Jimmy Kimmel Oscar gag gives boost to Arizona holiday resort

Jimmy Kimmel Oscar gag gives boost to Arizona holiday resort
From BBC - March 6, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar night hosting duties have resulted in an unintended boost for an Arizona holiday resort.

Kimmel mentioned Lake Havasu as part of a gag to encourage Oscar winners to keep their speeches short.

He offered the winner with the shortest speech a free jet ski, and then added two nights' accommodation at the Lake Havasu Days Inn to "sweeten the pot".

The hotel then offered any nominees who did not take home an Oscar a free night's stay at the location.

"We think you are all winners," the official Days Inn account tweeted.

A representative of the Lake Havasu hotel told The Wrap that Kimmel's Oscar night mention had come as a surprise and that it had since received "an insane amount of calls".

The spokesman said the hotel had received in the region of 50 to 75 additional calls following the "cool publicity."

Google recorded a surge in searches for Lake Havasu after Kimmel mentioned the resort during the telecast.

Mark Bridges, who received the Oscar for best costume design for Phantom Thread, picked up the jet ski and promise of a trip after his acceptance speech lasted just 36 seconds.

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