Dead Sea Mud 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
As the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition winds down to its final two days,
people around the world are making last-minute efforts to see their favorite
sites surge ahead while the competition organizers are encouraging voters to
cast their ballots as soon as possible, to avoid a server
“People should try to vote online today or tomorrow, because
all the indications are that traffic at new7wonders.com during the final 48
hours before voting closes on Friday at 11:11:11 a.m. GMT will be phenomenal,”
Eamonn Fitzgerald, head of communications at New7Wonders, posted on the
competition’s website on Monday.
“We cannot guarantee that everyone who
wants to vote via new7wonders.com will be able to during these peak days, which
is why we’re issuing this appeal now.”
The New7Wonders Foundation, the
organizers of this vote and a previous 2007 New7Wonders of the World contest,
has also just announced that it will soon be conducting a third competition –
New7Wonders Cities – for which those interested can nominate their favorite
cities worldwide until December 31.
While the Dead Sea was officially
trending among the top 10 of the final 28 sites on Sunday, the current contest
does not end until Friday at 1:11 p.m. Israel time, and according to the
New7Wonders Facebook and Twitter feeds, contestants everywhere are pushing for a
Both FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Argentinean model Ingrid
Grudke are putting out the word for Brazilian-Argentinean Igazu Falls, while
students at the European International School in Munich have created a “Wonders
of Our Nature” YouTube song to promote their candidate, Germany’s Black Forest.
In Ireland, football manager Giovanni Trapattoni is urging people to cast their
votes for the Emerald Isle’s Cliffs of Moher, and in Lebanon, students at the
American University of Science and Technology voted for the country’s Jeita
Grotto in unison.
Israeli efforts to secure a Dead Sea win remain far
from complacent, however, and PR efforts will continue throughout the country in
the next two days, according to the Tourism Ministry. The government’s
wide-scale PR campaign, which it in the end hopes will bring increased tourism
to both the Dead Sea and Israel, began with a comprehensive marketing campaign
of NIS 8.75 million that was launched in May.
As the final weeks drew
nearer, Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov launched a golden countdown clock on
the side of Tel Aviv’s Crown Plaza City Center building on October 16, while on
October 21, Knesset members submitted their votes for the Dead Sea
simultaneously, according to the ministry.
About a week later, students
heard a virtual classroom lecture on the Dead Sea with introductions from Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Gideon
Meanwhile, Israeli singer Laila Malcos recently performed a new
“Dead Sea Song” written just for the competition and photographer Elhanan Yair
unveiled a photo exhibition at Kibbutz Ein Gedi dedicated to the contest’s win,
a Tourism Ministry representative told The Jerusalem Post on
About two weeks ago, part of fashion designer Osnat Subah’s
Silhouette 2011 collection was featured on Fashion TV in a “Fashion in Dead Sea
Israel” segment, in which models clothed in her garments strutted along the
Until the contest’s conclusion, voters can send SMS
messages casting their ballots for the Dead Sea by texting the words “Dead Sea”
in English, Hebrew or Arabic to the number 2244, or by visiting
www.new7wonders.com or votedeadsea.com.
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