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Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship Winner Revealed

July 22, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The 2014 National Travel Industry Awards saw Gold Sponsor Emirates announce Rane Reguson of Jetsetter Travel in Ayr, Queensland as the inaugural winner of brand new category, the Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship, on the same evening as the airline celebrated being named Best International Airline (On-Line).

The independent AFTA judging panel received more than 100 entries for the Emirates Scholarship, which recognises a consultant with the potential to grow and lead within the travel trade, who has less than three years’ experience in the industry.

Rane has been awarded up to $10,000 towards his travel education as well as a Business Class trip for two to Dubai to explore the city and meet with key Emirates leaders. To top it off, he will receive a money-can’t-buy invite to the famous Emirates Melbourne Cup marquee at Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival.

“Emirates is committed to the continued growth of the industry by enhancing the skills of the future leaders and entrepreneurs of the travel trade community. We are truly impressed with the standard of not only Rane, but all applicants’ entries,” said Bryan Banston, Emirates Vice President Australasia.

“Working closely with AFTA, this programme also allows us to show our gratitude for the continued support of the travel trade, who have helped us become the airline that we are today,” he concluded.

Emirates’ fleet is one of the youngest in the skies, operating more than 220 aircraft. Globally, the airline flies to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries, with more than 50,000 employees. From Australia, together with partner Qantas, Emirates operates 98 flights to Dubai.

Jayson Westbury, Chief Executive AFTA said, “It is great to see the amount of young talent coming through the Australian Travel Industry. Their passion for travel and drive to succeed is truly inspirational and it only seems right that they are recognised for standing out in a highly competitive and dynamic industry.”

“We are pleased to have partnered with Emirates to make the Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship Award available to young travel professionals for the first time. Travel consultants like Rane are the future of our industry, and awards like these are signs that the Australian travel industry continues to stay strong and power forward.”

The other four finalists included Annabel Tidmarsh, from Flight Centre in Toowong, Brisbane; Lionel Brown, from Wentworth Travel in Sydney; Kathryn Granger, from Burnie Travel Centre in Tasmania and Camille Helm, from Phil Hoffman Travel in Adelaide.

Emirates and AFTA congratulate all those who entered. Entries are now open for the 2015 scholarship. To find out more about entering, visit or contact your local Emirates sales representative.

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