September 13, 2010
Cosplay and Blog to a Dream Halloween in HONG KONG!
13 September 2010, Singapore â€“ Fancy being in your cosplay costume to revel in the most exciting and colourful costume parties lining the streets of fashionable Lan Kwai Fong, party capital of Hong Kong at Halloween? How about experiencing a Disneyâ€™s Haunted Halloween with Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in a spectacular Glow in the Park Halloween Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort? Or be part of Asiaâ€™s largest Halloween Bash featuring over 400 costumed characters, more than 20 â€˜hauntedâ€™ attractions, street shows and entertainment at Ocean Park Hong Kong? Or indulge in some Halloween fun at the Avenue of Stars or Madame Tussauds Hong Kong?
The chance to win such a dream Halloween holiday in Hong Kong is now up for grabs by cosplayers and bloggers across Asia! Hong Kongâ€™s Halloween parties are the biggest in all of Asia! Some of Hong Kongâ€™s best-loved attractions such as Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Disneyland, Madame Tussauds, and Ocean Park Hong Kong, among others, get dressed up in their Halloween finery to offer visitors a â€˜spook-tacularâ€™ time. Visitors can also try various Halloween-themed food and drink offers from the various bars and restaurants around town.
To â€˜treatâ€™ visitors to the buzz and festivities of the Halloween funfest in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is teaming up with Asiaâ€™s premier anime and youth entertainment TV destination, Animax, to bring on the â€˜HKTB-Animax Hong Kong Halloween Treatsâ€™ regional campaign, headlined by a regional cosplay competition and blogging contest to send winners on an all-expense-paid* trip to a dream Halloween holiday in HONG KONG!
Open to Animax viewers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, the regional cosplay and blogging contests will each see three winners take home return airfares and hotel accommodations to join in the Halloween fun in Hong Kong!
The prize also includes a special invitation to an exclusive HKTB-Animax Halloween party on 16 October 2010 in Hong Kong. At the event, winners get to meet in person, global star blogger and the world-famous dancing â€˜Stormtrooperâ€™ Danny Choo, celebrity cosplayer and Ani-mate Alodia, and more, to party the night away!
Cosplay to a Dream Halloween in Hong Kong
From 10 â€“ 24 September 2010, cosplayers are invited to upload pictures of themselves in their costumes to http://www.animaxtv.com and share why they wish to go to Hong Kong. These entries will then be featured on the â€˜HKTB-Animax Hong Kong Halloween Treatsâ€™ microsite at http://www.animaxtv.com, to be voted upon by Animax viewers across Asia from 25 September â€“ 6 October 2010.
In addition to viewersâ€™ votes, winners will also be determined by a judging panel formed by HKTB and Animax who will review all contest submissions. Judges will be on the lookout for accuracy and authenticity of the contestantsâ€™ cosplay appearances based on the original characters, as well as the creativity and originality of the contestantsâ€™ reasons for wanting to visit Hong Kong.
BLOG to a Halloween not-to-be-missed in Hong Kong
The regional blogging contest will also see the top three bloggers win all-expense-paid* trips to Hong Kong to join in the Halloween fun! Bloggers simply have to write about the â€˜HKTB-Animax Hong Kong Halloween Treatsâ€™ cosplay contest and share how Hong Kong is the dream destination for cosplayers during the Halloween season.
Running from 10 September â€“ 6 October 2010, the blogging contest requires participants to email the URLs of their blog entries with their names and contact numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org before 6pm (SG) on 7 October 2010 for a chance to win.
The HKTB-Animax judging panel will also review all entrantsâ€™ blog sites based on popularity (number of readers and comments), creativity (how well the blog site is designed with graphics, text, photos and videos), and originality (content) of their blogs to choose the winners.
â€œNo other places celebrate Halloween like Hong Kong does! Hong Kong Halloween Treats is a funky month-long mix of street parties, â€˜dressed upâ€™ attractions, restaurants and bars offering themed menus and when shopping malls unleash a ghoulish assortment of shopping fun. HKTB is pleased to collaborate with Animax Asia to showcase the exciting variety of entertaining events and activities for the youth and young adults in Hong Kong. The zeal and enthusiasm of the Asiaâ€™s cosplayers and bloggers will be a great catalyst to the fun quotient of the Hong Kong Halloween Treats. They will certainly be enthralled by the spook-tastic experience,â€ said Mr David Leung, Regional Director-South & Southeast Asia, Hong Kong Tourism Board.
â€œIt is not always that youth and young adults get recognition for simply indulging in hobbies such as cosplay and blogging. Both passions are widely shared and pursued by many young people across Asia who also share a common love for anime. With â€˜HKTB-Animax Hong Kong Halloween Treatsâ€™, Animax is delighted to partner HKTB to enable Asiaâ€™s cosplayers and bloggers to simply do what they love, showcase their talents and be rewarded for their creativity and efforts. With the unique prize of a Hong Kong Halloween holiday, winners can look forward to making new friends from across Asia, and discovering a whole host of unique youth experiences that Hong Kong has to offer,â€ said Mr Gregory Ho, Vice President & General Manager, Animax Asia.
In addition to enjoying the HKTB-Animax Halloween Party, winners will be at the heart of where it all happens, with the unique opportunity to join in the fun at numerous Halloween-themed events in the month of October all across Hong Kong.
Be it at popular shopping malls, food districts, parties and fiestas, including the colourfully costumed Lan Kwai Fong street parties, Disney’s Haunted Halloween 2010 at Hong Kong Disneyland, or the Ocean Park Halloween Bash, a dream Halloween holiday in Asiaâ€™s most diverse and modern metropolis of Hong Kong awaits the regionâ€™s best cosplayers and bloggers!