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ATTN: Check out the full Australian Travel Awards shortlist

Guess what? The inaugural Australian Travel Awards are only two weeks away!

That’s right – in a couple Friday’s time, you’ll be partying it up with the industry’s best and brightest.

Well, if you have tickets that is.

If you don’t, don’t worry – there’s still a few seats that aren’t near the loo’s, but you better get in quick. Grab your last minute tickets right here.

This brand new awards programme will recognise and celebrate the achievements of the companies, and people, that make the Aussie travel industry so amazing, and we’re getting extra excited for the event.

It’s the best gala you’ll attend all year: no over the top boring speeches, just unadulterated fun celebrating 2018’s most coveted brands in travel.

You know you’ll have FOMO, so grab a ticket now. Tables are great, but individual tickets are too! We’ll make sure you sit next to someone fab for a great night (and there will be bubbles either way).

There are some shiny trophies up for grabs and one massive Grand Prix Award for the most impressive entry overall – and we couldn’t be more excited to recognise the industry’s achievements over the year. 35 categories cover the full gamut of the industry, with categories (like innovation) that no other awards have.

You can read more about the awards right here, but for now, we’d thought we’d post the full shortlist for you to check out.

For those who made the shortlist, double check your company name is correct before you pop the champagne and 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. 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 the full shortlist for the Australian Travel Awards below:

Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year

Adventure World Travel
Crooked Compass Pty Ltd
Eclipse Travel
G Adventures
The Perfect Wave Travel Co
Wandering the World
World Expeditions

Boutique Hotel of the Year – 10 properties or less

The Collectionist Hotel
QT Bondi
Tyrian Serviced Apartments
Jamala Wildlife Lodge
Ovolo Inchcolm
Paramount House Hotel
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

Business Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand
Emirates
Etihad Airways
Qatar
Singapore Airlines

Corporate Travel Agency of the Year – Over $100 million revenue

Corporate Traveller
FCM Travel Solutions
Stage and Screen Travel Services
QBT

Corporate Travel Agency of the Year – Under $100 million revenue

Platinum Travel Corporation
Spencer Travel
Travel Counsellors

Destination of the Year

New Caledonia Tourism
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Travel South USA
Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
Wandering the World

Economy Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand
Etihad Airways
Hawaiian Airlines
Virgin Australia

Employer of Choice 2018

Carnival Australia
G Adventures
Gate 7
Intrepid Group
Luxury Escapes Travel Pty Ltd
TravelEdge
The Travel Corporation

Escorted Touring Company of the Year

AAT Kings
Bunnik Tours
Collette
Crooked Compass
G Adventures
Globus
Insight Vacations
Intrepid Travel

Expedition Cruise Line of the Year

Aurora Expeditions
Coral Expeditions
G Adventures
PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Hotel Group of the Year

AccorHotels
Club Med
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
TFE Hotels

Hotel of the Year

The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji
The Darling, The Star Gold Coast
QT Canberra
QT Gold Coast
QT Melbourne
QT Sydney

Innovation of the Year

Alienta Travel Systems
Flight Centre Travel Group Corporate
Frasers Hospitality Australia
Smart Trips
Resource
Travel Counsellors
Troovo Technologies

Low Cost Airline of the Year

AirAsia
Cebu Pacific
Scoot
Tigerair Australia

Luxury Travel Brand of the Year

Crystal
Butterfield & Robinson
Health and Fitness Travel
Ovolo Hotels
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Berkeley River Lodge
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Air New Zealand – Dave and the Better Way to Fly (BWTF)
Havas Media Australia – Find your True North
P&O Cruises – The Best Way to See the Best of the South Pacific campaign (Mediacom & Bashful)
New Caledonia Tourism – Sounds of New Caledonia
Rumble Creative and Tourism and Events Queensland – Find your perfect next
Tourism Australia -Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home
Trafalgar – Colour Your World

Ocean Cruise Line of the Year

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

Online Booking Website of the Year

Aabode.com
Cruise Guru
Experience Oz
Ignite Travel Group
Ministry of Villas
Skyscanner
Youcamp Pty Ltd

Premium Economy Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Singapore Airways
Virgin Australia

PR Campaign of the Year

Adhesive for Singapore Tourism Board – Virtual Dinner Party
Princess Cruises and Fleishman Hillard – The Princess Luxury Bed
Frank PR for TFE Hotels – Doggie Degustation
Frank PR for Royal Caribbean – Australia’s Biggest Game of Hide & Seek
Intrepid Travel and Seven Communications – Adventure Travel Index
Tourism Australia – Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home
Tourism Fiji – Marry in the Morning
Virgin Australia – Virgin Australia Runway in the Sky

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

Social Media Campaign of the Year

Air New Zealand – A Very Merry Mistake
ANYDOKO for Hong Kong Tourism Board – Discover Hong Kong Social Video Series
Cummins&Partners for Tourism Western Australia -Visiting Friends & Relatives
MediaCom for Princess Cruises – Grand Designs Offshore
Tourism Australia – Aussie News Today
Vanuatu Tourism Office – Wake Up In Vanuatu – We Are Explorers campaign
Virgin Australia – Spin Class

Social Responsibility Award

Flight Centre Travel Group
The Travel Corporation
Urban Adventures

Specialist Wholesaler of the Year

Chimu Adventures
Crooked Compass Pty Ltd
Health and Fitness Travel
Cruiseco
Sno’n’Ski Holidays
The Perfect Wave Travel Co
Wandering the World

Sustainable Tourism Company of the Year

Club Med
Crooked Compass Pty Ltd
G Adventures
Intrepid Group
Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji
The Travel Corporation

Tourism Board of the Year

Gate 7 – Visit California
Hawaii Tourism Oceania
New Caledonia Tourism
South Australian Tourism Commission
Tourism New Zealand
Tourism Fiji
Vanuatu Tourism Office

Technology Provider of the Year

Alienta Travel Systems
Alpaca
Amadeus
Odysseus Solutions

Trade Sales Team of the Year

Air New Zealand
Bunnik Tours
Contiki
G Adventures
Insight Vacations
Princess Cruises
TFE Hotels

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

Travel Insurance Provider of the Year

Aussietravelcover Worldwide Travel Insurance
Cover-More
InsureandGo Travel Insurance
Southern Cross Travel Insurance

Vehicle Hire of the Year

Avis
Hertz
Thrifty Car and Truck Rental

Wholesaler of the Year

Excite Holidays
Cruiseco
Ministry of Villas
MW Tours

A massive congratulations again to all the shortlisted companies, and a massive thanks to everyone who entered the first ever Australian Travel Awards!

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