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NOBODY PANIC: Part three of the 2018 Australian Travel Awards shortlist is here!

You’ve been waiting all week, and now part three of the shortlist for the 2018 Australian Travel Awards is finally here!

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So pop the champagne! Because if you’re on this list, you could be in with a real chance of winning a shiny trophy at the first ever Australian Travel Awards. And if that’s not some excellent news to end your week with, we don’t know what is.

You can find part one of the shortlist here and part two here, in case you’ve been in a coma for the past two days and missed the announcements.

This inaugural awards programme will recognise the achievements of the Aussie travel industry over the past year, and celebrate the individuals and companies that make it so damn amazing.

Oh, and it’s set to be the best industry end-of-year party around – perfect for celebrating a year of hard work with your fave industry pals.

You can read more about the awards right here, but for now, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! This final instalment of the 2018 Australian Travel Awards shortlist includes 10 categories, so check part one and two for any categories you don’t see below.

For those who made the shortlist, double check your company name is correct before you dance for joy. No one wants a trophy with the wrong spelling on it. So for any and all changes, email Nicolle@travelweekly.com.au ASAP. And by ASAP, we mean by November 1.

Oh, and if you’re one of the lucky few on this list, you must buy a ticket to the event. And you’ll only be able to get early bird tickets until next week! So head here to grab those while you still can.

The Australian Travel Awards will be held on November 30 at Paddington Town Hall, Sydney. Find all other info on the website here.

Check out part three of the shortlist below:

Business Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand
Emirates
Etihad Airways
Qatar
Singapore Airlines

Economy Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand
Etihad Airways
Hawaiian Airlines
Virgin Australia

Expedition Cruise Line of the Year

Aurora Expeditions
Coral Expeditions
G Adventures
PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Low Cost Airline of the Year

AirAsia
Cebu Pacific
Scoot
Tigerair Australia

Ocean Cruise Line of the Year

Celebrity Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Princess Cruises
Royal Caribbean

Premium Economy Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Singapore Airways
Virgin Australia

Rail Operator of the Year

Eurostar
Rocky Mountaineer
The Ghan
VIA Rail

River Cruise Line of the Year

Avalon Waterways
Crystal River Cruises
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Travel Agency of the Year – Under 30 employees

Firebird Tours Pty Ltd
Kaleidoscopic Travel
Lifestyle Travel Ballarat
Panorama Cruise & Travel
Platinum Travel Corporation
Spencer Travel Southside
Travel Counsellors – Deborah Bartolo

Vehicle Hire of the Year

Avis
Hertz
Thrifty Car and Truck Rental

Congrats to all our shortlisted companies!

And a massive shoutout to all our lovely sponsors:

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