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Australia Vacation Giveaway Winners Announced

Release Date: 4/18/2007

HQMC (MR), QUANTICO, VA. Two lucky Recreation Information, Tickets and Tours (ITT) program users are heading to "the land Down Under" for the vacation of a lifetime, courtesy of Quantas Airlines, Military Tours Inc., and Army, Navy and Marine Corps ITT programs. 

Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Andrew Thomas, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL-43), Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., and Susanne Ellis, family member of Lt. Col. Richard Ellis, assigned to Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., were selected from more than 16,000 entries as Grand Prize winners of the REC ITT Australia Vacation Giveaway at a drawing on Feb 20.  

Each grand prize winner and a guest will receive an 11-day/8-night trip to Australia valued at more than $8,750. The trips include airfare from the winners chosen ITT office to Australia, accommodations, and two land tours. 

"I can't believe I won," said Thomas. "My wife and I were saving up for a honeymoon in Italy and now with the trip from MWR, we can spend our honeymoon in Australia!" 

The giveaway, which was held Oct. 1 through Dec. 1 and received more than 16,000 entries, was intended to highlight the partnership between military ITT programs Quantas Airlines, and Military Tours Inc.  

Although there were only two free trip contest winners, everybody who takes advantage of the Australia travel packages wins with low prices. According to, Dave Overbagh, Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) ITT program manager "A special user-friendly web site has been set up at to allow authorized MWR customers to learn about the different vacation destinations in Australia and to plan their own trip. Whether you want to experience Australia's lively cities or charming towns; explore the Great Barrier Reef or the rugged Outback, the ITT Australia website offers some of the best prices available anywhere." 

Through Aug 1, authorized MWR customers, can take advantage of several popular 8 day/5 night packages to Sydney and Melbourne starting from only $ 898 per person. These packages include roundtrip economy class airfare from several west coast locations (airport charges/taxes additional) and hotel accommodations. 

For more information about the Australia travel programs check out or visit your installation ITT program office. MCCS ITT offices also provide a wide variety of services to help Marines and their families find the lowest prices on theme park and theater tickets, travel specials, and cruise packages. For more information try the MCCS ITT website at


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