Party planes to NTIAs, are you in?

AFTA is canvassing whether the industry is interested in jumping aboard special charter flights to the NTIAs this year.

THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is examining the prospect of co-ordinated “party flights” to this year’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs) in Melbourne.

The principal organiser of the travel sector’s night of nights said it was now moving to gauge the level of interest in dedicated flights from capital cities around the country to Melbourne, as well as the possibility of hosting a special Friday night celebration event before the awards ceremony kicks off.

“NTIA is back bigger and better than ever and we are determined to host the best ever Awards celebrations yet as we bring Australia’s Travel Industry together,” AFTA CEO Dean Long said.

“We have a world class entertainment venue in the prestigious Palladium at Crown Melbourne, a fixture on Australia’s high profile events calendar.

“We are determined that this year’s NTIAs will be unforgettable and, following member feedback, we’re looking at some new additions to the celebrations including a pre-NTIA event and dedicated NTIA flights.

“Our NTIA Custodians and the AFTA team are already on the case and pulling out all the stops to make this year’s NTIA the best celebration yet of our diverse membership and all those who support Australia’s travel sector,” he added.

The NTIAs will take place on 18 November, marking the return of travel’s night of nights to Melbourne for the first time since 2006, which since then has been hosted in Sydney.

According to the survey, the chartered flight would be a one-way ticket, with AFTA asking travel professionals a range of questions about preferences, including if people would be keen on having the cost of a flight and AFTA entry combined on the one combined ticket.

Take the survey HERE to have your say.

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