BEIRUT: MTC Touch received a warning from the organizers of the New Seven Wonders competition for violating competition laws over its donation of 100,000 votes for Lebanon's Jeita Grotto.
Nabil Haddad, the general manager at Jeita, told LBC Thursday that MTC's stunt was illegal, but said that the situation is being resolved to prevent the organizers from denying Jeita the right to remain in the race.
“We are seeking to resolve this issue ... MTC has expressed willingness to help resolve it too,” Haddad said, urging Lebanese to vote for the grotto as voting for the competition ends Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. GMT.
MTC Touch could not be reached for comment.
Haddad said over the weekend that the grotto had become one of the top 10 contenders for the coveted title, facing competition from the Dead Sea, Jordan-Palestine-Israel; the Grand Canyon, United States; Grand Barrier Reef, Australia; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Jeju Island, South Korea; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Princessa Pureto Underground River, Philippines; Sundarbans River, India and Vesuvius Mountain, Italy.
However, Jeita is the only one of its category – caves, rock formations and valleys – in the finals.
Last month, the government launched a nationwide campaign for Jeita Grotto to reach the top seven, with President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati visiting the site and urging people to vote.