Ash is re­ally go­ing places

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

A FOR­MER Wonga wo­man has has landed a na­tional award for travel agents.

Ash Fabi­ani from Travel Ex­pe­ri­ence in Ather­ton has won the na­tional Ris­ing Star award at the Mag­el­lan Travel Group an­nual con­fer­ence in Perth.

The cham­pion trip or­gan­iser now has the plea­sure of let­ting Mag­el­lan han­dle all the de­tails for her own prize trip – a visit to Ire­land next March.

“I don’t even know when it’s on ex­actly,” said the 22year-old. “They said some­thing about St Pa­trick’s Day, but they are do­ing all the or­gan­is­ing.”

The award recog­nises out­stand­ing travel agents who have been in the busi­ness for less than three years and stand out in their field.

Ms Fabi­ani had been se­cretly nom­i­nated by her col­leagues and was com­pletely taken aback at the sur­prise win.

“Not long ago I was work­ing out on a mus­ter­ing camp, where you’d barely talk to any­one all day and today I get to meet so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple all the time,” Ms Fabi­ani said.

“They tell me all about their ad­ven­tures over­seas and trip plans – it’s ex­cit­ing to be able to help and share their jour­neys.”

She said her job has ig­nited her own pas­sion for travel.

“I’ve been to Viet­nam, Italy, Ja­pan and New Zealand,” she said.

“Not too long ago I helped a lady book and price up a cruise she wanted to take from Sin­ga­pore, through In­done­sia, Dar­win and then back through to Cairns.

“I got so ex­cited about the trip my­self I ended up spend­ing my last hol­i­day do­ing the same thing. It was amaz­ing.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Edi­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

Pic­ture: NATASHA EMECK

Travel agent Ash Fabi­ani, 22, has brought home a na­tional award for ex­cel­lence

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