NTIA 2018 winners list

AFTA reveals 2018 National Travel Industry Award winners

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The Australia Federation of Travel Agents has recognised the industry’s ‘best of the best’ at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour.

AFTA Chief Executive Jayson Westbury paid homage to the trade, saying the NTIA was a platform to not only recognise excellence but to “reconnect and come together as an industry.”

“It’s nights like to tonight when we have the chance to call out people, the businesses the enterprises and indeed the entrepreneurship that makes the travel industry so exciting,” Westbury said.

Before the awards presentation commenced, Westbury announced that Mike Thompson had been re-elected as AFTA’s Chairman for a 10th year. The AFTA boss also recognised Spiros Alysandratos – the Founder and CEO of Consolidated Travel Group – with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Among winners were the mother daughter duo from Helloworld Travel Lane Cove, with Debbi Ashes collecting the gong for Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Single Location and Courtney Ashes taking out Young Agent of the Year.

Corporate Travel Management’s Andre Moten returned to the stage as a winner for the third successive year as Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Multi- Location.
Phil Hoffmann Travel was also in the winner’s circle, taking home Best Travel Agency – Retail Single Location.
MTA – Mobile Travel Agents was the winner of the new NTIA category for 2018, Best Travel Broker Network.
 
Best Wholesalers for Product were Qantas Holidays/Viva! holidays for Australia and Adventure World for International.

 

The NTIA 2018 winners list included:

Young Agent of the Year – Courtney Ashes, Helloworld Travel Lane Cove, NSW

Courtney Ashes, Helloworld Travel Lane Cove

Best Travel Consultant – Retail – Giselle Pennington, Spencer Travel Southside, NSW

Giselle Pennington, Spencer Travel Southside

Best Travel Consultant – Corporate – Nicole Hay, Show Group Enterprise, NSW

Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution – Cornerstone Learning and Development

Best Hotel / Resort Group – Club Med

Best Tour Operator – Domestic – APT

Best Wholesaler – Australian Product – Qantas Holidays/Viva! Holidays

Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Single Location – Debbi Ashes, Helloworld Travel Lane Cove, NSW

Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Single Location – Jamie Maclean, Corporate Travel Cathedral Place, QLD

Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Multi Location – Renee Nightingale, Helloworld Travel Albury, Wangaratta & Wodonga, NSW/VIC

Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Multi Location – Andre Moran, Corporate Travel Management, QLD

Best Domestics Airline – Qantas

Qantas, Best Domestic Airline

Best Car/Canpervan Rental Operator – AVIS

Best Travel Agency- Retail Single Location – Main Beach Travel

Best Travel Agency – Retail Multi Location – Phil Hoffmann Travel

Best Travel Broker Network – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents

Best Tour Operator – International – Intrepid Travel

Best Wholesaler – International Product – Adventure World

Best Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment – Royal Caribbean International

Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier – Michelle Nickelson, Air New Zealand, QLD

Best Agency Support Service – Air Tickets

Best Tourist Office – International – Tourism New Zealand

Best Airline International – Off-Line – Finnair

Best Airline International- On-Line – Singapore Airlines

Best River Cruise Operator – APT

Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment – Royal Caribbean International

Best Travel Agency – Corporate Single Location – DBT Corporate Travel

Best Travel Agency – Corporate Multi Location – Stage & Screen Travel Services

Best Business Events Travel Agency – Event Travel Management

Best National Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel Management

Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation – Smart Trips – Smartphone Application

Best Travel Writer – Jocelyn Pride

Best Online Travel Agency – flybuys Travel – www.flybuystravel.com.au

Best Specialty Wholesaler – Bench Africa

Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarships – Rachel Husoy Cleary, Noosa Travel, QLD

People’s Choice Retail Travel Agency of the Year – Bicton Travel, WA

The team from Bicton Travel

Best Non Branded Travel Agency Group – Helloworld Business Travel

Best Travel Agency Group (50 stores or more) – Flight Centre

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