San Francisco Travel Announces Second Annual Video Contest for “49 Seconds of My SF”

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For the second year, the San Francisco Travel Association is asking those who know and love the city to enter the “49 Seconds of My SF” contest, part of the summer-long “49 Hours of SF” program.

For the second year, the San Francisco Travel Association is asking those who know and love the city to enter the “49 Seconds of My SF” contest, part of the summer-long “49 Hours of SF” program.

“Last year, we received 22 excellent entries but we know that’s just a start,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel. “There are an unlimited number of sights, sounds, streets, restaurants and activities that inspire people to want to visit San Francisco. We want them to capture those images and send them to us, but only in 49 seconds.”

The best of the submissions will be featured on the San Francisco Travel website at http://www.49hoursofSF.com. Finalists will be chosen by a judging committee, and the grand prize winner will be determined by public vote online. The creator of the winning video will receive:

  •     Roundtrip for two on Southwest Airlines
  •     Two nights at Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel
  •     $100 dining certificate to Charlie Palmer’s Burritt Room
  •     Two CityPASS booklets
  •     Two PIER 39 Premier Passes

To learn more information about the 49 Seconds of My SF contest, go to http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/49hours/49seconds for guidelines and to enter a video submission. Entries will be accepted Aug. 20 to Sept. 7, 2012.

The winner of the 2011 contest can be viewed at http://bit.ly/RkniPI.

The number 49 has long had special significance for San Francisco. The city’s population exploded with the Gold Rush of 1849. The city itself measures 49 square miles (or “49 square miles surrounded by reality,” as one luminary once said). Motorists can tour the city on the 49 Mile Scenic Drive. And don’t forget that famous football team with 49 in the name.

“The average weekend is 48 hours, but in San Francisco, there’s no such thing as an average weekend.” said Matt Stiker, San Francisco Travel executive vice president/chief marketing officer. “It takes at least 49 hours – or an extra day - to explore new neighborhoods, experience new ideas in art and culture and indulge in some of the best food in America.”

For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD) elsewhere.

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, packages, activities and more, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000. The Visitor Information Center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround.

Join more than 450,000 people who follow San Francisco Travel on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/onlyinsf. Follow “OnlyinSF” on Twitter at http://twitter.com/onlyinsf.

American Express® is the official Card partner for the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 31 international points on 28 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 74 cities in the U.S. on 17 domestic airlines.

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