REVEALED: Part one of the shortlist for the 2018 Australian Travel Awards!

REVEALED: Part one of the shortlist for the 2018 Australian Travel Awards!

You came, you saw and you entered. And now the shortlist for the Australian Travel Awards is finally here!


Well, part one is. Parts two and three will be released over the coming days, so if you don’t see the category you entered into here, tune in tomorrow and Friday for the rest of the categories.

This inaugural awards programme will celebrate allllll the companies and people that make the Aussie travel industry so damn amazing – from wholesalers to airlines to tourism boards, 35 categories have the whole industry covered.

It’s also a great way to finish off a year of hard work with a bang and is set to be the best end-of-year industry party around.

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.

You can read more about the awards right here, but for now, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! Part one of the 2018 Australian Travel Awards shortlist includes 11 categories, so check back tomorrow for more.

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 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. And you’ll only be able to get early bird tickets until next week! So 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 part one of the shortlist below:

Destination of the Year

New Caledonia Tourism
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Travel South USA
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
Wandering the World

Employer of Choice 2018

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

Luxury Travel Brand of the Year

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

Online Booking Website of the Year
Cruise Guru
Experience Oz
Ignite Travel Group
Ministry of Villas
Youcamp Pty Ltd

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

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

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
Odysseus Solutions

Trade Sales Team of the Year

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

Travel Insurance Provider of the Year

Aussietravelcover Worldwide Travel Insurance
InsureandGo Travel Insurance
Southern Cross Travel Insurance



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    1. Congratulations to all the shortlisted finalists, myself and the team at Health and Fitness Travel are very excited to be shortlisted today for Luxury Travel Brand of the Year! Looking forward to a great awards night next month!

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