Avis Car Rental Australia today unveiled the five finalists who will compete this year for the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship, the retail travel industry’s most prestigious and enduring award for outstanding customer service.
The 2015 finalists, chosen by a panel of judges, are:
- Debbie Andrews, MTA Travel (Western Australia)
- Barbara Baron, Southside World Travel (NSW)
- Kim Hall, American Express Global Business Travel (NSW)
- Jill Rimmer, Phil Hoffmann Travel (South Australia)
- Belinda van Tholen, MTA Travel (Tasmania)
All five consultants will now travel to Sydney on 10 November where they will present to Scholarship judges. The 2015 winner will then be announced that evening at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.
Avis Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler said this year’s Scholarship attracted one of the most competitive fields in the award’s history.
“The exceptional quality of this year’s submissions, and the calibre of the finalists, is clear evidence of the passion Australian travel agents have for delivering the highest-standards of customer service,” says Butler. “It also shows that in its 19th year the Scholarship remains as relevant as ever.”
This year’s Avis Travel Agent Scholarship winner will receive:
- Two return Qantas Airways Business Class tickets to New York, six nights’ accommodation in Manhattan, seven days’ car rental from Avis and appointments with senior executives at Avis World Headquarters in New Jersey, with site visits to US travel agencies
- A scholarship to study at Southern Cross University with financial support of up to $8,000*
- 12 months’ individual membership of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia and two tickets to attend Cruise3sixty in Sydney**
- A Polonious Resources personal profile, feedback session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 months
- Two tickets to the 2016 NTIA Gala Dinner in Sydney (return flights and overnight accommodation).
In addition, all of this year’s finalists will receive a personal online behavioural profile and consultation session with a Polonious Resources business coach.
For more information on the 2015 Scholarship please visit www.avisscholarship.com.