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The nomination, voting and judging processes for AFTA’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) will be conducted a little differently in 2018 – and a new separate category for home-based consultants will be introduced.

Nominees in selected categories will now be required to answer a range of questions to accept their nomination. A university-level marker will judge the answers and this process will determine who proceeds through to being a finalist. For most of the judged categories, this will eliminate voting.

“As we follow a continuous improvement mantra for NTIA, adding a two-step process and a next level of validation and business metrics to determine the best of the best in the various categories will greatly enhance the value of the process for participants,” Jayson Westbury, AFTA chief executive commented.

Additionally, a separate category for the home-based consultant model will be introduced in 2018 for the first time.

“The new category, Best Travel Broker Network, will celebrate the network which demonstrates best practice in service delivery through its network of professional travel consultants operating remotely to the company headquarters,” an AFTA statement said yesterday.

The category will be open to networks which can demonstrate they have more than 35 active individual participants within their network.

“It’s going to be a busy 2018 and NTIA is once again set to celebrate all the areas of the travel sector in Australia,” Westbury said.

“These enhancements have come as a result of feedback from the members, suppliers and the judges and we look forward to implementing them seamlessly.”

AFTA will hold the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards on Saturday 21 July 2018 in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Qantas continues to demonstrate its firm commitment to AFTA and travel agents through the valued Platinum Partnership with AFTA and as the Major Sponsor of NTIA.

In 2018, finalists in the judged categories will again benefit from the amazing facilities at the Qantas Mascot Campus as the chosen venue for the judging process.

Qantas executive manager sales and distribution, Vanessa Hudson, said Qantas was proud to continue its longstanding partnership with AFTA and be the major sponsor of the NTIA again in 2018.

“The NTIA shines a spotlight on the best that our industry has to offer which is why we’re pleased to be the event’s major sponsor for the eleventh year,” Hudson said.

“As a platinum partner of AFTA we look forward to another collaborative year to assist in delivering outstanding support and advocacy for the Australian travel industry. “

Westbury added: “The AFTA Travel Trend reports shows no sign that travel will be slowing down. That’s good for business, and an important reason why you should earmark the key NTIA dates in your calendar today. I look forward to celebrating with the industry on the 21 July, on what we promise to be another industry’s best.”

Highlights of the 2017 NTIA are presented below.

2018 NTIA Key Dates 

  • Nominations Open – Monday 22 January 2018
  • Category Nomination Submissions due – Friday 2 March 2018 (Selected categories)
  • Nominees Announced – Monday 12 March 2018
  • Voting Opens – Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Finalists Announced – Thursday 3 May 2018
  • Ticket Sales – Friday 4 May 2018
  • Judging Commences – Monday 28 May 2018 (Judged categories only)
  • Gala Dinner  – Saturday 21 July 2018

2018 NTIA Sponsors:

Major Sponsor Qantas.

Gold Sponsors; APT, Avis, Dubai Tourism, Emirates, Expedia TAAP, Royal Caribbean International, Star Alliance, Virgin Australia, World’s Leading Cruise Lines, Silver Sponsors; Air Tickets, Amadeus, American Express, Aussietravelcover, Consolidated Travel, Excite Holidays, G Adventures, Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre, Helloworld Travel, Magellan Travel Group, South African Tourism, The Travel Corporation, Tourism Authority Thailand, Travelport, Travel Trade Recruitment, Travellers Choice, Wendy Wu Tours Other Category Sponsors; Air New Zealand – Beverage, CVFR Consolidated Services – Pamper Room, Express Travel Group – Entertainment, Singapore Airlines – Gold After Party Sponsor, Tramada – Finalist Plaque, Travel Daily & Travel Bulletin – Media Sponsor.

Edited by Peter Needham

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