APICTA – the judging continues
The second day of judging was also interesting because I was now judging the Tourism & Hospitality category with three other judges from Thailand, Brunei and Macau. This room was slightly bigger than the one we had been given the day before. Some of the entries were quite interesting but there was one that stood out – and that was the one from Thailand. The two young men knew their market and had developed a product that was not only making money for them but was serving the tourism sector well. The judges had no hesitation in coming to a unanimous decision regarding the winner.
The second day of judging was followed by some meetings to finalize the score sheets and sign off on the winning entries. In some categories there was debate and disagreement – in fact in one category the Chief Judge and Adjudicators had to be called in to facilitate a decision.
The Judges Final Meeting the next day confirmed the results in all categories. In addition, it was discussed that the Economy Coordinators needed to play a more significant role in the selection of nominees. There were problems when certain nominations were placed in more than one category. There were also cases where the nominated product was placed in the wrong category. It was suggested that if the Economy Coordinators would take care of these things prior to the judging, it would save time later.
Anyway, all’s well that ends well. Everyone was congratulated on the hard work they had put in and following the APICTA Exco’s confirmation of the results, everyone dispersed so that they could get ready for the Awards that night.
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