Events

Women in Travel Awards winners’ circle: Elizabeth Hutchison, Air New Zealand

If you haven’t entered the Women in Travel Awards yet or nominated all the incredible women you work with, we’ve got good news for you!

Entries don’t close until Thursday 9 April at 5pm (AEST), so you still have some time up your sleeve.

Submit your entry now HERE and/or nominate one of your peers HERE. And for more information on the awards, click HERE.

HOWEVER! We strongly advise you don’t leave your application(s) until the last minute, as spruiking yourself can be a daunting task which can only be made worse under pressure.

To give you some inspiration to get cracking, we sat down with Elizabeth Hutchison, national account manager for TMC and corporate at Air New Zealand, and Salesperson of the Year at last year’s Women in Travel Awards.

Here’s what she had to say:

Travel Weekly: How has winning at last year’s Women in Travel Awards positively impacted your career

Elizabeth Hutchison: It was an honour to win at least year’s awards. I have since had the fortune to be promoted internally at Air New Zealand to the position of national account manager for corporate and given the opportunity to lead our Australian sustainability project group committee.

TW: What drew you to work in the travel industry? What makes it worthwhile?

EH: I dreamt of travelling since my first flight as a teenager and my goal was to work for an airline as soon as I left school, and was lucky to do so. What makes it worthwhile is that it’s a people industry and I have the opportunity to make meaningful connections every day.

TW: Have you noticed any changes in opportunities for women in the industry over the time that you’ve worked in?

EH: There are more women in senior positions from when I first started out, which is great for the younger women in our industry to see where you can take your career to.

TW: What are some of the challenges women face in today’s travel industry? How can they be overcome?

EH: I think we work in a very progressive industry. To help overcome any obstacles, it’s about providing opportunities for coaching and mentoring, women sharing their stories and ensuring voices are heard.

TW: Has your gender contributed to any challenges throughout your career?

EH: No, I have been fortunate working in the travel industry that my gender hasn’t been an obstacle in my career.

TW: What changes would you like to see in the industry to make it more inclusive for women and other minority groups?

EH: It’s important to support each other through more work flexibility, industry mentoring and networking programs, and taking time to celebrate achievements through events and awards such as the Women in Travel Awards.

TW: Do you think there needs to be more of an industry-wide push to get more females into senior roles?

EH: We are lucky to work in an industry which advocates and supports opportunity for all. I believe having a coach or mentor who can advocate for you can encourage females to see the opportunities that can be afforded to them.

TW: Why do you think events like the Women in Travel Awards need to continue occurring?

EH: It’s the opportunity to celebrate the success of women in our industry; to identify role models whilst keeping focus on the issues that are current today for women.

TW: What advice do you have for those wanting to enter this year’s awards?

EH: It is a fantastic opportunity to share your story and to support and recognise the contribution of women in our industry.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Technology

TMS Talent diversifies with new acquisition

The global recruitment firm has gone and stuck its finger in another pie with the announcement of a new acquisition.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Here’s what it’s like flying domestically during COVID-19

by Ali Coulton

Ease your clients’ worries by knowing exactly what they can expect when flying domestically during the COIVD-19 pandemic.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Destination Wrap: New industry toolkits for NSW, Abu Dhabi’s Specialist Program success + MORE

It’s been a big last few days of destination-related news. Get up to scratch here with your favourite source.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Global travel association ceases operations

Travel Weekly doesn’t enjoy being the bearer of bad news like this, so we’ll forgive you if you skip over this story.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Why now is the perfect time to become an Amazing Thailand Specialist

by Sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand

While Aussie travellers can’t take a holiday to Thailand just yet, that doesn’t mean travel agents should put off educating themselves about the popular Asian destination.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin christens Brisbane Airport’s second runway as borders reopen

Virgin Australia had first dibs on Brisbane Airport’s new runway over the weekend, kicking off a special celebration of Queensland’s aviation history.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Ponant’s Monique Ponfoort to lead Aurora Expeditions

We’ve got some big cruise news to start the day, with the delightful Monique Ponfoort set to jump ship from Ponant to Aurora.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin drops more than half a million Queensland airfares from $85

While its sale to Bain Capital is not yet set in stone, Virgin is still taking it to Qantas with a huge sale.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent Wrap: New AFTA chief mingles, Tripadvisor trials customer-to-agent service + MORE

It’s finally Friday! Or, as we call it in the Travel Weekly office, Agent Wrap day. We also like to call it Wineday.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Bunnik Tours offers first-ever Aussie itinerary

The tour will be lead by Dennis Bunnik himself, complete with a visit to Bunnik House, just in case your clients want to see where all the magic happens.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

TEQ says Queensland is ‘Good to Go’ in new national campaign

Tourism and Events Queensland has unveiled a new campaign which, thankfully, doesn’t feature any nasty creatures like Irukandji jellyfish or Pauline Hanson.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

“Absolute game-changer”: Tour Atlas unveils white-label search engine for agents

Tour Atlas has been keeping busy during lockdown, launching what it thinks is a game-changing new service.

Share

CommentComments