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FLYING SOLO: CATO Awards To Spin Off From NTIAs In 2020

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has announced that the 2020 CATO Awards will be proudly delivered as a stand-alone event at a lavish cocktail function in Sydney on Friday 23 October.

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has announced that the 2020 CATO Awards will be proudly delivered as a stand-alone event at a lavish cocktail function in Sydney on Friday 23 October.

The CATO Awards are an opportunity for Australia’s Land Supply sector to recognise the valued support it receives from travel agents and the retail travel trade.

The inaugural CATO Awards were presented within the Australian Federation of Travel Agents’ (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) program in 2019.

“This is not just another awards event! This is an opportunity for our members from the land-supply sector to come together under the CATO banner to recognise excellence in the retail travel sector.”

CATO Managing Director, Brett Jardine.

Brett Jardine (right) with the inaugural CATO Award recipients in 2019.

In 2020, CATO Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Agency of the Year – Europe
  • Agency of the Year – Americas
  • Agency of the Year – Asia
  • Agency of the Year – Africa/Middle East
  • Agency of the Year – Oceania
  • Consultant of the Year – Group Touring
  • Consultant of the Year – Adventure
  • Consultant of the Year – Youth Travel
  • Consultant of the Year – Ski
  • Consultant of the Year – F.I.T
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Trade Media Award
  • Consumer Media Award
  • CATO Ambassador Award

“Following the tremendous support and opportunity provided by AFTA in 2019, the CATO’s will be a showcase event on the 2020 travel industry calendar incorporating up to fourteen award categories that specifically recognise agencies and consultants that are stand-out performers across a number of specialty areas,” added Jardine.

The 2019 CATO Awards stream underway at the National Travel Industry Awards.

Details confirming the venue and awards criteria will be announced to the trade in early 2020.

Will you be throwing your hat in the ring for a prestigious CATO Award in 2020?