Tech-savvy Travelers Shortlisted For Taiwanese Competition

Tech-savvy Travelers Shortlisted For Taiwanese Competition

Vancouver-based Team JR En Route to Taiwan for Next Stage of Competition

Vancouver, BC (August 12, 2009) – Masters of Digital Media graduate student Jason Ho and team partner, Simon Fraser University student Rebecca Simms were among 52 selected teams from around the world to take on a four-day tour challenge in Taiwan for a chance to win one million Taiwan Dollars (approx $34,000 CAD) in The Best Trip in the World contest hosted by the Taiwanese Tourist Bureau.

Team JR is delighted to be shortlisted out of 1,100 entries from 18 countries.  “This is definitely going to be a lifetime experience for us, exclaimed Jason, who will be leading the team to explore the Penghu Islands, a remote paradise on the west coast of Taiwan. “We can’t wait to show how beautiful this part of Taiwan is and how it’s the ideal vacation spot for a reasonably priced romantic get-away or a family trip.”

The contest is divided into three stages and at each stage teams are required to submit engaging, digital media content.  “Jason and I document our travels with photos, blog posts and videos and then share them with family and friends.” said Rebecca. “This contest is the perfect opportunity for us to do two things we love!”

In stage one, teams submitted a detailed four-day travel itinerary and prepared a written and video team introduction. Team JR was selected to go to stage two where they are sponsored to carry out their itineraries before August 31.

Following the August 31 deadline, online voting will be open so readers can vote for their favourite team. The most popular teams will win a hotel/flight package for two so they can return to Taiwan again at a later time.

In the third and final stage, teams must post a 800-word travelogue accompanied by a 3-5 minute video covering the highlights of their trip by September 30. From October 1 - 30, votes received online will be included in the judging criteria with the winning team announced on November 15.

Team JR is expected to fly to Taiwan mid-August and will start their four-day trip on August 21.

To read Team JR’s The Best Trip in the World submission and to vote for them, visit www.taiwan.besttrip.net or go to Team JR’s blog.  

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About Team JR - Team JR stands for Team Jason and Rebecca. Jason Ho is a Canadian Taiwanese who was accepted to the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Centre for Digital, Great Northern Way Campus. Rebecca Simms is a native Canadian and SFU graduate. 

Contact:
Grace Battiston, Masters of Digital Media Program
Centre for Digital Media, Great Northern Way Campus

Tel: 778-370-1013; Mobile: 604-318-4070
Email: grace_battiston@gnwc.ca