Royal’s twin NTIA win

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ROYAL Caribbean Int’l added two shiny new NTIAs to its col­lec­tion on Sat, af­ter be­ing named Best Cruise Op­er­a­tor, Int’l & Best Cruise Op­er­a­tor, Do­mes­tic at the AFTA awards night.

The cruise line has claimed the Best Cruise Op­er­a­tor gong nine times since 2005 and Adam Arm­strong, md Aus­tralia and NZ for Royal Caribbean recog­nised the ef­forts of the trade.

“Our travel agent part­ners play a huge role in the suc­cess of our cruise brand sail­ing here in Aus­tralia and around the world,” Arm­strong said.

APT con­tin­ued its three-year streak and took home the award for Best River Cruise Op­er­a­tor, which it has claimed since the cat­e­gory’s in­cep­tion.

Speak­ing to CW on Sat, Robert McGeary, di­rec­tor of APT said the win was “a re­ally big deal for us,” par­tic­u­larly given it’s the com­pany’s 90th year.

“I think the rea­son travel agents chose us is our sales team work re­ally hard with travel agents and build a strong rap­port,” he said.

“Our product is very strong as well, and our cus­tomers keep vot­ing us 10 out of 10 and we work very hard in mak­ing sure that cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion is right up there as good as it can be.”

Fan­tasea’s Stephanie Hu was named Young Sales Ex­ec­u­tive - In­dus­try Sup­plier and the award was ac­cepted by Anthony Hayes, ceo of Fan­tasea Cruis­ing.

“It is a great ac­knowl­edge­ment for the great work she has done and the great leader she is in our in­dus­try,” Hayes told CW.

Phil Hoff­mann Travel re­turned to the stage to ac­cept Best Travel Agency Re­tail - Multi Lo­ca­tion af­ter a four-year hia­tus.

The award was the com­pany’s 11th NTIA - more on page two.

AFTA’S Na­tional Travel In­dus­try Awards (NTIA) on Sat at­tracted more than 1,400 travel reps to cel­e­brate the trade’s best in a flashy gala night.

Held at the ICC Syd­ney for the first time, the event marked 60 years of the Aus­tralian Fed­er­a­tion of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The night cul­mi­nated with a per­for­mance by ARIA-nom­i­nated Ricki-Lee Coul­ter, who quickly got the crowd to their feet. For all the win­ners, CLICK HERE. The team from APT is pic­tured above cel­e­brat­ing their win and the squad from Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional are be­low.

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