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Australia’s top travel agents and suppliers named

Industry excellence celebrated at Australia’s National Travel Industry Awards.  The formalities of the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards have just wrapped up at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, with Flight Centre named as the Best Travel Agency Group for the first time in five years. The sold-out gala black-tie event saw attendees honour the pinnacle of the profession, with other major winners including Helloworld Business Travel which took out the Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group. Singapore Airlines won the Best International Airline – Online category, while perennial favourite Finnair once again took out the Best Offline Airline award. Royal Caribbean won both the Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment and Best Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment categories, while another major winner was APT which won Best River Cruise Operator and Best Tour Operator – Domestic. Intrepid was named Best International Tour Operator, and Adventure World won the Best Wholesaler – International Product award, while the Best Wholesaler – Australian Product was Qantas Holidays/Viva! Holidays. The evening included a performance by Aussie vocalist Anthony Callea, and guests are now partying the night away at the NTIA after-party. Lots of pics from the night are online now at, and see Travel Daily’s issues next week for all the excitement, along with a special NTIA travelBulletin supplement. The full list of winners is below: 1. Best Travel Agency Group – 50 stores or more – Flight...

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AFTA sells head office

THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents has achieved a record sale price for strata property in the Sydney CBD, confirming its Pitt Street headquarters has changed hands for a whopping $3.8 million+GST. The deal was confirmed during the AFTA annual general meeting today, which also saw the re-election of Helloworld Travel’s Mike Thompson as chairman. Flight Centre ceo Graham Turner and Travellers Choice head Christian Hunter were also re-elected as AFTA’s vice-chairs. AFTA ceo Jayson Westbury noted that the proceeds from the office sale would be invested for the future benefit of members, with the organisation to move to...

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VFR drives inbound travel

TRAVELLERS to Australia citing their journey reason as “Visiting Friends/Relatives” are becoming a larger relative contributor to overall inbound travel numbers, according to a new analysis by John O’Shea of stockbroking firm Ord Minett. The respected analyst cited May data which indicated the moving annual growth rate for this segment stands at 6.8% – a “relatively robust figure” compared to a year-on-year 2% drop in holiday arrivals. He said the VFR growth was partly driven by increased family visits to the large number of international students now residing in Australia. “At a high level we think that these travellers...

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Amex takes whole Hogg

AMERICAN Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has completed its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), five months after announcing the 410 million deal (TD 12 Feb). “The combination of American Express GBT and HRG will provide clients and travellers with an unrivalled offering,” said GBT ceo Doug Anderson. “I look forward to integrating our companies and combining the vast experience and expertise of both,” he said. HRG ceo David Radcliffe, who joins the GBT board as a result of the deal, said he looked forward to “growing a best-in-class travel management company”. Integration of the two companies has now...

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1000 Mile team converges

THE mobile corporate specialists of the 1000 Mile Travel Group came together earlier this month for an annual team day at which they welcomed the company’s new general manager Steve Hona (TD Wed). Twenty-five of the group’s mobile experts joined a full day of education and networking at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne where 1000 Mile md Ben Ross provided updates on the company’s vision and growth, and launched a new intranet that offers preferred suppliers a distribution platform to the group’s team of more than 40 mobile consultants. The group will next converge in Oct when 1000 Mile holds...

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