through their “Create Common Good” (http://createcommongood.org/) charity.

Travel bloggers Megan and Mike from @mappingmegan have just completed a Romantic Round the World journey and would like to send Drew Evensen around the globe in memory of his beloved wife and fellow travel blogger Kimmy Hayes ( http://afterglobe.net/about-us/).

For his part, diver Justin Carmack from @truenomads, who flew around the world capturing underwater views from the best dive sites, has nominated Dr. Rachel Graham for her work conserving and protecting threatened marine life at MarAlliance (http://maralliance.org/).

The founder of @coolhunting - whose editor Karen Day recently returned from an inspirational Gap Year tour - has put forward Susan Easton and her work with global artisans #FROMTHEROAD (http://fromtheroad.com/).

Blogger Oneika Raymond from @Oneikathetraveller recently completed a whirlwind World Wonders trip and is nominating Masonia Traylor (http://www.masoniatraylor.com/lady-burgandy) for her inspirational work with women and girls suffering from HIV & AIDS.

Each blogger has created a short video to introduce their candidate. These can be viewed at www.facebook.com/staralliance/videos, with additional information on each candidate available at www.staralliance.com.

Casting your vote for your favourite candidates is easy. Just go to the Star Alliance Facebook page www.facebook.com/staralliance and interact with the post(s) on your preferred nominee by latest October 31st, 2016. The candidate whose posts receive the most likes, loves and other reactions will be given a Star Alliance Round the World Premium Economy Class ticket for two.

Travelling the world on up to 28 different airlines, with a choice of 1,300 destinations, all on a single ticket is a unique product that only an airline alliance can offer. In order to meet customers’ growing desire for more individualised travel options, Star Alliance recently launched themed itineraries. These include: World Food, World Wonders, Architecture Hotspots, Nature Trail, Aquatic Wonders, Ramsar Wetlands, Natural Wonders, Great Hotels, Sports Hotspots, Wine Tasting, Romantic Journey and Luxury Lifestyle.
Full details can be found at http://www.staralliance.com/en/web/staralliance/inspiration).
Supporting the launch of the new Round the World themes, Star Alliance and Marriott International jointly engaged seven travel bloggers who travelled on themed itineraries and reported on their journeys. Details can be found at http://www.staralliance.com/en/rtw-bloggers.

To facilitate booking these new inspirational journeys, the Alliance’s online Round the World booking tool, “Book & Fly,” was recently upgraded. New features allow potential travellers to choose the airport closest to their home as the starting point for their selected themed itinerary. Customers can also now share their selected itinerary through the various social networks. Further customisation by adding, removing or exchanging destinations is also now possible. The online booking tool can be found on the Alliance’s website at www.staralliance.com/en/book-fly and is available in English, German and Japanese. Customers can plan their Round the World journey from the comfort of their own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Alternatively customers can contact any of the Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agent for booking and purchasing a Round the World ticket.

Additional background information on Star Alliance Round the World fares can be found at: http://www.staralliance.com/en/background

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

About Marriott:
Marriott International, Inc., is a global leading lodging company with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by Marriott family leadership for nearly 90 years, the company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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