first_imgNSW-based Personal Travel Manager with the TravelManagers network, Nakita Byrne, has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship, with Judges praising Byrne for her inventive approach to building closer relationships with customers.Avis Scholarship 2017 Winner Nakita ByrneKaye Ceille, Managing Director Pacific Region, Avis Budget Group, says Byrne highlighted the benefits that can flow to travel agents who can embrace social media to engage in the trust economy.“Consumers put a premium on endorsements by people in their social networks and Nakita has cleverly leveraged those connections to build credibility and trust,” says Ceille. “The results have had a clear and positive impact on her business.”Byrne was announced as this year’s recipient at an award ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney attended by Australian and New Zealand travel industry leaders. As the 2017 winner she receives a Scholarship prize package valued at over $40,000.This year’s Scholarship finalists also included:· Amber Halleday, MTA Travel (Mt Gambier, South Australia)· Brigitte Kempf, New Zealand Travel Brokers (Timaru, New Zealand)· Kim Mason, TravelManagers Australia (Sydney, New South Wales).All will receive a Personal Behavioural Profile and a consultation session with a Polonious Business Coach.Ceille thanked every travel agent who took part in this year’s Scholarship program, and acknowledged the award’s major sponsors for their ongoing commitment and generosity.For more information on the 2017 Scholarship visit www.avisscholarship.com.TOP IMAGE: Avis Scholarship 2017 (L-R) Nakita Byrne, Amber Halleday, Kaye Ceille (Avis), Brigitte Kempf and Kim Mason agentsAvis ScholarshipeventsTravelManagerslast_img