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28/05/2009

With a little over a month left before the final candidates are defined for the worldwide election that will choose the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Local Committee in Support of the Iguaçu Falls’ nomination is launching a cultural contest to boost voting for the attraction located on the border between Brazil and Argentina.  

With a little over a month left before the final candidates are defined for the worldwide election that will choose the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Local Committee in Support of the Iguaçu Falls’ nomination is launching a cultural contest to boost voting for the attraction located on the border between Brazil and Argentina.

 

The promotion will reward with a trip to Foz do Iguaçu – for two, from anywhere in the world, all expenses paid  – the web users who provide the best five answers to the question “Why should the Iguaçu Falls be chosen one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature?”.

 

 


The beauty of the Iguaçu Falls

“The beauty of the Falls is renowned worldwide. Many people would like to stand near this striking attraction”, said Gilmar Piolla, one of the Brazilian coordinators of the nomination Local Committee. “The idea of the contest is exactly to give those people who help elect the Falls the chance to win a trip to see them up close”, he said.

 

Registrations for the cultural contest are available at www.votecataratas.com, through the link “Vote Now”. The first step is to vote for the Iguaçu Falls on the website of the New7Wonders Foundation, the organization holding the election. After that, web users can fill out the contest registration form.

 

Participation is open to people from anywhere in the world, regardless of their nationality, until July 7, 2009. The contest regulations are also available at www.votecataratas.com, in Portuguese, Spanish and English. The answers must be posted in one of the three languages.

 

The worldwide election

The election of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, from Switzerland. It includes attractions from the five continents and is held much in the same way as the one that celebrated Christ Redeemer one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The election is currently at its second phase, in which the 261 attractions selected in the previous phase have been split into seven categories. The Iguaçu Falls are running among lakes, rivers and waterfalls.

 

To move on to the next phase, the Falls need to remain among the 11 best ranking attractions in their category, which comprises 60 nominees. Voting ends on July 7, 2009. The 77 nominees getting the most votes will then be submitted for evaluation by a team of experts that will announce the 21 finalists in the election on July 21.

 

The grand finale, by people’s choice, starts right after that and ends in 2011, when the world will get to know the New Seven Wonders of Nature.  “The Falls being chosen one of the new seven wonders of nature will place Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná and Brazil in the travel plans of thousands of tourists from across the world”, added Felipe Gonzalez, the Foz do Iguaçu Tourism Secretary, highlighting how important it is for people to take part in this event.

 

Created by a three-nation initiative, the Local Committee in Support of the Falls’ nomination brings together the efforts of business owners and governmental agencies from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.