By Matt Leedham @worldofleedham23 Jan 2017Scenic held its annual ‘Night of Stars’ awards on Saturday with the ‘icy chic’ themed event at Ivy Ballroom in Sydney recognising the ongoing hard work and commitment from its top agents in Australia and New Zealand. Over 240 agents attended the uber glam event, which Channel 9’s Steve Jacobs hosted in the role of MC for the fourth year in a row. Steve Jacobs Whilst there was no big announcement this year, last year’s Scenic Eclipse Luxury ship revelation was still front and centre with a video screened of the ship beginning its build in Poland as well as news of the AUD$30,000 a ticket inaugural sailing in August 2018 already being sold out. With Scenic Founder and Managing Director Glen Moroney away in Europe, Liz Glover (Acting General Manager Sales & Marketing) said in her speech that “If you search on Google you’ll find around 438 million pages on how bad 2016 was”. But that “The industry remains as resilient as ever” and that for many agents and Scenic, 2016 had in fact been “a great year.” Liz Glover, Scenic acting GM sales and marketing One Australian store had reportedly sold over $2m of Scenic sales alone in 2016 with another New Zealand Agent remarkably making one Scenic booking totalling NZ$400k. Eight awards were given to the top offices in each state including a new award for the top office in Canberra, which previously came under NSW. Plus five national awards – top home based travel agency, top online travel agency (also a new award for 2016), top single location agency, and the top consultants in Australia and New Zealand. Aleisha Fittler, Executive General Manager Aleisha Fittler, Executive General Manager commented: “A huge congratulations to all our winners, they have all worked so hard over the past year promoting and selling our ever expanding product range – we really do appreciate their loyalty and commitment to Scenic. Our annual ‘Night of Stars’ event is a great way for the Scenic team to say thank you.” Fourteen agents were also awarded Diamond status for 2016 as part of Scenic’s elite agent program including three new agents – American Express Travel, Escape Travel Mount Hutton and helloworld Miranda. TOP OFFICE AWARDS VIC top office winner, Ballarat Travel and Cruise VIC WINNER – Ballarat Travel and Cruise Second place – helloworld Lower Templestowe Third place – Wings Away Travel NSW WINNER – helloworld Miranda Second place – Escape Travel Toronto Third place – helloworld Winston Hills WA WINNER – Bicton Travel Second place – Sorrento Quay Travel & Cruise Centre Third place – Tour De Force Travel QLD WINNER – helloworld Strathpine Second place – Escape Travel Rockhampton Third place – Discover Travel & Cruise The Gap SA WINNER – Phil Hoffmann Travel Glenelg Second place – Travel and Cruise Professionals Third place – helloworld Marion ACT WINNER – Weston Cruise & Travel TAS WINNER – Andrew Jones Travel Hobart NEW ZEALAND WINNER – YOU Travel Westgate NATIONAL AWARDS Home Based winner, Travel Managers, Sandra Reucker, Tanyu Cilek, Jodie Banbury Home Based WINNER – Travel Managers Online Travel Agency WINNER – Our Vacation Centre Single Location WINNER – Weston Cruise & Travel Second place – helloworld Miranda Third place – helloworld Strathpine Top Consultant – Australia Top Consultant winner, Kylie Cameron, helloworld Miranda WINNER – Kylie Cameron – helloworld Miranda Second place – Deborah Long – Weston Cruise & Travel Third place – Kim Adcock – Sylvania Travel & Cruise Top Consultant – New Zealand WINNER – Lesley Johns Head over to our Facebook page to see all the winners and more. Were you there too? Please join us in congratulating all the winners and runners up in the comments below. Other stories you may like ASKHOLES: Why do people seek a Travel Agent’s advice & then book online? Pacific Jewel emerges from 10-day dry dock looking… very patriotic THE KARRYON AWARDS: Who won $500 in week 1? Who will win in week 2?