Australia’s top travel agents and suppliers named

Australia’s top travel agents and suppliers named

Industry excellence celebrated at Australia’s National Travel Industry Awards. 

The formalities of the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards have just wrapped up at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, with Flight Centre named as the Best Travel Agency Group for the first time in five years.

The sold-out gala black-tie event saw attendees honour the pinnacle of the profession, with other major winners including Helloworld Business Travel which took out the Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group. Singapore Airlines won the Best International Airline – Online category, while perennial favourite Finnair once again took out the Best Offline Airline award.

Royal Caribbean won both the Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment and Best Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment categories, while another major winner was APT which won Best River Cruise Operator and Best Tour Operator – Domestic. Intrepid was named Best International Tour Operator, and Adventure World won the Best Wholesaler – International Product award, while the Best Wholesaler – Australian Product was Qantas Holidays/Viva! Holidays.

The evening included a performance by Aussie vocalist Anthony Callea, and guests are now partying the night away at the NTIA after-party.

Lots of pics from the night are online now at, and see Travel Daily’s issues next week for all the excitement, along with a special NTIA travelBulletin supplement.

The full list of winners is below:

1. Best Travel Agency Group – 50 stores or more – Flight Centre

2. Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group – Helloworld Business Travel

3. Best Travel Agency Retail – Single Location – Main Beach Travel

4. Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location – Phil Hoffmann Travel

5. Best Travel Agency Corporate – Single Location – DBT Corporate Travel

6. Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location – Stage and Screen Travel Services

7. Best National Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel Management

8. Best Travel Broker Network – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents –

9. Best Online Travel Agency – flybuys Travel

10. Best Business Events Travel Agency – Event Travel Management

11. Best Travel Consultant – Retail – Giselle Pennington, Spencer Travel Southside

12. Best Travel Consultant – Corporate – Nicole Hay, Show Group Enterprise

13. Best Travel Consultant – Retail – Debbi Ashes, Helloworld Travel Lane Cove

14. Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Multi Location – Renee Nightingale, Helloworld Travel Albury, Wangaratta & Wodonga

15. Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Single Location – Jamie Maclean, Corporate Traveller Cathedral Place

16. Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Multi Location – Andre Moten, Corporate Travel Management

17. Young Agent of the Year – Courtney Ashes, Helloworld Travel Lane Cove

18. Best Domestic Airline – Qantas Airways

19. Best International Airline – Online – Singapore Airlines

20. Best International Airline – Offline – Finnair

21. Best Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment – Royal Caribbean International

22. Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment – Royal Caribbean International

23. Best River Cruise Operator – APT

24. Best Tour Operator – Domestic – APT

25. Best Tour Operator – International – Intrepid Travel

26. Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator – Avis

27. Best Tourist Office – International – Tourism New Zealand

28. Best Specialty Wholesaler – Bench Africa

29. Best Wholesaler – Australian Product – Qantas Holidays & Viva! Holidays

30. Best Wholesaler – International Product – Adventure World

31. Best Agency Support Service – Air Tickets

32. Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier – Michelle Nickelson, Air New Zealand

33. Best Hotel/Resort Group – Club Med

34. Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution – Cornerstone Learning and Development

35. Best Travel Writer – Consumer – Jocelyn Pride

36. Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation – Qantas Learning Hub, Qantas Airways

37. Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship – Rachel Husoy Cleary, Noosa Travel

38. People’s Choice – Retail Travel Agency of the Year – Bicton Travel

Source: traveldaily