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July 21, 2015 Accolades No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59While the industry congratulated itself on the National Travel Industry Awards 2015 (full list of winners below), helloworld had something extra special to be proud of.

In a continued show of strength, helloworld franchisees and members dominated the agent and agency awards, winning an impressive 75% of the agent awards and three of the prestigious agency awards.

Helloworld chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said the recognition served as a powerful validation of the calibre of helloworld network.

“Our agents have been able to prove time and time again why dealing with an experienced travel agent makes the world of difference,” she said.

“That commitment to excellence supported by helloworld’s comprehensive value proposition and our commitment to delivering a true multi-channel solution is the helloworld difference. Our success at the 2015 NTIA validates our approach in delivering a real choice for agents, suppliers and consumers.”

“Congratulations to all of our winners and to the many helloworld member agents who were named as finalists.”

helloworld member agents won six of the eight agent awards and two of the six agency awards on offer. They included:

  • Jonathan Pichaloff, helloworld Newcastle Corporate, Rookie of the Year (Agent)
  • Phil Smethurst, Bicton Travel, Best Travel Consultant (Retail)
  • Uschi Howard, The Travel Authority Northern Beaches, Best Travel Agency Manager Retail (Single Location)
  • Kerby Reimer, Complete Business Travel, Best Travel Agency Manager Corporate (Single Location)
  • Lisa Tjandi, helloworld Hunter Travel Group, Best Travel Agency Manager Retail (Multi Location)
  • Bicton Travel, Best Travel Agency Retail (Single Location)
  • Helloworld Hunter Travel Group/RACT Travel, Best Travel Agency Retail (Multi Location)
  • Goldman Travel, Best Travel Agency Corporate (Single Location). That’s two wins in a row for Goldman Travel.
  • Jaime-Lee Holloway, helloworld Kotara, Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship

helloworld’s wholly owned subsidiary Insider Journeys was named Best Speciality Wholesaler which was a significant achievement following the rebranding earlier this year.

2015 NTIA WINNERS 

Category 1 | Best Travel Agency Group

(100 outlets or more)

Sponsored by Qantas Airways

Travellers Choice

Category 2 | Best Non Branded Travel Agency Group

Sponsored by Star Alliance

Magellan Travel Group

Category 3 | Best Travel Agency Retail – Single Location

Sponsored by Singapore Airlines

Bicton Travel

Category 4 | Best Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location

Sponsored by Qantas Airways

helloworld Hunter Travel Group/RACT Travel

Category 5 | Best Travel Agency Corporate – Single Location

Sponsored by Qantas Airways

Goldman Travel Corporation

Category 6 | Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location

Sponsored by Avis

World Travel Professionals

Category 7 | Best National Travel Management Company

Sponsored by Qantas Airways

FCm Travel Solutions

Category 8 | Best Online Travel Agency (OTA)

Sponsored by Amadeus IT Pacific

Global Journeys

Category 9 | Best Business Events Travel Agency

Sponsored by Cover-More Travel Insurance

Event Travel Management

Category 10 | Best Travel Consultant – Retail

Sponsored by Royal Caribbean International

Phil Smethurst, Bicton Travel WA

Category 11 | Best Travel Consultant – Corporate

Sponsored by Avis

Ric Pattaro, TravelManagers NSW

Category 12 | Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Single Location

Sponsored by Virgin Australia

Uschi Howard, The Travel Authority Northern Beaches NSW

Category 13 | Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail Multi Location

Sponsored by World’s Leading Cruise Lines

Lisa Tjandi, helloworld Hunter Travel Group NSW

Category 14 | Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Single Location

Sponsored by Virgin Australia

Kerby Reimer, Complete Business Travel QLD

Category 15 | Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Multi Location

Sponsored by Cover-More Travel Insurance

Kingsley Dawes, Carlson Wagonlit Travel WA/SA/VIC

Category 16 | Rookie of the Year – Agent

Sponsored by Travelport

Jonathan Pichaloff, helloworld Newcastle Corporate NSW

Category 17 | Best Specialty Wholesaler

Sponsored by South African Tourism

Insider Journeys

Category 18 | Best Domestic Airline

Sponsored by Air Tickets

Qantas Airways

Category 19 | Best International Airline – Online

Sponsored by The Travel Corporation

Emirates

Category 20 | Best International Airline – Offline

Sponsored by Consolidated Travel

Finnair

Category 21 | Best Cruise Ship – Domestic Deployment

Sponsored by AA Appointments

Celebrity Solstice Celebrity Cruises

Category 22 | Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment

Sponsored by Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers

Royal Caribbean International

 

Category 23 | Best River Cruise Operator

Sponsored by helloworld

APT

Category 24 | Best Tour Operator – Domestic

Sponsored by Travel Trade Recruitment

APT

Category 25 | Best Tour Operator – International

Sponsored by Dubai Tourism

APT

Category 26 | Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator

Sponsored by Expedia

Hertz

Category 27 | Best Tourist Office – International

Sponsored by Global Blue

Dubai Tourism

Category 28 | Best Wholesaler – Australian Product

Sponsored by Accor

Infinity Holidays

Category 29 | Best Wholesaler – International Product

Sponsored by AA Appointments

Infinity Holidays

Category 30 | Best Agency Support Service

Sponsored by The Travel Doctor – TMVC

Cover-More Travel Insurance

Category 31 | Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier

Sponsored by Royal Caribbean International

Stella Hritis, Trafalgar NSW

Category 32 | Rookie of the Year – Supplier

Sponsored by Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre

Cam McDonell, G Adventures QLD

Category 33 | Best Hotel/Resort Group

Sponsored by Expedia

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Category 34 | Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution

Sponsored by ASEAN Promotional Chapter Tourism

Franklyn Scholar

Category 35 | Best Travel Writer

Sponsored by World’s Leading Cruise Lines

Louise Goldsbury

Category 36 | Best Travel Agent Technology Innovation

Sponsored by Qantas Credit Union

Amadeus Ticket Changer Amadeus IT Pacific

Category 37 | Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship

Sponsored by Emirates

Jamie-Lee Holloway, helloworld Kotara NSW

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