Monopoly is a board game published by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity.
Monopoly is the most commercially-successful board game in United States history, with 485 million players worldwide
According to Hasbro, since Charles Darrow patented the game in 1935, approximately 750 million people have played the game, making it “the most played (commercial) board game in the world
Do not pass ‘Go,’ do not collect $200, and do not ignore the chance to get Kelowna onto a new edition of the board game Monopoly. This is the advice the City and Kelowna Tourism should be shouting out to everyone in Kelowna — to fill the squares on an updated Canadian version
And it’s seems that we are not alone on this matter
The 20 winning communities will be those with the most votes cast at http://www.monopolyvote.ca
The No. 1 community will occupy the high-end real estate of the Boardwalk space on the traditional game.
Others will be named to lesser-value spaces also based on votes. Consumers have until Feb. 7 to register and cast votes for their favourite three communities. One vote is allowed each day for three communities.
Two “wild card” squares on the board will be filled by two other communities nominated and voted on between Feb. 8 through Feb. 21.
The Canadian version of the classic game, which has sold more than 250 million copies, will be launched this summer.
This recent article in Kelowna.com http://www.kelowna.com/2010/01/16/could-kelowna-be-the-next-boardwalk-you-can-help-decide/ had a few local officals make comments
As Robert Fine of the Economic Development Commission put it, this city deserves its moment in the sun, or as the case may be, on the Hasbro assembly line.
“Kelowna is known across Canada for its lake views, wineries, and talented people — it’s about recognition and we are recognized as a place of significance,” he said.
Catherine Frechette of Tourism Kelowna had a similar take, pointing out a business case for board game supremacy.
“Securing a spot for Kelowna on the Canadian Monopoly game board would positively contribute to Kelowna’s intrigue as a quintessential Canadian tourism destination.
Building intrigue and credibility as a travel hot spot happens through so many avenues, and being on the Monopoly game board would sure be one of them,” Frechette said.
But are we taking real action?
(a Few Social suggestions and challenges)
I would like to ask all the media to step up and get involved.
A true community social show of support.
Online: Kelowna.com and Castanet.net to take down a few of its rotating $$ ad’s and add a vote Kelowna banner
Newspapers: Daily Courier, Capital News banner Ad on the bottom of the front page
Radio Stations: Announce daily morning and evening drive times to remember to vote when you get to work or get home.
TV: Announce at the end of each evening News broadcast did you vote for Kelowna today
Twitters: Get on the band wagon
Facebook Fans: Become a fan of voteforkelowna and spread the word.
Why just have Kelowna added to the board game. Lets make it #1