Tuesday, July 22, 2008

State of Georgia Kicks off Braves Dream Pass Sweepstakes

Baseball fans and other Georgians who vacation close to home this summer now have an additional reason to enjoy Atlanta Braves games. Georgia’s Tourism division, housed in the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has kicked off a Braves Dream Pass Sweepstakes at Turner Field.

People who sign up for the free Georgia Dream Pass before Sept. 1, 2008 are eligible to win a selection of prize packages including $10,000, first-class Atlanta Braves game experiences with a special appearance by a Braves player or other celebrity, weekend getaways and MVP passes to see Atlanta’s top attractions. MVP attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, New World of Coca-Cola, Six Flags Over Georgia and Stone Mountain Park.

The Georgia Dream Pass is a part of a state tourism initiative that encourages Georgia residents to visit golf course and attractions in the state. The Dream Pass entitles holders to special privileges and exclusive benefits at participating attractions all over the state, including special tee times, behind-the-scenes tours, gift shop discounts, priority parking or gift bags. There are no points to earn and membership is free.

The Georgia Dream Pass promotion kicked off in 2007 and has seen increasing success as the rise of fuel prices have motivated Georgians to spend leisure time closer to home. While anyone can acquire and use a Dream Pass, the rewards are often based on frequency of use, and thus are readily available to those who live or stay near the member golf clubs and attractions.

The sweepstakes’ Georgia Vacation Grand Prize offers one winner an array of weekend getaways to get out and explore Georgia. The Grand Prize winner will receive four Atlanta Braves suite tickets to the Sept. 21 home game; limo service to and from the game; a special appearance by an Atlanta Braves celebrity; dinner at the 755 Club; weekend stay for two at Blue Ridge Aska Lodge Bed & Breakfast and rafting on the Chattooga River; weekend stay for two at Kingwood Resort and a round of golf; and weekend stay for two at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Drawings will also take place for four additional prize packages for the Sept. 21 home game, each of which will include limo rides to and from Turner Field, dinner at the 755 Club, Braves suite for four, a special appearance by an Atlanta Braves celebrity or Georgia VIP, and MVP Passes.

Participants who sign up for the Georgia Dream Pass by Sept. 1 are automatically entered in the sweepstakes. Memberships are available by visiting www.exploregeorgia.org or by visiting the Georgia Dream Pass tent located outside the front gates of Turner Field 5:00pm – 7:00pm during Braves games on July 31, Aug. 14 and Aug. 16, 2008. Contest details are available at http://www.exploregeorgia.org/DreamPass/Sweepstakes/Braves.

The Braves Dream Pass Sweepstakes will also turn the eighth inning of each home and away game into the Georgia Dream Pass Inning. If an Atlanta Braves player hits a grand slam during the Georgia Dream Pass Inning, one randomly-drawn Dream Pass card member will win $10,000 from the Braves Radio Network.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm. The agency attracts new business, encourages the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, and locates new markets for Georgia products. It also markets Georgia to tourists and promotes the state as a location for film, music and digital entertainment projects. For more information, visit www.exploregeorgia.org.

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