I Love New York Announces Sweepstakes via Twitter with help of Hollywood Star Peter Facinelli

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I Love NY announces a sweepstakes to win a chance to meet Peter Facinelli, star of Showtime series Nurse Jackie on the set in New York City. Jetblue, the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and EscapeMaker.com sponsor airfare, hotel, transportation and gift basket for the winner and a guest.

We hope the sweepstakes serves as a tool to increase followers and expose new people to the latest happenings, events, special offers and getaway opportunities throughout New York State.

First, actor Peter Facinelli expressed his love for his home state of New York and helped the Empire State's tourism promotion agency launch its new Twitter handle @I_LOVE_NY (http://www.twitter.com/I_LOVE_NY).

Through October 30, Peter will provide his Twitter followers with details to meet the star in his hometown. The Grand Prize sweepstakes winner and their guest will receive round trip tickets to NY, NY via JetBlue, luxurious hotel accommodations for two nights at The Sherry-Netherland (http://www.sherrynetherland.com), two tickets to the set of the the Showtime ® series Nurse Jackie for a meet-and-greet with Facinelli, ground transportation, and an I LOVE NEW YORK and EscapeMaker.com gift basket.

"Peter has been great to support I LOVE NEW YORK and by launching the sweepstakes is helping us achieve our goal of becoming the number one most followed state tourism page on Twitter," said Thomas Ranese, Chief Marketing Officer of Empire State Development. "We hope the sweepstakes serves as a tool to increase followers and expose new people to the latest happenings, events, special offers and getaway opportunities throughout New York State."

There is a 2-step entry process:

1. Visit EscapeMaker.com to enter the registration form and for a complete list of rules: (http://www.escapemaker.com/peterfacinelli)

2. Follow @I_LOVE_NY on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/I_LOVE_NY)

The Grand Prize winner will be chosen at random on October 30 with the winner announcement on November 6. Since the launch of the Twitter handle last week, I LOVE NEW YORK has gained over 7000 followers, putting it on the top-ten list of state tourism sites with the most followers on Twitter.

About New York State
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information visit http://www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

About EscapeMaker.com
EscapeMaker.com is an online guide to local hotels, B&B's and vacation rentals, events and festivals, and weekend getaway and day trip destinations within a day's drive or train ride of New York City. (http://www.escapemaker.com)

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