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Winner of prestigious Avis agent scholarship is named

November 15, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Avis Budget Group has announced the 2018 winner of its renowned Avis Travel Agent Scholarship program.

Jo Patton from Travel Managers in NSW’s Ulladulla has been recognised by the judging panel for consistently maintaining the highest level of excellence in her customer service and continuing to apply innovation in her work.

Jo specifically impressed judges with her success in combining her passions of travel and craft to create Crafty Adventures, a service specialising in cruises and tours with a craft focus. Jo was officially awarded the Avis Scholarship award at the Gala Dinner last night at the Park Hyatt.

The Avis Travel Agent Scholarship is valued at over AUD 40,000 and Jo will enjoy a range of prizes and experiences including:

  • International travel to Singapore to attend the 2019 WIT Conference.
  • Professional guidance and access to exceptional education and training opportunities with organisations such as the Cruise Lines International Association Australia (CLIAA).

Winner Jo Patton and previous winners Robyn Sinfield, Barbara Baron and Nakita Byrne 

Commercial director of Avis Budget Group Pacific, Ian Jones, said: “We are extremely proud to award the 2018 Travel Agent Scholarship to Jo. Through her work, Jo has proved herself to be the best of the best, blazing a trail for others in the industry. We can’t wait to see how the Scholarship will benefit her and help her grow over the coming years.”

Winner Jo Patton and Ian Jones, Commercial Director of Avis Budget Group Pacific and Tom Mooney, managing director of Avis Budget Group Pacific

Launched in 1996, the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship is an award set to encourage, recognise and reward outstanding customer service. Now in its 22nd year, the Scholarship has evolved into one of the most valuable and prestigious awards offered to Australian and New Zealand travel professionals.

Below: Joe Araullo, Grant Campbell, Nakita Byrne, Winner Jo Patton, Julia McLean, Barry Mayo, Michael Gazal

Edited by Peter Needham

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