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Congratulations to the 2019 YoungTEC Award winners

YoungTEC is proud to announce the winners of their 2019 Excellence and Rising Star awards.

With a record breaking year of entries, these awards recognise the outstanding efforts and contribution of YoungTEC members to the development of New Zealand’s tourism industry.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star winner receives complimentary registration to the 2019 Tourism Export Council Annual Conference, YoungTEC Summit and Xmas Symposium, as well as $500 to assist with travel expenses courtesy of the Tourism Export Council of NZ.

The winner and finalists for the 2019 Rising Star award were:

Danielle Davies, SKYCITY Group - Winner
Ella Spittle, Southern Discoveries - Finalist
Lauren Campbell, Kiwi Rail - Finalist

YoungTEC Chair Nicole Botting says the finalists were all incredibly strong contenders.

“Danielle is the epitome of a rising star, she goes above and beyond in both her role and in the support of the New Zealand tourism industry. We are proud to have her as a member of YoungTEC , and now as our 2019 Rising Star award winner.”

Excellence Award

The Excellence award winner receives a two-week professional development placement in one of Tourism New Zealand’s international offices, flights and accommodation sponsored by Air New Zealand and Accor Hotels, and $1,000 courtesy of the Tourism Export Council.

The winner and finalists for the 2019 Excellence award were:

Emily Byrne, Tourism Industry Aotearoa - Winner

Rachel Leinhardt, Skyline Enterprises - Finalist

Seb McKinnon, Tomahawk - Finalist

One of the judges Tourism Export Council Chair Anna Black says “All three finalists this year were of such a high calibre it was difficult to separate them. Emily’s passion for the industry was evident. She demonstrated an impressive ability to learn from experiences and apply those learnings to continuously improve herself, her team and the industry as a whole.”


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