Travel Weekly - Australian Travel Awards

Travel Awards

Thevan Krisna of South African Airways, April Selby, and Bangu Masisi of South African Tourism

The 2009 Travel Weekly Australian Travel Awards gala ceremony was held at the glittering Waters Edge, Sydney, on 26 March, 2009. Cast in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with stunning water views, the glitzy ceremony was a night to remember.

Designed to highlight the achievements of individual travel agents throughout Australia, the Travel Weekly Australian Travel Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive awards programme for travel consultants across the industry.

This year, April Selby from Jetset Travel Waurn Ponds won the award for Australia's Best Sales Consultant for Africa, as well as being highly commended for Australia's Best Regional Travel Consultant, with the highlight of the night being named Australia's Best Overall Travel Consultant.

Travel agents from all over Australia entered the prestigious awards in early January when a preliminary judging process began. The top nominations for each category were then judged by a panel of industry experts that was made up of Australia's biggest travel wholesalers, airlines and recruitment companies, as well as members of the national travel media and retail experts.

Travel Weekly is Australia's leading trade publication for the travel industry. The Travel Weekly Australian Travel Awards have been designed to reward and recognise travel agents nationwide for their tremendous levels of customer service, product knowledge and local business acumen. They are the first-ever national awards programme aimed at all types of travel agents.

April has previously won Australia's Best Sales Consultant for Africa twice, in 2007 and 2008, as well as being named Australia's Best Overall Travel Consultant at the 2007 award ceremony.