Women in Travel Awards 2019

Awards night - 20 June, Doltone House - Hyde Park

Recognising exceptional women in travel

The success of women in the travel industry continues to rise, and as it grows these awards will continue to celebrate the inspiring and innovative actions that are displayed each year by those amazing women throughout the industry.

Submissions covering 19 categories across the travel industry are open to women in all levels of business, from executive level to the mailroom, and will be judged by a panel of industry leaders.

DOLTONE HOUSE - HYDE PARK

Awards Night - Thursday 20 June 2019

CATEGORIES

  • 1. Aviation
  • 2. Corporate
  • 3. Cruise
  • 4. Employer of the Year
  • 5. Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 6. Executive Leader of the Year
  • 7. Hotel
  • 8. Marketer of the Year
  • 9. Mentor of the Year
  • 10. PR of the Year
  • 11. Retail
  • 12. Rising Star of the Year
  • 13. Road and Rail
  • 14. Sales Person of the Year
  • 15. Social Media
  • 16. Sustainable Practices Champion
  • 17. Technology
  • 18. Tourism Board
  • 19. Wholesale

CRITERIA FOR AVIATION

This category is open to women working in any role within the aviation industry. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. Demonstrate your business acumen and people skills and the steps you are taking to further improve these leadership elements (Up to 400 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

This category is open to females working in any corporate environment, this includes corporate travel but is not limited to agents, managers and owner/directors. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. In your role, how have you evolved within the ever-changing market & what is your corporate strategy for the next 12 months? (Up to 500 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

CRITERIA FOR CORPORATE

CRITERIA FOR CRUISE

This category is open to women working in any role within the cruising industry. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 500 words).
  2. Demonstrate your business acumen and people skills and the steps you are taking to further improve these leadership elements (Up to 400 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

The judges are looking for an organisation who champion gender equality, the success of women in their organisation and who operate an equal opportunity policy that is actually implemented rather than talked about. As an organisation, what measures have you taken to reduce the gender salary gap, advocate working mums to remain or re-join the company and encourage young talent to progress?

  1. Evidence of a well thought out and executed recruitment policy that demonstrates how specific programs and initiatives have benefited females within the company (500 words).
  2. Employers should provide two individual staff case studies of no more than 400 words each, from appropriate staff members detailing their own experiences at the company. One should be for a member of staff who joined during 2017-2018, the other for a member of staff who joined in 2016 or earlier (Up to 800 words total).
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to the development and retention of female talent (Up to 300 words).

CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

CRITERIA FOR ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

The judges will be looking for the Entrepreneur that has taken the plunge to take on a role of CEO, CFO, Sales Manager, Strategist, accountant and everything else in between. This will include how they tackled issues to achieve successful outcomes. This entry is very much open to start-ups.

  1. A brief profile of the nominee, including significant achievements and accomplishments of note as an Entrepreneur. Also Describe your future aspirations within the travel industry and what steps you are taking to achieve them (Up to 600 words).
  2. Supply 1 case study that explains how you helped create or innovate the company or brand during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The judges will be looking for clear evidence of strategic thinking and evidence of success (Up to 600 words).
  3. Demonstrate what success looks like including revenue, sales and profit growth your work has led to. Where regulatory or confidentiality issues preclude offering specific figures, percentages are acceptable (Up to 500 words).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

This newly created category aims to celebrate those who are leading from the front. Supporting their teams and creating real change within their organisation.

  1. A brief overview of what the nominee has contributed in the judging period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, to their organisation, the travel profession, and the wider community. Proven revenue and growth figures will aid your application Where regulatory or confidentiality issues preclude offering specific figures, percentages are acceptable (Up to 600 words).
  2. Indicate how you’re advocating for a more inclusive culture and demonstrate the growth your leadership has created (Up to 400 words).
  3. At least one reference from either a team member, community leader, academic or client must be included with the entry (Up to 300 words).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

CRITERIA FOR EXECUTIVE LEADER OF THE YEAR

CRITERIA FOR HOTEL

This category is open to women working in any role within the accommodation industry. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. Demonstrate your business acumen and people skills and the steps you are taking to further improve these leadership elements (Up to 400 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

The judges will be looking for the in-house marketer who has achieved the most for a brand or related group of brands in the past 12 months. This will include insights into issues faced by the brand and its strategies, as well as coordination of advertising, media and PR partners in achieving successful outcomes.

  1. Supply 1 case study that explains how you helped develop the brand during the judging period of 1st January - 31st December 2018. The judges will be looking for clear evidence of success, strategic thinking and your ability to deliver against a brief (Up to 600 words).
  2. Demonstrate what success looks like citing revenue, sales and profit growth your work has led to. Where regulatory or confidentiality issues preclude offering specific figures, percentages are acceptable (Up to 500 words).
  3. In your role, how have you evolved within the ever-changing market & what is your marketing strategy for the next 12 months? (Up to 500 words).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words)

CRITERIA FOR MARKETER OF THE YEAR

CRITERIA FOR MENTOR OF THE YEAR

The judges are looking for individuals who have mentored and championed women or gender equality issues within their organisation. Details on how you have helped develop people and the strategies you have employed to do this.

  1. A brief profile of the entrant, including significant achievements and accomplishments of note during their time with their organisation (Up to 500 words).
  2. An outline of the significant contribution the entrant has made to the retention, progression, satisfaction or development of individuals or groups within their organisation and/or the profession (Up to 500 words).
  3. Provide individual references of no more than 400 words each, from appropriate staff members detailing their own experiences with the entrant (Up to 800 words total).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

The judges will be looking for the PR who has achieved the most for a travel brand or related group of brands in the past 12 months. This will include insights into issues faced by the brand and its strategies, as well as coordination of advertising, media and PR partners in achieving successful outcomes. This award is definitely open to PR agencies.

  1. Supply 1 case study that explains how you helped develop a travel brand's awareness through PR during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The judges will be looking for clear evidence of strategic thinking, ability to deliver against a brief, crisis communications and evidence of success (Up to 600 words).
  2. Demonstrate what success looks like including increased brand awareness, reach of the brand, earnt media and growth in sales your work has led to. Where regulatory or confidentiality issues preclude offering specific figures, percentages are acceptable. (Up to 500 words).
  3. In your role, how have you evolved within the ever-changing market & what is your PR retail strategy for the next 12 months? (Up to 500 words).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

CRITERIA FOR PR OF THE YEAR

CRITERIA FOR RETAIL

This category is open to female travel agents working in any retail consultancy environment, this includes but not limited to agents, store managers and owner/directors. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's customer service and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. At least one case study/reference of customer success where you went above and beyond the call of duty (Up to 500 words).
  3. In your role, how have you evolved within the ever-changing market & what is your retail strategy for the next 12 months? (Up to 500 words).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

The judges are looking for women who commenced their career in the travel industry after January 2018 and who show tremendous achievements and drive for excellence in their short tenure.

  1. A brief overview of what the entrant has contributed to the travel profession and wider community during the judging period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 (Up to 600 words).
  2. Describe your future aspirations within the travel industry and what steps you are taking to achieve them (Up to 600 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out ( Up to 250 words).

CRITERIA FOR RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

CRITERIA FOR ROAD AND RAIL

This category is open to women working in any role within a road or rail brand. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in your field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. Demonstrate your business acumen and people skills and the steps you are taking to further improve these leadership elements (Up to 400 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

This category is open to women working in any sales role within the travel industry. More than just bringing in revenue, these individuals are client relationship management experts, product champions and the frontline for any business. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. In your role, how have you evolved within the ever-changing market & what is your retail strategy for the next 12 months? (Up to 600 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words)

CRITERIA FOR SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR

CRITERIA FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

The judges will be looking for the social media campaigner who has achieved the most for a brand or related group of brands within the judging period. This will include insights into issues faced by the brand and its strategies, as well as coordination of advertising, media and PR partners in achieving successful outcomes.

Supply 1 case study that explains how you helped develop the brand's awareness through social media strategies during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The judges will be looking for clear evidence of strategic thinking, ability to deliver against a brief, creativity and evidence of success (Up to 600 words).

Demonstrate what success looks like including increased brand awareness, reach of the brand, earnt media and growth in sales your work in social media has led to. Where regulatory or confidentiality issues preclude offering specific figures, percentages are acceptable. (Up to 500 words).

In your role, how have you evolved within the ever-changing market & what is your social media strategy for the next 12 months? (Up to 500 words).

What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out. (Up to 250 words).

This newly created category aims to celebrate those who have dedicated significant time and effort to the community via charity and pro bono work.

  1. A brief overview of what you have contributed in the judging period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, to the travel profession and the wider community ( Up to 600 words).
  2. Outline your future ambitions (Up to 500 words).
  3. Supply 1 case study demonstrating your commitment to sustainable practices (Up to 500 words).
  4. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out (Up to 250 words).

CRITERIA FOR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

CRITERIA FOR TECHNOLOGY

This category is open to the women who are technology experts within their business. You may work for a tech company or indeed be within a normal travel trade business working in a technical capacity. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the technology developments, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. A brief overview of what you have contributed to the judging period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, to add to the travel profession and wider community (Up to 500 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out (Up to 250 words).

This category is open to women working in any role within a tourism board/destination. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the judging period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. What are you doing to promote a gender equality environment both in and outside of your workplace? Please give specific examples (Up to 500 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out (Up to 250 words).

CRITERIA FOR TOURISM BOARD

CRITERIA FOR WHOLESALE

This category is open to women working in any role within a wholesale brand. The judges are looking for three major elements: 1) Excellence in the entrant's field and day to day role 2) A drive for success with a view to seeing as many women in senior roles, boards and leadership positions as possible 3) Leadership qualities regardless of the seniority of your role, i.e you don't have to be a manager to be a leader.

  1. What were your KPIs and how have you managed to achieve these during the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Discuss the sales volumes, challenges in achieving this, creative thinking, organisation, business acumen, people skills and other assets that helped you achieve these (Up to 600 words).
  2. Demonstrate your business acumen and people skills and the steps you are taking to further improve these leadership elements (Up to 500 words).
  3. What’s your X factor that makes you and your work stand out (Up to 250 words).

GENERAL CRITERIA AND INFORMATION – APPLICABLE FOR ALL CATEGORIES

Anyone can enter, you do not need to be nominated beforehand (BTW, the deadline for peer nominations is now closed).

You can enter more than one category, as long as your submission meets the criteria.

Previous Women in Travel Award winners are eligible to enter again.

An entry must be filled out and submitted in order to be eligible for judging.

Judging is done by a panel of industry experts and entries are given a score out of 100.

Please ensure all details are entered accurately, and that the entrant’s profile photo is included (in Attachment tab), as this will be used for the awards presentation. For those entering the Employer category, please include a team photo.

The award categories and criteria have been updated, so please review closely before commencing your entry. This year, there are two new categories: Executive Leader of the Year and Sustainable Practices Champion.

Please save your Women in Travel Awards entry in a Word doc, in case so many of you jump onto the awards portal that it crashes. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

The deadline for ALL entries is Friday 12 April at 5pm (AEST).

ENTRY IS FREE!

All entrants and finalists must purchase a ticket if they wish to attend the awards night.

And, here are the key dates to mark down in your diary:

Entries close: Friday 12 April 2019 at 5pm (AEST)

Judging period: Monday 15 April to Friday 10 May 2019

Awards shortlist announced: Wednesday 15 May 2019

Early bird ticket sale closes: Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 5pm (AEST)

Full-price tickets on sale: Wednesday 22 May 2019 after 5pm (AEST)

Awards night: Thursday 20 June 2019 at Doltone House – Hyde Park

 

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