Sydney’s travel industry turned out on Monday night to attend a French-themed evening with Avalon Waterways, part of Globus family of brands and Atout France, France’s tourism development agency, for a screening of the French comedy, Le Chef at United Cinemas at Opera Quays.
The COVID-safe event aimed to keep the crowd inspired by France and generate interest in the destination for when the time is right to travel again. Hosted in partnership with Etihad Airways, Monaco Tourism and Northern France Tourism, the event updated agents on new product and tourism developments in France and thanked agents and the industry for their continued support and collaboration through a particularly tough year.
Guests got a taste for all things français with champagne, wine and beer aperitifs on arrival and a gourmet picnic basket filled with French food, including finger sandwiches and pastries. Entertainment included a Guinness World Record holder French magician, who warmed up the crowd with sleight of hand card tricks and mind games.
The screening kicked off with speeches from the event sponsors, including managing director of Globus family of brands Australasia, Gai Tyrrell who spoke about Avalon Waterway’s key theme of relaxed luxury and thanked the team, sponsors, agents and industry for attending and coming together after a hard year.
A range of prizes were drawn, with the grand prize of an incredible trip to France, including an Avalon Waterways cruise for two, two economy class return tickets with Etihad, two nights at the Fairmont Monte Carlo and a return helicopter transfer awarded to Barbara Whitten from Anywhere Travel.
Emily Kadinski from itravel Carlingford went home with the runner up prize of two nights’ accommodation at one of Monte-Carlo’s SBM properties, a bottle of gin, and a return helicopter transfer.
Other prizes included a pair of Louboutin flip flops and Mumm Jeroboam and all attendees went home with an exclusive Lancôme gift bag and fresh baguette courtesy of Atout France.
Lead image: Pictured from left are: Gai Tyrrell, Globus family of brands; Alison Roberts-Brown, Monaco Tourism; major prize winner, Barbara Whitten, Anywhere Travel and Neil Ager, Etihad Airways / Photo credit: Alex Pics Photography