At the lunch to launch the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship at FISH Restaurant…Jacquie McLennan, First Travel Group; Jay Huggett, Avis, John Willson, FTG; Jason Buckley, Avis At the lunch to launch the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship at FISH Restaurant…Jacquie McLennan, First Travel Group; Jay Huggett, Avis, John Willson, FTG; Jason Buckley, Avis

Aim at $35k scholarship

New Zealand customer-facing travel agents are being encouraged to apply for a major scholarship and ‘Bring the Cup home’ under the noses of their Australian counterparts.

This is the second year in a row that New Zealanders have been invited to take part in the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship – an award that has been open to Aussie agents for more than 20 years.

The top prize is worth more than $35,000 and includes two Qantas business class airfares to an Asia Pacific destination of the winner’s choice, attendance at a conference in Asia Pacific for professional development, cruise training and mentoring.

Avis hosted a lunch in Auckland last week addressing senior managers, owners and team leaders in the industry.

Guy Robinson, head of sales and partnerships – Pacific with Avis, says leaders should promote this throughout their retail networks. ‘The award explores extraordinary customer service in travel and we encourage people to come up with a really creative presentation.’

Andrew Olsen, chief executive of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) was a judge last year and will be on the 2019 panel. 'This is not just a tick box exercise, the judging was dynamic and anyone who wins this is a great asset to the business they are in. This is our chance to steal another piece of silverware from the Australians. TAANZ is happy to be alongside and vouch for this scholarship as a fundamental and progressive reward and recognition programme.’

www.avisscholarship.com

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