Travel agent on the top of world
UNDERTAKING her own adventure travels around the world has given Uki travel agent Tanya Filak a better perspective on where to send clients.
Now thanks to her passion, Mrs Filak has been named a finalist in the 2009 Australian Travel Awards for best regional travel consultant and best travel consultant adventure.
Mrs Filak, who runs a Travel Counsellors franchise from home, said she would travel to Sydney next month for the awards ceremony.
“I would love to come home with one or two of those crystal trophies,” Mrs Filak said.
The winners of the 10 categories on the night would all be considered for the travel agent of the year award.
“That would just be the ultimate thing for me,” Mrs Filak said.
Mrs Filak is no stranger to success.
She was previously named the number one wholesale travel agent at her previous job with the AOT group.
Mrs Filak said her own favourite adventures include time spent in endangered Tasmanian national park Tarkine, hiking through Kakadu National Park and relaxing on Whitehaven Beach on the Whitsunday Islands.
Internationally she said nothing could top Te Anau in New Zealand for hiking.
“It’s the hiking capital of the world, I love it there,” she said.
“Having been to all these places myself is great because I can talk about my own experience and even show clients the photos that I took.”
This Sunday, Mrs Filak will bring the world to Uki when she hosts a travel exhibition in the town hall.
The exhibition will be opened by Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers and attended by Kumuka Worldwide Travel, Qantas Holiday, Wendy Wu Tours and local operators including Greenhill Reception Venue in Murwillumbah.
“It’s important to bring these industry experts to Tweed otherwise we have to travel to the Gold Coast Convention Centre for them. It’s just too far,” Mrs Filak said.
“This will be a first for the area.”
Mr Villiers said he was looking forward to speaking at the exhibition.
The travel exhibition will be held at the Uki Town Hall from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.