The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has announced the 2016 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) finalists.
“We received over 3600 industry votes during the NTIA polling period; this is a record number of votes,” AFTA chief executive, Jayson Westbury, said.
“Competition across all categories was fierce, but the industry has spoken and today we are pleased to announce the highest-ranked nominees who will proceed through to the finalist status.
“For the judged categories, presentations to the NTIA Judging panel will take place between Monday 16 May 2016 and Tuesday 24 May 2016 at the AFTA Office in Pitt Street, Sydney,” Westbury said.
“To help with presentation preparation AFTA will be holding a Webinar where NTIA Chief Judge Bob Lunnon will provide industry with a sound understanding of how to appropriately prepare.”
The NTIA judging webinar will take place this Wednesday, 4 May 2016,at 11am and registrations are available here.
The full list of finalists can be viewed here.
Finally, Category 38, People’s Choice: Retail Travel Agency of the Year award brings a unique element to the 2016 awards. Run in conjunction with International Traveller Magazine’s existing People’s Choice Awards, consumers were asked to vote for their favourite ATAS Retail Travel Agency.
AFTA has revealed the People’s Choice bricks and mortar suburban ATAS travel agency state and territory finalists, as follows:
- Discover Travel & Cruise QLD
- Home Travel Company TAS
- Italktravel Hillarys WA
- Kingscote Travel SA
- Meridian Travel VIC
- Weston Cruise & Travel ACT
- Queanbeyan City Travel and Cruise NSW
The winner will be announced along with the other 37 award categories at the NTIA Gala Dinner on Saturday 16 July 2016.