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THE 2018 NATIONAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY AWARDS – A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION TO REMEMBER.


[Saturday 21 July 2018:] The 2018 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards will be another night to remember. Fabulous frocks, a world class culinary experience, a performance by super star Anthony Callea and the biggest pool of lucky door prizes in the 11 year history of the awards are just some of the Gala Dinner highlights enjoyed by guests.

Held in the Grand Ballroom of the world class venue, the International Convention Centre, the Gala Dinner was attended by close to 1,300 travel industry representatives from across the industry - airlines, hotels & car hire providers, tour operators, wholesalers, river and cruise operators and of course leisure, corporate and online travel agencies.

“The NTIA is the industry’s only true awards, it has industry wide representation and a strong history of recognising and celebrating businesses and personnel who demonstrate outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen within the travel industry. The event may be put on by AFTA but it is the industry who makes it a celebration to remember each and every year”, said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

Guests were welcomed by Dubai Tourism before AFTA Chief Executive, Jayson Westbury recognised the 2018 NTIA Sponsors, the 12 exceedingly qualified individuals on the Judging Panel and AFTA Life Member Spiros Alysandratos. Guests were also welcomed by Major Sponsor Qantas through an address from Qantas Chief Executive International, Alison Webster.

Guests were entertained by ARIA Award winner and superstar Anthony Callea thanks to Express Travel Group.

The attending airline sponsors amazed guests with over $50,000 worth of prizes. Major sponsor Qantas made dreams come true by giving away $10,000 and $20,000 Qantas travel voucher. Star Alliance partnered with CATO tour operators to give away an extraordinary array of flights and land packages.

Beverage Sponsor, Air New Zealand, had guests popping, squishing and squashing grapes in a virtual game for a chance to win one of three amazing NZ wine escapes to Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Northland - NZ destinations made famous for their world class wine.

The attending airline sponsors amazed guests with over $50,000 worth of prizes. Major sponsor Qantas made dreams come true by giving away $10,000 and $20,000 Qantas travel voucher. Star Alliance partnered with CATO tour operators to give away an extraordinary array of flights and land packages.

Beverage Sponsor, Air New Zealand, had guests popping, squishing and squashing grapes in a virtual game for a chance to win one of three amazing NZ wine escapes to Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Northland - NZ destinations made famous for their world class wine.

MTA – Mobile Travel Agents won the new category Best Travel Broker Network and flyBuys Travel won Best Online Travel Agency. Qantas Airways was recognised for their innovative technology, the Qantas Learning Hub, in the category for Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation.

Mother and Daughter from Helloworld Travel Lane Cove had plenty to celebrate as Courtney Ashes won Young Travel Agent of the Year and Debbi Ashes won Best Travel Agency Manager Retail Single Location.

A special congratulation goes to Andre Moten, Corporate Travel Management, who won Best Travel Agency Manager Corporate Multi Location for the third year running.

Michelle Nickelson from Air New Zealand won Best Sales Executive Industry Supplier after receiving a judges’ commendation in 2017.

The full list of 2018 winners is available here.

Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive said; “AFTA, together with our valued and important Sponsors are very proud to have once again delivered such a spectacular event.”

For the full list of NTIA sponsors go to here.

AFTA, in partnership with Travel Daily will be publishing more photos from the Gala Dinner on the AFTA website here.

AFTA congratulates all winners and finalists.


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Notes to Editors:

The AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (AFTA NTIA) acknowledge the best of the best in the Australian travel industry – with categories covering travel agencies and individual consultants, as well as the various suppliers which support them and their businesses.

These awards are essential in providing encouragement and recognition to the businesses and personnel who demonstrate outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen to the travel industry.

The 2018 AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner was held on Saturday 21 July in the Grand Ballroom at the world class venue, the International Convention Centre, Sydney.