Travel Agents

NTIA winners revealed! Helloworld takes out best agency!

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) celebrated the industry’s night of nights – the 10th anniversary of the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs) – on Saturday, and boy what a night!

Held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, the 2017 NTIAs also marked 60 years of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), as well as a huge night for agents and industry folk alike, who donned their best ball gowns and suits for one heck of a shindig.

Image: The Star Alliance team at NTIA 2017

Glam gala dinner guests were welcomed by Arrivals Sponsor Greece National Tourism Organisation, with both AFTA Chief Executive Jayson Westbury and major sponsor Qantas’ Domestic CEO Andrew David, welcoming the gathering.

Westbury also paid homage to the 12 exceedingly qualified individuals on the Judging Panel and AFTA Life Member Ian McMahon.

Six lucky guests also scored the Qantas Golden Ticket – which involved return flights to London to experience their new Dreamliner Service.

The Star Alliance network delighted guests with return flights for two to various international destinations thanks to alliance members Air Canada, ANA, Eva Airways, South African Airways, Thai International Airlines, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.

And being a bit out there, classic Beverage Sponsor, Air New Zealand, brought an NTIA first – a virtual vineyard. Those kooky Kiwis!

Guests were invited to blend their own virtual wine for the chance to win one of six amazing New Zealand Wine experiences to destinations made famous for their world class wine.

In true travel industry style, guests continued the festivities into the wee hours of the morning at the Singapore Airlines After Party, which was held at The Port, the hottest new harbour side venue in Sydney.

Notable winners included Royal Caribbean repping first place for both international and domestic cruise operators, Virgin Australia taking out best domestic airline, Helloworld winning best agency group, and Kingscote Travel SA/NT taking out the People’s Choice awards.

Get amongst the rest of the winners here, and a huge congrats to those who took home gold!

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CATEGORY 1 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY GROUP (50 STORES OR MORE)

Helloworld Travel

CATEGORY 2 // BEST NON BRANDED TRAVEL AGENCY GROUP

Magellan Travel Group

CATEGORY 3 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY RETAIL | SINGLE LOCATION

FBI Travel

CATEGORY 4 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY RETAIL | MULTI LOCATION

Phil Hoffmann Travel

CATEGORY 5 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY CORPORATE | SINGLE LOCATION

Spencer Travel

CATEGORY 6 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY CORPORATE | MULTI LOCATION

Goldman Travel Corporation

CATEGORY 7 // BEST NATIONAL TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Corporate Travel Management

CATEGORY 9 // BEST ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY (OTA)

TripADeal www.tripadeal.com.au

CATEGORY 10 // BEST BUSINESS EVENTS TRAVEL AGENCY

The Events Authority

CATEGORY 11 // BEST TRAVEL CONSULTANT | RETAIL

Lena Nielson Flight Centre Sydney International Airport NSW

CATEGORY 12 // BEST TRAVEL CONSULTANT | CORPORATE

Alison Irwin Stage & Screen Travel Services NSW

CATEGORY 13 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER | RETAIL SINGLE LOCATION

Danny Englman FBI Travel VIC

CATEGORY 14 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER | RETAIL MULTI LOCATION

Stuart Ingram Destination HQ VIC

CATEGORY 15 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER | CORPORATE SINGLE LOCATION

ChŽrie Drummond Corporate Travel Management NSW

CATEGORY 16 // BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER | CORPORATE MULTI LOCATION

Andre Moten Corporate Travel Management QLD

CATEGORY 17 // YOUNG AGENT OF THE YEAR

Millicent Rusby Carlson Wagonlit Travel SA

CATEGORY 18 // BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE

Virgin Australia

CATEGORY 19 // BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE | ONLINE

Emirates

CATEGORY 20 // BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE | OFFLINE

Finnair 2017

CATEGORY 21 // BEST CRUISE OPERATOR | DOMESTIC DEPLOYMENT

Royal Caribbean International

CATEGORY 22 // BEST CRUISE OPERATOR | INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENT

Royal Caribbean International

CATEGORY 23 // BEST RIVER CRUISE OPERATOR

APT

CATEGORY 24 // BEST TOUR OPERATOR | DOMESTIC

Contiki

CATEGORY 25 // BEST TOUR OPERATOR | INTERNATIONAL

Topdeck Travel

CATEGORY 26 // BEST CAR/CAMPERVAN RENTAL OPERATOR

Hertz

CATEGORY 27 // BEST TOURIST OFFICE | INTERNATIONAL

Tourism New Zealand

CATEGORY 28 // BEST SPECIALTY WHOLESALER

Wendy Wu Tours

CATEGORY 29 // BEST WHOLESALER | AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT

Sunlover Holidays

CATEGORY 30 // BEST WHOLESALER | INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT

Qantas Holidays & Viva Holidays

CATEGORY 31 // BEST AGENCY SUPPORT SERVICE

Cover-More Travel Insurance

CATEGORY 32 // BEST SALES EXECUTIVE | INDUSTRY SUPPLIER

Elizabeth Hutchison Air New Zealand NSW

CATEGORY 33 // YOUNG SALES EXECUTIVE | INDUSTRY SUPPLIER

Stephanie Hu Fantasea NSW

CATEGORY 34 // BEST HOTEL/RESORT GROUP

Shangri La Hotels and Resorts

CATEGORY 35 // BEST REGISTERED TRAVEL INDUSTRY TRAINING INSTITUTION

The Learning Collaborative (Travel Training Australia)

CATEGORY 36 // BEST TRAVEL WRITER | CONSUMER

Julie Miller

CATEGORY 37 // BEST TRAVEL AGENT TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

Custom Designed Group Management System Travel & Sports Australia

CATEGORY 38 // EMIRATES TRAVEL CONSULTANT SCHOLARSHIP

Stefania Lasek Travel by Design NSW

CATEGORY 39// PEOPLE’S CHOICE | ATAS TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Kingscote Travel SA/NT

 

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