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The 2018 Women in Travel Power List unveiled!

It’s what you’ve been waiting for – the most powerful women in travel have been unveiled!

The who’s who of the travel industry have been revealed, after you provided us with a massive list of some of the most inspiring, influential and powerful women we’ve ever seen.

See also: Photos: All the winners from the 2018 Women in Travel awards 

A top team of expert judges sifted through the multitude of nominations and eventually decided on the 20 most influential women in the travel industry, in the form of our very own power list.

The list was revealed at the third annual Women in Travel Awards, held at Sydney’s Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf last night between glasses of champagne, canapés and inspirational speakers. And now we can reveal just who made the cut.

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Photography by andre&dominqiue

So without further ado, here are the top females in the travel industry!

20. Sujata Raman 

Regional Managing Director AUS/APAC, Abercrombie & Kent

19. Debra Fox

Chief Commercial Officer, APT Travel Group

18. Gai Tyrrell

Regional Director Australia/NZ, Hawaiian

17. Penny Spencer

Managing Director, Spencer Group of Companies

16. Ann Elliott

General Manager, Corporate and Industry Sales, Virgin Australia Airlines

15. Jacqui Timmins

General Manager, Travelzoo

14. Jacqui Walshe

Managing Director, Walshe Group

13. Sarah Anderson

Managing Director, GTI Tourism

12. Karen Christensen

Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Crystal Cruises

11. Alex O’Connor

Managing Director, Insight Vacations

10. Kaylene Shuttlewood

Regional Managing Director, Travelcouncellors

9. Sarah Built

General Manager Australia/NZ, Etihad

8. Lisa Ronson

Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Australia

7. Fiona Dalton

Managing Director, Uniworld

6. Olivia Wirth

Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Qantas

5. Katrina Barry

Managing Director, Contiki

4. Cinzia Burnes

COO at The AOT Group & Executive Director Helloworld, The AOT Group & Helloworld

3. Wendy Wu

Founder, Wendy Wu

2. Ann Sherry OA

Executive Chairman, Carnival

1. Melanie Waters-Ryan

COO, Flight Centre Travel Group

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Photography by andre&dominqiue

The Women in Travel Awards this year were some of our best yet, and we can’t thank you all enough for coming and supporting the incredible female talent in this industry.

If for some reason you weren’t there, relive your regret over and over right here.

And other massive thanks to our lovely sponsors:

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