What does a travel industry professional need to do in order to win a free trip to Europe, Thailand, Mexico, China, Canada, South Africa, Asia or Chicago? Attend an awards night, that’s all.

That’s exactly what eight incredibly lucky industry professionals did on Saturday night and they walked away with one of eight free trips thanks to the Star Alliance and its members.

Attend an event – that’s literally all they did to win. Oh, and they had to use their hands to peel open a Star Alliance-themed napkin holder and hope they were holding a winning napkin.

The generous giveaway of eight travel packages was part of Star Alliance’s BIG 21st birthday celebrations, which also happened to align with the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards (click here for more on this year’s NTIAs).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAR ALLIANCE, do we get a free trip now 😉.

But seriously, shout out to Star Alliance for gifting the industry in such a big way, we really appreciate your turning of 21 years, as did these eight people who won trips to…


Apurva Goswami won a trip to Thailand!


Excite Holidays’ Apurva Goswami is headed to Phuket after winning flights for two AND a seven-night Thai islands cruise on Panorama II courtesy of Thai Airways and Peregrine Adventures.

Have fun under the Thai sun Apurva!


Kerrie Mieszkuc won a trip to China!


The Journeymasters’ Kerrie Mieszkuc is off to Beijing after winning free flights from Air China AND a nine-day ‘Great Wall and Warriors’ excursion with On the Go Tours.

Enjoy Xi’an, Shanghai and Suzhou Kerrie!


Jodie Pellegrino won a trip to Canada


Helloworld Wangaratta’s Jodie Pellegrino is headed to the Land of Maple Syrup thanks to Air Canada, who’ll be providing the flights AND Cosmos for giving her a 19-day adventure that includes a Rocky Mountaineer trip and cruise to Alaska.

Take in all that scenery Jodie!


Rebecca Livingstone won a trip to Mexico


Keith Prowse Travel Brisbane’s Rebecca Livingstone is off to Central America with United Airlines where she’ll spend five nights living it up at Club Med Cancún Yucatán.

Enjoy the Riviera Maya Rebecca!


Mohammad Nasiry won a trip to anywhere in Asia


Express Travel Group’s Mohammed Nasiry can choose his own path in Asia thanks to EVA Air who’ll give him the flights are a voucher for $1,000 worth of luxury accommodation courtesy of Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP).

Where will the travel gods take you, Mohammed?


Daniel Walker won a trip to South Africa


Sno’n’Ski’ Daniel Walker is headed to South Africa with South African Airways, where he’ll enjoy a 15-day Grand Tour with Bench Africa.

Don’t get too close to the Big 5 Daniel!


Brian Taylor won a trip to Chicago


Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre’s Brian Taylor will be among the first to test out Air New Zealand’s flights to Chicago and he’ll do it for free PLUS he’ll enjoy an eight-day Globus tour of the Great Lakes.

Say hi to Jennifer Hudson for us Brian!


Vanessa Richards won a trip to Switzerland


Excite Holidays’ Vanessa Richards is off on a magical trip with Singapore Airlines and the Lufthansa Group to Zurich where she’ll spend seven days taking in Switzerland’s best with Insight Vacations.

Take a lot of pics Lake Geneva for us, Vanessa!


Star Alliance Country Steering Committee Vice Chair Jum Mu said it was only fitting that Star Alliance sponsored an award celebrating the achievements of an outstanding travel network.

“Since it was launched in 1997 Star Alliance has brought together the world’s leading airlines, each with their own distinctive culture and style of service, to create an unrivalled network dedicated to improving the experience of international travellers,” says Mu.

“Helloworld Business Travel has demonstrated it is just as committed to delivering excellent service and support to its members and their clients. Congratulations on a well-deserved honour.”

Hey winners, these are the guys (and gals) to thank for your free trips…



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Join us in congratulating all these lucky, lucky, lucky and ever so lucky people.