As quickly as it began, it came to an end. Personal Travel Managers (PTMs) wrapped up their annual conference in Perth with a special Gala Night celebration with supplier friends.

Top Travel Advisors within TravelManagers were celebrated in style, after Executive General Manager Michael Gazal congratulated the group on their big win at the NTIAs last month.

CLICK HERE for a full gallery of images from the Gala Night.

Gazal told attendees that it was a “big deal” to take home the inaugural award for Best Mobile Travel Advisor Network as it emphasised everything the home-based group was doing right.


Rachael Portelli took home the Choice Award.

“We really do believe that we lead, not follow. We believe in our network as an extended family,” he said.

“For us to win is a big deal. Plus we had two PTMs in the ‘Best Mobile Travel Advisor’ category. Two out of five.”

Michael Gazal, TravelManagers Executive General Manager


Following a huge applause from the attendees, cricketer Adam Gilchrist was brought out on stage for a quick Q&A on his work with the Ronald McDonald House in Perth before award winners were finally revealed.

And the recipients of the TravelManagers Awards in 2019 were…


Special Dedication Award

Michael Gazal


New PTM Award

WA/SA – Stacey Lekias
VIC/TAS – Lisa Phillips
QLD/NT – Leah Hughes
NSW/ACT – Dom Cannon
NATIONALLY – Stacey Lekias


Top PTM Website

Kim Mason


Partner Supplier of the Year

Hoot Holidays


Most Improved PTM

WA/SA – Lucrezia Caruso
VIC/TAS – Jan Marshall
QLD/NT – Frances Cream
NSW/ACT – Alicia Clark
NATIONALLY – Jan Marshall


Top Local Sales Executive

WA/SA – Neil Saunders
VIC/TAS – KJ Slater
QLD/NT – Cam McDonell
NSW/ACT – Helen Eves


Supplier Choice Award

Erin Beckford


Recognition Award

Sue Wright


TravelManagers Support

Tania Myles



WA/SA – Sally Seward
VIC/TAS – David Hull
QLD/NT – James Hermiston
NSW/ACT – Ric Pattaro


Choice Award

Rachael Portelli


Denise Dean Advocate

Melanie Richardson


Success in Marketing

Annette Fyfe


2019 Spirit Award

Erin Ross


2019 PTM Top 10

James Hermiston


CONGRATULATIONS to all of this year’s winners! Click here for more images from the night.