Special Edition – IMIA Asia Pacific 2014 Conference
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IMIA Asia Pacific Presents Map Awards at its 2014 Annual Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The Best Overall Winner was presented to Roger Smith, Milford Track – Geographx Ltd, New Zealand.
Ron Lofton (right / IMIA International President) presents best over-all winner to Roger Smith (centre / Milford Track – Geographx Ltd, New Zealand). Brian Spier (left / Past President of IMIA Asia Pacific) at the podium.
IMIA ASIA PACIFIC MAP AWARDS 2014
BEST OVERALL AWARD / THE GRAHAM STANTON AWARD: Milford Track – Geographx Ltd, New Zealand
BEST SHEET MAP:
Milford Track – Geographx Ltd, New Zealand
South Australia Wall Map – Carto Graphics
BEST BOOK BASED PRODUCT:
Jacaranda Atlas 8th Edition – Spatial Vision
My First Atlas – Compare Infobase India
BEST TOURIST / FREE PUBLICATION:
Clare Valley Rocks – Carto Graphics
Australia Visitor’s Map (Spanish Version) – Cartodraft Australia
BEST DIGITAL MAPPING PRODUCT:
Camping around Australia App – Hardie Grant Explore
Bogong App – Spatial Vision
BEST INTERNET WEBSITE:
Around the World – Compare Infobase India
BEST MAP RELATED PRODUCT:
MAPBAG Hong Kong
MAPBAG Hong Kong
Ron Lofton (IMIA International President) and John Payne (former IMIA International President and former IMIA Asia Pacific President) present to Peter Lennon the IMIA Honorary Life Membership Award.
Peter Lennon is a Past International President of the International Map Industry Association (IMIA), former IMIA Asia Pacific President and a long time member of IMIA Asia Pacific.
Lennon has more than 35 years of experience in both government and private sectors. He has extensive experience in the mapping and geospatial industry and in project management. He also has strong experience in the policy and information management area, developing information policy, strategy, processes and standards, and in reviewing corporate level information management issues. His roles in the private sector were in management consulting and project management services. He has consulted to the utilities, telecommunications, finance and gaming industries and to the Queensland government.
Now working in Government, Lennon is a Director of Spatial Information business division in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines. This business area is responsible for the State’s foundation spatial datasets relating to Surveying, the Cadastre, Imagery, Elevation, Topography and Addressing. Information systems deliver access to these datasets and geographic information systems are used to enable spatial data management and analysis and to provide spatial data products and services for the State.
IMIA International President Ron Lofton (right) and former IMIA International President and former IMIA Asia Pacific President John Payne (left) presents the Honorary Life Membership Award to Peter Lennon (centre), former IMIA Asia Pacific President and former IMIA International President.
Spatial Vision Sponsors the IMIA Asia Pacific Welcome Reception and Launches a New Chinese Language Map of Australia
Mr Yumin Song, China’s Consul-General to Melbourne, was formally presented with the first of the new maps at the IMIA Asia Pacific Conference by Glenn Cockerton, Spatial Vision’s Managing Director (centre) and Leigh Harry, the Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria (right).
Spatial Vision has launched a new Chinese language map of Australia, the first produced in Australia, at the International Map Industry Association Asia Pacific Conference recently held in Melbourne. Mr Yumin Song, China’s Consul-General to Melbourne, was formally presented with the first of the new maps at the IMIA Asia Pacific conference opening.
“I feel uniquely honoured to be presented with this map,” said Mr. Song. “As the first Chinese language map made in Australia, it has great significance. I personally appreciate this innovative and concrete move to help further accommodate Chinese tourists. “The cooperation of our tourism industries has become an essential part of the bilateral relations of China and Australia and I find it inspiring, looking to the future, to think of the continued impact tourism will make on these relations.”
Mr. Song said that in 2014, the number of outbound Chinese tourists is estimated to exceed over 100 million, a number which is forecasted to rise to 400 million over the next five years. Mr. Song said this growth represented a great opportunity for Australia’s tourism industry.
Leigh Harry, the Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria, who also attended the Conference opening, reinforced the significance of Chinese tourism to Victoria. “I’m proud to say that Victoria was the first Australian state to open an office for tourism in China, back in 1999, recognising how important Chinese tourism could be. In December 2011, visitation from China in Victoria surpassed visitation from New Zealand, the largest source of tourism at the time.
“The amount of money Chinese visitors are spending in Melbourne and Victoria surpasses the next three countries aggregated together. China is a critical tourist market for Victoria. “An Australian-made Chinese language map is another step forward for Victoria’s tourism industry and I congratulate Spatial Vision for creating it.” To confirm the translation of Australian place names, Spatial Vision called for assistance from the Confucius Centre at La Trobe University.
Glenn Cockerton, Spatial Vision’s Managing Director, said “18 months ago, Spatial Vision identified an absence of Chinese language maps that could be used by tourists, businesses and Governments alike. We are very pleased to release this map and support the development of Australia’s tourism industry.”
Business Connect Session – Speed Dating for Business