Tourism figures get nod

Tourism Central Otago digital media marketing officer Anthony Longman captures Central Otago...
Tourism Central Otago digital media marketing officer Anthony Longman captures Central Otago sights on a Google Trekker camera. Mr Longman is a finalist in YoungTEC's 2019 awards. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Two Southern tourism figures have been named national finalists in this year's Young Tourism Export Council (YoungTEC) awards.

Ella Spittle
Ella Spittle
Ella Spittle, the marketing manager of Southern Discoveries, in Queenstown, is a finalist in the Go with Tourism Rising Star award, and Anthony Longman, of Tourism Central Otago, is a finalist in the 2019 Excellence award.

Only six finalists have been named nationally in the awards - three in each category - and Ms Spittle and Mr Longman are the only South Island finalists.

A YoungTEC spokesman said Ms Spittle was a passionate and skilled marketer who had redefined the Southern Discoveries brand and launched the campaign "go further, get closer, discover more". The campaign had resonated with the business' target markets, demonstrated by increased sales of its highest value experiences.

Mr Longman had demonstrated his success through his digital marketing role at Tourism Central Otago and involvement in various campaigns, including the Eat.Taste.Central regional menu promotion. Outside his work, Mr Longman showed "great motivation in the adventure world", including through involvement with various sporting events and organisations, the YoungTEC statement said.

The winners will be announced at the Tourism Export Council New Zealand Christmas symposium, in Auckland on December 4.

New imagery of the region to arrive for Google 

New images of Central Otago will soon be launched to the world.

The images will come from a Google Trekker camera used earlier this year by a team from Tourism Central Otago.

Tourism Central Otago digital marketing officer Anthony Longman said the camera had 15 lenses that simultaneously captured photos and GPS data, and created 360 degree imagery that could be viewed online through Google Maps.

Mr Longman did the bulk of the camera work, capturing "a range of Central Otago attractions and locations".

The imagery would be released publicly soon, possibly within weeks, Mr Longman said.

 - YoungTEC is an organisation of young tourism professionals under the age of 36 years who are members of Tourism Export Council companies.

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