THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has announced the seven industry representatives chosen to form the inaugural Custodian Council, which will help guide the success of the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs).
The seven advisors, selected by the AFTA team based on experience and skill, each represent a different segment of the travel industry.
General Manager of Frontier Travel, Ann-Catherine Jones, has been named as the Retail Agency representative, while Barbara Whitten of Anywhere Travel will look after the Corporate segment.
Luxury Escapes CEO Tony Gothard was chosen to represent the Online Travel Agency division; GlobeNet Travel and Clean Cruising’s Jean Summers has taken on the Custodian role for the Retail Agency segment; and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Damian Borg will oversee the Supplier – Cruise/Air division’s interests.
Rounding out the council is Chris Fundell, Head of Marketing – Australasia for the Globus Family of Brands, as the Wholesale representative, and Dick Webster, Co-Founder of Journey Earth, representing Tour Operators.
“Our NTIA Custodian Council will work with AFTA to preserve the integrity of the NTIAs while continuing to evolve the process of recognising and rewarding excellence in Australia’s Travel Sector,” AFTA CEO Dean Long enthused.
“I and the team are very excited to be working together with the Council as we get cracking with the planning for the 2023 NTIAs in Melbourne on 18 November.”