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July 31, 2009 06:25 ET

lastminute.com Has Found Its Globe Trotter 'One Heck of a Summer' Beckons for Winner as They Are Sent on the Ultimate Career Break

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) -

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lastminute.com has today offered one heck of a summer to an unemployed Brit. Announced today, Richard Conway, 24, is the first lastminute.com Globe Trotter, tasked to travel the world and report back via his very own travel blog.

Over the past month, lastminute.com has been offering the ultimate 'silver lining' to those in need of a career break and has searched the length of the country to find the Brit most deserving of a summer break to join the leading travel and leisure retailer as a reviewer.

Richard, from Leicester, was recently made redundant from his job as a Quantity Surveyor. Having previously decided to postpone the option of going travelling with his peers in favour of forging ahead with his career, Richard particularly impressed the judges with his passion to fully explore the world now that the opportunity to travel has arisen. The judging panel was also very impressed with Richard's writing skills, which will soon be showcased on his very own blog - www.oneheckofasummer.com.

At 5pm tonight, Richard will board a plane to Dubai, embarking on a trip of a lifetime that includes:

- Travelling over 32,000 miles

- Spending over 60 nights away

- Visiting eight cities across three continents - in three months - including Dubai, New York, Egypt, Paris, Barcelona, and Las Vegas.

- Experiencing a 5 star lifestyle - equivalent to a Pounds Sterling 20,000 trip

"We have been inundated with applicants looking for a dream travel job, particularly those like Richard that have suffered as a result of the credit crunch, said Mark Bower the lifestyle expert at lastminute.com. 'With 40% of UK workplaces affected by the current economic climate lastminute.com is thrilled to help Richard get away from it all for a bit and make the most of his free time.'

Our winner Richard is delighted: "This is an absolute dream come true. I've just been made redundant and have been panicking about what the future holds for me. While this hasn't completely gone away, at least I can explore the world in the meantime and see where that takes me - I just can't wait.'

Follow Richard's journey by visiting to the lastminute.com blog - http://www.oneheckofasummer.com/

Visit lastminute.com to find out how you too could have one heck of a summer...

Notes to editors:

- All figures are from YouGov unless otherwise stated (sample size: 2,011, research conducted June 10th - 12th 2009)

- Richard Conway was selected from thousands of applicants by a judging panel of key travel industry representatives

Assets Available

- Interview with winner Richard Conway

- B-roll footage

- Comment from industry experts at lastminute.com

- Press trips to accompany Richard to a part of his trip

About lastminute.com

lastminute.com pioneered the online travel and leisure industry by offering people a 5 star lifestyle for 3 star prices, selling everything from flights, hotels, gifts, gig tickets, restaurants and theatre tickets.

lastminute.com exists to help people make the most of their free time with new, creative and unexpected ideas for every single day.

Since its birth in 1998, conceived by the vision of cutting edge entrepreneurs Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox, lastminute.com has come a long way. We now operate in 13 European countries and also in the USA.

In July 2005, lastminute.com and its group of companies including car rental gurus Holiday Autos joined the Sabre Holdings Group.

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