Brand USA and Air New Zealand have today announced the 30 lucky Australian Travel Agents to secure highly sought-after spots on the 2018 USA MegaFam, the largest ever trade famil to depart Australia and New Zealand for the US.

The 30 Australian travel agents will join 30 agents from New Zealand on the trip later this month which will see them split into six groups, with each group spending the first five nights exploring exciting music-themed itineraries in various, diverse US destinations.

The group will then come together for a finale celebration in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they’ll be able to share their experiences.

The 30 travel agents heading over to experience six uniquely USA itineraries are:

Deb Nicholson – Flight Centre QLD

Hollie White – Flight Centre QLD

Danielle Surplice – Flight Centre QLD

Donna Howarth – Helloworld QLD

Vicki Shepherd – Helloworld QLD

Amber Daw – Helloworld QLD

Jade Scanes – STA Travel QLD

Tatiana Parry – MTA Travel QLD

Lidia Brown – Zeppelin Travel QLD

Larissa Hutton – RAA Travel QLD

Alison O’Brien – Flight Centre NSW

Krystal Brooks – Flight Centre NSW

Rachael Barbera – Flight Centre NSW

Marta Sejnohova – Flight Centre NSW

Joe Khouangrasvongsy – Flight Centre NSW

Chris Spencer – Flight Centre NSW

Stacey McAlpine – Travel Associates NSW

Nick Lalak – NSW

Olivia Warmington – Flight Centre VIC

Briony Thomas – Flight Centre VIC

Isabella Cilla – Flight Centre VIC

Jiah Wright – Flight Centre VIC

Hayley Peach – Helloworld VIC

Chloe Franklin – The Travel Agency VIC

Candice Holt – Toorak Travel & Cruise VIC

Zach Rogers – STA Travel VIC

Deanna D’Antonio – Flight Centre SA

Lauren Watson – Phil Hoffman Travel SA

Jan Chappell – RAA SA

Andy Jane – STA Travel WA


The EPIC itineraries for 2018 are:

Rocking the Pacific North West Visiting Washington and Oregon 

Soul Sounds of the South Visiting Louisiana & Mississippi 

Dancing through the Midwest Visiting Illinois & Michigan 

Neighbourhood Vibes Visiting California & Arizona 

Folk Songs from the Last Frontier Visiting Fairbanks & Anchorage, Alaska 

Native American Sounds Visiting Montana & North Dakota

Brand USA has partnered with Air New Zealand on the MegaFam for a second time to promote the diversity of the US for travellers as well as the ease of getting there with the airline.

To secure a spot, travel agents were asked to sell Economy, Premium Economy or Business PremierTM return Air New Zealand flights to the USA during the campaign incentive period which ran from 8 June to 15 July 2018.

Matt Fletcher, Brand USA Director Australia and New Zealand said he was excited to announce our 30 Australian travel agents plus reveal the six unique USA music-themed itineraries which they will experience.

“Between the groups, we’re covering many regions of the U.S., with landscapes and itinerary activities varying greatly, allowing agents to really see how diverse and special the country is.”

Matt Fletcher, Brand USA Director Australia and New Zealand

Agents are encouraged to join the Backstage USA MegaFam Facebook Group: to stay tuned for further announcements on destinations and experiences within the destinations.

Join us in congratulating the winners of this epic mega famil.