In addition to the 2019 Event incorporating the first ever CATO Awards stream, the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) also shone the spotlight on a number of CATO member businesses who were named as Australia's best in their respective categories.
Image: The APT Team collecting its 'Best Tour Operator - Domestic' award.
The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) congratulates all members that were recognised as finalists across numerous categories and to each of the following 'land-focused tour operators and wholesalers for being recognised as the very best in the business.
- APT: Best Tour Operator – Domestic
- Bunnik Tours: Best Tour Operator – International
- Entire Travel Group: Best Specialty Wholesaler
- Qantas Holidays & Viva Holidays: Best Wholesaler - Australian Product
- Adventure World: Best Wholesaler - International Product
- Kat Nitarski, On The Go Tours: Best Sales Executive – Land
- Club Med: Best Hotel/Resort Group
- APT: Best River Cruise Operator
"The 2019 NTIA Awards were a watershed for CATO", said Brett Jardine, Managing Director of CATO.
Image: Brett Jardine introduces the inaugural CATO Awards.
"Not only we were delighted to present the first ever CATO Awards, but it was immensely satisfying to see so many CATO member businesses shine at the travel industry's premier awards—it truly is demonstrative of their relentless pursuit of excellence", added Jardine.
Image: Neil Rodgers and the Adventure World team taste NTIA success.
Some 1300 guests from every sector of the travel industry - agents, airlines, hotels and car hire providers, tour operators, wholesalers, river and cruise operators - attended the event.
CATO was brought further into focus through its partnership with Star Alliance—the two organisations giving away around $100,000 worth of flights and land packages to lucky winners throughout the night.
Image: That "I've just won a holiday thanks to CATO and Star Alliance" feeling.
Dennis Bunnik, CEO of Bunnik Tours, and CATO Chairman had a lot to celebrate. "The Bunnik Tours family was delighted to be named Best Tour Operator - International and, for me as CATO Chairman, it was incredibly gratifying to see CATO and its members make such an impact at the travel industry's biggest annual forum", he said.
Image: The Bunnik Tours team celebrates.
Click HERE to learn more about the CATO Awards.