The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has announced the winners of the inaugural CATO Awards stream, named at the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney.
The world class venue played host to some 1,300 travel industry guests from every sector of the industry - airlines, hotels & car hire providers, tour operators, wholesalers, river and cruise operators and of course leisure, corporate and online travel agencies.
"We're so proud of the CATO Awards and acknowledge the opportunity provided by AFTA in sharing the NTIA stage. The ‘CATOs’ are an articulation of the level of connectivity and engagement between travel agents and suppliers of quality touring and experiential travel product — two vibrant parts of the retail travel ecosystem", said Brett Jardine, Managing Director of CATO.
"To see the CATO Awards take place at the travel industry's biggest annual event was the culmination of effort from many areas and, importantly, the calibre of finalists was terrific. And to see one consultant walk away with TWO CATOs was remarkable."
The CATO Awards stream recognises and rewards consumer-facing travel consultants in four core categories: Adventure Travel, Group Touring, Ski and FIT.
"Each of the four category was hotly contested and we congratulate every finalist. All CATO members recognise the significant effort that goes into the journey from the moment of nomination to attending the awards gala with high-hopes", continued Jardine.
AFTA and CATO congratulates the inaugural winners of the CATO Awards:
- ADVENTURE TRAVEL: Leanne Flanagan-Smith fromBack Track Adventures
- SKI: Jenny Tucker from Travel Partners
- GROUP TOURING: Michelle Barker from Jayes Travel
- F.I.T: Michelle Barker from Jayes Travel
The CATO Awards were sponsored by Globus, G-Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation—four high profile brands demonstrating the renewed collaborative focus of Australia's land-supply sector.
To learn more about the CATO Awards, please visit the link below: http://www.afta.com.au/events/ntia/cato-awards
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