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October 23, 2014 Accolades, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Agents from around Australia, AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury and his predecessor Mike Hatton, and other travel industry leaders turned out at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday night for presentation of the 2014 Avis Travel Agent Scholarship, the retail travel industry’s most prestigious and enduring award.

This year’s winner is Jodie Gonzales from American Express Global Business Travel in Queensland.

She is the 18th recipient of the annual scholarship, which recognises and rewards consultants who consistently deliver outstanding customer service.

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L-R-  2007 Scholarship winner Adrienne Witteman (Trendsetter Travel), 1997 Scholarship winner Robyn Sinfield (Home Travel Company), former AFTA CEO Mike Hatton, Anne Rogers (Wingsaway Travel) and Peter McCormack (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Australia)

As the 2014 winner, Jodie Gonzales receives a range of educational and travel-related prizes valued in excess of AUD 40,000, including:

  • two return Qantas Airways Business Class airfares to New York
  • six nights’ accommodation in Manhattan and seven days’ car rental from Avis
  • a scholarship to study at Southern Cross University with financial support of up to $8000
  • training modules from the Cruise Lines International Australasia
  • a Polonious Resources Personal Profile, Feedback Session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 months
  • two tickets to the 2015 NTIA Gala Dinner in Sydney (return flights, overnight accommodation and return limousine transfers)
  • 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.

Avis Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler says that Jodie demonstrated all the skills, integrity and passion required to be a Scholarship winner.

“One of the things that stands Jodie apart is the genuine care and compassion she shows for her customers,” Butler said. “She is also someone who appreciates that looking after small but important details can make a huge difference to a client’s overall travel experience.

“She is dedicated to consistently exceeding her customers’ expectations and to ensuring that they are all treated like valued individuals.”

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Avis Scholarship Finalists 2014: Paul Mirabito, Melanie Whyte, Meagan McLeod, Jodie Gonzales (winner) and Russell Butler (Avis).

This year’s Scholarship winner was chosen from four finalists, all of whom presented to members of the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board during the final judging session in Sydney.

This year’s finalists also included:

  • Paul Mirabito, Corporate Travel Management (NSW)
  • Meagan McLeod, Escape Travel (NSW)
  • Melanie Whyte, TravelManagers (TAS).

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

Agents and consultants interested in the scholarship can find details on

Edited by : Peter Needham

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