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January 27, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

One of Australia’s best known travel wholesale managers and one of its top airline chiefs both featured in yesterday’s honours list, each receiving an award in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Janette Davie received an AM award – Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, and Massimo (John) Borghetti received an AO award – Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.



Davie was recognised for her “significant service to the tourism sector through executive and advisory roles with travel industry associations, and to the community”.

One of the travel industry’s best-known identities, Davie’s career spans pretty much every aspect of the industry:  from Qantas to Loyalty Solutions – a MasterCard Company; Harvey World Travel Network – Escape Holidays; general manager of Pinpoint Travel Group (wholesale), even President of Visit USA.

Davie’s experience covers leadership and board experience, finance and commercial arrangements. She uses her skills as a communicator to mentor and build high-performance teams. Davie headed the Australian Council of Tour Wholesalers (now Council of Australian Tour Operators) as chairman. She has served on the Tourism Industry Advisory Board, School of Travel and Tourism, Southern Cross University. Davie has also worked for Travel Corporation – Creative Holidays as director sales and marketing and in senior positions for Qantas Holidays, and before that Qantas. She was Qantas general manager North America for three years.

A former non-executive director of AFTA, she once worked as an international flight attendant and she has been an Authorised Civil Celebrant since 2013.


Virgin Australia’s Borghetti is listed in the awards as Massimo Borghetti, though he’s better known as John. He received his AO award – Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia – for “distinguished service to the Australian aviation industry, to the development of national and international tourism opportunities, and as a supporter of the arts and sport”.

Borghetti arrived in Australia from Italy at the age of eight. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the aviation sector. Before taking the helm at Virgin Australia in 2009, he held senior positions at Qantas, including for six years the role of executive general manager.

Borghetti has been a director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, since 2012 and director, Customer Advisory Board, Service New South Wales, since 2014.

Other people with tourism links who feature in the Australia Day honours list include:

Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, AM.

Susan Louise  Blundell, NSW. For significant service to education, particularly to the teaching of languages, and to professional learning and tourism bodies.

Robert William Kennedy, SA. For significant service to the Indigenous community of Central Australia, to economic development and tourism promotion, and to local government.

Christopher Robert Pye, WA. For significant service to the tourism and hospitality industry in Western Australia through leadership roles, and to the community.

James Glen Service, ACT. For significant service to the community through contributions to charitable organisations, and to the property, construction, and tourism sectors.

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division, OAM.

Terry Alan Hewett, WA. For service to adventure tourism, and through fundraising roles for charitable organisations.

Written by Peter Needham

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