Travel Industry Mentor experience (TIME) mentors and sponsors had a lot to celebrate on Saturday night after receiving major recognition at the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs).
The NTIAs have been run-and-won for another year, and sponsors and mentors from the TIME network featured in no fewer than six categories:
Best Travel Consultant – Retail
Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Multi Location
Best Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment
Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment
Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator
Best Wholesaler – International Product
“I’m so delighted to see members of the TIME community being recognised again right across the suite of categories at the NTIA. They each deserves their accolades for the incredible job they do in their own right, but it’s wonderful to share in their success through TIME,” said TIME program founder, Penny Spencer.
TIME program mentor, Andre Moten from Corporate Travel Management, was named Best Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Multi Location.
Gold TIME sponsor, Royal Caribbean International, collected a pair of awards: Best Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment; and Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment. The Travel Corporation’s Adventure World picked up Best Wholesaler – International Product.
Silver sponsors, Avis and Spencer Travel, also found themselves in the winners’ circle. Avis won Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator, and Giselle Pennington from Spencer Travel Southside, was named Best Travel Consultant – Retail, capping off a remarkable 12 months.
“I can’t believe I won!”, said Giselle. “I was a finalist last year. But saying goodbye to the kids amid vigorous hugs before dashing off to get my hair done for the awards night, I tumbled over, displaced my collar bone, and spent the night in hospital.”
“Ball gowns beat hospital gowns hands-down on awards nights, I can assure you,” she added.
Since its foundation in 2009, the mentorship has accelerated the leadership and career paths of some 200 graduates from more than 100 travel, tourism and hospitality businesses.
Expressions of interest for TIME’s 32nd program intake (commencing 5 September) are due by Friday 17 August, 2018.
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