We asked you a simple question, who are the best travel brands and industry people in Australia? Thousands of you answered with such enthusiasm we could never have predicted just how keen you were to have your say.

WOW! Thank YOU to the incredible travel industry for being so supportive of our first-ever KARRYON Awards and for providing us with a successful platform to ensure the companies and people that inspire you and your clients every day are recognised for their incredible work.

In the slightly altered words of Bruno Mars, we think you’re all amazing.

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In its inaugural year, KARRYON invited the travel industry to vote in 32 categories via an easy-to-use online polling system.

All of the award categories were unprompted and voted for independently by individuals with around 70% industry and 30% consumers making up the total of all votes.

As an added incentive, we also offered you the chance to WIN one of three weekly $500 nib Travel Insurance Gift Cards, which have since been awarded to three lucky winners.

CLICK HERE to find out which industry professionals are now $500 richer.

Thousands of responses were submitted over the three-week voting period and have since been tallied up to reveal the winners of the inaugural 2018 KARRYON Awards.

OUR HUGE CONGRATULATIONS GO TO…

 

1. BEST Domestic Airline – VIRGIN AUSTRALIA!

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2. BEST International Airline – EMIRATES!

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3. BEST Low-Cost Carrier – JETSTAR!

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4. BEST River Cruise Company – APT!

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5. BEST Ocean Cruise Company – ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL!

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6. BEST Small Ship Cruise Company – APT!

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7. BEST Car Hire Company – HERTZ!

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8. BEST Rail Wholesaler – RAIL PLUS!

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9. BEST Coach Wholesaler – TRAFALGAR!

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10. BEST Tour Wholesaler – APT!

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11. BEST Adventure Company – INTREPID!

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12. BEST Youth Brand – CONTIKI!

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13. BEST Online Wholesaler – EXCITE HOLIDAYS!

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14. BEST Online Training Program – QANTAS LEARNING HUB!

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15. BEST in Sustainable Travel – INTREPID!

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16. BEST Winery – PENFOLDS!

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17. BEST Attraction (AUS) – THE GREAT BARRIER REEF (TTNQ)!

Closer to home, the Great Barrier Reef is also in danger due to climate change

 

18. BEST Hotel Brand – HILTON HOTELS & RESORTS!

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19. BEST Hotel (AUS) – QT SYDNEY!

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20. BEST Hotel (INTL) – MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE!

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21. BEST International Tourism Board – TOURISM NEW ZEALAND!

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22. BEST Domestic Tourism Body – VISIT QUEENSLAND!

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23. BEST Company Culture – FLIGHT CENTRE GROUP!

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24. Most Innovative Travel Company – FLIGHT CENTRE GROUP!

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25. BEST BDM – ELIZABETH HUTCHISON! (AIR NEW ZEALAND)

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26. BEST Female Leader in Travel – FIONA DALTON! (UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES)

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27. BEST Male Leader in Travel – GRAHAM ‘SKROO’ TURNER!

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28. BEST Retail Travel Agent Brand – FLIGHT CENTRE!

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29. BEST Corporate Travel Brand – CORPORATE TRAVELLER!

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30. BEST Mobile Agent Brand – MTA! (Mobile Travel Agents)

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31. BEST Travel App – EXPEDIA!

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32. BEST Online Travel Site – EXPEDIA! (TAAP)

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Join us in congratulating all of the KARRYON award winners for 2018!