By Nahrain John @karryontravel13 Mar 2017Which is the ‘best’ agency group? Which is the ‘best’ corporate agency? Which is the ‘best’ online travel agency? Who is the ‘best’ consultant? AND who is the ‘best’ newbie? The nominees for this year’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) are out, with a number of new nominees going head-to-head with a few classics. Like for example, Flight Centre, Helloworld and Travellers Choice are battling it out for ‘best travel agency group (50 outlets or more)’; while Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fighting for the title ‘best domestic airline’. Then there’s Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean vying for ‘best cruise operator (domestic deployment)’; and Andre Moten from Corporate Travel Management, Mariam Alkhal from Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Samantha Lake, Show Group Enterprise Pty Ltd up for ‘best travel agency manager – corporate multi-location’. According to the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), some 1,076 nominations were received across 38 award categories. Popular nominee categories this year were the Best Travel Agency categories, Best Sales Executive Industry Supplier, Best Agency Support Service, Best Specialty Wholesaler and Best Travel Writer – Consumer. Click here to check out the full list. Voting in the 2017 AFTA NTIA will commence on 14 March at 9:00am (AEDT). Join us in congratulating this year’s nominees! Other stories you may like Travel Marketing Awards: Trafalgar, Contiki and Air New Zealand win BIG THE 2018 KARRYON AWARDS: All the winners revealed: YOU voted, now see who WON! Who WON $500 in THE KARRYON AWARDS & will you win next week?