Confidence in the cruising industry remains high for personal travel managers following their attendance at CLIA Australia’s Cruise360 third conference in Sydney late last month.
Fifteen TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) representing New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria participated in this annual event, which is the largest and only official cruise conference in Australasia and designed exclusively for travel professionals.
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TravelManagers’ personal travel managers celebrate a successful Cruise360 Conference (left to right back row) Debra Dean, Neil Saunders, Jane Fowler, Annalise Troost, Sue Kuti. (Left to right front row) Julianne Gazal-Rizk, Michelle Michael–Pecora, Andrea Friend, Diane Craig, Pamela Baas and Karin Tunbridge.
“The TravelManagers business model caters extremely well for all cruise clients whether they are leisure, small corporate accounts or SME business travellers. TravelManagers wholeheartedly supports personal travel manager participation in the Cruise360 event.”
The opportunity to meet with key cruise line representatives all under one roof was appealing for PTM Diane Craig representative for North Balgowlah.
“The thing I love most about Cruise360 is that its sole focus is cruise – everybody attending from suppliers to cruise agents are passionate about the cruise industry. The event also helps to build and develop industry contacts and relationships which is invaluable for my business.”
For PTM Sue Kuti representative for Randwick it was the ability to hear from industry experts about future trends and developments from a global perspective that she found extremely valuable.
TravelManagers’ personal travel managers talk cruise with financial analyst, journalist and Cruise360 emcee Ross Greenwood. From left to right Karin Tunbridge, Pamela Baas, Debra Dean, Ross Greenwood, Judy Gillings, Lois Marshall and Andrea Friend.
“The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Navigating the Future’ and I really enjoyed the panel sessions and presentations from leading cruise experts. I was fascinated by the discussions around the future impact the cruise industry across Australasia and on a global perspective. It’s having access to this type of up-to-date knowledge and insights that gives me a competitive edge and allows me to show my expertise and knowledge to my clients.
The personal travel managers all agree they are positive heading into Plan a Cruise Month and the summer cruise season, confident in the knowledge that the cruise industry is in good hands and is looking towards a future of plain sailing.