Pu­taruru travel bro­ker up for na­tional award

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

She is ac­cus­tomed to send­ing peo­ple around the world but now it is her turn to have the world at her feet.

Pu­taruru’s Kay Humphries has been nom­i­nated as a Travel Bro­ker of the Year af­ter win­ning the High Flyer award ear­lier this year.

The New Zealand Travel In­dus­try launched the awards to cel­e­brate and hon­our the ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses in the in­dus­try.

The awards will pro­vide win­ners with a valu­able mark of dis­tinc­tion, which will give them pres­tige in both their lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

The awards chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Adrian Caruso said: ‘‘The awards will act as a de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity for skills and pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and play an in­te­gral role in en­cour­ag­ing and re­ward­ing ex­cel­lence, in­no­va­tion and com­mit­ment in the in­dus­try.’’

Ear­lier this year Kay ranked fifth high­est travel bro­ker in Travel Man­agers.

‘‘I got an email in the be­gin­ning of June to say that I had been nom­i­nated,’’ Kay said.

‘‘The great thing about this is that the in­dus­try will vote for the win­ners so you are be­ing voted on by your peers,’’ she said.

This is the first time the awards have been held.

‘‘I am stoked. Look at what lit­tle old Pu­taruru can do.’’

Her nom­i­na­tion hasn’t come as a re­sult of overnight suc­cess.

‘‘I have been sell­ing travel for 20 years and I have been a bro­ker for about eight years.’’

Vot­ing closes on July 27 and the win­ners will be an­nounced at a gala din­ner on Septem­ber 8.

WORLD AT HER FEET: Pu­taruru’s Kay Humphries has been nom­i­nated as Travel Bro­ker of the Year and won the High Flyer award this year.

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