Agent Awards

Entries to this year’s Aspire Awards are now open.

We’ve simplified the process, knowing how busy our partners are. In order to keep the judging process transparent, easy and watertight, the process has been adapted to incorporate both written submissions and a two-minute video where agents will be asked to answer one simple question.

Both elements will be shown to judging panels. As is the case every year, there will be multiple judging panels, some of which take place virtually and some in person, this is to ensure there is no bias in the process. Judges will submit their chosen winners individually, and the Aspire team will combine the results to establish the winners. As always, judges of each category will not know who has won until the winners are announced.

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 May, at 5pm

For any assistance with creating an entry, please visit our FAQs page or contact Rowan.Fisher@jacobsmediagroup.com.

Concierge Agency of the Year

Open to an agency who is either a dedicated concierge specialist or has a full concierge operation within their business. All entries must be from agents who are part of the Aspire Luxury Travel Club. You must be able to fully explain the level of concierge service offered by your business, whether this extends past travel, and how you cater to your clients post-booking.  

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Independent Luxury Agency of the Year

Open to any luxury agency business which is dedicated to serving high-end clients. This category is open to agencies with or without a retail shop, agencies that operate homeworking models and agencies that have salaried members of staff. Agencies entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele.

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Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year: Large

Open to an agency that operates a homeworking businesses with 10 or more homeworkers actively selling to clients. Agencies entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele. This category is not suitable for individual homeworking agents to enter, but for their parent company.

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Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year: Small

Open to an agency that operates a homeworking businesses with less than 10 homeworkers activity selling to clients. Agencies entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele. This category is not suitable for individual homeworking agents to enter, but for their parent company.

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Independent Luxury Retail Business of the Year

Open to an agency that has a presence on the high street or a retail unit where clients can come in and make a booking in person. Agencies entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele.

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Luxury Seller of the Year

Open to an individual agent who must be a member of the Aspire Luxury Travel Club, this could be a member of staff at a high street shop, concierge agency or a homeworking agency. This category is open to both bonded and non bonded agents. Agents entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele.

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Rising Star of the Year: Individual

Open to an individual agent who has worked as a travel agent for less than 24 months prior to the closing date of May 1, 2024. Entries could come from new homeworkers or new members of staff at an existing agency. Entries should highlight your route to launching the business, your initial plans, current state of the business and your growth strategy.

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Rising Star of the Year: Agency

Open to a completely new agency which has been set up within the 24 months prior to the closing date of May 1, 2024. Entries could come from new homeworking businesses, new retail shops or new call centre based businesses. Entries should highlight your route to launching the business, your initial plans, current state of the business and your growth strategy.

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Sustainability Champion of the Year

Open to an individual or agency who prides themselves on putting sustainable practices at the forefront of their jobs. Entries should highlight a clear passion for sustainability and examples of how the agent puts issues around sustainability front and centre to ensure clients are having as little impact as possible when travelling.

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Luxury Cruise Agency of the Year

Open to an agency or agent who is either entirely dedicated to cruise sales or has a strong cruise business which makes up the lion's share of their business. You must be able to highlight the strength of your cruise business, how you've achieved success with the cruise sector and how you cater to and market to cruise clients.

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Inclusivity Champion of the Year

Open to an individual or agency who prides themselves on putting inclusivity at the forefront of their jobs. Agents must be able to demonstrate a clear passion for DEAI (diversity, equality, accessibility and inclusion). Entries should highlight a clear passion for supporting diversity in the travel sector and should provide examples of how the they cater to a specific diversity dimension, such as accessibility, LGBTQIA+ or Indigenous tourism. Submissions should showcase how you work to improve the travel experience for all.

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Aspire Supporter of the Year

This category is not open to submissions, instead the winner will be selected by the Aspire team.

This category is now closed

Outstanding Contribution to Luxury: Agent

This category is not open to submissions, instead the winner will be selected by the Aspire team.

This category is now closed

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