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The Australian Federation of Travel Agents is delighted to confirm that the prestigious National Travel Industry Awards will be held on Saturday 16 July, 2016.

The Gala Dinner will remain at the Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour before moving to the new International Convention Centre Sydney in 2017.

“It is always an exciting time as we begin planning for an even bigger and better Gala Dinner event. I am pleased to share that we have new plans for the venue and seating arrangements in order to maximise capacity, we know how important the event has become to everyone in the travel industry and we really want to accommodate as many people as we can,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

2016 NTIA Key Dates;

  • Nominations Open - Monday 1 February 2016
  • Nominees Announced - Wednesday 16 March 2016
  • Voting Opens - Thursday 17 March 2016
  • Finalists Announced - Wednesday 27 April 2016
  • Judging Commences -  Monday 16 May 2016 (Judged categories only)
  • Gala Dinner - Saturday 16 July 2016

AFTA is also pleased to confirm that Qantas will once again be the Major Sponsor of NTIA 2016.

“NTIA would not be the event that it is if it wasn’t for the ongoing commitment and true partnership of Qantas. AFTA places the NTIA as one of our most important activities in the industry calendar and we are thankful to Qantas for helping us make it the night of nights for the Australian travel industry,” said Westbury.

Joanne Tralaggan, Marketing & Communications Manager,, 02 9287 9900

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.