[Saturday 20 July 2019:] The 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards was celebrated on Saturday 20 July in the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre, Sydney.
The world class venue played host to some 1,300 travel industry guests 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.
Formalities were led by international award winning personality and TV journalist, Anjali Rao, who ensured a smooth procession through the 44 Award categories which celebrated excellence across the travel industry.
This year, the Gala Dinner included a new segment, the inaugural CATO Awards, which recognised front line travel consultants across four categories – Group Touring, Adventure, Ski and Free Independent Travel (FIT).
Airline Sponsors showed their commitment to the travel industry by providing more than $100,000 worth of lucky door prizes. Major sponsor Qantas made dreams come true by giving away $10,000 and $20,000 Qantas travel vouchers. Star Alliance partnered with CATO tour operators once again, to give away an extraordinary array of flights and land packages, and Beverage Sponsor, Air New Zealand, had guests hitting the New Zealand slopes without getting off their chair with the Kiwi Peak Pros Challenge for a chance to win a trip to one of four stunning New Zealand ski regions.
Guests were entertained by international singing sensation Paulini thanks to Express Travel Group and in true travel industry style, guests continued celebrations into the early hours of the morning at the After Party thanks to Singapore Airlines, which was held at The Watershed Darling Harbour.
“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.
The full list of 2019 winners is available on the AFTA website here.
Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive said; “On behalf of the AFTA Board of Directors and AFTA Staff we are very proud to have once again delivered such a spectacular event enjoyed by all. We are thankful to the 2019 Sponsors, Judges, ICC Sydney, Finalists, Winners, and, in fact, all who were involved in making the Gala Dinner possible”.
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.