Travel Agents

Five reasons why you should apply for the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship

The Avis Travel Agent Scholarship is back for another year, with applications for the prestigious endowment well and truly open.

Celebrating its 23rd year, the Avis scholarship is designed to encourage, recognise and reward outstanding customer service in the Australian and New Zealand travel industries.

To help Aussie travel agents pull together the best application, Travel Weekly spoke to past winners Jo Patton (2019), Michelle Ashcroft (2003) and Robyn Sinfield (1997) to find out the benefits and perks they received as part of the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship.

Here are their top five that this year’s lucky winner can to look forward to:

1. Networking

“The scholarship opens doors to creating relationships with industry heads who you can connect and learn from,” Ashcroft said.

“It also creates the opportunity to build your network with like-minded, high-achieving applicants who you can share ideas with and grow from.”

2. The travel opportunity

“The scholarship opens your eyes to travel opportunities and helps you make connections that last a lifetime,” Ashcroft said.

3. Mentorship

According to Patton, the mentoring is extremely beneficial for business development.

“It was the part of the prize I was most looking forward to and has proved crucial in the growth my business has had in the last year,” she said.

4. Support

Aside from confidence and presentation skills, Sinfield talked fondly of being the first member in the ‘Winners Circle’ – a supportive, exclusive club of scholarship winners.

5. Acknowledgement

All three winners said it was great to be noticed for their work, which gave them the confidence and determination to achieve their big dreams.


Agents wishing to apply for Avis’ scholarship have until Monday 23 September, with finalists announced on Thursday 10 October.

Finalists will then have the opportunity to travel to Sydney, where they will present to the judging panel ahead of the winner announcement at the Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday 13 November.

For more info and/or to apply, click here. We’ve also compiled a list of tips from past scholarship winners on creating a winning application.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Award-winning tourism company founder dies in helicopter crash

The founder of a well-known Aussie tourism company has tragically been killed in a helicopter crash in Western Australia.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

World’s first gold-plated hotel is open for business

The designer of this hotel has crammed as much gold plating into it as possible, including toilets. Yes, you read right: GOLD-PLATED TOILETS.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA chief says new ‘Tourism Restart Plan’ will unlock “real and immediate benefits” for agents

AFTa’s newly-appointed boss is quickly making his presence felt, this time offering his thoughts on the Tourism Restart Taskforce’s fresh plan for the government.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Time to hit the road: Contiki launches 14 new ‘Aussie Adventures’

There is no word yet on whether Russell Coight will be leading these new adventures, but we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Destination Wrap: Norfolk Island readies for reopening, Switzerland showcases quirky accommodations + MORE

We’ve thrown in everything except a pop quiz in this week’s Destination Wrap, but don’t let that stop you from creating your own to test your info retention ability.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

International arrivals capped at Sydney Airport due to “pressure” on city quarantine facilities

by Christian Fleetwood

Got a client who’s hoping to get back home to Sydney from overseas in the coming weeks? They may need to hit pause on those plans.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: Inspiring Journey’s new domestic and NZ trips, Wendy Wu Tours’ 2021 sale + MORE

Wish you were floating down the Mekong on the pictured river cruise deck? Us too. In fact, we’d take a dinghy down the Minnumurra River at this point.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

NSW and Victoria border to close

by Christian Fleetwood

While this decision is disappointing for the travel industry, it had to happen. Let’s hope this is the last time the border closes between these two states.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

STUDY: Almost half of older Aussies say they will never cruise again

The research also revealed just how keen Aussies are to get out and explore their own backyard, and what kind of holidays they are looking for.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas teams up with Afterpay

Thanks to Afterpay, Travel Weekly’s editor managed to rapidly grow his collection of creepy garden gnomes during lockdown.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“I’ve been quite overwhelmed”: Agent wowed by client support

While most travel agents have been busy repatriating clients and working on refunds, one advisor was presented with a golden opportunity.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Destination Gold Coast recruits celebs for postcard campaign

A host of celebs and tour operators have been suffering from writer’s cramp after the destination marketing agency asked them to pen 3,000 postcards to Aussie families.

Share

CommentComments