TD breaking news – 2016 National Travel Industry Award winners

Biggest NTIA ever a stunning success. 

AFTA has just wrapped up the 2016 National Travel Industry Awards ceremony in Sydney, with the industry donning their black tie outfits to celebrate the excellence of 38 travel industry individuals and businesses.

It’s been a huge night for Helloworld which took out both the Best Travel Agency Group and Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group categories, while Helloworld Hunter Travel Group/RACT Travel also won the Best Travel Agency Retail-Multi Location category. The agency also topped it off with co-owner Louise Dann taking out Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Multi Location.

Other big winners included Virgin Australia for Best Domestic Airline, Emirates as Best International Airline (on-line) and Finnair which once again took out the Best International Airline (off-line) category.

And Queanbeyan City Travel & Cruise took out the inaugural People’s Choice Retail Travel Agency of the Year award.

“AFTA, together with our valued and important sponsors, are very proud to have once again delivered such a spectacular event,” said ceo Jayson Westbury.

The full list of winners is below, with full details of the event in Monday’s issue of Travel Daily and photos already online at

Category 1: Best Travel Agency Group – Helloworld Limited
Sponsored by Qantas Airways

Category 2: Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group – Helloworld for Business
Sponsored by Star Alliance

Category 3: Best Travel Agency Retail Single Location – Bicton Travel
Sponsored by Singapore Airlines

Category 4: Best Travel Agency Retail Multi Location – Helloworld Hunter Travel Group/RACT Travel
Sponsored by Qantas Airways

Category 5: Best Travel Agency Corporate Single Location – Spencer Travel
Sponsored by Qantas Airways

Category 6: Best Travel Agency Corporate Multi Location – Stage & Screen Travel Services
Sponsored by Avis

Category 7: Best National Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel Management
Sponsored by Qantas Airways

Category 8: Best Online Travel Agency (OTA) – Cruise Guru
Sponsored by Amadeus IT Pacific

Category 9: Best Business Events Travel Agency – Event Travel Management
Sponsored by Sabre

Category 10: Best Travel Consultant Retail – Deryk Neighbour, Flight Centre MET Centre NSW
Sponsored by Royal Caribbean International

Category 11: Best Travel Consultant Corporate – Sam La Rosa, Show Group Enterprises NSW
Sponsored by Avis

Category 12: Best Travel Agency Manager Retail Single Location – Kobi Henderson, Flight Centre Sydney Airport NSW
Sponsored by Virgin Australia

Category 13: Best Travel Agency Manager Retail Multi Location – Louise Dann, helloworld Hunter Travel Group NSW
Sponsored by World’s Leading Cruise Lines

Category 14: Best Travel Agency Manager Corporate Single Location – Cherie Drummond, Corporate Travel Management NSW
Sponsored by Virgin Australia

Category 15: Best Travel Agency Manager Corporate Multi Location – Andre Moten, Corporate Travel Management Qld
Sponsored by Travelport

Category 16: Young Agent of the Year – Brendan Ma, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Vic
Sponsored by Travelport

Category 17: Best Specialty Wholesaler – The Africa Safari Co
Sponspored by South African Tourism

Category 18: Best Domestic Airline – Virgin Australia
Sponsored by Air Tickets

Category 19: Best International Airline Online – Emirates
Sponsored by The Travel Corporation

Category 20: Best International Airline Offline – Finnair
Sponsored by Consolidated Travel

Category 21: Best Cruise Operator Domestic Deployment – Royal Caribbean International
Sponsored by Travellers Choice

Category 22: Best Cruise Operator International Deployment – Royal Caribbean International
Sponsored by Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers

Category 23: Best River Cruise Operator – APT
Sponsored by Vienna Tourist Board

Category 24: Best Tour Operator Domestic – APT
Sponsored by Travel Trade Recruitment

Category 25: Best Tour Operator International – Trafalgar
Sponsored by Dubai Tourism

Category 26: Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator – Hertz
Sponsored by Expedia

Category 27: Best Tourist Office International – Tourism Fiji
Sponsored by Global Blue

Category 28: Best Wholesaler Australian Product – Sunlover Holidays
Sponsored by CHI Travel Insurance

Category 29: Best Wholesaler International Product – Excite Holidays
Sponsored by Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Category 30: Best Agency Support Service – Cover-More Travel Insurance
Sponsored by Tourism Fiji

Category 31: Best Sales Executive Industry Supplier – Elizabeth Hutchinson, Air New Zealand NSW
Sponsored by Royal Caribbean International

Category 32: Young Sales Executive Industry Supplier – Sarah Hoskin, Topdeck Travel NSW
Sponsored by Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre

Category 33: Best Hotel/Resort Group – Outrigger Resorts
Sponsored by Expedia

Category 34: Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution – TAFE Sydney Travel & Tourism
Sponsored by The Travel Industry Exhibition

Category 35: Best Travel Writer – Allan Leibowitz
Sponsored by World’s Leading Cruise Lines

Category 36: Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation – Qantas Groups Travel website
Sponsored by Qudos Bank

Category 37: Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship – George Hedley, Events Worldwide Travel Vic
Sponsored by Emirates

Category 38: People’s Choice Retail Travel Agency of the Year: Queanbeyan City Travel & Cruise
Sponsored by International Traveller

The above Breaking News Alert was sent to Travel Daily subscribers on 16 Jul 16

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