They’re a fast-growing breed of Travel Agents and they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve at the travel industry’s night of nights.

In 2018, trade professionals will be able to vote for the best travel agency manager, best travel agency, best online travel agency, and for the first time, best home-based consultant model.

The ‘Best Travel Broker Network’ category was added to the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) line-up to celebrate the services mobile agencies deliver.

Image: AFTA

Image: AFTA

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) said in an online statement that the winning home-based agency will demonstrate “best practice in service delivery through its network of professional travel consultants operating remotely to the company headquarters”.

The category is open to mobile networks with more than 35 active members within the network.

Also new in 2018, is the judging process, which will require nominees in selected categories to answer a range of questions in order to accept their nomination. These answers will be marked by a University level market who will determine whether they proceed as finalists.

This means, no voting for the majority of the categories.

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According to AFTA’s Chief Executive, Jayson Westbury, the two-step process will ensure the “best of the best” are recognised.

“[It] will greatly enhance the value of the process for participants.”

Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive

Qantas has once again signed on as a major sponsor of the NTIAs, which will be held on 21 July 2018 at the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Meanwhile, here at KarryOn we’re taking guesses as to which celebrity will follow up Ricki Lee’s epic performance at the 2017 gala.

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Which celebrity do you think will perform at the 2018 Gala Night?