Revealed! The shortlist for Women in Travel awards!

Revealed! The shortlist for Women in Travel awards!

We’re just weeks away from the exciting event that is Women in Travel, and it’s set to be one heck of an outing.

For those who entered in these prestigious awards, we’ve handed things over to the elite panel of judges to sort through the immense amount of entrants.

Travel Weekly are indebted to the judges, drawn from a host of industry luminaries, who used their expertise and gave up days to score entrants fairly and without bias.

And today, we can reveal to you the shortlist for each category.

The Women in Travel Awards night will be held on Monday 27 November at Doltone House, Darling Island.

You can still snag tickets right here and just FYI – if you’re on the shortlist, we strongly recommend getting you and your entourage tickets so you can enjoy the big night.

You should also treat yourself to a new outfit, but that’s just our opinion ;).


Being on the shortlist is a big deal and it’s already quite an honour – so congratulations to these incredible ladies.

And if you’re yet to cast your vote on the Women in Travel Power List that will be revealed on the night also, there’s still time. Click here.

Congratulations to our shortlist, in no particular order:

Employer of the Year

  • Booking Boss NSW
  • Flight Centre Travel Group QLD
  • AccorHotels Asia Pacific
  • TFE Hotels
  • The Travel Corporation
  • Helloworld Emu Plains, Penrith & Richmond

Road and Rail 

  • Jenny Lorkin – AVIS Budget Group NSW
  • Ingrid Kocijan – Rail Plus
  • Kelly Grace – DriveAway
  • Maria Pantazis – Hertz


  • Shelley Poten – FCM Travel Solutions QLD
  • Rebecca Crosbie – Global Travel Management VIC
  • Birgit Patenall – Corporate Travel Management WA
  • Sarah Tauri – Corporate Travel Management QLD
  • Rachel Lagos – Travel Club (Flight Centre Travel Group) NSW
  • Sally King – Corporate Traveller NSW
  • Susan Connor – Corporate Travel Management VIC
  • Miling Harpur – Corporate Traveller VIC
  • Cherie Drummond – Corporate Travel Management NSW


  • Trish Park – Wiltrans
  • Jacqui Cameron – Travel Counsellors
  • Naomi Liss – TravelManagers
  • Fay Cohen – Travel Phase
  • Lena Nielson – Flight Centre
  • Rachel Cleary – Flight Centre
  • Sue Bohme – Out and About Travel

Rising Star of the Year

  • Ami Hart – Corporate Traveller
  • Kylie Brady – KB 4 Travel
  • Sam Aldenton – Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Sabrina Bethunin – MadeComfy
  • Vanessa Budah – The Travel Corporation
  • Jessica Johnson – Intrepid Group
  • Zoe Taylor – Peter Milling Travel
  • Sophia Cogan – G Adventures

Sales Person of the Year

  • Elizabeth Hutchison – Air New Zealand
  • Deborah Bartolo – Travel Counsellors
  • Chriss Perry – Travel Partners
  • Karen Morris – Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
  • Emily Warbrick – Snowscene
  • Sandy Winter – Intrepid Group
  • Beanca Daluz – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Fran Gildon – Collette Travel
  • Emily Kadinski – itravel Carlingford
  • Susan Haberle – APT Travel Group
  • Holly Cooling – Busabout
  • Miling Harpur – Corporate Traveller
  • Nicola Marshall – Intrepid Group
  • Ana Marcelo – ANA
  • Sheree Pekovich – Julie King & Associates


  • Susie Potter – The Africa Safari Co
  • Simla Sooboodoo – Hands on Journeys
  • Sue Badyari – World Expeditions
  • Clare Taylor – Backroads Touring
  • Anna Jones – Ormina Tours
  • Sujata Raman – Abercrombie & Kent


  • Anthea Somerville – SeaLink Group and Captain Cook Cruises
  • Chloe Jones – Princess Cruises
  • Fiona Dalton – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Kathryn Valk – Royal Caribbean
  • Brigita Devries – Dream Cruises
  • Sandra Cahill – Pandaw


  • Felicity Allan – Malaysia Airlines
  • Roheena Gidwani – Airline Rep Services – Malindo Air
  • Nicole Laurie – Virgin Australia
  • Jaclyn Snell – Jetstar
  • Sarah Built – Etihad
  • Alicia Chapple – Rex
  • Nicole Scott – Air NZ

Tourism Board

  • Kathleen Finneran – Tourism New Zealand
  • Stephanie Sng – Japan National Tourism Organization
  • Mona Tannous – The Walshe Group | Sultanate of Oman Tourism
  • Louise Laing – Visit Ballarat
  • Rebecca Lavender – Singapore Tourism
  • Lisa Lee – Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Donna Brinkhaus – Destination Canada

Marketer of the Year

  • Jayne Andrews – Carnival Cruise Line
  • Lisa Ronson – Tourism Australia
  • Shannon Davis – Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Adelle Clements – G Adventures
  • Karmun Leung – Trafalgar
  • Chloe Jones – Princess Cruises
  • Vanessa Richards – Excite Holidays
  • Justine Lally – APT Travel Group
  • Karen Deveson – Insight Vacations

Mentor of the Year

  • Astrid Richardson – Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Kylie Andrews – TravelManagers
  • Sally Gorringe – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents
  • Olivia Curtis – Intrepid Group
  • Jody Grossfeldt – AAT KINGS
  • Megan Pechey – Mantra Group
  • Debra Fox – APT Travel Group
  • Juliet Hudson – International College of Management Sydney
  • Stacia Morris – Grand Pacific Tours
  • Rachel Anderson – American Express Global Business Travel
  • Lucy Piper – Intrepid Group

PR of the Year

  • Angela Cowley – AccorHotels
  • Madeline Georgiadis – AccorHotels
  • Millicent Ogden – Fuel Communications
  • Gillian Monahan – Intrepid Group
  • Natalie Middleton – Middleton Manning and Co
  • Susie Westwood – The Brandman Agency
  • Jackie Crossman – Red PR


  • Barbara dos Santos – Excite Holidays
  • Gemma Sherwood – Intrepid Group
  • Katie Dance – Intrepid Group
  • Greer Abbott – Sabre
  • Gena Signorini – Amadeus
  • Samantha Stock – Expedia

Social Media

  • Charis Ricafuente – Hawaii Tourism Oceania (the Walshe Group)
  • Jessica OConnell – Excite Holidays
  • Carla Kuipers – P&O Cruises Australia
  • Chloe Davis – Tourism Australia
  • Lucie Snape – Qantas


  • Kim Mahaffy – Marriott
  • Nicole Cheramie
  • Christine Haddad – Park Hyatt Sydney
  • Joanna Hillier – Ovolo
  • Jenny Williams – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Juliet Hudson – Outrigger

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Lisa Pagotto – Crooked Compass Pty Ltd
  • Gayle Dawson – Destination Dance
  • Hayley Morris – Sisterhood Womens Travel
  • Sabrina Bethunin – MadeComfy
  • Miss Merri – Tiwari Travel
  • Elizabeth Hayllar – Hayllar Music Tours
  • Maxine Wiggs – Resource
  • Louise Daley – AccorHotels Asia Pacific
  • Penny Spencer – Spencer Group of Companies
  • Emily Kadinski – itravel Carlingford
  • Nadine Jones – Jones & Co Collection

 Congratulations everyone!!

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