Australian travel industry celebrates success with Award Stravaganza 2016


The biggest award celebration in the Australian travel industry has just been held successfully and the credit goes to the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The AFTA organised a grand celebration at The Pavilion Darling Harbour on Saturday, July 16. Thirty-eight businesses and travel industry individuals received awards at the Gala Dinner for their remarkable contribution to the Australian travel industry.

The award for the Travel Writer of the Year 2016 went to Allan Leibowitz while George Hedley received the Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship 2016. Queanbeyan City Travel and Cruise, a tour agency in Electoral district of Queanbeyan, was awarded with People’s Choice: Retail Travel Agency of the Year. Travel agency Helloworld Limited alone received two awards – Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group and Best Travel Agency Group – for their brilliant work in 2015.

stravaganza 2016

Photo Credit: Australian Federation of Travel Agents

The sponsors surprised the guests with amazing give-away prizes. Air New Zealand gave 27 tickets of international flights, the Star Alliance network doled out over 50 prizes, and Qantas – the major sponsor of the event – wowed guests with two return business class flights. Qantas gave the prizes in a partnership with American Airlines.

It was a chilly Saturday evening but the ambience was warmer with tourism industry’s celebrity figures and smiley faces of the guests. After a warm welcome from Tourism Fiji, guests enjoyed the gala night performances hosted by Anjali Rao – the multi-award winning journalist and TV personality. However, the fun did not end with the event as the Singapore Airlines sponsored an after party where guests continued celebrating through the wee hours in the morning.


Photo Credit: Australian Federation of Travel Agents

The Chief Executive of AFTA, Jayson Westbury, said that his organisation is proud to be the organiser of such a fantastic event. He also thanked the sponsors for their contribution in arranging the event successfully.

Visit the AFTA website if you want to see more photos of the Gala dinner. Get the full list of 2016 winners here.

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