Sam a world traveller

Nanaimo Airport’s official travel companion has been spotted all over the world thanks to vacationing central Island residents.

Nanaimo Airport’s Sunny Sam travel companion poses in front of the Eiffel Tower during a holiday in France.

Nanaimo Airport’s Sunny Sam travel companion poses in front of the Eiffel Tower during a holiday in France.

Nanaimo Airport’s official travel companion has been spotted all over the world thanks to vacationing central Island residents.

Sunny Sam has hitched a ride and appeared in snapshots of the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and other destinations around the globe.

Over the past 10 weeks, central Islanders submitted more than 400 photos of their travels with the little bright yellow wobbler to win weekly prizes.

The final round of voting ends today (Sept. 29) and the grand prize winner of two North American flight vouchers from Air Canada will be announced Friday.

“The photo contest was a huge success,” said Mike Hooper, Nanaimo Airport Commission president. “Sam traveled to China, Afghanistan, Nunavut, the Caribbean, Tanzania, Thailand, most of Europe and several other countries. It’s an incredible testament to the way Nanaimo Airport connects central Island residents with the rest of the world.”

To vote for a favourite, go to Sunny Sam’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/YCDSunnySam and ‘like’ any of the 10 finalists in the running. The three photos with the most votes become semi-finalists.