Events

Women in Travel Awards 2019 winners revealed!

The drinks were flowing and the gongs were going as Australia’s travel industry honoured the top females working in it at the Women in Travel Awards 2019 in Sydney on Thursday night.

A sell-out crowd of more than 400 attendees came together at Doltone House – Hyde Park to recognise those females who have achieved astronomic success in their professional arenas and celebrate their invaluable contribution through leadership, innovation and courage to the travel industry.

Take a look at all the photos from the event here.

The night kicked off with an inspiring keynote (which you can read all about here) from Mehalah Beckett, regional general manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Intrepid Group, and also included a special Q&A with Carnival supremo Ann Sherry.

The 20 most powerful women in the travel industry for 2019 were also revealed, with Contiki’s Katrina Barry claiming the number one spot. You can check out the Women in Travel Power List in full here.

A total of 18 awards were handed out on the night. Congrats again to all of the shortlisted candidates for this year, and of course to the winners listed below:

Wholesale

Samantha Van Eldik, Adventure World

Corporate (sponsored by Uber)

Siobhan Foley, Accenture

Road and Rail

Kate Meldrum, THL

Technology

Daniella Pittis, Flight Centre Travel Group

Retail (sponsored by G Adventures)

Leisa Davis, Helloworld Travel Biloela/Rockhampton/Gladstone

Tourism Board (sponsored by APT)

Suzanne Tobin, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Sustainable Practices Champion (sponsored by Air Canada)

Cliona O’Flaherty, Kokomo Private Island Resort

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Collette)

Frith Hudson Graham, GirlsTrek

Mentor of the Year (sponsored by Intrepid Group)

Katrina Barry, Contiki

Aviation

Elizabeth Hutchison, Air New Zealand

Cruise

Jayne Andrews, Carnival Cruise Lines

Executive Leader of the Year

Danielle Galloway, Flight Centre

Social Media

Nicole Redfern, Wotif

Marketer of the Year

Kristy Flay, Intrepid Group

PR of the Year

Monique Parker, Kingfisher Bay Resort

Rising Star of the Year (sponsored by IHG)

Danni Eather, G Adventures

Salesperson of the Year (sponsored by Viva! Holidays)

Elizabeth Hutchison, Air New Zealand

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Intrepid Group)

Spencer Group of Companies

Finally, thank you to all the wonderful judges and sponsors for this year’s Women in Travel Awards. We couldn’t have done it without you!

WIT Awards 2019 sponsor block

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Comments are closed.

Aviation

Qantas hits back at allegations of “predatory behaviour” with Sydney-Orange route

by Christian Fleetwood

A war of words has taken off between Qantas and Rex. Read all about the verbal tit for tat here.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA calls for more clarity and collaboration between businesses and government

With the border between NSW and Victoria now firmly shut, AFTA’s fresh-faced CEO is calling on the government to consult the sectors affected most.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

IHG to refurbish and rebrand iconic Fijian hotel

InterContinental Hotels Group says “bula” to Fiji with the takeover of arguably its most iconic hotel.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Ryanair pilots under investigation for rubber chicken prank in cockpit

A video has surfaced of a pair of pilots messing around with a rubber chicken on what appears to be a commercial flight. One even seems to use the toy to operate the plane.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Trans-Tasman travel bubble could start with ‘safe’ Australian states, says Ardern

by Christian Fleetwood

In very welcome news, New Zealand’s PM says her government is willing to open the trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ to individual Australian states.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Almost half of Aussies are planning a domestic getaway in 2020: research

Time to start putting together your clients dream domestic itineraries because they are ready and raring to get out there.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: Carnival and WTTC present COVID-19 scientific summit, earn bonus commission with Creative Cruising + MORE

Are your clients fanging to get back out to sea? Here’s all the latest releases, guidelines, incentives and sales from the cruise industry that you need to get them there.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

DFAT travel advice warns Aussies may be at risk of “arbitrary detention” in China

While COVID-19 is stopping Aussies from going anywhere overseas, there is now another reason why they should avoid China in particular.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Club Med’s Tony Soden

This week, Club Med’s head of sales for Australia and New Zealand got our attention by sending us photos of himself posing in front of a well-stocked wine rack.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“Unacceptable”: Virgin Australia bondholders attempt to spoil Bain’s takeover deal

by Huntley Mitchell

Like a pesky fly you just can’t get rid of, Virgin’s bondholders are back again to try and derail the airline’s sale process.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

ACT to close border to Victorians

by Christian Fleetwood

The news goes from bad to worse for Victorians, who are now being banned from travelling to the nation’s capital.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

STUDY: Business travel to return in phases over next 12 months

Hankering to blow out your company credit card on airport snacks and room service? You may not have to wait as long as you think.

Share

CommentComments