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SOUND THE KLAXON: The Travel Awards finalists revealed!

It is with great pleasure that Travel Weekly can finally announce all the finalists for The Travel Awards 2019!

We know, we know – the big reveal was originally planned to happen last week. However, due to a higher-than-expected number of entries, our esteemed judges have been running an extra-fine tooth comb over each submission to separate the best from the rest.

As such, we’ve extended the deadline for those wishing to snap up some early bird tickets to The Travel Awards until COB tomorrow (Friday 11 October). Click HERE to secure your spot now!

This year, The Travel Awards will be held on Friday 29 November at The Venue Alexandria in Sydney, marking the perfect time to celebrate a year of hard work and to recharge your batteries for another year ahead.

The dress code for the sit-down-dinner affair is black tie, so start getting your glad rags ready for what’s set to be a glittery, glamorous evening.

Before we go ahead and reveal the finalists for this year’s awards, a big thanks is in order for our media partner Better Homes and Gardens and principal partner Crystal Cruises, along with the rest of the sponsors (you can see them all at the bottom of this article). The Travel Awards would not be possible without your generous support!

So, without further ado, here are the finalists for The Travel Awards 2019:

Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year

Adventure World Travel

Crooked Compass

G Adventures

RAW Travel

V Travel Network

World Expeditions

Boutique Hotel of the Year – 10 Properties or Less

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Ovolo Group

QT Queenstown

Treasury on Collins

Business Class Airline of the Year (sponsored by Corporate Traveller)

Air Canada

American Airlines

Cathay Pacific

Etihad Airways

Japan Airlines

LATAM Airlines Group

SriLankan Airlines

Corporate Travel Agency of The Year – 50 Employees and Over (sponsored by Hertz Australia)

QBT

Stage and Screen Travel Services

TravelEdge

TripActions

Corporate Travel Agency of The Year – 49 Employees and Under (sponsored by Travel Trade Recruitment)

Eden Corporate Travel

JC Travel Professionals

Platinum Travel Corporation

Spencer Travel

The Travel Authority

Destination of the Year (sponsored by Crystal Cruises)

Abu Dhabi

The Hawaiian Islands

New York City

South Australia

Camino de Santiago

North Pole

USA

Employer of Choice

Accor

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Flight Centre Travel Group

G Adventures

Gate 7

Inspiring Vacations

Intrepid Group

Luxury Escapes

The Travel Corporation

The Walshe Group

TravelEdge

Escorted Touring Company of the Year

AAT Kings

Albatross Tours

Collette

Contiki

G Adventures

Insight Vacations

Inspiring Journeys

Inspiring Vacations

Intrepid Group

Wendy Wu Tours

Expedition Cruise Line of the Year

Coral Expeditions

G Adventures

Hurtigruten

Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic

PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Quark Expeditions

Silversea Cruises

Home Based Agency Group of the Year (sponsored by Intrepid Travel)

iTravel

Saara Holidays

Savenio

TravelManagers Australia

Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by Wendy Wu Tours)

Accor

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental Hotels Group

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Taj Hotels Group

Hotel of the Year (sponsored by Travel Associates)

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Ovolo Inchcolm

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

QT Canberra

QT Melbourne

QT Sydney

Rydges Sydney Airport

Stamford Plaza Melbourne

The Calile Hotel

The Langham, Melbourne

voco Gold Coast

Innovation of the Year (sponsored by Red Havas)

Accessible Accommodation

Cruiseco

G Adventures

Inspiring Vacations

Intrepid Group

Luxury Escapes

Quark Expeditions

The Lumery + Jetstar

TravelEdge

Vloggi

Luxury Travel Brand of the Year

Crystal Cruises

Health and Fitness Travel

Luxury Escapes

Ocean Alliance

Travel Associates

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Air New Zealand – ‘The Nicest Christmas Ever’

Contiki – ‘Europe Launch’

Crystalbrook Collection – ‘Riley Launch’

GTI Tourism for New Caledonia – ‘The Bachelor in New Caledonia’

GTI Tourism for Visit Seattle – ‘Sound of Seattle’

Intrepid Group – ‘Intrepid Uncharted’

MercerBell for Carnival Cruise Line – ‘FUNBELIEVABLE’

Quest Apartment Hotels – ‘Work. Play. Sleep. Repeat.’

Rumble Strategic Creative for The Whitsundays – ‘Wonders of the Whitsundays’

South Australian Tourism Commission – ‘Tell us Where & Rewards Wonder’

Tourism New Zealand – ‘New Australia-Land’

Travel Associates – ‘Ocean Cruising Storybook’

Tucan Travel – ‘Mate, get out of here’

Ocean Cruise Line of the Year

Crystal Cruises

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Silversea Cruises

Online Booking Website of the Year

Experience Oz

Inspiring Vacations

Jayride

Luxury Escapes

Klook

Trip.com

PR Campaign of the Year

Colorado Tourism Office – ‘Gregory Alan Isakov Tour’

Contiki – ‘ContikiCam’

Evil Twin PR for Tahiti Tourisme – ‘Coral Gardeners’

Experience Oz – ‘7 Wonders of Australia’

Intrepid Travel – ‘30 years of Intrepid Travel’

QT Hotels and Resorts – ‘BYO-Ex’

Tourism Fiji – ‘BULAnaires’

Rail Operator of the Year (sponsored by The Travel Corporation)

Amtrak Vacations

Eurail

Railbookers

The Ghan

River Cruise Line of the Year (sponsored by Gate 1 Travel)

Crystal Cruises

Scenic

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Collection

Social Media Campaign of the Year (sponsored by Universal Traveller)

Air New Zealand – ‘The Nicest Christmas Ever’

Contiki – ‘Africa Launch’

South Australian Tourism Commission – ‘Tell Us Where’

Social Responsibility Award

Accessible Accommodation

Accor

Adventure World Travel

Antipodeans

Crooked Compass

Flight Centre Travel Group

InterContinental Hotels Group

Intrepid Group

Stage and Screen Travel Services

The Travel Corporation

World Challenge

World Nomads

Specialist Wholesaler of the Year

50 Degrees North

Crooked Compass

Cruiseco

Eclipse Travel

Encounter Travel

Exodus Travels

Health and Fitness Travel

InsideJapan Tours

Ormina Tours

RAW Travel

Wandering the World

Sustainable Tourism Company of the Year

Antipodeans

Contiki

Crooked Compass

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

G Adventures

Intrepid Group

Nanuku Auberge Resort

PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Quark Expeditions

RAW Travel

The Travel Corporation

Technology Provider of the Year (sponsored by The Travel Corporation)

AirHelp

Amadeus

Odysseus Solutions

Verisk

Tourism Board of the Year

Brand USA

The Walshe Group on behalf of Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Gate 7 on behalf of Visit California

The Walshe Group on behalf of Hawai’i Tourism Oceania

Linkd Tourism on behalf of Colorado Tourism Office

South Australian Tourism Commission

Tourism New Zealand

Trade Sales Team of the Year (sponsored by Avis Budget Group)

Contiki

G Adventures

Intrepid Group

Princess Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Collection

Travel Agency of the Year – Over 30 Employees (sponsored by Collette)

Peterpans Travel

STA Travel

Travel Associates

Travel Agency of the Year – Under 30 Employees (sponsored by G Adventures)

Anywhere Travel

JC Travel Professionals

Spencer Travel Eastside

Travel at 60

Travel Insurance Provider of the Year

Cover-More Travel Insurance

Insured by US

TravelCard

World Nomads

Travel Recruitment Agency of the Year

C&M Travel Recruitment

CRC Travel Jobs

TMS Talent

Travel Trade Recruitment

Vehicle Hire of the Year

Avis

GoGet

Hertz Australia

VroomVroomVroom

Wholesaler of the Year

Costsaver Tours

Crooked Compass

Excite Holidays

MW Tours

Wendy Wu Tours

For all enquiries regarding The Travel Awards, please email Nicolle Lawson at nicolle@travelweekly.com.au.

And for those who made the shortlist, please double-check your entry name is correct, as it will appear as published on the trophy (if you win, that is). If it’s not correct, please email Nicolle by COB on Thursday 17 October.

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