Almeria City announces ‘selfie contest’ to mark World Tourism Day this September

PICTURE PERFECT: Almeria City’s Cathedral is among the spots chosen

ALMERIA CITY’S council has announced it will hold a ‘selfie competition’ in which locals and visitors are invited to snap pictures of themselves near landmarks to celebrate World Tourism Day.

The contest, the second of its kind in the city, sees a total of 35 spaces chosen where the selfies can be taken.

These include beaches, monuments and landmarks, food and drink spots and outdoor areas among others.

There are three prizes up for grabs for the competition winners, who have until World Tourism Day on September 27 to post their pictures to social media. The prizes include a trip to New York City, a Mediterranean cruise and a trip to Spain’s 2018 food capital Leon.

Carolina Lafita, Almeria City Council’s promotion spokesperson, said it would allow locals and visitors to showcase the best of the city.

“The challenge is to show the range of possibilities offered by Almeria City for travellers. We want citizens themselves to become guides,” Lafita said.

Entrants are allowed to take three selfies at the spots chosen by the council for the contest. They then have to visit: to sign up and upload their shots for judging by the council.

Spots chosen for the contest include the La Alcazaba fortress, the Cable Ingles, the Plaza del Mar de la El Toyo and at hotels, bars and restaurants in the city.

The spots chosen for the contest

The competition has been backed by Almeria’s Association of Hotel Owners (ASHAL), as well as the province’s Diputacion, Audi Vera Import, El Corte Ingles and Delta Airlines.

Diego Garcia, the president of ASHAL, said those taking part would help to show off what made Almeria City unique.

“Tourism is the oil of Spain and Almeria. It is our main source of income and I want to thank the City Council for this initiative,” Garcia said.

Everyone who enters the contest will receive a gift from the council, the organisers said. Those who take a selfie in every one of the 35 spots can take their pictures to the city’s tourist office to receive a special prize.

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