Oct 21, 2021 - News

Northwest Arkansas trolls Austin

A guy catches some air while on a mountain bike. An overlay text reads "One Way Out."

ExperinceOz.us. Courtesy: OZ Brands

OZ Brands is offering to buy 10 Austinites a one-way ticket to paradise.

What's happening: The Bentonville-based company is accepting applications through Oct. 29 from residents of Austin, Texas to win an airline ticket to XNA, a $350 Visa gift card and a $150 gift card from Ropeswing Hospitality (The Preacher's Son, Pressroom, Sunny's). The promotion is called One Way Out.

  • Applicants must be 18 or older and provide basic contact information.
  • Entries will be judged on their 250-word essays that answer: "Why do you need a break from Austin?"
  • Originality, humor and creativity will be considered.

Context: The gimmick, of course, is the one-way ticket because "... once visitors see the hidden gem of the Northwest Arkansas region, they won’t want to leave!"

  • OZ Brands (OZ Art, OZ Trails and Fly OZ) claims Austin residents must be tired of the traffic, tourists and cost of living.

Why it matters: There are an estimated 10,000 open jobs in NWA and not enough people to fill them.

  • Workers in Austin — especially those in tech fields — are coveted by NWA recruiters and economic developers. Getting them to relocate here is seen as a win-win due to the high quality of life.

Flashback: The Northwest Arkansas Council recently launched a snarky ad campaign in various markets, including Austin, to encourage residents to move to NWA.

What to watch: Winners will be announced on Nov. 5.


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