TODAY is the day that the NTIA judging extravaganza kicks off at the spectacular Qantas Campus in Mascot. Qantas is the major sponsor of the NTIA and also plays host to the entire NTIA judging process at their wonderful facilities in Sydney. AFTA remains very grateful to Qantas for providing its facilities and supporting AFTA and the NTIA the way it does.
This year, we will have more finalists than ever facing the gruelling judging process that has been developed for NTIA, with candidates presenting to a distinguished panel of three judges for each category.
In total we have 12 judges across multiple categories, which include individuals talking themselves up and companies of all shapes and sizes being put to the test. It is a process that will have us uplift some 60
candidates from other states from around the country bringing the best of the best to what you might call the “battle rounds”.
It is an exciting time for all those involved, and of course a very big best of luck to everyone who is appearing. I can’t wait to see the results on 21 July at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney. By the way, tickets are almost sold out and we are looking at the biggest event we have ever had. I’m pleased that the NTIA continues to deliver the excitement and recognition that the travel industry deserves.
This coming weekend (03-05 Jun) the ICC and Sydney will play host to the IATA AGM. It has been a long time since so many airline ceos and senior executives have been down under. The AGM serves as a rally point on an annual basis for the aviation sector to get together to see what is the latest talk of the town and some of the great innovations that are going on within the aviation industry. It is also the time when the organisation IATA presents its “State of the industry” report and results.
I can’t wait to see the results, and as one of the very lucky golden ticket holders, I will be sure to let you know what goes on in this column next week. So a big week ahead for all in the travel industry, an industry that now accounts across the globe for some $1.6 trillion in booking value and is set to have a 5-6% growth rate this year.
What a time to be in travel.