Meet your judges for Women in Travel 2018!

Meet your judges for Women in Travel 2018!

We wanted to remind you that Women in Travel is a lil’ earlier this year, so get your entries in now! But to give you a bit of a push, we’ve got the list of people who will be judging said entries. Gulp.


It’s fine, it’s fine. But just so you know, the deadline for entries is 5pm AEST, Thursday 11 April. We know it sounds far away, but tbh, time goes reallll fast when you’re procrastinating. So get started on your entry right here!

You don’t even have to enter yourself, either. You can nominate one of your fabulous, hard working friends right here OR enter yourself or another industry champ here.

Colleen Lacey was the first champ to enter just five days after entries opened. Everyone else needs to get their ducks in a row, if you ask us. There are 18 categories to choose from this year:

1. Employer of the Year
2. Social Media
3. Road and Rail
4. Retail
5. Corporate
6. Rising Star of the Year
7. Marketer of the Year
8. Mentor of the Year
9. PR of the Year
10. Sales Person of the Year
11. Wholesale
12. Cruise
13. Aviation
14. Tourism Board
15. Technology
16. Hotel
17. Entrepreneur of the Year
18. Male Champion of Change

You can even enter more than one category! Provided the work submitted meets the criteria, of course. If you won last year, you can also come back to defend your honour.

And here’s a little motivation (other than winning a trophy, duh) for you to make your entry the best it can possible be – the judges!

There are 60 fabulous judges this year, all of whom are travel industry guns. Check em out:

  • Adam Armstrong, RCL
  • Adrian Pinotto, G Adventures
  • Aine Leonard, Suresave
  • Ainslie Hunt, TMS APAC
  • Alex O’Connor, Insight Vacations
  • Alison Mead, Collette
  • Amber Wilson, Silversea
  • Ana Pedersen, QBT
  • Anna Guillan, One&Only
  • Barry Mayo, TravelManagers
  • Brigitta Devries, Star Cruises
  • Chris Hall, APT
  • Christian Hunter, Travellers Choice
  • David Farrar, Luxury Gold
  • Deb Fox, APT
  • Fiona Dalton, Uniworld
  • Fred Van Eijk, Formerly TC
  • Gil McLachlan, McLachlan Tours
  • Hans Belle, AAT Kings
  • Jackie Crossman, Red Agency
  • Jacqui Walshe, The Walshe Group
  • Jaclyn Snell, Jetstar
  • Jared Simcox, Scoot
  • Jayson Westbury, AFTA
  • Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival
  • Jenny Lorkin, Avis
  • Jessica Anscombe, Flight Centre
  • Joel Victoria, AAT Kings
  • John Veitch, TTC
  • Joost Timmer, iVenture
  • Julie King, Dubai Tourism
  • Julie Primmer, Helloworld
  • Julie Reid, United
  • Karen Merricks, MTA
  • Libby Armstrong, Virgin
  • Lynne Clark, MSC
  • Maria Pantazis, Hertz
  • Marika Martinez, Women’s Own Adventure
  • Matt Cameron-Smith, Trafalgar
  • Meg Koffel, Princess Cruises
  • Melissa Schembri, C&M Recruitment
  • Michelle Black, Viking Cruises
  • Natalie Kidd, Intrepid Travel
  • Nathaly Naughton, Contiki
  • Neil Rodgers, Adventure World Travel
  • Nicole Backo, British Airways
  • Rachel Argaman, TFE Hotels
  • Rachel Harding, Trafalgar
  • Rob Thompson, Tahiti Tourism
  • Roheena Gidwani, Airline Rep Services
  • Sara Pearce, MTA Travel
  • Simon McGrath, Accor
  • Steve Odell, NCL
  • Susie Westwood, Brandman PR
  • Tina McIntosh, Busabout
  • Tom Manwaring, Orient Express Travel Group
  • Vanessa Richards, Excite Holidays
  • Vanessa Stavrou, Contiki Holidays
  • Wendy Wu, Wendy Wu Tours

There are some pretty big names in there; so make sure you impress them!

The Women in Travel Awards will be held in Sydney at Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf this year, on June 21. Remember that date! We might still be partying come November (when the awards were held last year) but don’t bet on it.

All other info can be found on the Women in Travel website here – but to lock yourself in, grab yourself an early bird ticket right here. Last year, the awards basically sold out – so we’d get on that, stat.

And another big ol’ cheers to our fave sponsors!


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