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TravelManagers’ 2013 national conference ended on a high with awards to their personal travel managers and national partnership office staff at an awards ceremony on Friday evening.

The venue was the Ice Skating Rink named after the Voyager of the Seas Godmother Katarina Witt, adding to the intrigue and excitement of the occasion.

TravelManagers’ Chief Executive, Joe Araullo thanked all of the TravelManagers team including personal travel managers and the national partnership office staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment and praised them for the outstanding results they had achieved in 2013.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our people. They are consistently outstanding at what they do and take such pride in their work, ensuring everything is centered on ensuring the client is always top of mind and at the centre of what they do,” says Araullo.



The announcement of the Top 10 Personal Travel Managers of the Year is always a highlight with seven of the 10 being named last year also. This year saw brother and sister John and Julianne Gazal-Rizk representatives from New South Wales both named independently in the top 10.

The supreme award of Personal Travel Manager of the Year went to John Lengacher, a third time winner, having previously won in 2008 and 2009, who says he was thrilled.

“It was the perfect end to what has been a brilliant conference. I am just so happy to have won, it’s been a tough year and I’ve worked hard but this shows me that it has all been so worthwhile. I can’t wait to tell my clients, they will be just as excited as me.”

TravelManagers pride themselves on their supplier relationships and award a special prize every year called the Partner Supplier of the Year. This year it was awarded to Qantas Holidays a finalist since this award was initiated three years ago but a first time winner, Araullo says it is testament to them in terms of product range, quality and service with two of our personal travel managers having recently achieved Global Achievers status.

“You couldn’t ask for a better partnership with a supplier. They are incredibly supportive of what we do and are always keen to come on board to help with training, educationals and marketing initiatives. They are genuinely interested in TravelManagers and particularly in our personal travel managers.”

The complete list of winners is as follows: 

2013 TravelManagers’ Award Winners

New Personal Travel Managers by State

NSW / ACT Judy Gillings
VIC / TAS Luke Vaughan
WA / SA Barbara Turner
QLD / NT Simon Tinkler

Most Improved Personal Travel managers by State

NSW / ACT Paul Felsch
VIC / TAS  Leah Smith
WA / SA  Erryn Morris
QLD / NT  Andrea Turner

Top Personal Travel Manager by State

NSW / ACT  John Gazal
VIC / TAS  John Lengacher
WA / SA  Tania Pickering
QLD / NT  James Hermiston

Top 10 Personal Travel Managers – Australia

David Hull
Di Yates
James Hermiston
Jan Marshall
John Gazal
John Lengacher
Julianne Gazal Rizk
Luke Vaughan
Rebecca Crosbie
Ric Pattaro

New Personal Travel Manager of the Year

VIC/TAS Luke Vaughan

Most Improved Personal Travel Manager of the Year

VIC/TAS Leah Smith

Innovation in Marketing Award

Pamela Baas

Partner Supplier of the Year

Qantas Holidays

TravelManagers Recognition Award

Barbara Turner

Personal Travel Managers Choice Award

Lisa Metzl 

TravelManagers Support Award

David McCarthy

Personal Travel Manager of the Year

VIC/TAS John Lengacher

TravelManagers Spirit Award

Brett Ray

In presenting the Spirit Award, Chairman Barry Mayo said TravelManagers Spirit Award was introduced last year to recognize a person, internal or external, who typifies the family values that are central to TravelManagers culture and in turn assists and inspires all of us consistently.

“There were many deserving contenders whose attitude and actions influence all of us on a daily basis and Brett Ray was a very worthy and popular winner.”

Singapore Airlines, as with previous years, presented the winner of the Most Improved Personal Travel Manager of the Year and winner of Personal Travel Manager of the Year with return tickets to a European destination of their choice. 

The 2013 TravelManagers dual land and sea national conference was held from 06 – 09 November 2013 at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and aboard Royal Caribbean International Voyager of the Seas.

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