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WE KNOW Celebrations

2019 was another big year for The Travel Authority Group. One worth celebrating. And celebrate we did from coast to coast.

WE LOVE: Connected Partners

Our business is built on deep connections with our clients, staff and our supplier partners. Some of our deepest connections lie with our technology partners who, mostly behind the scenes, super-power our offering and our people.

We were thrilled recently to bring one of those technology partners—an Australian one, no less—out from behind the scenes and into the limelight at our annual conference in Brisbane. Tramada is our engine-room, an advanced platform that streamlines our operations, data management, document production and travel accounting.

Sharon Levingston (right) overseeing the action at The Travel Authority Group conference in Brisbane, May 2019.

And we also loved it when the Tramada team popped in to visit The Travel Authority Group bearing a prize they donated to our conference, a prize that was awarded to Sharon Levingston – Head of Events at the Events Authority.

Tramada’s Country Manager, Susan Enners, and Alan McCartney, Head of Sales & Account Management, generously presented Sharon with an iPad.

“I’m so chuffed”, said Sharon Levingston.

“We’ve had a massive few weeks with our exciting win at the National Travel Industry Awards, and now this. We will put the iPad to good use. It will be a brilliant tool for presentations and for showcasing event spaces to our clients”, added Sharon.

We thank the Tramada team for their ongoing support and partnership with The Travel Authority Group.

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WE KNOW The Travel Authority is the Best in the Business. Again.

We’re delighted to advise that The Travel Authority has been named Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) held in Sydney on 20 July.

“It’s a brilliant result and well-deserved recognition for our team”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“This is the third time we’ve won this award, and it indicates that we’re doing things right for our clients, our supplier partners and, importantly, our people”, added Peter.

The NTIAs are considered the travel industry’s benchmark for businesses and people delivering outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen in Australia’s travel industry.

Anjali Rao hosting the 2019 NTIA Awards.

Hosted by international award winning personality and TV journalist, Anjali Rao, the awards gala event took place at the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Some 1,300 travel industry guests attended from just about every sector of Australia’s travel industry.

Accepting the award on the night, Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group, said, “We’re just so proud of what we’ve created at The Travel Authority. Our team is brilliant, and we’re empowered by Peter Hosper’s leadership. To win this award again is testament to that.”

Not content with winning the Best Corporate Multi Location award, sister business—The Events Authority—was also named Best Business Events Travel Agency in a huge occasion for the Group.

Jennifer Waters, Events & Travel Manager at The Events Authority with Sharon Levingston accepting the National Travel Industry Award.

“It was a great night for the Travel Authority Group”, said Sarah Bush.

“Sharon Levingston and her Events Authority team have done a wonderful job. We’re absolutely delighted for them, and it was great to share some NTIA limelight with them in 2019”, she continued.

Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource, attended the awards gala.

“What an epic weekend of celebration it was. The NTIA gala is an impressive event, and to share in the excitement and satisfaction of The Travel Authority’s twin wins was fabulous”, said Lisa .

“The NTIAs are more hotly contested each year, so winning is a big deal. Our Corporate & Resource teams in Western Australia are thrilled to be part of this award-winning family of businesses and to take the Travel Authority brand into the Resource sector”, added Lisa.

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WINNING BIG (Twice) at the National Travel Industry Awards

We are still buzzing after being named Best Business Events Travel Agency at the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney on 20 July in the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

“It’s an incredible result for our small team”, said Sharon Levingston, Head of Events at The Events Authority.

“We were up against some really big, established operators—all terrific businesses. So, we’re thrilled to have come out on top. A lot of work goes into our awards submissions, and even more into running a great business. We’re exhausted but chuffed”, added Sharon.

The Events Authority is now a two-time winner of this prestigious award, having also won in 2017.

Jennifer Waters, Events & Travel Manager at The Events Authority with Sharon Levingston accepting the National Travel Industry Award.

Hosted by international award winning personality and TV journalist, Anjali Rao, the event played host to some 1,300 guests from just about every corner of the travel industry.

But the Travel Authority Group wasn’t content with winning just one category. The Travel Authority was named Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location for the third time.

The Travel Authority Group’s Sarah Bush accepting the NTIA for Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location.

“It was a great night for the Travel Authority Group”, said the Group’s Director, Sarah Bush.

“Sharon and her team have done a wonderful job. We’re absolutely delighted for them, and it was great to share some NTIA limelight with them in 2019”, she continued.

“The NTIA has industry wide representation and a strong history of recognising and celebrating businesses and personnel who demonstrate outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen within the travel industry. The event may be put on by AFTA but it is the industry who makes it a celebration to remember each and every year”, said Jayson Westbury, Chief Executive of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

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MAKING THE CUT: TTA Group Named Finalists Twice at the 2019 NTIA Awards

We’re delighted two-times over at the news that both The Travel Authority and The Events Authority have been named finalists in the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).

THE NTIA is run by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and is the Australian travel industry’s premier awards program.

“We’re so pleased that The Travel Authority and The Events Authority have been recognised as two of the best travel businesses in the country”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“The Events Authority truly deserves their place among the finalists. They do an amazing job, and we wish Sharon Levingston and the team all the best through the final judging process”, adds Hosper.

The awards recognise and reward excellence in the Australian travel industry, through a process which includes nominating, voting and judging candidates, culminating in the announcement of the winners at a Gala Awards Dinner.

The Travel Authority is contesting the ‘Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location’ category, while The Events Authority is aiming to take out the trophy for ‘Best Business Events Travel Agency’.

Both businesses are presenting to the NTIA jury in June, before the Gala Awards Dinner takes place in Sydney on 20 July. We’ll update you on the results when they’re in.

In the meantime, wish us luck!

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WE KNOW: How to Take the Team Away

The entire Travel Authority Group gathered in Brisbane in May to plan, share insights, learn and celebrate 15 years of success.

The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper, opening the conference.

“Our weekend conference is an annual affair, and this one was brilliantly organised by the team at The Events Authority. Sharon Levingston and her events team did an incredible job”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Sharon Levingston (right) overseeing a planning session at the TTA Group conference.

Staff from across The Travel Authority Group flew in from Sydney, Canberra and Perth, and stayed at one of Brisbane’s hottest properties, The Calile Hotel.

The theme for the weekend was TTA TLC.

“That’s TLC for our clients, for our suppliers and, of course, for each other. After another amazing year we wanted to explore our opportunities to build on our ongoing success and refine what we do and how we do it”, explained Hosper.

The Travel Authority Group engaged the team from InteractIF to design their interactive planning sessions.

“The InteractIF guys are known for their ‘make learning sticky’ mantra. It wasn’t easy cracking 15-year-old processes and practices apart to examine them, but our sessions were spot-on, informative and great fun. Importantly, the outcomes will bring great improvement to how we operate, and how we connect with each other, our clients and our suppliers”, says Hosper.

But the weekend wasn’t all about conferencing, with the team heading out to Australia Zoo for an afternoon of team building, as well as plenty of opportunity to celebrate 15 great years of operation for The Travel Authority Group and acknowledge the efforts of the team.

Having the entire Group together was a rare treat, and we’re grateful to a number of valued sponsors who helped make it happen:

  • helloworld business travel
  • Amadeus
  • Virgin Australia
  • Air New Zealand
  • Tramada
  • Centrix
  • Crown Perth

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