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Personal Travel Managers Experience The Red Centre on The Ghan

May 21, 2014 Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

A select group of personal travel managers experienced the very heart of Australia, exploring the Continent’s vast and remote interior with a famil on The Ghan hosted by partner suppliers Great Southern Rail and Territory Discoveries.

Eligibility to attend the TravelManagers exclusive famil was based on personal travel managers completing a webinar training session and online training module.  The personal travel managers obtaining the highest scores from the training module won a place on the famil with congratulations going to Victoria based personal travel managers Chris Cogan, Theresa Kwong, Kerrin Poupos, Beverley Fitzsimmons, Irena Bryant from New South Wales; Bonnie Malam from Western Australia,  Zora Abbot from Queensland and Fiona Hicks from the Northern Territory. David McCarthy from the TravelManagers national partnership office also joined escorts Kate Doncaster representative for Territory Discoveries and Renee Cornelissen from Great Southern Rail.

“Having the opportunity to learn all about The Ghan, the places we were going to visit and its history was invaluable. I had no idea that The Ghan had been operating since 1929 and that its only been travelling as far as Darwin since 2004. Experiencing it myself has really helped me understand the product, this famil experience has been so beneficial and I can truly sell this product with knowledge and confidence,” says Bryant.

Voted as one of The National Geographic’s Top Ten Train Journeys in the World, The Ghan offers an insight into the endless vistas of the Red Centre, the outback, travelling 2,979 kilometres over three days and two nights from Darwin to Adelaide through Alice Springs (or vice versa) crossing the Macdonnell Ranges, the Great Victoria Desert and Flinders Ranges.

“A highlight for me was a visit to Katherine Gorge in the Nitmiluk National Park. Walking through the rugged landscape it was fascinating to see many Aboriginal sites along the way. It was seeing the sandstone gorges for the first time that had been carved over millions of years by the Katherine River that really took my breath away. The Red Centre is incredibly vast and its beauty really has to be seen for yourself to appreciate it. There is no better way to view it than from the comfort of The Ghan,” says McCarthy.

The Ghan offers both berth compartments and reclining seat accommodation options with meals served in the dining car, The Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for Platinum and Gold Service guests or the Matilda Café for Red Service guests.

“Every meal we had onboard in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant was exquisite.  Everything is prepared fresh onboard by chefs, so if you didn’t look outside the train window, you would think you were in a fine dining restaurant in a city. Everybody on board was friendly and the service faultless,” says Malam.

The dedicated TravelManagers’ personal travel manager educational programme is backed up by strong state and national support, which includes a national partnership office and individual licensed state offices with local business partnership managers.

“TravelManagers’ national partnership office provide access to virtual office technology, training, marketing, fares and ticketing as well as unrestricted 24/7 access to all mid and back-office processes. Combined with six state based business partnership managers and valuing key preferred supplier relationships, personal travel managers have access to the broadest and most in-depth support nationwide. This type of behind the scenes central and local state-based support is crucial,” says Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager.

For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.

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TravelManagers’ personal travel managers from left to right back row: Fiona Hicks, Kerrin Poupos, Irena Bryant, Beverley Fitzsimons, Chris Cogan and left to right front row: Bonnie Malam, David McCarthy (National Partnership Office), Theresa Kwong, Zora Abbot and Renee Cornelissen (Great Southern Rail) ready to board The Ghan in Darwin.

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