Hooray! It’s the WIT Shortlist for 2018!

Hooray! It’s the WIT Shortlist for 2018!

What?! Women in Travel 2018 is less than two months away?!

You bet it is. Which means it’s time for the shortlist!


So pop the champagne, ladies! Even if your name isn’t on this list – you can drown your sorrows.

We had a ton of entries this year, which our elite panel of judges have sorted through accordingly.

We know you’re used to waiting until November for the shortlist – but this year, that would be a flop, because the 2018 Women in Travel Awards are being held on June 21! This year’s location is the fabulous Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, where you’ll be all set for a night of dancing and celebrating (especially if you’re on this shortlist).


PS, if you are on the shortlist, we highly recommend you and your squad get tickets, ASAP. What’s the point of winning if you don’t have an entire room of people screaming and cheering for you?

You can still grab early bird tickets here, and for all the other info on the awards, check out the website

It’s also not too late to nominate for the Women in Travel Power List! Nominate here before the polls close on Friday, May 11. 


  • Ana Marcelo – ANA – All Nippon Airways (The Walshe Group)
  • Caitlin Malone – Virgin Australia Airlines
  • Elizabeth Hutchison – Air New Zealand
  • Felicity Brown – Chinta Air Tours


  • Andrea Stidwill – Corporate Traveller
  • Anita Nguyen – Stage & Screen Travel Services
  • Jessica Anscombe – Corporate Traveller
  • Jessica Roberts – AccorHotels
  • Julia Taylor – Carnival Australia
  • Sue McEvoy – FCM Travel Solutions
  • Suzanne Watson – Travel Counsellors


  • Caroline Handisides – Carnival Australia
  • Jayne Andrews – Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Natasha Faithfull – Cruiseabout

Employer of the Year

  • American Express Global Business Travel
  • Affordable Car Hire
  • Carnival Australia
  • Excite Holidays
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
  • Spencer Travel
  • GTI Tourism Pty Ltd
  • The Walshe Group
  • Helloworld Travel
  • Wendy Wu Tours

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jacqui Walshe – The Walshe Group
  • Karen Coates – Travel Counsellors
  • Louise Brock – She’s My Travel Agent
  • Maxine Wiggs – Resource
  • Rhonda Burton – TPTG Global Pty Ltd, The Perfect Travel Group Pty Ltd and The Perfect Wave Maldives Pty Ltd
  • Uschi Howard – The Travel Compass
  • Wendy Wu – Wendy Wu Tours


  • Brooke Michielin
  • Emma Woodward – Hyatt Regency Sydney
  • Sharon Cauldwell – Next Hotels & Resorts

Marketer of the Year

  • Adelle Clements – G Adventures
  • Chloe Jones – Princess Cruises
  • Emma Prineas – Wendy Wu Tours
  • Geraldine Boyer – Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Jayne Andrews – Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Lisa Ronson – Tourism Australia
  • Sue Elliot – Gate 1 Travel
  • Vanessa Richards – Excite Holidays

Mentor of the Year

  • Julia McLean – TravelManagers Australia
  • Juliet Hudson – International College of Management Sydney
  • Kellie Browning – TravelManagers Australia
  • Lena Tan – Flight Centre Tailor Made
  • Melissa Elf – FCM Travel Solutions
  • Rachael Harding – Trafalgar
  • Tina McIntosh – Busabout
  • Vickie Lancefield nee Hebbard – Excite Holidays

PR of the Year

  • Abbey Sands – GTI/New Caledonia Tourism/New York State
  • Anne Wild – Anne Wild & Associates Pty Ltd (AWA)
  • Emma Prineas – Wendy Wu Tours
  • Kate Parker – Intrepid Group
  • Lyndsey Gordon – P&O Cruises


  • Elizabeth Ellis – Cherrybrook Travel
  • Felicite Danis – Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Leisa Davis – Helloworld Travel Biloela & Gladstone
  • Louise Dann – Hunter Travel Group

Rising Star of the Year

  • Adelle Clements – G Adventures
  • Amy Foyster – Intrepid Group
  • Colleen Lacey – Travelmanagers Buddina
  • Elizabeth Anne Brumpton – Wendy Wu Tours
  • Jenny Gray – Intrepid Group
  • Jody Wong – Excite Holidays
  • Julianne Powell – Intrepid Group
  • Laura Jade Hallion – Monday Agency
  • Patricia Hanson – Intrepid Travel
  • Sasha Tsibulya – The Travel Corporation
  • Tracy King – MTA Travel
  • Trixie Kennedy – Qantas Holidays (Helloworld Travel)

Road and Rail

  • Jenny Lorkin – Avis Budget Group
  • Kylee Kay – Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services
  • Lisa Miller – Hertz Australia

Sales Person of the Year

  • Amy Elise Hallett – Topdeck Travel
  • Angela Middleton – Insight Vacations
  • Chriss Perry – Travel Partners
  • Cynthia Gole – American Express Global Business Travel
  • Donna Jones – Travel Counsellors
  • Elizabeth Hutchison – Air New Zealand
  • Emma Jones – Mantra Group
  • Fran Gildon – Collette
  • Marie Cecile Heritage – Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Martine Nunes – Oceania Cruises
  • Rachael Harding – Trafalgar
  • Shoana Bannister – Wendy Wu Tours
  • Sue McEvoy – FCM Travel Solutions
  • Taryn Welsh – QBE Insurance

Social Media

  • Angela Diamant – Carnival Cruise Line Australia
  • Danielle Kirk – Contiki Holidays
  • Lizzie Mulherin – Intrepid Travel
  • Lyndsey Gordon – P&O Cruises


  • Barbara dos Santos – Excite Holidays
  • Daniela Versick – Carnival Australia
  • Davinia Simon – Adobe Systems Pty Ltd
  • Ingrid Picard – Amadeus
  • Juanita Kumaran – Stage and Screen Travel
  • Mary Thapa – Travelport

Tourism Board

  • Caitlin Malone – Virgin Australia Airlines
  • Lisa Ronson – Tourism Australia
  • Rebecca Lennox – Airline Rep Services


  • Alexandra O’Connor – Insight Vacations
  • Amanda McCann – Collette Travel
  • Debra Fox – APT Travel Group
  • Donna Lawrence – World Expeditions Travel Group
  • Katrina Barry – Contiki
  • Kim Knight – Qantas Holidays/Viva! Holidays
  • Nadine Jones – CIE Tours
  • Susie Potter – The Africa Safari Co

A massive congrats to all theses lovely ladies!

And of course, a big thanks to all our lovely sponsors.


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