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Networking and New Developments Highlight for TravelManagers’ State Meetings

July 30, 2014 Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

As TravelManagers gears up for its annual national conference in August, Australia’s leading personal travel manager network has enjoyed a pre-cursor with their latest round of bi-annual state meetings across Australia. Hosted by the local state-based business partnership managers, the seven regional meetings had a strong business focus allowing the personal travel managers to network and learn more about upcoming new developments.

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TravelManagers Executive General Manager recognises personal travel manager Penny Hall for her five year milestone at the Adelaide state meeting

“Previously known as our regional meetings, we’ve been holding local state meetings with our personal travel managers since 2008. As much as the personal managers love the networking aspect, the key focus for these meetings is ensuring everybody is kept up to date with developments in our business. For this reason we obtain extremely high participation rates across all states,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.

Following personal travel manager feedback on what information, resources, and support they required, practical training sessions and thought provoking interactive discussion were the focus of the latest round of state meetings.

“An overriding objective for all our state meetings, and in fact everything the national partnership office does with the personal travel managers, is to create a sense of family and information sharing. The understanding that we are all working together towards one end is encouraging. It’s all about mutual success,” says Gazal.

 

Key highlights included an update on marketing and brand initiatives, a sneak preview of the new look intranet site and an exciting update on future system developments. This was complimented by a workshop facilitated by specialist business consultants with a focus on re-prioritising energies to drive business success with innovative techniques and strategies.

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Western Australia based personal travel managers make the most of the networking opportunity at their state meeting held at Perth’s Holiday Inn City Centre.

“I really enjoyed the professional development training and learnt lots of new things I can implement into my business. I am excited about the new mid and back office system developments.  It was a day well spent leaving me inspired and refreshed. I can’t wait for the national conference,” saysGina Charvetpersonal travel manager, representative for Robina, Queensland.

A select group of preferred suppliers are invited to attend each state meeting.

“The state meetings always provide a great opportunity for our partner suppliers to network directly with our personal travel managers. We were delighted to have Buffalo Tours, Cruise Fusion, Helen Wong Tours and Total Holiday Options promote their products and unique selling points fostering greater supplier relationships,” says Gazal.

Kirra Moon-Curry personal travel manager, representative for Poowong in Victoria found the supplier presentations most beneficial.

“This was my first state meeting and after hearing the supplier presentations I’m inspired to actively support their products. Having the opportunity to talk face-to-face with the supplier makes all the difference,” she says.

TravelManagers holds regional meetings twice a year in seven locations around Australia, complimenting the offshore National Conference in August and supplemented by regular intra-state cluster meetings.

“For the personal travel managers who can’t be there, we follow up with webinars so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the team process and across new developments,” says Gazal, adding that TravelManagers’ state meetings are a winning formula with personal travel managers.

“The feedback over the years from our personal travel managers has always been that our inclusive strategy, strong business focused agenda, large contingent from our national partnership office and hosting by our locally based business partnership managers really works.” says Gazal.

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