FROM AFTA’s chief executive, Jayson Westbury
NTIA fever has once again swept across the nation as the travel industry moves into the voting phase for 2018. Importantly, those who choose to take part in the voting process will notice a difference this year in that many of the categories that have required voting in the past will no longer appear. That is because AFTA has introduced a new process to establish finalists in some categories. Those who are nominees in these categories will now be in the process of completing a new “Entry Survey” that will allow them to respond to a series of questions as a pre-emptive approach to becoming a finalist.
The survey questions will be marked by two (University of Technology Sydney) markers against a set of scoring criteria. The result of this pre-emptive process will establish the finalists in the relevant categories and then the five finalists will present to the judging panel that has been assembled for this year’s judging process. At the conclusion of the pre-emptive and judging process the scores are combined to work out who the winner is in the particular category.
It’s a significant change to the process and as this will be our first year undertaking this format, we will be looking forward to the feedback once complete.
For those categories that do not have a judging step or have been excluded from the pre-emptive survey, we will still need the voting process to be completed. So if you are interested in the NTIA, please get involved in the judging process. To vote simply CLICK HERE and select the right link for you.
NTIA 2018 is shaping up once again to be another terrific event for the industry with significant amounts of nominations across the 38 categories, and as with past years, I can’t wait to see how everyone goes.
All the best of luck to all the nominees for this year and I look forward to the celebration at the ICC Sydney on Saturday 21st Jul, which is bound to be another sell out. NTIA continues to be the true national awards of recognition for the travel industry and AFTA is proud with the support of all of the sponsors to host these awards each year.