Rules contest Sofitel 70th D-Day anniversary

Published on October 28, 2013
Rules contest Sofitel 70th D-Day anniversary


70th Anniversary – Battle of Normandy


France Tourism Development Agency
1800, McGill College ave., suite 1010
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 3J6

The economic interest group Atout France, whose head office is at 79-81 Rue de Clichy 75009 Paris, FRANCE, via its Canadian office, is holding a contest, from November 4, 2013 to November 11, 2013 at 11:59pm (with the date and time in Quebec serving as the official time), titled “70th Anniversary – Battle of Normandy”.

The contest is free of charge with no purchase required to participate, and administered at the Le Renoir restaurant of the Sofitel Montreal – Le Carré Doré Hotel, located at 1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2N3.

Providers of goods or services referred to herein, constitute suppliers of the contest organizer and are not involved in any capacity whatsoever in the organization of this contest.


By participating in the contest, you explicitly and unconditionally accept these rules and all their stipulations, the current rules on internet ethics (code of conduct, etc.) and the laws and regulations on games and contests currently in effect in France. In any dispute about the interpretation of the rules, the Operator's sole decision shall be final.

The contest can only be accessed at the Sofitel Montreal – Le Carré Doré Hotel. A participation form must be filled out and deposited in the contest box provided. The rules to participate are described in Article 4.

The contest is open to Canadian residents who have reached the age of majority in their province.

Directors, officers and employees of Atout France in Canada, as well as their immediate families are not eligible to participate. As well any person having participated, directly or indirectly, in the elaboration and the implemented of this contest, as well as his (her) immediate family are not eligible to participate.

Participation in the contest supposes unreserved acceptance of the present rules and all their provisions, as well as of all laws and regulations applicable to free contests.

Failure to abide by the conditions set forth in these rules will result in the automatic disqualification of the entrant.

Any attempt to disrupt the normal operation of this contest may result in the immediate elimination of the person involved.

Winners agree that Atout France in Canada can use their names and pictures for promotional or advertising purposes and will sign the consent form used by Atout France in Canada for this purpose.

By participating in this contest, participants agree that all personal information submitted can be collected and used. Nevertheless, these are only gathered for the purposes of the administration of the present competition and will serve at no other end without the consent of the participants.


The contest will be announced by means of a press release, an announcement in the Atout France in Canada’s newsletter and its partner Sofitel’s newsletter, by articles on and its partners’ websites. It will also be announced in other ways such as (but not limited to) ads on partner websites and social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc…).

The complete contest rules are available online on the website (French version) and (English version).


In order to enter the contest, contestants must:

  • Complete the participation form, available at the Sofitel Montréal – La Carré  Doré Hotel, with their first name, last name, email address, postal code, and phone number.
  • Deposit the participation form in the contest box provided to that effect.

No other type of entry (including via postal mail) will be accepted.


Only 1 entry is permitted per person having the same first name, last name, email address or home address, in order to participate to the final random draw.

Players must fill out every field on the form, except those marked as optional. The data entered by the participant must be valid and sincere (first name, last name, email address, zip code and city), as this could result in the player’s exclusion and the loss of his/her winner status.

It is strictly forbidden for a participant to play with several email addresses, and to play from someone else’s player account.

Participants are aware and agree that the information entered during registration or on the entry form shall serve as proof of their identity. Once the information has been submitted, it is binding on participants. The Operator reserves the right to verify the accuracy of data supplied by participants.

Incomplete or inexact registrations will not be considered and will disqualify the entrant.

Any participant using different email addresses to register to the contest will be disqualified.

Any attempt at fraud on the part of a participant shall disqualify all entries submitted from that household.

Atout France agrees to protect the confidentiality of any personal information you share with us in the context of this contest. We will never sell, rent or otherwise share the information provided here with any third parties for commercial purposes without your explicit consent.



The following prize will be awarded at the end of the contest, according to the article 7 of the present rules and regulations:

  • A three-night stay for two (2) adults in Normandy and two (2) Montreal-Paris return tickets with Air France with departure from Montreal.

Valued at a maximum of CAD 3,450 (three thousand four hundred and fifty Canadian dollars), the prize includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation at the Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel in Port-en-Bessin, in double occupancy for 2 people including breakfasts.
  • 2 return tickets with Air France in Economy class with departure from Montreal and arrival in Paris
  • Flight taxes and surcharges

The prize does not include:

  • Optional excursions and personal purchases
  • Transfers between the winner’s home and airport
  • Transfers between Paris and Normandy
  • Excess baggage charges if applicable
  • All paying services or activity
  • Travel insurance
  • Taxes not mentioned above
  • All other expenses and costs related to the prize and not specified as part of the prize

The trip is valid from January 1 to December 31, 2014.

The total prize value is a maximum value. The value of the prize will be based on the winner’s departure airport. There will be no refund of the difference if the cost of the prize is inferior to the maximum value.


In Normandy:

  • Nights at the hotel must be used before December 31st 2014 and must be reserved before December 15, 2014. No extension will be permitted after these dates.
  • This offer is not redeemable for cash or transferable and cannot be extended. In case of cancellation, for any reason whatsoever, the trip cannot be deferred.
  • No availability periods include: from May 24 to June 8, 2014 and from August 23 to September 7. Reservation is subject to availability of hotel.
  • The above conditions may be changed without notice.

Air France:

  • These tickets must be used for a return trip before December 31st, 2014 and must be reserved before December 15, 2014. No extension will be permitted after these dates.
  • Reservations must be done in Economy “N” class, at least 45 to 180 days prior to departure. These tickets do not permit upgrade to a higher travel class against payment of a fare differential.
  • These tickets are for personal use only and must be used simultaneously by two persons, one of them being the winner. Resale of these tickets is strictly forbidden. Flying Blue Miles or SkyBonus points or any other reward program awards may not be accumulated.
  • The tickets are valid only on Air France operated flights for the itinerary mentioned in the letterhead and therefore cannot be modified or exchanged for a different route. Codeshare flights are not eligible.
  • In the event of force majeure or no availability in “N” class, Air France reserves the right to postpone the travel dates by a few days after discussing this with the winner.
  • Pre-seating selection can be made online only at 30 hours before departure.
  • Passengers must make sure to have all required travel documents. Air France and KLM are not responsible for advising passengers of such requirements and shall not be deemed responsible for denied boarding or any issue with the authorities of the countries visited or transited during this trip.
  • Air France will not be responsible for any failure to board due to circumstances beyond its control. Passengers shall assume all financial expenses or losses, e.g. hotels, restaurants, taxis, phone calls and lost wages, incurred as a result of said failure to board and shall waive all liability claims.
  • The above conditions may be changed without notice.


Under no circumstances may a prize be refunded or exchanged for its value in money or for any other product or service, nor can it be transferred to a third party. However, in cases of force majeure or if warranted by circumstances, Atout France in Canada reserves the right at any time to substitute another prize of equivalent value (as determined by them) for the announced prizes.

No challenge or claim of any kind shall be accepted with regard to the prizes. Winners agree to waive any claim of liability against Atout France in Canada, its partners and suppliers in general with respect to the prizes, their delivery, condition and quality.

The winner and the person of his (her) choice must travel together for day and return flights.

Travel dates are subject to availability. Atout France in Canada cannot be held responsible if the chosen dates are not available. After booking, it will not be possible to ask for the trip’s reimbursement


The prize winner shall be decided at the end of the contest on July 15, 2013. The contestants who have respected the conditions of participation such as stated in Article % of the present Rules and Regulations will be eligible to win the Prize.

A random draw will be held among these participants, at the Sofitel Montreal – Le Carré Doré Hotel, located at 1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 2N3 on November 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. (with the date and time in Quebec serving as the official time).

The draw will be executed randomly; so the choice of the potential winner will be unpredictable. The prize will be awarded to the first name drawn. If the winner has not followed these rules, he or she will lose the prize lot and a second winner will be selected.


The winner of the main prize will be notified by email and/or by phone within seven (7) days after the end of the contest and will receive prize information, provided they meet the terms and conditions respecting the contest and the awarding of the prizes.

To claim their prize, the winners will be required to claim their prize no later than fifteen (15) days following the date of the email notifying them their name was chosen, otherwise, although subject to the provisions in Section 11, they will be deemed as having relinquished their prize.

Any prize not awarded by virtue of a selected entrant’s failure to claim the prize within the specified timeframe or to meet the requirements described herein, shall be declared null and void, and will be re-awarded.

The Operator reserves the right to ask winners for proof of identification.

Atout France in Canada reserve the right to communicate the winner’s name, as well as his (her) feedback, on its websites and, as well as on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The winner and his or her guest are responsible for being in possession of a valid passport before the departure date, and must not be under any travel restrictions. The winner must have reached the age of majority in his (her) province of residence. The winner and his or her guest must travel together and on the same itinerary.

Travel dates are subject to availability.



Atout France in Canada cannot be held liable in the event of a dysfunction of the Internet network, preventing access to the game or its smooth running. In particular, Atout France in Canada cannot be held liable for any third party acts of Internet abuse.

While Atout France in Canada shall do all in their power to provide users with information and/or tools that are accessible and verified, they shall not be held liable for any errors (particularly in display on contest websites), or for the absence of availability of information and/or the presence of a virus on the website.

Participation in the contest implies knowledge and acceptance of the characteristics and limitations of the Internet, the absence of protection of certain data provided against possible misuse or piracy, and the risks of contamination by viruses circulating on the Internet.

Participants must take appropriate measures to protect their personal data and/or software on their computer or telephone equipment from any kind of attack. All persons connecting to the website and participating in the contest shall do so at their own risk.

Furthermore, Atout France in Canada shall not be responsible or liable in the event of:

  • Internet access problems;
  • hardware or software problems,
  • deletion or loss of data provided by participants for reasons not attributable to Atout France;
  • human errors or errors due to electrical malfunction;
  • disturbances that might affect the smooth running of the contest or dysfunctions in the automated draw process.

Atout France in Canada shall not be held liable for the consequences of any delay in email for which it is not responsible. Any claims must be sent by the recipient directly to the appropriate Internet service provider (ISP).

In any case, if the smooth running of the contest in administrative and/or technical terms is disrupted for any reason beyond the control of Atout France in Canada, the Company reserves the right to suspend the contest.

Any fraud or breach of the present rules shall result in the disqualification of the entrant; Atout France in Canada reserves the right, if warranted, to initiate proceedings against the defaulting party.


Atout France in Canada shall not be held liable for any physical incapacity, whether legal, physical or mental, preventing the winners from boarding their flight or entering a foreign country, including in the case of irregularity in their travel documents (missing or expired passport or visa, etc.).


This contest is subjected to the provincial laws and is not effective where the law forbids it.

The present rules are governed by the laws of Quebec, excluding conflict of law rules as well as, for people outside Quebec, provisions allowing a dispute with respect to the contest to be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeuxas per section 11 below.

Only the French version of the contest rules is legally valid. In case of any difference between the French and English version, the French version will prevail.


By registering for and participating in this contest, participants accept these rules fully and completely.

These rules are subject to Canadian law, including the Act respecting lotteries, publicity contests and amusement machines.

Any difficulties in interpreting these rules and any contentious issues shall be resolved by the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux du Québec (RAJCQ). Any dispute over an awarded prize may be referred to the Régie solely to request assistance in attempting to resolve the dispute.

© 2013 Atout France in Canada