Bastille Day Kicks Off Contest to Win a Paris Getaway Aboard the Air France Concorde From Microsoft

Redmond, Wash., July 14, 1998 — Now through August 15, visitors to the Microsoft® Expedia
.com travel service can register for the France
“City of Light, Speed of Sound”
sweepstakes for the chance to win a weeklong luxury vacation to Paris on the Air France Concorde. One lucky winner and guest will be whisked away to Paris at twice the speed of sound to enjoy a seven-day getaway courtesy of the world’s leading online travel service,, and one of the world’s premier airlines, Air France.

What One Lucky Visitor Will Win

  • Two round-trip airline tickets for travel from the winner’s nearest airport to New York’s JFK International Airport

  • Overnight accommodations at the elegant Le Parker Meridien in New York City, complete with airport-hotel transfers

  • Two round-trip flights in supersonic elegance aboard Air France’s Concorde jet from New York City to Paris

  • Seven nights at either the luxurious Le Meridien Etoile or Le Meridien Montparnasse hotel in Paris, including airport-hotel transfers

To Register The winner will be selected Sept. 15, 1998. Check out ( for complete details or write to France
“City of Light, Speed of Sound Sweepstakes,”
P.O. Box 5176, El Toro, CA 92630.*

About Air France

Air France offers nonstop flights from 11 U.S. gateway cities – New York (JFK), Newark, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati and Washington – to nearly 200 cities worldwide via Paris.


Microsoft is the place to go on the Web to plan travel, purchase tickets, and make hotel and car reservations. offers in-depth destination content and travel news as well as mapping, address finding and direction services. Since its inception in October 1996, has become one of the Web’s most successful electronic-commerce sites, with weekly travel sales exceeding $4 million. A recent study by new-media audience-measurement firm Media Metrix, The PC Meter Company ranked as the fastest-growing online travel service for 1997.

The Microsoft online travel planning service is part of the Microsoft Expedia family of travel and mapping products and services. These include the Microsoft Expedia Streets 98, Streets Deluxe 98 and Trip Planner 98 CD-ROMs and the Expedia Travel Network, a one-stop travel shopping mall offering vacation packages, cruises, resorts and travel merchandise from leading suppliers.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

*No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). Void where prohibited by law. See official rules at ( or write to France
“City of Light, Speed of Sound Sweepstakes,”
P.O. Box 5176, El Toro, CA 92630 for complete details. Residents of Washington and Vermont may omit return postage with their mail entry.

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