Ben Alcock

A gaggle of Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) graduates and sponsors have been named as finalists at the National Travel Industry Awards & the program is celebrating.

With the release of the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) finalists earlier this week, TIME operators were excited to see a number of its network professionals in the running across nine categories.

Founder, Penny Spencer said she’s delighted to see the program’s community being recognised by the industry, but particularly by their employers and customers.

Among the graduates to be named finalists this year were Kelly Ayers from MTA who’s up for Best Mobile Travel Advisor, Richard Waugh of P&O Cruises in the running to win Best Sales Executive Cruise, as well as Elizabeth Hutchinson and Stella Hritis of Air New Zealand who both have their fingers crossed for Best Sales Executive Air.

Meanwhile, sponsors who are being celebrating this year include Magellan Travel – Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group, Virgin Australia – Best Domestic Airline, Contiki – Best Tour Operator Domestic and Best Tour Operator International, Insight Vacations – Best Tour Operator International, Avis – Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator, and More Travel Insurance – Best Agency Support Service.

2018 NTIA Best Travel Consultant Retail (and TIME graduate) Giselle Pennington with Peter McCormack from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

“We’re thrilled to see so many familiar TIME faces among the finalists, and wish them all the best of luck in their respective categories.”

Penny Spencer, TIME Founder

Reflecting on the Best Sales Executive Air category, Penny noted that, “Having a pair of TIME Program graduates—Elizabeth Hutchison and Stella Hritis—who are also colleagues contesting the same category is a unique occurrence. Let’s hope the judges can’t split them!”

2019 NTIA Finalist and TIME graduate, Elizabeth Hutchison (right) with TIME Mentors, Angela Middleton and Alexandra O‘Connor, both of Insight Vacations.

“We’re so pleased for our sponsors and wish them the very best. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of their support for the TIME program. It’s invaluable—without it, we couldn’t do half the job we do developing the industry leaders of the future,” said Penny.

TIME’s 35th group of Mentees starts its six-month mentoring journey on 19 June 2019.

Travel-tourism-hospitality professionals are encouraged to follow the program on Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with what’s going on inside the industry’s premier career accelerator.

For more information, visit the website or contact Program Manager, Marie Allom at [email protected]


Who do you think will walk away with the NTIA statuettes of glory?