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                       Travel Daily Exclusive - Tuesday 5 March

The travel and tourism industry are very closely aligned in so many ways. While those that work in the travel industry are very different to those who work in the tourism industry, together we are a force for good and a strong voice in the Australian economy. Much of my own career has been in the tourism industry and I am always so excited and delighted to see the winners of the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards announced.

Over this past weekend (02 Mar) the Australian Tourism Industry came together in Launceston, Tasmania, to celebrate the successes of the tourism industry and award these nationally acclaimed industry awards. If you are yet to see the list of winners, CLICK HERE. It’s a long list of quality Australian Tourism owners and operators. The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are held each year and hosted by the Australian Tourism Awards Incorporated which is the national grouping of all of the state tourism industry associations.

This year, a great Australian Tourism family was inducted as legends and I am sure the entire industry will be celebrating with them on this achievement. The Irwin family has continued to support the local tourism industry with the ongoing operation of Australia Zoo, as well as promoting and advocating the protection of the environment more broadly, amongst many other things.

It is true entrepreneurial Australians like the Irwin family that continue to make Australia a world-leading tourism destination but also provide a voice on the things that ensure a strong industry into the future. On behalf of the members of AFTA, I extend a heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. And while the tourism awards are important and very worthy of noting, so too is this coming Fri, which marks International Woman’s Day (08 Mar).

This year the theme for the day is #balanceforbetter and for many of the travel industry it will be marked as a very important day to advance the theme of balance and to support female participation and advancement in any and every way we can - not only as an industry, but more broadly as a nation. You can get much more detail about this important day by CLICKING HERE.

More and more, diversity, equality, gender balance and acceptance are words being incorporated into business plans, vision statements, culture and sentiment across the Australian economy and for that matter, across the world. This Friday is the start of a year-long campaign that in fact never stops, to open people’s minds to the opportunities that everyone can enjoy together. I wish both the women and men of the travel industry an inclusive International Woman’s Day 2019