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Glittering night at record TravelManagers conference

November 8, 2013 Headline News, Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Over 260 personal travel managers and suppliers gathered at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney on Wednesday at a supplier networking cocktail party during the  6th Annual TravelManagers Conference.

Samantha Khodeir (left) and Jasmine Jackson of TravelManagers

Samantha Khodeir (left) and Jasmine Jackson of TravelManagers

This year’s conference theme is “Get on board – the future is personal” – and as if to underscore that, many of the delegates are currently on the high seas aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas.

As well as 39 partner suppliers, 159 personal travel managers from around Australia headed to Sydney for this years’ conference, with 268 people taking part – the biggest turnout ever.

Sarah Baxter of Chimu Adventures (left) and Kira Gerber of Peregrine Adventures

Sarah Baxter of Chimu Adventures (left) and Kira Gerber of Peregrine Adventures

The conference aims to equip personal travel managers with all the skills required to positively impact the travel experiences of their clients throughout the holiday process, according to chief executive Joe Araullo.

“In addition to this we will also focus on the difference we can make to the communities within which we live and work, directly and indirectly, locally or further afield,” he said.

Attendees include 47 new recruits who have never attended one of the national conferences before, highlighting the company’s growth over the last year, Araullo added.

As well, there are 14 in attendance for whom it will be their sixth conference.

TravelManagers is part of a trans-Tasman travel agency group responsible for AUD 1 billion dollars of sales a year. The parent company House of Travel has been operating since 1987 and employs over 1350 people across Australia and New Zealand.

Mike Smith of World Trade Travel and Helen Wong of Helen Wong's Tours

Mike Smith of World Trade Travel and Helen Wong of Helen Wong’s Tours

Peter Collins, Qantas regional general manager NSW (left), and Barry Mayo, director, House of Travel

Peter Collins, Qantas regional general manager NSW (left), and Barry Mayo, director, House of Travel

Written by : Peter Needham

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