AFTA reveals nominees for 2014 NTIAs

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The nominees in the running for this year’s National Travel Industry Awards have been revealed by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) with more nominations received than last year.

With more than 80 nominees, the Best Sales Executive Industry Supplier category topped its record last year.

“This is a testament to the calibre of the NTIA and the desire for people to be a part of these awards,” AFTA said.

Voting kicks off at 9am on Monday March 24 and will run until 5pm on Thursday April 17. There will be one voting form for travel agents to use when voting in the supplier categories, and another for suppliers when voting in the travel agency categories. Participants may vote for up to five nominees in each category. Voting forms may be found on the AFTA website.

“We have had a great result in the 2014 NTIA nominations as well as large volumes of Gala Dinner ticket requests coming through already since opening on Tuesday,” AFTA event manager Alex Cook said.

“We are expecting another huge response when voting opens on Monday. We wish all nominees the best of luck during the voting period.”

Meanwhile, ticket sales for the event have already opened with tickets selling “very quickly”.

AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury promised this year’s awards ceremony will be “an even more impressive night than the last”.


Here's a full list of list of the nominees:

Best Travel Agency Group (100 outlets or more)

Escape Travel

Flight Centre Travel Group Limited

Helloworld Limited

Travellers Choice


Best Travel Agency Retail – Single Location

Alpine World

Australians Studying Abroad

Bicton Travel

Cruise Travel Centre

Cruise Travel Centre – Hobart

Diploma Travel Homebush

Flying Colours Travel

Gippsland Travel Centre

Globenet Travel

Harvey World Travel Lane Cove

Hawthorn Travel And Cruise

Helloworld Albury

Helloworld Belgrave

Helloworld Blacktown

Helloworld Brisbane Street Launceston

Helloworld Caboolture

Helloworld Caloundra

Helloworld Capalaba

Helloworld Helensvale Plaza

Helloworld Ipswich Mall

Helloworld Lower Templestowe

Helloworld Newcastle

Helloworld Surrey Hills Vic

Jetset Travel Hurstville

Landmark Travel

Maria Slater Travel

Morcombe Travel

MTA Travel

Press & James Travel Associates

Queanbeyan City Cruise and Travel

RAA Travel Mile End

Sabra Travel Bondi

St Ives Travel

Suncoast Travel

The Manly Travel Shop

Travel by Wyndham

Wings Away Travel

WOW! Travel


Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location

Australian Holiday Centre

Cruise Holidays

Discover Cruise and Travel

Helloworld Hunter Travel Group

Helloworld Waverley Gardens, Ferntree Gully and

Endeavour Hills


Phil Hoffmann Travel

RACT Travelworld

Travel – 195



Whitesands Travel


Best Travel Agency Corporate – Single Location

Anywhere Travel

Atlantic Pacific Travel

DBT Corporate Travel

Goldman Travel

IYC Travel

Maxims Travel

Sean Simmons Travel

Spencer Travel

Unique Group Travel


Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location

Corporate Traveller

Platinum Travel Corporation

Show Group Enterprise

The Travel Authority


Best National Travel Management Company

Corporate Travel Management

CPE Travel

FCm Travel Solutions

GBT – Global Business Travel


Total Travel Solutions

Voyager Travel Corporation


Best Business Events Travel Agency


Event Travel Management

Impact Travel International

The Events Authority


Best Travel Consultant – Retail

Andrea Mithen, Flight Centre Eastland, VIC

Ashlee Simpson, Australian Holiday Centre, NSW

Bev Hand, Diploma Travel Homebush, NSW

Carla Di Mento, Cruise Express, NSW

Cassie Frankel, Flight Centre, NSW

Cassie Muhlhan, Where2Travel Malvern, VIC

Chris Moloughney, Emerald Travel, VIC

David Broadbent, Travel Beyond Group, NSW

David Tattersall, Emma Whiting Travel, VIC

Debbie McCamish, Helloworld Emu Plains, NSW

Gemma Smith, City Beach Travel and Cruise, WA

Hayley Parkin, Escape Travel Geraldton, WA

James Jang, Where2Travel South Yarra, VIC

Jenny Cooper, Queanbeyan City Travel and Cruise, NSW

Kerry McDonald, Helloworld Innisfail, QLD

Kimberley Sheean, Helloworld Ipswich City Mall, QLD

Lauren Blackstone, Flight Centre, NSW

Leesa Assaillit, Suncoast Travel, QLD

Margaret Freemantle, Travel Makers, ACT

Margaret Ong, Seniors Holiday Travel, QLD

Matt Lowe, Alpine World Snowy River Travel, NSW

Michael O’Kell, Flight Centre, VIC

Michelle Watson, STA Travel, VIC

Natasha Hargraves, Illawong Travel, NSW

Olga Alexander, Corporate Travel Management, QLD

Samantha Pedley, Helloworld Daisy Hill, QLD

Sophie Brooks, Harvey World Travel Lane Cove, NSW

Steve Thompson, Anywhere Travel, NSW

Susan Ungerboeck, Door Way Travel, VIC


Best Travel Consultant – Corporate

Debbie Schofield, IYC Travel, QLD

Gary McLaughlin,, VIC

Lee Wissemann, Corporate Travel Management, QLD

Linda Pauer, Platinum Travel Corporation, VIC

Mark Perrott, American Express Global Business Travel, VIC

Renee Cipollone, Show Group Enterprise, NSW

Ric Pattaro, TravelManagers, NSW

Sharn Parker, The Travel Authority, NSW


Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail

Adelina Arancibia, St Ives Travel, NSW

Bec Brown, My Adventure Store Paddington, NSW

Ben Farrell, Escape Travel Helensvale, QLD

Carol McCarthy, Helloworld Drysdale, VIC

Cindy Lee, Helloworld Blacktown/Seven Hills/Lithgow, NSW

Debbie Ashes, Harvey World Travel Lane Cove, NSW

Jaculin Lowien, Travel by Wyndham, QLD

Jim Cooper, Queanbeyan City Cruise and Travel, ACT

Karen Kenter, The World @ Braeside Travel, VIC

Karen Magee, Diploma Travel, NSW

Lisa Myers, WOW! Travel, VIC

Lois Crook, Australian Holiday Centre, NSW

Maria Slater, Maria Slater Travel, ACT

Michelle McNamara, Phil Hoffmann Travel, SA

Pip Windsor, Reho Travel Leisure, VIC

Rosemarie Church, Jetset Travel Hurstville, NSW

Sam Torrisi, Harvey World Travel, QLD

Suraj Hewa Arachchige, Helloworld Ipswich City Mall, QLD


Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate

Benjamin Shagrin, Flying High Travel, NSW

Christine Tilston, American Express Global Business Travel, NSW

Jason Starling, Hunter Travel Group, NSW

Lorrelle Barnett, IYC Travel, QLD

Michelle La Franchi, CPE Travel, QLD

Sean Simmons, Sean Simmons Travel, VIC

Shelley Leven, Corporate Travel Management, QLD

Vera Konsou, Voyager Travel, NSW


Rookie of the Year – Agent

llyce Balderston, STA Travel, NSW

Bridgit Little, Globenet Travel, QLD

Caroline Wickes, Flight Centre Baldivis, WA

David Simpson, Macedon Ranges Travel Services, VIC

Erin Fahey, Student Flights, ACT

Lisa Coronica, Flight Centre, SA

Nessie Allen, HWT Lane Cove, NSW

Nicola Rowlingson, Maleny Cruise and Travel, QLD

Sabine Absenger, Going Places Travel, VIC


Best Niche Wholesaler

0 Degrees North

Access Ireland Holidays

Adventure Destinations

Back-Roads Touring


Exotic Destinations

French Travel Connection

Honeymoon Worldwide

Island Destinations

Livn Holidays

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

Nexus Holidays

Nullabor Traveller

Ormina Tours

Raging Thunder Adventures


Snow Scene

Spain & Portugal Travel Connection

Swagman Tours

Tahiti Travel Connection

The Africa Safari Co

The Kimberley Collection

The Tailor

This Is Africa

Touchdown Tours

Vanbur Travel

Wide Eye Tours

Wild Earth Travel

World Drive Holiday


Best Domestic Airline

Qantas Airways

Virgin Australia


Best International Airline – On-Line

Air New Zealand

British Airways


Etihad Airways

Garuda Indonesia

Hawaiian Airlines

Korean Air

Malaysian Airlines

Qantas Airways

Qatar Airways

Singapore Airlines

South African Airways

Thai Airways

Virgin Australia


Best International Airline – Off-Line

Alaska Airlines





Swiss Air


Best Cruise Operator – International Based Operation


Avalon Waterways

Azamara Club Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Cunard Lines

Heritage Expeditions

Holland America Line & Seabourn


MSC Cruises

P&O Cruises – World Cruising

Princess Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines


Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection


Best Tour Operator – Domestic

AAT Kings

Adventure Tours Australia



Evergreen Tours

G Adventures

Great Southern Rail

Scenic Tours

Topdeck Travel


Best Tour Operator – International


Buffalo Tours

Busabout, Haggis and Shamrocker Adventures


Discover Croatia

Evergreen Tours

Exodus Holidays

G Adventures


Insight Vacations


On The Go Tours

Scenic Tours

Tauck World Discoveries

Topdeck Travel


Travel Indochina

Wendy Wu Tours


Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator




Thrifty Car Rental

Tourism Holdings Limited – Britz/maui Campervans

Travellers Autobarn


Best Tourist Office – National

Destination NSW

South Australia Tourism Commission

Tourism and Events Queensland

Tourism Victoria

Tourism WA

Toursim Tropical North Queensland


Best Tourist Office – International

Brand USA

Dubai Tourism

Hawaii Tourism Oceania

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Oman Tourism

Singapore Tourism Board

South African Tourism

Tourism Fiji

Tourism Ireland

Tourism New Zealand

Visit California


Best Wholesaler – Australian Product

Creative Holidays

Excite Holidays

Infinity Holidays

Innstant Travel

Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays

Sunlover Holidays


TravelCube Pacific


Best Wholesaler – International Product

Adventure World

Abercrombie & Kent

Asia Escape Holidays

Chimu Adventures

CIT Holidays

Creative Holidays

DriveAway Holidays

Excite Holidays

Infinity Holidays

Innstant Travel

Island Escapes

New Horizons Holidays

Pinpoint Holidays

Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays

Rail Plus

Tempo Holidays

TravelCube Pacific


Best Agency Support Service

AA Appointments

Air Tickets

Amadeus IT Pacific

C & M Travel Recruitment

eNett International

inPlace recruitment


QIC & the Qantas Industry Sales Site


Sabre Pacific

TMS Asia Pacific

Tramada Systems Pty Ltd

Travel Trade Recruitment



Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier

Adam Joseph, Qantas Holidays, NSW

Ann Hope, Silversea Cruises WA/SA/NT

Amy Craig, Creative Holidays, VIC

Amy Harrison, Contiki Holidays, WA/SA/NT

Amy Ryan, Royal Caribbean, NSW

Anastasia Kotanidis, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, VIC

Andrew Scott, Silversea Cruises, NSW

Angelya Vassiliadis- Balaguer, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre, NSW

Bianca Orsola – Rose, Creative Holidays, VIC/TAS

Blake Muir, Topdeck, VIC/SA

Cameron Mannix, RCI, VIC

Camilla MacInnes, Entire Travel Connection, NSW

Chris Catanzariti, G Adventures, NSW

Christian Coronica, Trafalgar, NSW

Christina Shephardson, Azamara Club Cruises, NSW

Conrad McCall, Trafalgar, NSW

Darren Perry, Globus Family of Brands, NSW

Debbie Cox, Sunlover Holidays, QLD

Debora Evans, Travel Indochina, WA

Di Bignell, On The Go Tours, SA

Dylan Hearne, P&O Cruises, QLD

Eddie Steinmann, Adventure World, WA

Emma McInnes, On The Go Tours, NSW

Fabricio Leiva, Air Tickets, VIC

Felicity Allan (LaTerra), Virgin Austalia, VIC

Georgina Davies, Etihad Airways, VIC

Glen Williams, Qantas Industry Sales, SA

Graham Werner, APT Touring, QLD

Greg Schein, G Adventures, VIC

Hamish Evans, Globus Family of Brands, NSW

Hayley Tidyman, Topdeck, NSW/ACT

Helen Eves, Holland America Line & Seabourn, NSW

Helen Mezzen, Princess Cruises, QLD

Holly Cooling, Creative Holidays, WA

Hugh Twomey, Hawaiian Air, NSW

Jill Lance, APT, VIC

Jo Ellies, APT, WA

Julian Insall, The Africa Safari Co, VIC

Julianne Rose, Pinpoint Travel Group, QLD

Karen Mackay, Scenic Tours, QLD

Katrina MacKay, APT, VIC

Katrina South, Innstant travel, QLD

Katy Oxer, Qantas Airways, WA

Kim Knight, Qantas Holidays, QLD

Kristine Chippendale, Qantas Airways, NSW

Larry Burrows, Rail Plus, QLD

Laura Cuthbert, Trafalgar, NSW/ACT

Lauren Stuchbury, Qantas Holidays, QLD

Leigh Holme, Pinpoint Travel Group, NSW

Leya Pearce, Trafalgar, WA

Linda Costantini, Emirates, VIC/TAS

Luke Skarbek, Club Med, NSW

Maggie Brew, Oceania Cruises, QLD

Marsha Datt, Cox and Kings, VIC

Matthew Symonds, Tourism Fiji, NSW

Megan Lang, Contiki, VIC

Melinda Robilliard, Globus, VIC

Mia Druschowitz, Contiki Holidays, NSW/ACT

Michael Goei, Garuda Indonesia, QLD

Michael Poes, Qantas Airways, VIC

Nichole Steadman, AAT Kings, QLD

Nicole Brotton Chapman, Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays, WA

Nishant Kothary, Innstant Travel, VIC

Noree Kahika, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, QLD

Owen Boyce, Insight Vacations, SA

Peter Darby, Princess Cruise Lines, QLD

Rachel Javier, Travel The World, VIC

Rebecca Merlino, Pinpoint Travel Group, NSW

Rebeka Belcher, Uniworld River Cruises, WA

Sally Plenderleith, Holland America Line & Seabourn, SA

Samantha Davies, Excite Holidays, NSW

Sandra Cahill, Insight Vacations, NSW

Scott Ellis, APT, VIC

Scott Graham, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, NSW

Sean Flint, FTM Australia Pty Ltd, QLD

Sharon Joseph, Covermore Insurance, WA

Sheena Smith, Contiki, VIC

Shelley Martin, Globus Family of Brands, QLD

Simone Barnett, Pinpoint Holidays, QLD/NSW

Stacey Alderton, Excite Holidays, QLD

Stella Hritis, Trafalgar, NSW

Suzy McPhail, Trafalgar, VIC

Tenille Hunt, G Adventures, VIC

Tomas Malmberg, Insight Vacations, QLD

VickI Gordon, New Horizons Holidays, WA

Victoria Chapman, Globus Family of Brands, SA/NT

Zoe Gentle, Contiki Holidays, QLD


Rookie of the Year – Supplier

Andrea Morgan, G Adventures, NSW

Brooke Gabriel, Contiki, QLD

Clarence Goff, VisasDirect a CIBT Company, VIC

Michael Stribling, New Horizons Holidays, WA

Shaun McIntosh, Globus Family of Brands, WA

Zach Gregory, Princess Cruises – Business Development Coordinator, NSW

Zack Redfern, Expedia TAAP, NSW


Best Hotel/Resort – Australian Property

Cable Beach Resort – Broome

Crown Metropol Melbourne

Crown Perth

Daydream Island Resort and Spa

Hayman Island or One and Only

Langham Melbourne

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

Peppers Beach Club – Port Douglas

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

QT Hotels & Resorts


Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Southern Ocean Lodge

Swissotel Sydney

The Darling

The Westin Sydney


Best Hotel/Resort Group


Club Med

Dorchester Collection

Fairmont Raffles Swissotel

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts



Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mantra Group

Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts


Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution

TAFE SA – Adelaide City Campus

Australian Pacific Travel & Tourism

Bankstown TAFE

Canberra Institute of Technology

Franklyn Scholar

Gold Coast Insitute of TAFE (GCIT )

Sunshine Coast TAFE

Sydney TAFE -Travel & Tourism

Training and Development Australia

Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE


Best Travel Writer

Daniel Scott

James Gregory Wilkinson

Jane E Fraser

Jon Underwood

Julie Miller

Kerry van der Jagt

Kris Madden

Lyndon Barnett

Margaret Turton

Mark Luckey

Roderick Eime


Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation

Amadeus Open Profile Suite

Around the World Online

CTM SMART Technology

Express Marketing Tools

Map View Search

ReadyRooms for Agents – 7 day book and pay


tramada® Connect Wholesale

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