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Endless Vacation Rentals by Wyndham Worldwide

November 03, 2009 10:49 ET

Laugh Out Loud (LOL) and Tickle the Hippo at for a Chance to Win Some Awesome Prizes - No Joke!

Endless Vacation Rentals® Launches the LOL Vacation Contest; Tell Your Funniest Travel Story for an Opportunity to Win a Week's Vacation Plus Cash

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - November 3, 2009) - Building off the success of its first contest, Endless Vacation Rentals (EVR), one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is again looking to turn someone's funny story into an Endless Vacation and give away more than $40,000USD in prizes. The enhanced and interactive LOL Vacation Contest is now calling for funny vacation stories and visitors to tickle the hippo.

"We saw how much fun everyone had with the first contest and thought another contest -- this time geared toward vacation stories -- would again be a way to send three lucky winners on an even better vacation," said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, Wyndham Exchange and Rentals. "Endless Vacation Rentals offers excellent vacations to thousands of vacationing families every year, and we're hoping this LOL Vacation Contest will bring out the fun-loving people who want to take advantage of the quality and value that Endless Vacation Rentals offers."

Starting on November 2, 2009, contest participants can enter their funniest vacation story at The top 25 funniest entries, as chosen by EVR, will be announced on or around February 20, 2010, and posted at Visitors can then cast their votes for the funniest story until April 2, 2010. Additionally, throughout the campaign, six one-week vacations and cash prizes totaling nearly $5,000USD will randomly be awarded to participants. Full contest rules are available at

Winners will be announced the week of April 19, 2010, and the story receiving the most votes will receive the Grand Prize: a one-week vacation rental stay, valued at up to $5,000USD, through, plus $5,000USD in cash cards. The First Prize winner will receive a one-week vacation rental stay, valued at up to $2,500USD, plus $2,500USD in cash cards and the Second Prize winner will receive a one-week vacation rental stay, valued at up to $1,000USD, plus $1,000USD in cash cards.

As part of the vacation contest, EVR will display a advertisement in New York's Times Square prompting participants to text "LOL" to 95495 to tickle the hippo with their cell phones. The goal of collecting tickles is to reach 100,000 and send two deserving families on a vacation; one family was selected by Christel House International Foundation and the other was selected by the Starlight Children's Foundation. Throughout the contest, visitors can visit to tickle the hippo as often as they like to help reach the goal.

Endless Vacation Rentals® by Wyndham Worldwide, available online at, offers one of the largest global selections of more than 200,000 vacation rental accommodations including homes, villas and resort condos in desirable destinations in 100+ countries. is not a rental listing company; it is a true hospitality provider allowing consumers to search and book a wide variety of vacation rentals around the world as easily as reserving a hotel room online. Unlike rental listing companies, allows customers to search in real time and pay by credit card in U.S. currency. With few exceptions, reservations are backed by a Best Price Guarantee and are 100 percent refundable if cancelled at least three days before check-in. Additionally, members of the free Wyndham Rewards® program earn 5,000 Wyndham Rewards® points per qualified stay.

For more information about Endless Vacation Rentals® or to book your next vacation, go to

About Endless Vacation Rentals

Endless Vacation Rentals, one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), provides access to one of the largest collection of global vacation rentals in the industry, allowing travelers to browse from more than 200,000 accommodations. At it's as easy and convenient to search for, view availability, and book vacation rentals as booking typical hotel accommodations online. For more information on Endless Vacation Rentals or to book a vacation rental, visit or call 1-877-STAY-EVR (1-877-782-9387).

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