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September 24, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Travel consultants from Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales will complete for the retail travel industry’s most enduring and prestigious award program after today being named as finalists in the 2013 Avis Travel Agent Scholarship.

Now in its 17th year, the Scholarship rewards excellence in customer service, with the winner receiving a range of educational and travel-related prizes valued in excess of $40,000.

After reviewing submissions from travel consultants across Australia, this year’s judges today announced four finalists:

  • Leanne Ralston, Spencer Travel (NSW) HH250x250-3
  • Ann Hobbs, Travelworld Kununurra (WA) 
  • Maria Pandalai, Travel Managers Townsville (QLD) 
  • Kristi-Anne Butel, Complete Travel Solutions Brendale (QLD) 

The four consultants will now travel to Sydney on 29 October to attend the Scholarship’s final judging session, with the 2013 winner announced that evening at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

This year’s winner will receive two business-class tickets to New York, six nights’ accommodation in Manhattan and seven days’ Avis car rental.

In addition the 2013 Scholarship winner will benefit from a range of career development opportunities, including:

  • a first-year tourism scholarship to study at Southern Cross University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, with financial support of up to $10,000 towards the first year of a three-year Bachelor of Tourism Management course* 
  • four cruise training modules from the International Cruise Council Australasia 
  • a Polonious Resources Personal Profile, Feedback Session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 months 
  • admission into the TIME (Travel Industry Mentor Experience) mentoring program 
  • a one year honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board 
  • a tour of Avis’ World Headquarters in New Jersey and site visits to US agencies. 

All finalists will also receive a personal online behavioural profile and consultation session with a Polonious Resources business coach.

More information on the 2013 Scholarship is available at

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