NTIA 2022 finalists announced

The highly anticipated finalists for the 2022 National Travel Industry Awards have been announced, with voting now open until 8th September in the lead-up to the NTIA Gala Dinner in October.

The first post-pandemic opportunity to celebrate Australia’s travel industry excellence has moved to the next stage, with the naming of the finalists in the 2022 National Travel Industry Awards.

This year there are significant changes to the format of the program, aiming to recognise suppliers for their support of the industry during COVID-19, along with simplified judging and voting processes.

AFTA CEO Dean Long said “NTIA is always an exciting and well deserved recognition of the very best in our industry and this year it’s the case even more than ever. AFTA made the decision given the day to day pressures that we needed to take a slightly different approach in allowing written and video submissions. The entries have been incredibly creative with a mix of powerful and very funny entries even including a cartoon animation.”

“It has also been fantastic to see the very strong peer nominations with 90% of the Individual Finalists peer nominated,” he said.

Voting is open until 5pm AEST on 08 September in the Most Popular categories (which are fully decided by the voting) and several of the Most Outstanding Supplier categories (which are decided by a combined score mix from judges and voting).

The full list of finalists is below, with more details and the voting link online at

The winners will be announced at the industry night of nights, the 2022 NTIA Gala Dinner taking place at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on Saturday 15th October.

Category 1 – Most Outstanding Mobile / Home-Based Travel Advisor
Carli Hester, TravelManagers
Kim Newton, MTA Mobile Travel Agent
Rose Febo, Travel Managers
Roslyn Ranse, itravel
Tanya Patterson, Travel Managers

Category 2 – Most Outstanding Travel Agency Manager
Debbie Rains, Lades Pty Ltd Group ta Travel Associates
Georgina Walpole, Global Journeys
Jacinta Blundell, Helloworld Travel Buderim & Caboolture
Katrina Connor, American Express Global Business Travel
Stacey Brownsey, Helloworld Travel Mt Pleasant

Category 3 – Most Outstanding Travel Consultant Corporate     
Lynette Wells, American Express Global Business Travel
Natasha Hanss, Corporate Travel Management (CTM)
Rochelle Bird, Anywhere Travel
Sarah Hackett, Sanford Travel
Zoe Dirken, TAG (The Appointment Group)

Category 4 – Most Outstanding Travel Consultant Leisure   
Becky Kent-Perchalla, Perchalla and Turner Travel Associates
Bonnie Davis, Helloworld Travel Mackay
Courtney Kynoch, Helloworld Lane Cove
Emily Kadinski, itravel Carlingford
Martine Hero, Clean Cruising

Category 5 – Rookie of the Year         
Bella King, American Express Global Business Travel
Dani Newham, Queanbeyan City Travel & Cruise
Mark Stokell, Travel at 60
Sarah Lee, Clean Cruising
Tamara Galloway, Wauchope Travel

Category 6 – Travel Consultant Scholarship   
Bree Mccauley, TAG (The Appointment Group)
Donna Malley, American Express Global Business Travel
Kristy Moore, Travel Moore
Lachlan Miller, Inside Travel Group (InsideJapan Tours and InsideAsia Tour)

Category 7 – Most Outstanding Sales Executive – Air
Janis McDonald, Air Canada
Nick Lewis, Air New Zealand
Nicole Laurie, Delta Air Lines
Albina Obilinovich, Qatar Airways
Peter James, Emirates

Category 8 – Most Outstanding Sales Executive – Cruise
Greg Schein, Avalon Waterways (GFOB)
Shaun Kavanagh, Princess Cruises
Tenille Hunt, Quark Expeditions
Anastasia Kotanidis, Holland America Line & Seabourn
Ramon Drew, Viking Cruises

Category 9 – Most Outstanding Sales Executive – Land Supply
Greg Schein, Globus Family of Brands
Karen Newbury, APT Travel Group
Michelle Nickelson, Club Med
Amanda Harvey, Queensland Rail Travel
Dylan Hearne, Backroads Global Touring

Category 10 – Most Outstanding Consumer Travel Journalist (semi-finalists)
Helen Hayes
Julie Miller
Kate Webster
Lee Tulloch
Lisa Allen
Louise Goldsbury
Katrina Lobley
Marie Barbieri
Rob McFarland

Category 11 – Most Outstanding Employee Engagement & Recruitment Program
American Express Global Business Travel
Clean Cruising
Connections Group of Companies
Helloworld Travel Mackay, Mt Pleasant & Townsville
Travel Trade Recruitment (Australia) Pty Ltd

Category 12 – Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Agency
AussieTrains, by Aussie Trains
River Collection Launch, by Ignite Travel Group – My Cruises
Not Going Anywhere, by The Don’t Forget Travel Group
Charters, by Travel Associates
Sustainable Traveller One Year Anniversary, by Webjet OTA

Category 13- Most Outstanding Online Travel Agency
flybuys travel
Global Journeys
My Holiday 2

Category 14 – Most Outstanding Travel Management Company (Corporate)
Anywhere Travel
Corporate Travel Management (CTM)
FCM Travel
Stage and Screen
TAG (The Appointment Group)

Category 15 – Most Outstanding Travel Agency – Leisure
Chris Watson Travel
FBI Travel
Helloworld Travel Mackay, Mt Pleasant & Townsville
Main Beach Travel
Travel & Cruise Castlemaine

Category 16 -Sustainability Award – Agency
American Express Global Business Travel
Corporate Travel Management (CTM)
Melbourne Travel Project
Reho Travel

Category 17 – Most Outstanding Mobile Advisor Network
FCTG Independent
MTA – Mobile Travel Agents
TravelManagers Australia Pty Ltd

Category 18 – Most Outstanding Travel Agency Group
Flight Centre
Helloworld Travel
RAA Travel
Travel Associates

Category 20 – Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Supplier
Check in to check out, by Globus Family of Brands
Give the Gift of Travel, by VIVA Holidays & Helloworld
Walk for Wellness, NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Welcome Back, by Viking Cruises

Category 21 – Most Outstanding Tour Operator
Abercrombie & Kent
Chimu Adventures
Inside Travel Group (InsideJapan Tours and InsideAsia Tours)
Wendy Wu Tours

Category 22 – Most Outstanding Wholesaler
Adventure World Travel
Creative Cruising
Expedia TAAP
The Africa Safari Co.

Category 25 – Most Outstanding Industry Support – Accommodation
Club Med
IHG Hotels & Resorts
Minor Hotels
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Quest Apartment Hotels

Category 26 – Most Outstanding Industry Support – Air
Air Canada
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Qatar Airways
Singapore Airlines

Category 27 – Most Outstanding Industry Support – Cruise
Aurora Expeditions
Avalon Waterways
Norwegian Cruise Line
Viking Cruises

Category 28 – Most Outstanding Travel Industry Training Institution
CLIA Australasia
Corporate Travel Management (CTM)
Helloworld Travel Academy
TAFE Queensland

Category 29 – Sustainability Award – Supplier
Air New Zealand
Chiva Som represented by Travel the World Group
Intrepid Travel
Latitude Group Travel
The Travel Corporation (TTC)

Category 31 – Most Outstanding Non Branded Agency Group
FCTG Independent
Independent Travel Group
Magellan Travel
Select Travel Group
Travellers Choice

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