19 August 2015: Young TEC Rising Star Winner

New for this year is a second Young TEC award. After the inaugural Young TEC Excellence Award last year and receiving the applications, it was apparent there was gap between the 25-30 year old Young TECs and their achievements, versus those a little more mature and experienced. The Young TEC Executive committee requested that a second award for “Rising Star” be introduced. This award is a face to face presentation to the Executive committee representatives in the form of telling their story of how they entered the industry, why they chose tourism as their career and what are their future aspirations?

The winner for 2015 was Shayne Forrest from Hobbiton Movie Set Tours and he shares his thoughts on being a Young TEC member and what winning the award means.

“I am incredibly humbled to have won the inaugural YoungTec Rising Star award. It was an honour to be a finalist with such strong candidates and I would like to congratulate the talented young tourism leaders involved in this award. Being part of Young TEC is broadening my industry knowledge and networks among my peers and I look forward to being more involved with Young TEC. I am extremely grateful for the amazing opportunity I have been given with the Hobbiton Movie Set team and consider myself very lucky to be in a career that I love, selling Hobbiton and our beautiful country to the world.”

The prize is attendance to the Tourism Export Council Conference, Young TEC Summit, participation in the National Development Programme and $500 from the Tourism Export Council for travel expenses. Finalists for the inaugural award were: Nicole Botting (THL Online), Ross Fowler (Stamford Plaza Hotel), Sarah McIwrick (Millbrook Resort) and Shayne Forrest from Hobbiton Movie Set Tours.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says it’s fantastic to see the industry identify and support the people who will shape its future. “Through programmes like Young TEC and these awards, the industry is really embracing the new ideas and fresh perspective that comes from the younger generation of tourism professionals. Acknowledging success and providing ongoing professional development are core parts of Tourism New Zealand’s culture so we are pleased to be able to offer our support to the Young TEC Excellence Award”.