Finalists in ASATA Awards announced

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The Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA) has announced the finalists in the 2017 ASATA Awards. “The awards recognise those travel professionals who continue to offer excellent service with passion and due care, and who improve the perception of this exciting industry,” says ASATA CEO, Otto de Vries.

De Vries, ASATA CEO, says the ASATA Awards are part of the association’s efforts to professionalise the travel industry. “The recognition of ASATA by SAQA as a professional body and re-launch of the ASATA Professional Programme (APP) are further initiatives run by ASATA to deliver on our promise to consumers that by entrusting their travel in the hands of an ASATA member, they can travel with peace of mind.”

Corporate Consultant

• Monique Rooskrans – TAG/Claudia’s Travel
• Fiona Keeley – IGO Travel
• Clare Robertson – American Express Global Business


• Angela Blythe – A2B Travel (eTravel)
• Raakhee Keshav – Tourvest
• Fiona Watermeyer – Aeroplan Travel (eTravel)

Leisure Consultant

• Oriana Neto – Caldeira – Flight Specials Centurion (XL)
• Shirani Gaymans – Hashtag Holidays (TAG)
• Brendan Pottier – IGO Travel

Tomorrow’s Leader

• Ntiyiso Maluleke – Tourvest
• Thaybz Kahn – Cruises International
• Lorian Abrams – Tourvest

Exceptional commitment

• Marianne Strydom – XL Boland Travel
• Charleen Shearer – Tourvest
• Mary Shilletto – Thompsons Travel

Wholesale Consultant

• Samantha Barkhuysen – Beachcomber
• Janine Bouwer – Beachcomber
• Katherine Coetzee – Beachcomber

Wholesale Representative

• Diana Olivier – Development Promotions
• Ettienne Walters – Beachcomber
• Ashton Bagwell – TTC Africa

Key Account Manager

• Irene van Aswegen – TAG Travel
• Cindy Fourie – TTS
• Phumla Mjoni – XL Bay Travel

The winners will be announced at an Awards Evening at Katy’s Palace in Johannesburg on 8 March 2018.