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‘Best of the Best’ On Show at Inaugural New Zealand NTIA

July 5, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

As the frontline players in New Zealand’s all important domestic and international travel market, travel agents represent a critical economic driver – the four top travel agencies in New Zealand were last night singled out at the first-ever National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA). 

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Congratulations to the following New Zealand NTIA 2013 winners, recognised tonight for their ongoing contributions, success and support to the New Zealand travel industry:

Best Travel Agency Retail, Single Location – House of Travel Lakers

Tony and Tracey Laker opened House of Travel Lakers in March 1999 and have grown the business into Southland’s largest travel company, and also one of the largest in New Zealand. They were awarded the Best Travel Agency Retail, Single Location award for their ongoing dedication, outstanding commitment to the industry and customer service excellence.

Best Travel Agency Retail, Multi Location – House of Travel

House of Travel, New Zealand’s largest chain of independent travel agents, took out the Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location for their ongoing high standards at each and every one of their stores across the country. All outlets operate as full members of TAANZ, meaning customers receive competitive travel deals and invaluable advice from some of the most experienced travel consultants in the country.

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Best Travel Agency Corporate, Single Location – Executive Travel, Auckland

Executive Travel has been looking after the needs of business travellers since 1975. During that time they’ve grown to be one of New Zealand’s largest business travel specialists, with five divisions across Auckland. They were recognised as the Best Travel Agency Corporate, Single Location for offering an unrivalled level of personal service to New Zealand businesses and the people who work in them.

Best Travel Agency Corporate, Multi Location – Orbit Corporate Travel

With more than 22 years in the industry, Orbit’s vision is to be the travel service provider of choice for New Zealand business. They were named Best Travel Agency Corporate, Multi Location for their continuous focus on value, innovation, personalised service, and delivering effective travel solutions – every time.

“There are a number of initiatives underway to strengthen ties between our industries in Australia and New Zealand and the launch of our NTIA NZ categories reflects this,” AFTA CEO Jayson Westbury said. 

“There was an incredibly high standard across all categories, and it was great to see the best of the best recognised for their hard work and contributions to a very competitive, yet dynamic industry.”

“On behalf of AFTA, I would like to congratulate the winners across the four categories, and thank all our sponsors and nominees for their participation and support of the first NTIA held in New Zealand.

We look forward to your continued support in 2014.”

Entertainment for the night included a spectacular performance by talented singer/songwriter Lisa Crawley, and the evening was hosted by comedian and television host, Dai Henwood.

Qantas is the major sponsor of the 2013 NTIA, providing much-valued support in recognising and celebrating the industry’s best. Air New Zealand is the local sponsor of the four categories providing exceptional on-ground support and assistance during the evaluation process and the Gala awards night.

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