Wholesalers

“We are never settled, always looking to challenge the status quo”: Excite Holidays

Lauren Croft

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that a couple weeks ago, we held the Australian Travel Awards!

The event saw 450 Aussie travel industry guys and gals celebrate another amazing year, with bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. Oh, and some shiny trophies for the best of the best.

Over the course of the night, some pretty kick-ass companies were awarded in 35 categories, plus a Grand Prix prize for the most impressive entry overall.

ICYMI, that award went to…Intrepid! They’ve won an advertising package worth over $75,000 across the Seven West Media network, plus unlimited bragging rights until the end of time.

You can find the rest of the winners here, as well as all the happy snaps from the event here, here and here.

Another hotly-contested award was Wholesaler of the Year, which went to Excite Holidays this year! Of their entry, one of our judges said this:

“A fantastic submission which truly demonstrated what a huge year Excite Holidays had and how much is to come! Congratulations.”

But to hear it straight from the source, we spoke to Nicholas Stavropoulos, executive director at Excite Holidays – who said it was a “huge honour” to win an Australian Travel Award.

“We are extremely proud of what we have achieved this year, as we continue to expand our global footprint with a successful launch into the USA, launched our first brand video, expanded our already vast product inventory and continued to innovate our booking platform,” he said.

“We do all of this for our agents, but to have our efforts recognised at the end of a big year is the icing on the cake!”

Stavropoulos added that Excite Holidays entered the Australian Travel Awards because having different awards programmes is important for any industry – particularly this one.

“Awards are important because it gives us all a reason to step back and celebrate in what we have collectively achieved as an industry. It is fantastic to see another awards programme establish itself and shake up the way we acknowledge success,” he said.

“We believe in what the Australian Travel Awards represent, and we were more than eager to throw our hat in the ring.”

One of our fabulous judges may have said Excite had a “fantastic submission”, but Stavropoulos thinks their entry stood out because it focussed on Excite’s innovative spirit.

“Our entry focused very heavily on what we’ve achieved, but also what we have planned for the future,” he said.

“We are never settled, always looking to challenge the status quo. That innovative spirit has driven this business forward for 16 years, and will continue to do so for many more.”

Excite Holidays now have over  400,000 hotels and 100,000 activities on their platform – but Stavropoulos said this is just the beginning for the company.

“We’ve always taken pride in doing things differently. When Excite Holidays started out 16 years ago, it was with a simple idea – that there was a better way to service the travel trade by using clever technology. This idea still drives us forward today.

“This can’t be done without owning our own technology platform. It allows us to be nimble, and build solutions for our agents’ needs, and continue to develop as their needs change,” he said.

“Decisions we make are based on what is best for our agent base. This allows us to have a long-term view of development to grow an industry we are proud to service.”

ATA_Sponsor_Block

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

Abercrombie & Kent unveils remote Flinders Island adventure

The luxury travel connoisseur is bringing remote and unusual parts of Australia into the spotlight with the launch of this new active adventure off the Tasmanian coast.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“There’s a fair bit of work to still go there”: ScoMo plays down hype around ‘vaccine passports’

by Ali Coulton

When the PM talks about international travel, the whole of Australia listens. However, in this instance, you’re going to have to switch your eyes on rather than your ears.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre posts $234m loss, but grows its share in “large and important” Aussie leisure market

by Huntley Mitchell

If you ignore that big negative number in the headline, it’s all very positive news here from FCTG.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas suffers $1bn half-yearly loss, pushes back international flight plans

by Huntley Mitchell

The flying kangaroo won’t be hopping overseas as soon as originally hoped, after posting a “stark, but not surprising” loss.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Brisvegas tapped as preferred host for 2032 Olympic Games

Crack a tinnie of XXXX Gold, because it looks like the Olympics might be coming to Queensland 32 years after Sydney’s hosting efforts.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line extends US pause, as Canadian port closures spark Seabourn, Princess and HAL cancellations

Canada’s obnoxiously handsome PM, Justin Trudeau, has chucked a spanner in the works for cruise fanatics over on that side of the globe.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Intrepid co-founder backs the Pinterest of travel apps

The social media platform claims to be the first to let users share travel-specific content to create real-world itineraries.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Why your clients will be drawn to Japan’s heartland once international travel restarts

by Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

With your clients no doubt itching to get back overseas, here’s a destination that’s a realistic chance of reopening to Aussies before many others.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“I thought we were going down”: What we know about the United Airlines engine explosion

The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver when one of its engines blew apart, raining debris on suburban neighbourhoods below.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean cops further punishment for detaining Aussie cruiser over threesome

The man had already been paid almost $100,000 by the cruise line after being detained by crew members on Explorer of the Seas for six days over false rape allegations.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Helloworld bears $15.1m loss, but retail networks still “largely intact”

by Huntley Mitchell

Helloworld swung to a loss in the first six months of FY21, but it wasn’t all bad news for the ASX-listed group.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Traditional owners threaten closure of key Kakadu tourism sites over “mismanagement” by Parks Australia

Traditional owners of Kakadu National Park have warned they will close parts of the tourism hotspot after claims it has fallen into “disrepair”.

Share

CommentComments