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AFTA’s Women in Travel Summit now sold out


With thanks to the support of Major Sponsor Air New Zealand, just over 150 attendees will join a group of industry expert panellists for a robust discussion on where the travel industry excels in supporting women and identify areas for improvement.

These insights will help inform AFTA’s inaugural Workforce Report.

Held at the Swissôtel Sydney, the all-day event features a stellar line up of speakers, breakout discussions with the panellists and two professional development workshops.

Session 1 will explore how the industry can best support women in the workplace. Breakout discussions among delegates will follow a panel discussion featuring: 

  • Lyn Wells, Travel Consultant at American Express Global Business Travel (also winner of Most Outstanding Travel Consultant – Corporate at the 2022 NTIA’s)
  • Angela Middleton, Senior Manager Sales AUS/NZ at NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  • Kerrie McCallum, Editorial Director - Premium Food, Travel and Health at News Corp

Session 2 will discuss career opportunities, challenges, solutions and inspiration. It will be opened by a panel discussion featuring: 

  • Nicola Strudwick, General Manager – Sales at Travellers Choice
  • Kathryn O’Brien – General Manager Australia, Air New Zealand
  • Abbé Lunn - Key Partnerships Manager at Intrepid Travel

The Summit MC will be Head of People and Process at Express Travel Group, Alisha Dopper, and the moderator for both panels will be the founder of TravelAgent Achievers, NTIA Finalist and mobile travel professional at itravel, Roslyn Ranse.
Quotes attributed to Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) CEO Dean Long:

“As the industry peak body for Travel in Australia, feedback and consultation is at the core of everything we do."

“The Women in Travel Summit provides a valuable opportunity to draw on the collective lived experience and professional expertise of ATAS businesses and explore why so many women choose to work in travel, identify opportunities for improvement and set targets for the future.”

“I sincerely thank Air New Zealand for supporting Australia’s travel workforce and helping us bring our summit to life. We look forward to seeing everyone there next week and gathering insights to shape our inaugural AFTA Workforce Report.”
Quotes attributed to Air New Zealand General Manager Australia Kathryn O’Brien:
“Air New Zealand is thrilled to be a part of what’s an incredibly important event for the travel industry in Australia. We’re lucky to work within an industry that has wonderful representation of women already thriving within it, but ensuring we continue to nurture and provide development opportunities to attract and retain great female talent needs to continue to be top of mind."

“A big congratulations to the AFTA team for the selling out of the Women in Travel summit event on Monday. We’re really looking forward to being a part of the panel to help support the women in our wonderful industry”. 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Sari-Elle Kraemer on 0407284457 or via email on

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