Ms McNamara won the Best Travel Agency Manager – Retail award category at the 2014 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in Sydney on Saturday 19 July.
The award aims to recognise an individual who personifies excellence in their role as a retail travel manager and who demonstrates best practice and individual achievement.
It was presented to Michelle by Virgin Australia General Manager Global Sales, Shirley Field, in front of a crowd of 1300 industry leaders.
Michelle was the only South Australian to be selected as a finalist – picked from a national group of retail travel manager contenders from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Phil Hoffmann Travel was also once again a finalist in the Best Retail Travel Agency (Multi Locations) category.
Founded in Adelaide in 1990, Phil Hoffmann Travel is one of Australia’s most awarded travel agencies.
With approximately 180 employees, it has offices at Norwood, Stirling, Victor Harbor, Adelaide City, Hyde Park, Semaphore, Glenelg and Modbury.
“To be recognised as Australia’s Best Retail Travel Agency Manager in front of my travel industry peers is an incredible honour,” Phil Hoffmann Travel General Manager, Michelle McNamara said.
“This award is testament to our exceptional team at Phil Hoffmann Travel, who I have the pleasure of working alongside every day.
“Their ongoing commitment and dedication is what makes me strive to be the best I can be. I thank each and every one of them, as well as our fantastic clients and suppliers, for their support.
“Phil Hoffmann Travel has provided South Australians with unforgettable life experiences for more than 20 years – I feel very grateful to be part of that.”
The AFTA National Travel Industry Awards is Australia’s leading travel industry event of the year.
The awards program celebrates the achievements of Australia’s travel industry over a 12-month period and congratulates those companies who have excelled in the retail travel business.