Avis Australia names 2016 scholarship recipient

first_imgAvis Australia names 2016 scholarship recipient (L-R) Avis Australia Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler, 2016 Avis Scholarship winner Barbara Baron (Sylvania Travel & Cruise), The Hon. John Barilaro MP (NSW Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business) and Avis Pacific Region Managing Director Kaye CeilleAvis Australia names 2016 scholarship recipientBarbara Baron from Sylvania Travel & Cruise in New South Wales today joins an elite group of Australian travel consultants after by being named as the 2016 recipient of the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship – the retail travel industry’s most prestigious award for customer service.The Scholarship — which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary — is awarded annually to an Australian travel consultant who consistently delivers outstanding customer service.Avis Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler says Baron impressed this year’s judges with her enthusiasm and passion.“Barbara’s determination to exceed her customers’ expectations was obvious through every step of the Scholarship process,” says Butler. “She deserves her place among our extraordinary group of Scholarship recipients, and I am confident she will make an excellent ambassador for the program and the Australian travel industry during our 20th year.”Baron was announced as this year’s recipient at an award ceremony in Sydney attended by Australian travel industry leaders and guest of honour, The Hon. John Barilaro MP, New South Wales’ Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business.As the 2016 winner Baron receives a prize package valued at more than $40,000 and including:two return Qantas Airways Business Class tickets to New Yorksix nights’ accommodation in Manhattan, seven days car rental from Avis and appointments with senior executives at Avis World Headquarters in New Jersey, with site visits to US travel agenciesa scholarship to study at Southern Cross University with financial support of up to $8,000 (subject to the terms and conditions identified by Southern Cross University)12 months’ individual membership of Cruise Lines International Association (Australasia) and two tickets to attend Cruise3sixty Australasia in Sydney in September 2017a Polonious Resources Personal Profile, feedback session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 monthstwo tickets to the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney (including return flights and overnight accommodation).In addition, she will enjoy a one year honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board.This year’s Scholarship finalists also included:Joanna Tatton, Cruiseabout Noosa (QLD)Jeanette Lasek, Travel by Design (NSW)Melissa Pointon, MTA Travel (NSW)Janene Ferguson, Helloworld South Melbourne (VIC).Each finalist will now receive a personal online behavioural profile and consultation session with a Polonious Resources business coach.Butler thanked every travel agent who took part in this year’s Scholarship program, and acknowledged the award’s major sponsors for their ongoing generosity over the past 20 years.“Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any awards program, and this would not have been possible without the support and commitment of our sponsors. We thank them on behalf of Avis and the Australian travel industry.” Avis Scholarshipdiscover more hereSource = Avislast_img read more