first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Gowns, glamour and glitz filled the Westin Hotel on Saturday night as a record 950 travel industry professionals dolled up to celebrate this year’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).The highly anticipated evening, hosted by Getaway presenter Jules Lund – who threatened potential winners with a cow prod should their ‘thank you’ speeches run over time – saw some surprise winners take the stage.Accepting “the award we should always win” NTIA major sponsor Qantas Airways won Best Domestic Airline over last year’s winner, Virgin Blue.Creative Holidays’ reign as Best International Wholesaler, came to an end as Qantas Holidays, preferred partners of the Jetset Travelworld Group, snatched their crown.The hard to predict award for Best Tourist Office – International was nabbed by Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority.Fittingly, sponsors of the first ever ‘afta’ party, Singapore Airlines won Best Online International Airline.The awards winners were:Rookie of the Year – Agent – Rebecca Duthler, Australia Zoo TravelBest Travel Consultant – Retail – Paul Rickard, Harvey World Travel CaloundraBest Travel Agency Retail – Single Store – Jetset NorwoodBest Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location – Concierge TravellerBest Travel Consultant – Corporate – Carol Chapman, World Travel ProfessionalsBest Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location – World Travel ProfessionalsBest Travel Agency Corporate – Single Store – Spencer TravelBest National Corporate Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel ManagementBest Innovation in Marketing – Retail Agency – RACT TravelworldBest Travel Writer – Justin Wastnage, Travel WeeklyBest Registered Travel Industry Training Institution – Brisbane North Institute of TAFEBest Hotel/Resort – Australian Property – HaymanBest Hotel/Resort Group – Mantra Hotels and ResortsBest Agency Support Service – Air TicketsBest Tourist Office – National – Tourism QueenslandBest Tourist Office – International – Las Vegas Convention & Visitors AuthorityRookie of the Year – Supplier – Tenille Hunt, Gap AdventuresBest Sales Executive – Industry Supplier – Kim Knight, Qantas HolidaysBest Car/Campervan Rental Operator – Hertz AustraliaBest Tour Operator – International – Insight VacationsBest Tour Operator – Domestic – AAT KingsBest Cruise Operator – International – Holland America LineBest Cruise Operator – Australian – Princess CruisesBest Wholesaler – International Product – Qantas HolidaysBest Wholesaler – Australian Product – Sunlover HolidaysBest Airline Domestic – Qantas AirwaysBest Airline International – Offline – Lufthansa German AirlinesBest Airline International – Online – Singapore AirlinesBest Travel Agency Group (100 outlets or more) – Jetset Travelworld GroupHall of Fame WinnersBest Airline International – Online – Singapore AirlinesBest Tourist Office – National – Tourism QueenslandBest National Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel ManagementCheck out the pictures in today’s Photo GalleryNTIA AwardsNTIA AFTA Partylast_img

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