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[23 March 2016:] The Australian Federation of Travel is delighted to announce that the Vienna Tourist Board has joined the distinguished list of sponsors for the 2016 National Travel Industry Awards.

The Vienna Tourist Board, via the Austrian National Tourist Office, will sponsor Category 23, Best River Cruise Operator. This award recognises companies who excel in operating river cruises on a year round basis.

The river cruise operators nominated in the 2016 NTIA are; APT, Avalon Waterways, Evergreen Tours, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Tauck River Cruising, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Viking Cruises.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Astrid Mulholland-Licht, Director of the Austrian National Tourist Office for Australia/New Zealand said: “Austria’s world famous capital Vienna is one of the major highlights for passengers enjoying Danube River Cruise itineraries and we estimate that around 20 percent of Australian travellers to Austria visit Vienna as part of a river cruise. All of the nominated River Cruise Operators offer cruises that include Vienna in their product range and the Vienna Tourist Board is excited to be associated with a NTIA category that provides such a meaningful connection between the Sponsor and the Nominees.

“We feel privileged that the Vienna Tourist Board has joined the family of NTIA sponsors. NTIA would not be the event that it is if it were not for the support of our sponsors. Thank you to all those involved and I can't wait for you to witness what we have install for this year's night of nights," said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

Voting for the Best River Cruise Operator is now open and industry is invited to vote via the special voting forms available the AFTA website here.

For more information on the NTIA, categories, category criteria or to complete a nomination form visit the AFTA website.


Joanne Tralaggan,, 0407 264 392

Notes to Editors:
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is the peak body in Australia representing the retail travel industry. Founded in 1957, AFTA represents the majority of travel agents in Australia and includes all of the major travel agency groups.

AFTA’s role is to uphold the interests of members in matters relating to the operation of all travel agencies in Australia. In broad terms these issues are ones that are not addressed by agent chain or corporate entities on behalf of their members, and are ones that involve the industry as a whole.

ATAS -TRAVEL ACCREDITED: The AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) is an industry accreditation scheme that sets the benchmark of quality for the travel industry.

AFTA is committed, through ATAS, to elevating travel industry standards in Australia by driving increased and continued participation by travel intermediaries in ATAS and raising consumer awareness of the benefits of booking travel through an ATAS accredited agent.

The accreditation scheme is open to all travel intermediaries (those that buy and sell travel).

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 2016 AFTA NTIA Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 16 July at the Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour.