Personal travel managers, in Bangkok for TravelManagers’ ninth annual conference at the weekend, celebrated in style with a welcoming White Night – and they had good reason, with chief executive Joe Aurello revealing that membership of the group now tops 500.
The milestone figure of 500 personal travel managers makes TravelManagers the largest networking travel group in Australia, Aurello said.
Not only does TravelManagers have the numbers, it has the experience, with its personal travel managers having, on average, a formidable 20.4 years of experience in the travel industry.
This is the ninth annual conference for TravelManagers and nine personal travel managers attending had attended all nine conferences over the past nine years. That’s a lot of lucky nines!
White Night, a special ceremony to embrace time-honoured Thai rituals, was a way to celebrate this, with everyone dressing in white and floating little boats holding candles and incense. It was followed by excellent Thai food and plenty of beverage, the latter being a time-honoured Australian ritual.
Here are a few TravelManagers milestones and achievements to emerge at the conference.
- The unique page views for new TravelManagers consumer website increased by 51% in 2015 compared to the previous year.
- Facebook fans increased by nearly 50%. Average likes per post increased 154%, comments per post were up 50%, shares per post up 74% and average reach per post grew 88%.
- Strong national partnership office representation increased, with 457 Cluster Meetings with personal travel managers and 670 one-on-one meetings between business partnership managers and personal travel managers
- More personal travel managers were offered famil places than any previous year. TravelManagers had the highest ever participation with 255 personal travel managers participating on 43 famils, seven of these being exclusive TravelManagers dedicated famils.
- 198 national webinars were run including 89 supplier webinars and four personal travel manager led webinars.
Written by Peter Needham