The Roberts International Airport was a scene of jubilation and celebration on March 27th as twelve lucky winners of Cellcom’s Trip to New York Campaign boarded a Royal Air Maroc flight headed to Casablanca and New York.
The twelve individuals won the trip from Cellcom earlier this year, after they purchased a $15 phone, which automatically entered them into the raffle for a chance to win a round trip ticket to New York along with free hotel accommodations at a world class hotel and US$1,000 for a shopping spree.
Prior to the departure, executives from Cellcom and Royal Air Maroc held a joint press conference at the Royal Grand Hotel in Sinkor where they presented air tickets to each of the winners. Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks revealed that he was proud to be associated with a company which set a goal to empower Liberians and was able to fulfill those goals.
“Today is a proud day for me as I stand here. I am proud because Cellcom has not only afforded twelve Liberians the chance to go to the United States for the first time, but unlike other companies Cellcom has stood by its words.”
He went on to outline that the winners from the Oh la la trip to Paris were processing visas for their travel and would be departing shortly. “For those of you out there who did not win the trip to New York or Paris, you know have the chance to enter the raffle for the trip to the Holy Land [Israel] simply by purchasing a $15 phone from Cellcom,” Weeks said.
The winners of the New York trip were accompanied by senior officials from Cellcom and Royal Air Maroc including CEO Mr. John Vasikaran who accompanied the winners to the airport at midnight and stayed with them until their departure at 5 AM.
“We are as excited as you are” said Mr. Vasikaran as he spoke to the winners in the VIP room of the Roberts International Airport. He continued: “there were many who thought this would not happen and that we would not actually send anybody out of Liberia, but today is proof that when Cellcom says something, we do it.
That’s why we remain number one in the hearts and minds of Liberians.” Vasikaran and his high level team accompanied the winners through immigration, onto the runway and did a final farewell at the door of the waiting Royal Air Maroc flight.
The twelve winners are: Cooper Melvin Gotteh, BeyanTarnue, Mulbah Z. Forkpa, Morris Kanneh, Oussini Morris Seydou, TarleyDweh, George Jallah, Lassana A. Sanoe, Alphonso Gray, Cathrine Dolo, Varney Bah and Otis Sawah.
Royal Air Maroc’s Country Manager Mr. Nabil Daoud noted that his company had partnered with Cellcom on the Trip to New York campaign because they could not imagine a better company to work with.
“Cellcom had already been engaged in multiple campaigns like this and we could not think about a better partner to work with on this and other trips abroad.” He noted: “When you think about the lowest tariffs for communications in Liberia, Cellcom comes to mind.
When you are looking for the airline with the lowest costs to the United States Air Maroc comes to mind because our tickets are as low as $900, which cannot be beaten by anybody.” He also unveiled that Royal Air Maroc’s new website where customers can now make reservations, book tickets and pay for them online. “We have sought to make travel easy and affordable. Customers wanting to book flights now simply have to go to: http://www.royalairmaroc.com/lr-en to do so,” Mr. Nabil Daoud
The trip to New York winners are expected to spend one week abroad before returning to Liberia where they will again be welcomed in grand style. Winners of Cellcom’s trip to Paris campaign are expected to depart Liberia in the next several weeks via Ivory Cost while Cellcom plans to begin selecting winners for the trip to Israel shortly.
In related developments during the same week, Cellcom held a press conference where it presented a 1 million dollar check to the winner of its “Millionaire” campaign. Dr. Weeks noted that there are still million dollar scratch cards on the market and more subscribers stood a chance to win.
“I know that people thought that all the million dollar winners had already been selected, but today’s surprise win by Mr. Amadou Toure shows that there are still winning cards out there and there could be more winners.”
Cellcom’s ongoing raffle will enable winners to travel to Israel (referred to as the Holy Land), the visit some of the most historic religious sites and enjoy spectacular tours of the country.
Over the years, Cellcom has given away millions of dollars in prizes and giveaways to its subscribers.
In another development, Cellcom and Roya Air Morac had made frontier effort in ensuring that the rest of the winners, who were unfortunate to have getting visa from the American Embassy flew to Morocco.
Cellcom had to sent one of it representatives to Conakry via road to obtain a visa.
Mr. Nabil Daoud, Country Manager for Royal Air Morac was very instrumental ensuring that the Moroccan Embassy in Conakry granted the visa.