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AFTA & Dubai Tourism continue Destination Partnership and as NTIA Gold Sponsor, announce Gala Dinner MC

[21 March 2016:] The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) in partnership with long-standing Gold Sponsor Dubai Tourism is delighted to announce the MC for the prestigious National Travel Industry Awards.
Anjali Rao, a multi-award-winning journalist, TV personality and presenter will herald the Gala Dinner which plays host to more than 1,200 travel industry guests in an evening which celebrates industNTIA MC Anjali Raory excellence.

Anjali Rao has spent 18 years in the top tiers of broadcast news and current affairs including anchor of CNN International's weekday breakfast show and host of the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia, both of which air globally to 220 million households. Anjali has also worked as an anchor at both Sky News and Channel 5 News in London.

Most recently, she hosted SBS’s flagship i

nternational current affairs program Dateline across Australia and is also a regular guest presenter on a number of prime time television and radio shows.

Furthermore, after a successful partnership in 2015, AFTA is very excited to confirm that the strategic destination partnership with Dubai Tourism will continue throughout 2016 with the goal to strengthen and expand travel agent’s knowledge of Dubai as a great stop-over and holiday destination.

"We are delighted to continue our destination partnership with Dubai Tourism. Dubai as a place for Australians to visit is growing and through our ongoing partnership travel agents will become aware of the wonderful food, shopping and culture that the city has to offer travellers,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

“We are thrilled to continue our successful strategic destination partnership with AFTA which has enormously assisted us to educate and facilitate updates and timely news to travel agents. 2016 is another incredibly exciting year for Dubai with the opening of some amazing new attractions; 4 new theme parks and Dubai Opera to name just a few. In addition, we will also be re-launching our Dubai Expert programme later this year,” Julie King, Director – Asia-Pacific.

Travel agents are encouraged to visit the AFTA website and explore the Dubai Tourism destination pages to expand their product and cultural knowledge of the destination. This information will continue to be updated throughout 2016.
In addition to MC Sponsor, Dubai is also a Gold Sponsor for the popular award category Best Tour Operator International.

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

Dubai Tourism


Joanne Tralaggan,, 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.