Essential Workers Free Trip Contest

    Thank You to all Frontline workers and first responders - Our Essential Workers!

    To express our thanks and gratitude to those qualified as ESSENTIAL WORKERS during Covid19, We are giving away two free trips for two people to Cancun, Mexico. One free trip for the very brave first responders and one free trip to a deserving frontline workers.

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    It’s no secret that right now, life is a lot different for us all. During these unprecedented times, there are some people who have been putting their lives on the line to make sure we all stay safe during this pandemic and I think we can all agree, not all heroes wear capes.

    We wanted to say THANK YOU to all ESSENTIAL WORKERS who worked during March 15th through to the 31st of May 2020, Although words can’t quite express our gratitude, we thought a FREE TRIP contest would be a good place to start

    We are giving away two trips to Mexico, for those qualified as ESSENTIAL WORKERS. One trip for a very brave first responder and one free trip to a deserving frontline worker.

    The winners will enjoy an all inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico -

    • ✈️  2 Roundtrip flights provided by WestJet from any Canadian gateway to Cancun, Mexico
    • 🏨 7-night stay for 2 on an All-Inclusive Basis in a lead in room category at a Palace Resort. Choose from 1 of 4 Resorts in Cancun
    • 🚓 Private transfers in Cancun
    • 💳 All taxes included

    No purchase is necessary in order to participate in this contest.

    If you know an ESSENTIAL WORKER who fits the description of frontline hero or first responder, who deserves a vacation, nominate them by completing this form.You can only nominate one person (either a frontline worker OR first responder),, so please be sure to tell their story in full and why they deserve to win a free trip.

    Frontline Workers

    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:

    1. Construction & Maintenance  
    2. Consumer Products
    3. Educators & Childcare Workers
    4. Financial 
    5. Food, Beverage & Catering
    6. Healthcare
    7. Hotel Staff 
    8. IT 
    9. Manufacturing & Supply Chains 
    10. Postal/Delivery Services
    11. Safety 
    12. Transportation 
    13. Veterinarians and animal welfare
    14. Volunteers
    15. Waste & Garbage

    First Responders

    The definition of a first responder, for the purposes of this Contest includes any person working in the following roles or services:

    1. Doctors
    2. EMT & Hospital personnel
    3. Federal Agents
    4. Fire Fighters
    5. Nurses
    6. Paramedics
    7. Police Officers

    Nominate an Essential Worker

    Nominee details

    If you do not know the telephone number or email of the person you are nominating, please provide the telephone number or email of the organization for where they work.

    Please tell us how/why this individual went above and beyond for you/your family and the impact they have made on you/your family. Your story will be the determining factor on how the winner is chosen.

    Nominator Details

    Your details (person making the nomination)


    The Contest is open to all legal Canadian residents excluding Quebec. Residents of Quebec can neither nominate or be nominated as part of this contest. 

    Each individual is only eligible to complete 1 entry form, in which they can nominate a maximum of 1 frontline worker or first responder to win the trip giveaway. If the person submitting the entry form completes more than 1 nomination, all entries submitted by that participant will be void. 

    The nominees are those in the profession of either frontline workers or first responders (as defined below). Both the nominee and the nominating person, must be a minimum of 18 years old at the time of contest entry and be legally eligible for travel to Mexico. 

    Employees, travel agents or immediate family of The Travel Agent Next Door are not eligible to participate or win the prize, however may nominate a third party. 

    No purchase is necessary in order to participate in this contest. 

    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 & Maintenance  
    • Consumer Products
    • Educators & Childcare Workers
    • Financial 
    • Food, Beverage & Catering
    • Healthcare
    • Hotel Staff 
    • IT 
    • Manufacturing & Supply Chains 
    • Postal/Delivery Services
    • Safety 
    • Transportation 
    • Veterinarians and animal welfare
    • Volunteers
    • Waste & Garbage

    The definition of a first responder, for the purposes of this Contest includes any person working in the following roles or services:

    1. Doctors
    2. EMT & Hospital personnel
    3. Federal Agents
    4. Fire Fighters
    5. Nurses
    6. Paramedics
    7. Police Officers


    The contest entry period commences at 09:00 am EST on Tuesday June 30th 2020 and concludes at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 16th 2020.


    Entries can be submitted under the website of any independent contractor hosted with The Travel Agent Next Door. Entry forms must be completed in full with your name & details along with the name and details of the frontline worker or first responder you are nominating. 

    By submitting an entry, entrants agree to be bound by these official Contest Rules, which are subject to change in The Travel Agent Next Door’s sole discretion.

    The Travel Agent Next Door collects participant’s personal information in order to conduct the promotion. If the information requested is not provided, the participant may not take part in the promotion. 

    By entering the competition, you agree to allow future communication from the organizer and promoters of this competition. You may however, unsubscribe at any time. 


    There are 2 prizes to be won (1 for a front-line worker and 1 for a first responder). The prize will consist of an all-inclusive vacation to Mexico which shall include the following:

    • Roundtrip airfare, based on economy class, for up to 2 adults (one of whom must be the winner) from any Canadian gateway which AIRLINE serves and operates to.
    • 7 nights standard accommodations at any Palace Resort (excluding Le Blanc Spa Resort).  
    • Includes all meals & snacks along with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. 
    • Land transfers between the airport and Resort in destination.
    • All Resort taxes and processing fees.
    • All airline taxes.


    • Ground transportation not specifically mentioned above.
    • Insurance (including, but not limited to, travel insurance, medical insurance & trip cancelation)
    • Sightseeing tours and other in-destination activities
    • Seat selection, excess baggage fees or cabin upgrades. 
    • Costs associated with obtaining travel documents (including, but not limited to passports and visas)
    • Costs associated with obtaining necessary vaccinations
    • Additional meals, room upgrades, in room movies, spa treatments at the resort. 
    • Tips & gratuities


    • The prize is provided by WestJet and Palace Resorts and is subject to the terms and conditions of each supplier, as detailed on the winning vouchers. 
    • The prize must be accepted as awarded, there are no substitutions. The prize is non-transferable, has no cash value and cannot be redeemed for cash. Any costs incurred by a winner though the use of a prize is the sole responsibility of the winner. 
    • The prize is redeemable only by the winner and cannot be sold to any other party. 
    • The Prize must be redeemed, and travel must take place from August 22nd 2020 to August 31st, 2021. These dates may change subject to travel restrictions from COVID-19 and are based on Palace Resorts and WestJet resuming normal operations.
    • Travel is subject to availability and must be requested a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the requested departure date.
    • Blackout periods apply, including statutory holidays and peak travel dates including:
      • August 27th – September 7th, 2020. 
      • October 8th – 13th, 2020
      • November 5th-16th, November 23rd – 29th, 2020. 
      • December 18th 2020 – January 4th, 2021. 
      • February 11th -15th, 2021.
      • March 11th – 15th 2021, March 18th-22nd 2021,  
      • March 25th – April 5th 2021.
      • May 20th – 24th, 2021.
      • June 22nd to August 21st 2021.
    • If you are unable to travel during the Travel Period, you will be required to forfeit the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected at the discretion of The Travel Agent Next Door.
    • Once reservation is made, it cannot be changed
    • All travellers must be in possession of a valid passport and other necessary travel documents upon selection, which documents must be valid prior to, for the duration of the trip and up to 6 months after the trip. Failure to obtain necessary travel documentation will result in forfeiture of the prize.
    • All airline tickets are subject to flight variations, work stoppage, and schedule or route changes.
    • Bookings made with this voucher are not eligible for paid upgrades, such as Plus seating, except where the option to pay for an upgrade is available when checking in for the flight 24 hours prior to departure 
    • Individuals travelling on WestJet flight vouchers are not entitled to compensation amounts provided under passenger rights regimes. By redeeming this voucher, all individuals travelling agree to release, and waive all claims against, WestJet relating to any and all liability, damage, or compensation entitlement arising under Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations 
    • If the Prize, or any portion thereof, is unused, it cannot be carried forward and will be forfeit.
    • Elements of the Prize (including, without limitation, airfare and lodging) may not be used towards frequent flyer miles or other loyalty programs.
    • You and your guest must comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to, all local laws while in destination.
    • Extensions are not permitted
    • Tickets are non transferrable, non refundable and not redeemable for cash. 
    • The Travel Agent Next door reserves the right, to substitute and/or modify the prize or any portion thereof, with a prize of equal or greater value for any reason.
    • Neither The Travel Agent Next Door, WestJet or Palace Resort nor any other person or party associate with this promotion shall be liable for loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss or damage) or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with either participation in this promotion or with any prizes offered.


    • The winner will be notified by September 1st, 2020. 
    • All entrants must answer a skill-testing question to be eligible to win the trip. 
    • The winner will be drawn in the following manner: a selected committee of TTAND agents will review all entries. Entries will have an ID only when being reviewed in order to avoid any biased decisions being made. Committee will choose the top 10 submissions which will go to a vote. All agents will then have the ability to vote for their favourite story. The two entries with the highest votes will be declared the winners. 
    • The prize winner will be informed by email, and their name and personal details may be used in future promotions with the organizer and the promoter. 
    • The Travel Agent Next door does not make any representations nor offers any warranty so the to the quality of the prize awarded in connection with the contest. The prize winner understands and acknowledges that he or she may not seek reimbursement or pursue any legal action should the prize fail to be unsatisfactory to the prize winner. 
    • The Travel Agent Next Door reserves the right to cancel, suspend, terminate or modify the contest rules, in whole or in part, without prior notice, with no obligation or liability, including if the contest is not capable of running as planned or any other measures out with our control. 
    • The Travel Agent Next Door reserves the right to disqualify, from this contest and any future contests, any individual who tampers with or corrupts the entry process. 
    • This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, territorial and municipal laws and regulations. This Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The entrant hereby irrevocably attorns to the jurisdiction of the Courts of the Province of Ontario.
    • In the event that any provision of the Contest Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Contest Rules. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, privacy policy or terms of use on the website and/or the terms and conditions of the Contest Rules, the Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in The Travel Agent Next Door’s sole and absolute discretion