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CATO Awards to launch at next NTIA

Landmark announcement for travel trade’s biggest night

In a first for the travel industry’s ‘night of nights’,  the 2019 Australian Federation of Travel Agents’ (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will launch the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) Awards. 


A dedicated segment within the NTIA Gala Dinner, the awards will recognise front line travel consultants in four categories, with gongs going to the ‘Consultant of the Year’ for Group Touring, Adventure, Ski and Independent Travel.



Winners will be determined by AFTA’s same two-step submission and judging process, and not by popular vote. 


“AFTA and CATO have been united in service to the travel industry for well over a decade. This union to enhance the NTIA program, call out travel professionals working with CATO members all within the high standard set by NTIA is yet another fantastic celebration of the Australian Travel Industry,” AFTA CEO Jayson Westbury said of the initiative, which will be sponsored by Globus, G-Adventures, Intrepid and The Travel Corporation. 


CATO managing director Brett Jardine said the group’s involvement at NTIA “delivers an opportunity for us to highlight the significant value of the land-supply sector to a very engaged trade audience”. 


“This is the travel industries night of nights and we look forward to being an integral part of the event.” 


The 2019 AFTA NTIA will be held on 20 July 2019 in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. 


In other CATO news,new start up Tripfuser has announced that it has joined the organisation’s Associate Member level.    


“Tripfuser are committed to supporting the Australian Travel Industry and see joining CATO as an important step in helping us achieve this,” Tripfuser founder and CEO Matt Beard said. 


“We see our future as an active participant and partner to the Australian Travel Industry and want to complement the activities of the CATO members to help them grow their businesses.”


Free to use, Tripfuser is a complementary service that assists the industry in designing and booking multi-day tailored travel solutions. 


“As a two-sided marketplace, Tripfuser is a new innovative way of connecting our members and providing a service to give easy access to local insight, new content and tailored travel experiences,”  Mr Jardine said.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 30 November 2018

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