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NTIA 2018 winners: the complete list


A night of celebration at the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards

The 2018 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards will be another night to remember. Fabulous frocks, a world class culinary experience, a performance by super star Anthony Callea and the biggest pool of lucky door prizes in the 11 year history of the awards are just some of the Gala Dinner highlights enjoyed by guests.

 

Held in the Grand Ballroom of the world class venue, the International Convention Centre, the Gala Dinner was attended by close to 1,300 travel industry representatives from across the industry - airlines, hotels & car hire providers, tour operators, wholesalers, river and cruise operators and of course leisure, corporate and online travel agencies.

  

 

“The NTIA is the industry’s only true awards, it has industry wide representation and a strong history of recognising and celebrating businesses and personnel who demonstrate outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen within the travel industry. The event may be put on by AFTA but it is the industry who makes it a celebration to remember each and every year”, said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

 

Guests were welcomed by Dubai Tourism before AFTA Chief Executive, Jayson Westbury recognised the 2018 NTIA Sponsors, the 12 exceedingly qualified individuals on the Judging Panel and AFTA Life Member Spiros Alysandratos. Guests were also welcomed by Major Sponsor Qantas through an address from Qantas Chief Executive International, Alison Webster.

 

Guests were entertained by ARIA Award winner and superstar Anthony Callea thanks to Express Travel Group.

 

The attending airline sponsors amazed guests with over $50,000 worth of prizes.  Major sponsor Qantas made dreams come true by giving away $10,000 and $20,000 Qantas travel voucher.  Star Alliance partnered with CATO tour operators to give away an extraordinary array of flights and land packages.

 

Beverage Sponsor, Air New Zealand, had guests popping, squishing and squashing grapes in a virtual game for a chance to win one of three amazing NZ wine escapes to Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Northland - NZ destinations made famous for their world class wine.

 

The attending airline sponsors amazed guests with over $50,000 worth of prizes.  Major sponsor Qantas made dreams come true by giving away $10,000 and $20,000 Qantas travel voucher.  Star Alliance partnered with CATO tour operators to give away an extraordinary array of flights and land packages.

 

Team Royal Caribbean

 

Beverage Sponsor, Air New Zealand, had guests popping, squishing and squashing grapes in a virtual game for a chance to win one of three amazing NZ wine escapes to Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Northland - NZ destinations made famous for their world class wine.

 

MTA – Mobile Travel Agents won the new category Best Travel Broker Network and flyBuys Travel won Best Online Travel Agency. Qantas Airways was recognised for their innovative technology, the Qantas Learning Hub, in the category for Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation.

 

Mother and Daughter from Helloworld Travel Lane Cove had plenty to celebrate as Courtney Ashes won Young Travel Agent of the Year and Debbi Ashes won Best Travel Agency Manager Retail Single Location.

 

A special congratulation goes to Andre Moten, Corporate Travel Management, who won Best Travel Agency Manager Corporate Multi Location for the third year running.

 

Michelle Nickelson from Air New Zealand won Best Sales Executive Industry Supplier after receiving a judges’ commendation in 2017.

 

Here's the full list of 2018 winners:

 

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY GROUP (50+ OUTLETS)

Flight Centre

BEST NON BRANDED TRAVEL AGENCY GROUP

Helloworld Business Travel

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY RETAIL - SINGLE LOCATION

Main Beach Travel

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY RETAIL - MULTI LOCATION

Phil Hoffmann Travel

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY CORPORATE - SINGLE LOCATION

DBT Corporate Travel

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY CORPORATE - MULTI LOCATION

Stage and Screen Travel Services

BEST NATIONAL CORPORATE TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Corporate Travel Management

BEST TRAVEL BROKER NETWORK

MTA- Mobile Travel Agents

BEST ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY

flybuys Travel

BEST BUSINESS EVENTS TRAVEL AGENCY

Event Travel Management

BEST TRAVEL CONSULTANT RETAIL

Giselle Pennington, Spencer Travel Southside

BEST TRAVEL CONSULTANT CORPORATE

Nicole Hay - Show Group Enterprise

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER - RETAIL SINGLE LOCATION

Debbi Ashes - Helloworld Travel Lane Cove

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER - RETAIL MULTI LOCATION

Renee Nightingale - Helloworld Travel Albury, Wangaratta & Wodonga

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER - CORPORATE SINGLE LOCATION

Jame Maclean - Corporate Traveller Cathedral Place

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY MANAGER - CORPORATE MULTI LOCATION

Andre Moten - Corporate Travel Management

YOUNG AGENT OF THE YEAR

Courtney Ashes - Helloworld Travel Lane Cove

BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE

Qantas Airways

BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE - ONLINE

Singapore Airlines

BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE - OFFLINE

Finnair

BEST CRUISE OPERATOR - DOMESTIC DEPLOYMENT

Royal Caribbean International

BEST CRUISE OPERATOR - INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENT

Royal Caribbean International

BEST RIVER CRUISE OPERATOR

APT

BEST TOUR OPERATOR - DOMESTIC

APT

BEST TOUR OPERATOR - INTERNATIONAL

Intrepid Travel

BEST CAR/CAMPERVAN RENTAL OPERATION

Avis Australia

BEST TOURIST OFFICE - INTERNATIONAL

Tourism New Zealand

BEST SPECIALTY WHOLESALER

Bench Africa

BEST WHOLESALER - AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT

Qantas Holidays & Viva! Holidays

BEST WHOLESALER - INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT

Adventure World

BEST AGENCY SUPPORT SERVICE

Air Tickets

BEST SALES EXECUTIVE - INDUSTRY SUPPLIER

Michelle Nickelson - Air New Zealand

BEST HOTEL/RESORT GROUP

Club Med

BEST REGISTERED TRAVEL INDUSTRY TRAINING INSTITUTION

Cornerstone Learning and Development

BEST TRAVEL WRITER

Jocelyn Pride

BEST TRAVEL AGENT TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

Qantas Learning Hub - Qantas Airways

EMIRATES TRAVEL CONSULTANT SCHOLARSHIP

Rachel Husoy Cleary - Noosa Travel

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: RETAIL TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Bicton Travel

 

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