A line-up of outstanding guest speakers, practical training sessions, fun social events and a big charitable endeavour kept delegates busy and entertained at TravelManagers’ Annual National Conference in Adelaide over the weekend.
The three keynote speakers at the convention this year were Australian Olympic gold medallist, Alisa Camplin-Warner (OAM), world-class entrepreneur, Matthew Michalewicz and health whisperer Teresa Boyce.
Champion racing car driver, Nick Percat spoke at a sports-themed dinner at Adelaide Oval, which saw PTMs and suppliers get into sporting gear, supporting their favourite teams. Some of the outfits were truly inspired and looked perfect against the famous backdrop of the Adelaide Oval scoreboard.
Former Australian rules football player, tennis player, tennis coach, and tennis commentator Roger Rasheed spoke as well, bringing the house down with his candid observations and no-holds-barred wild anecdotes about well-known tennis stars.
One highlight was the Gala Dinner on Sunday night at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Another was a get-together at the National Wine Centre, when Tourism South Australia put on the best food and wine the state has to offer. Some of the best wines in the Barossa were there, along with makers of sublime artisan food, like Saskia Beer, daughter of Maggie Beer.
These events combined to produce a stunning convention and one the company’s personal travel managers (PTMs) will remember for a long time.
“This is our opportunity to recognise and reward the highest-performing and most-improved of our PTMs from the preceding year,” executive general manager, Michael Gazal, said.
“It’s always a fun event and a chance for us to celebrate our achievements together as a group.”
The conference also featured a demonstration of the new TravelManagers client app, designed to provide clients with full details of their travel itineraries, along with much more, at the tap of a finger.
While in Adelaide, the TravelManagers’ team painted a big mural and raised AUD 16,553 for Little Heroes, a charity supporting seriously ill children. Little Heroes is building Australia’s first ‘Centre for Robotics and Innovation’ with its doors set to open this December.
The AUD 4 million project at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital includes:
- A world class robotic gymnasium with the latest rehabilitation equipment designed for children and adolescents being treated for a serious illness.
- A five year clinical research study to uncover new ways to help these kids re-learn everyday tasks like walking.
At the TravelManagers Gala Dinner, which was sponsored by Tourism Thailand, it was announced that TravelManagers’ next National Conference will take place in Thailand.
TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of AUD 1.5 billion for 2015.
TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.
Written by Peter Needham