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Nominations & Voting

The nomination period has now closed.

AFTA is now validating nominees to determine their eligibility.  Nominees will be contacted and asked to accept their nomination.

Thank you to all who participated and good luck to all nominees.

Nominees will be announced publicly on Monday 25 March 2019.

Please read the details below to understand the new process we have implemented for 2019. It explains the difference between the voted categories and those that are required to complete a submission and presentation to the AFTA NTIA Judging Panel.

NTIA Process - Voted vs 2-step Submission Categories

Voted Award Categories

Following nominations, the award categories listed below will be voted on by the industry and the companies with the five (5) highest number of votes will proceed through to being a Finalist in the 2019 AFTA NTIA. 

Voted Categories >

  • Cat 18 - Best Domestic Airline
  • Cat 19 - Best Airline International - On Line
  • Cat 20 - Best Airline International - Off Line
  • Cat 21 - Best Cruise Operator - Domestic Deployment
  • Cat 22 - Best Cruise Operator - International Deployment  
  • Cat 26 - Best Car / Campervan Rental Operator
  • Cat 27 - Best Tourist Office International 
  • Cat 31 - Best Agency Support Service 
  • Cat 35 - Best Hotel / Resort Group

2-Step Submission + Judged Categories

As AFTA follows a continuous improvement mantra for NTIA, a two-step process now determines the finalists across the following categories.

Nominees are required to complete an online submission to confirm their NTIA nomination. 

All submissions will be marked by an independent assessor. The 5 highest scoring submissions in each category will process through to being a Finalist. The following categories are NOT voted categories.

The 5 Finalists will be required to make a presentation to the NTIA Judging Pannel. Judging will take place between Wednesday 12 - Friday 21 June 2019. 

Two-Step Submission Categories >

  • Cat 1 - Best Travel Agency Group (50 Store or More)
  • Cat 2 - Best Non Branded Travel Agency Group
  • Cat 3 - Best Travel Agency Leisure - Single Location
  • Cat 4 - Best Travel Agency Leisure - Multi Location
  • Cat 5 - Best Travel Agency Corporate - Single Location
  • Cat 6-  Best Travel Agency Corporate - Multi Location
  • Cat 7 - Best National Travel Management Company
  • Cat 8-  Best Mobile Travel Advisor Network
  • Cat 9 - Best Online Travel Agency (OTA)
  • Cat 10 - Best Business Events Travel Agency
  • Cat 11 - Best Travel Consultant Leisure
  • Cat 12 - Best Travel Consultant Corporate
  • Cat 13 - Best Travel Agency Manager – Leisure Single Location
  • Cat 14 - Best Travel Agency Manager – Leisure Multi Location
  • Cat 15 - Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Single Location
  • Cat 16 - Best Mobile Travel Advisor
  • Cat 17 - Young Travel Agent of the Year
  • Cat 23 - Best River Cruise Operator
  • Cat 24 - Best Tour Operator - Domestic
  • Cat 25 - Best Tour Operator - International
  • Cat 28 - Best Specialty Wholesaler
  • Cat 29 - Best Wholesaler - Australian Product
  • Cat 30 - Best Wholesaler - International Product
  • Cat 32 - Best Sales Executive – Land
  • Cat 33 - Best Sales Executive - Cruise
  • Cat 34 - Best Sales Executive - Air
  • Cat 38 - Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation
  • Cat 39 - Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship
  • Cat 41 - The CATO Awards: Consultant of the Year - Adventure
  • Cat 42 - The CATO Awards: Consultant of the Year - Group Touring
  • Cat 43 - The CATO Awards: Consultant of the Year - Ski
  • Cat 44 - The CATO Awards: Consultant of the Year - F.I.T

Submission Only 

Best Travel Writer is submission only. Face to face judging is not required.  

  • Cat 37 - Best Travel Writer - Consumer

Finalists & Judging Schedule

Finalists will be announced on Monday 20 May 2019.

Finalists who are required to make a presentation or provide a submission will be contacted directly.

The Judging period for the NTIA Finalists is Wednesday 12 - Friday 21 June 2019. 

Please note, due to the time commitments of the AFTA NTIA Judging Panel, these dates are unable to be altered. If a person is unable to attend their scheduled Finalist presentation, they may nominate an alternate in the case of company categories. No alternates are permitted in the case of individual categories. 

Top 5 Tips for Finalist Presentations

AFTA has compiled a list of the top 5 tips for those Finalists making a presentation to the AFTA Judging Panel.

These tips are based on feedback from previous year's judging and will assist you in preparing for your presentation and best utilising the time allowed.


If you have any queries please contact 

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