Let the votes roll in

Travel Bulletin - - ISSUES & TRENDS -

It is very clear that the travel in­dus­try is alive and well if the record num­ber of nom­i­na­tions for this year’s Na­tional Travel In­dus­try Awards (NTIA) is any in­di­ca­tion, as we have been over­whelmed by the in­ter­est. For the NTIA 2015 pro­gram, AFTA in­tro­duced the re­quire­ment for some cat­e­gories that nom­i­na­tions must be ATAS ac­cred­ited or work for an ATAS ac­cred­ited busi­ness to be el­i­gi­ble. Wow, that works! As ATAS heads to­wards its first year of op­er­a­tion and reaches the 3000 lo­ca­tion tar­get it is so pleas­ing to see how much ac­cred­i­ta­tion has been em­braced and how the idea of in­clud­ing this el­i­gi­bil­ity has un­der­pinned the pro­fes­sional stan­dard of the NTIAS. All in­dus­try awards need to be con­stantly re­viewed to en­sure they are rel­e­vant, re­spon­sive to in­dus­try change and add value to ev­ery­one that chooses to get in­volved. Clearly the NTIAS is do­ing this in spades for the in­dus­try and I am re­ally de­lighted that 2015 will be yet another great year for the in­dus­try to celebrate and recog­nise the achieve­ments of so many. The vot­ing is now open and we have al­ready seen an in­cred­i­ble take up of this process with the AFTA web­site abuzz with peo­ple cast­ing their votes. This year we have made a change to the venue for the gala event which was brought about as a re­sult of the short­age of event space avail­abil­ity in Syd­ney dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the $1 bil­lion In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (IC) planned to be com­pleted in De­cem­ber 2016. So the NTIAS will be held at Dock­side Pav­il­ion Dar­ling Har­bour for the next two years. In 2017 the NTIAS will move to the IC at which time the event will be open to many more as the venue sits a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 2000. I am con­fi­dent that by 2017 there will be 2000 peo­ple want­ing to at­tend as we go from strength to strength ev­ery year with so many fab­u­lous spon­sors. With the in­tro­duc­tion this year of sev­eral new cat­e­gories the field that has been nom­i­nated is vast. As with ev­ery year I wish all the nom­i­nees ev­ery suc­cess for this year and look for­ward to build­ing ex­cite­ment in the lead up to July 18th. Not to let a po­lit­i­cal mo­ment pass, March will see another elec­tion, with the NSW state poll set to run on 28 March. As with Vic­to­ria and Queens­land, the out­come of this pend­ing elec­tion could go ei­ther way, and AFTA has con­tin­ued to en­sure our en­gage­ment across both sides of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum in NSW. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see the out­come be­cause if the cur­rent NSW gov­ern­ment is voted out it will mean the three east coast states will have La­bor in charge. Some say that the bal­ance of fed­eral state re­la­tions are best served when states are of one in­cli­na­tion and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is of another. The only prob­lem is that all three east coast states will re­main in place un­til the next fed­eral elec­tion, so we might well be in for some in­ter­est­ing po­lit­i­cal times if we see a change in NSW.

All in­dus­try awards need to be con­stantly re­viewed to en­sure rel­e­vant’ they are

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