Interest in travel to Australia is soaring, and agentMelodye Martinelli has been recognized as one of the best in selling family, adventure, and luxury trips to Australia

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) - Local business person MELODYE MARTINELLI has been named a 2016/17 North American Premier Aussie Specialist, one of an elite group of 100 travel agents recognized by Tourism Australia as top sellers of travel to Australia.

In its tenth year, the Premier Aussie Specialist program acknowledges travel advisors for their destination expertise, insider knowledge and contacts in Australia. The group has proven to be avaluable resource for Australia and travelers who are looking for experts to help make a trip to Australia a reality. Each agent receives extensive training and often travels to Australia to expand their professional knowledge.

With interest in Australia at an all-time high, more busy travelers are looking for experts to tailor trips to a country that offers an incredible variety of vacation experiences. Jane Whitehead, Tourism Australia Vice President, The Americas said agents like Ms. MARTINELLI are important for a destination that is at the top of many must visit lists.

"Tourism Australia values our Premier Aussie Specialists, all of whom have a passion for Australia and help us demonstrate how accessible our country is and why there is nothing like Australia. Australia is more popular than ever with arrivals at an all-time high and experiences topping lists whether it's the Great Barrier Reef featured in October's Travel+Leisure or the country being called Conde Nast Traveler's 2016 Destination of the Year."

"Currently we have a campaign called 'There's Nothing Like Australia' where we highlight the best of our natural wonders, fresh flavors, welcoming people and new this year, our coastal and aquatic adventures."

"We need the best agents out there helping travelers customize trips to their interest. Melodye'sinsider knowledge of Australia allows her to tailor a trip that is truly memorable and enables their clients to experience the best of Australia."

TA launched its Coastal and Aquatic campaign to showcase the country's iconic aquatic, beach and coastal destinations, with global ambassador, actor Chris Hemsworth in New York this year.

"I have a passion for the iconic destinations as well as exploring beyond and creating unique discoveries of nature and wildlife, aboriginal culture, coastal and aquatic destinations, memorable experiences of Australian sport, or cruises, or wine touring, and much more, and look forward to customizing trips to Australia for my clients," said Melodye. "I can confidently sell Australia, knowing my clients will come back extremely satisfied with the destination,and look forward to customizing trips to Australia," said Melodye.

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