Finalists for the 2nd DIA Awards

Digital Innovation Asia is pleased to announce the 40 finalists for the 2nd DIA Awards. The three runner ups in each of the five categories will be announced during the DIA E-Tourism Boot-Camp, which is being held on Wednesday September 3rd in Bangkok at Mansion RCA. The winners as well as the Top 5 Innovators will be announced will be presented at the DIA Awards Ceremony, following the E-Tourism Asia Boot-Camp on the same day in the same venue. Enjoy!

DIGITAL INNOVATION ASIA AWARD: MOST IMPACTFUL DIGITAL INNOVATION

This award recognizes online travel ventures that have leveraged technology in innovative ways in order to develop tourism, enhance the travel experience, improve guest services, and drive consumer engagement.

COMPANY                COUNTRY                        WEBSITE

Trip Show                  PR China                           http://tripshow.com/

Savvy Mob                 India                                  http://savvymob.com/

Spottly                        Hong Kong, China          http://about.spottly.com/

Qraved                        Indonesia                         http://www.qraved.com/

12Go                         Singapore                     http://12go.asia

BeMyGuest               Singapore                          http://bemyguest.com.sg/

Trip38                        India                                  http://www.trip38.com/

Jetbay                        China                                  http://prelaunch.jetbay.com/

E-TOURISM ASIA AWARD: MOST ENGAGING DIGITAL PRESENCE

This award recognizes the most viral campaign, most engaging website, most innovative mobile application, or most creative use of social media, promoting Asia Pacific as a tourism destination.

COMPANY                                                COUNTRY                         INITIATIVE

Tourism Authority of Thailand  Thailand                          Thailand Makeover Campaign

Hangzhou Tourism                                China                                    My Chinese Love Story

Japan Tourist Board                              Japan                                    Powder Dash

Kerala Tourism                                       India                                     Great Backwater Campaign

Tourism Victoria                                     Australia                             Remote Control Tourist

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts                       India                                     Twitter Tree

Air Asia                                                     Malaysia                              Friendsy

Cebu Pacific Airlines                              Philippines                         Rain Codes

E-TOURISM CHINA AWARD: MOST RELEVANT CHINESE DIGITAL PRESENCE

This award recognizes the most relevant mandarin-language website, most creative use of Mainland China social media, or most impactful campaign, marketing to Chinese consumers.

COMPANY                                                 COUNTRY                        INITIATIVE

Air New Zealand                                       New Zealand                    Romance Class

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group           Hong Kong / China        My Moments of Delight

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts         Hong Kong / China   Tibet Pilgrimage 

KLM Airlines                                             Holland                              Miffy

Canadian Tourism Commission            Canada                              Canada Ski Campaign

Tourism New Zealand                             New Zealand                    Celebrity New Zealand Tour

British Airways                                         UK                                       Chinese New Year Campaign

Tourism                                                      Indonesia                          Indonesia Chinese Blogger Trip

DIGITAL AID ASIA AWARD: MOST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL INITIATIVE

This award recognizes the most impactful and creative campaign, venture, or initiative in promoting and stimulating responsible and sustainable tourism development in Asia Pacific, as well as social and community-based tourism practices, and engaging consumers in being more conscious travelers.

COMPANY                                                             COUNTRY                                             INITIATIVE

MySocialMotion.org                                            Thailand                                                  Social Giving

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts                              Hong Kong / China                              Shangri-La Cares

Bloom Micro Ventures                                         Vietnam                                                  Tours

LocalAlike.com                                              Thailand                                             Tours 

Friends International                                          Cambodia                                                Child Safe Network

SISHA.org                                                              Australia/Cambodia                             Anti-Human Trafficking

Air Asia Malaysia                                                 Philippines                                                 Typhoon Relief

BLOGGER MATCHUP AWARD: MOST CAPTIVATING DIGITAL STORY TELLING

This award recognizes the most riveting digitally published storytelling piece, from blog post, video, photo, review, and audio, discovering new and exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

NAME/BLOG COUNTRY INITIATIVE

Bino Caina (Philippines) – FramelessWorld.com – Cambodia: Anlong Pi – Life in a Garbage Dump in Cambodia

Mark Wiens (Thailand) – Migrationology.com – Thailand: Eating Thai Food Video Blog

Mariellen Ward (Canada) – BreathDreamGo.com – India: Top 5 Myth about India

Jeremy Kunz (Switzerland) – Reisewerk.ch – Thailand/Myanmar: #Asian2014

Valen Dawson (USA) – Thiswaytoparadise.com – Indonesia: Spiritual Things in Bali

Mike Turtle (Australia) – TimeTravelTurtle.com – Cambodia: Chi Phat Eco Tourism

Lance Longwell (USA) – TravelAddicts.net – Nepal: Buddhism and Bloodshed in the Civil War

Nelson Mochileros (Peru) – Mochileros.org – Thailand: Exploring Kanchanaburi

THE TOP 5 DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN ASIA

The Top 5 Digital Innovator Award recognizes outstanding individuals that have showed innovation, creativity, leadership, and commercial impact, as well as achievements in challenging situations. The Top 5 Digital Innovators are our annual hot list of leaders that have truly raised the bar for the travel and tourism industry in Asia Pacific when it comes to digital innovation.

NAME                                                SECTOR                              COMPANY

Thapanee Kiapthaibool                 Tourism                                 Tourism Authority of Thailand

Angelina Fernandez                       Aviation                                 Air Asia X

Michael Leong                                 Hotels                                    Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Steven Htut                                      Technology                           Myanmars.Net

Amy Kunrojpanya                           Media                                     Google

Digital Innovation Asia (DIA), an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is committed to being a catalyst for digital capacity development in Asia Pacific travel and tourism, in order for tourism to develop in a responsible way, and alleviate poverty. The rise of Internet technologies, mobile, and social media can enable small and medium travel and tourism enterprises to compete globally. DIA hosts unique and innovative events where Blogger Matchup allows travel and tourism brands to get connected to top influential bloggers from all over the world, while the E-Tourism Asia and E-Tourism China Boot-Camp offers hands-on practical knowledge in the areas of social, mobile, and China digital marketing, and the Digital Aid Forum debates how technology can help with responsible tourism development. DIA is endorsed by PATA, ASEAN, Mekong Tourism, and various other national and regional tourism organizations in the region, as well as industry associations, and supported by media partners including 4Hoteliers, Travel Daily Media, eGlobal Travel Media, TravelDailyNews.asia, TTR Weekly, HospitalityNet.org, Travel Mole, Travel Daily Media, and Bangkok 101.

More information can be found at www.digitalinnovationasia.com.

DIA Team

Lead Partners

Amazing-Thailand          TCEB

Event Partners

hsmai asia

PATA Thailand Chapter

Digi-Travel

3rd DIA Awards Venue

Four points by Sheraton

Endorsed by

MEKONG Tourism

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