Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, was unveiled as Best International Airline (Online) at the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards for Excellence on Saturday evening for a third consecutive year.
The prestigious award was presented to Rob Gurney, Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia, in front of over 1,200 guests at the NTIA Gala Dinner in Sydney.
“We’re honoured to be recognised by the country’s peak travel industry body for a third consecutive year as Best International Airline,” Mr Gurney said.
“With around 80 per cent of our revenue in Australia derived from our travel industry partners, Emirates is committed to working with and supporting the travel trade and this award acknowledges our continued work to offer the very best product to our travel trade partners, without whom, none of this would be possible. We’d like to thank them for their ongoing support.”
At the industry’s night of nights Mr Gurney also announced the winner of the Emirates Travel Consultant 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.
As Gold Sponsor of the award, Emirates announced Jamie-Lee Holloway of helloworld Kotara in New South Wales as the second winner of the Emirates Scholarship following the inaugural award last year.
Jamie-Lee has been awarded up to $10,000 towards her 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, she will receive a money-can’t-buy invite to the famous Emirates Melbourne Cup marquee at Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival.
“It is great to see the amount of young talent coming through the Australian Travel Industry and we are truly impressed with the standard of not only Jamie-Lee’s application, but of all the applicants’ entries. 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.
“Travel consultants like Jamie-Lee are the future of our industry, and we’re pleased to have continued our partnership with AFTA to showcase the industry’s best new talent and support their future,” Mr Gurney said.
The other four finalists included Breeanna Perez of Globenet Travel in Queensland, Emily Dickson of helloworld Corio in Victoria, Fiona Peck of helloworld South Melbourne in Victoria, and Kerri-Anne Kasprzycki of helloworld Winston Hills in New South Wales.
Emirates’ fleet is one of the youngest in the skies, operating more than 230 aircraft. Globally, the airline flies to 146 destinations in 81 countries and territories, with more than 60,000 employees. From Australia, together with partner Qantas, Emirates operates 98 flights to Dubai and 130 flights from New Zealand to Australia.
Emirates and AFTA congratulate all those who entered. Entries are now open for the 2016 scholarship. To find out more about entering, visitwww.afta.com.au or contact your local Emirates sales representative.