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[Monday 23 January] The Australian Federation of Travel Agents is proud to formally announce that the brand new International Convention Centre, Sydney will be the host venue for the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), the most celebrated event in the Travel Industry Calendar.

The 2017 NTIA was officially launched today at Qantas’ Headquarters, the Awards long-standing Major Sponsor and Platinum Partner to AFTA.

“If we thought the event couldn’t get any bigger, it just did,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.
“The Gala Dinner location will be held in the purpose built International Convention Centre Ballroom, which accommodates 1,500 guests and industry will be pleased to know that guests will enjoy extra legroom in this new venue,” jokes Westbury.

“The new venue will accommodate the overwhelming ticket requests received each year, and enable more of the industry to join in the celebrations. Sponsors and attending guests are in for a treat as the AFTA Team has even more surprises install for next year,” said Westbury.

Qantas will host the 2017 Finalist Judging at their Mascot Headquarters, giving the industry a sneak peek into the Australian airline's modern campus.

Qantas Executive Manager Customer & Commercial Relationships Vanessa Hudson said Qantas is proud to continue its longstanding partnership with AFTA and be the major sponsor of the 2017 NTIA’s.

“The NTIA’s shine a spotlight on the best that our industry has to offer which is why we’re delighted to be the event’s major sponsor for ten years running,” said Hudson.

“We’re also pleased to be a platinum partner of AFTA and work closely with them to assist in delivering outstanding support and advocacy for the Australian travel industry.” states Hudson.

“NTIA is the result of monumental industry collaboration; without the support of our many sponsors, Qantas our Major Sponsor and the many businesses and individuals who chose to partake in the award process, we could not deliver what’s all too often coined ‘the industries night of nights’. Industry, please put Saturday 22 July in the diary as a night not to be missed,” concluded Westbury.

Nominations into the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards are now open and industry can nominate here.

2017 NTIA Key Dates;

• Nominations Open - Monday 23 January 2017

• Nominees Announced - Monday 13 March 2017

• Voting Opens - Tuesday 14 March 2017

• Finalists Announced - Thursday 4 May 2017

• Judging Commences - Monday 29 May 2017 (Judged categories only)

• Gala Dinner - Saturday 22 July 2017

2017 NTIA Sponsors:
Major Sponsor Qantas,
Gold Sponsors;
Avis, Emirates, Expedia TAAP, Royal Caribbean International, Star Alliance, Travel Port, Virgin Australia, World’s Leading Cruise Lines, Silver Sponsors; Air Tickets, CHI Travel Insurance, Consolidated Travel, G Adventures, Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre, Magellan Travel Group, The Travel Corporation, Tourism Authority Thailand, Travel Counsellors, Travel Trade Recruitment, Travellers Choice, Other Category Sponsors; Air New Zealand – Beverage, CVFR Consolidated Services – Pamper Room, Express Travel Group – Entertainment, Pan Pacific Hotel Group – Accommodation, Singapore Airlines – Gold After Party Sponsor, Tramada – Finalist Plaque, Travel Daily & Travel Bulletin – Media Sponsor.

Qantas Platinum Partner