Top travel awards nominee
SENDING clients to the most weird and wonderful locations around the world has earned Tweed travel agent Tanya Filak three award nominations.
Ms Filak, who runs a Travel Counsellors franchise from her home in Uki, has been nominated for best regional travel agent, best travel agent cruise and best travel agent adventure in the 2009 Australian Travel Awards.
“It’s such a huge honour for me; these are the most prestigious awards in our industry,” Ms Filak said.
“I’m really loving my work in the Tweed, it has been a great career choice for me.”
Ms Filak only established her home-based business three months ago.
“I get a lot of recognition for sending people on real experiences,” she said.
“I’m dealing now with a client who wants to go to Nepal to volunteer, I’m working with someone who wants to go scuba diving in the deepest part of the ocean and I’ve also sent someone on an art workshop in Uzbekistan.
“I’ve got clients from all around Australia and even New Zealand.”
She was previously named the number one wholesale travel agent at her previous job with the AOT group.
Along with her three nominations, Ms Filak is looking to put the Tweed on the map when she holds a tourist expo in Uki this February for tourism representatives.
“It’s like all the ones they have up in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast,” she said.
“I’m hoping to get everyone into the town hall to showcase the Tweed.”
Judging will take place in February and the award ceremony will be on March 25 at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.