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Record Attendance for TravelManagers’ 2013 National Conference

October 30, 2013 Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

TravelManagers’ upcoming eighth national conference, themed ‘Get on Board – The Future is Personal,’ has attracted a record number for both personal travel manager attendance as well as preferred industry suppliers taking part. 

A highlight of the TravelManagers’ national conferences for the last two consecutive years is they have been held offshore. The conference this year is aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships.

“Last year’s conference in Fiji was extremely successful and for the first time we are hosting a dual land and sea conference.  We are thrilled with the level of personal travel manager participation. The ability to enjoy two days experiencing firsthand the luxury cruise ship Voyager of the Seas is an opportunity not to be missed,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.


Janine Shepherd

The support received from preferred suppliers for the national conference is unparalleled with premium partner and conference sponsors being Singapore Airlines, Amadeus, Australian Pacific Tours, DriveAway, Qantas Holidays and Royal Caribbean International.

“These suppliers have supported us for the last four years with their commitment being second to none.

“The demand from suppliers to attend the TravelManagers’ national conference has been overwhelming, so much so that we have had to find additional space to run our supplier networking sessions.  This year’s conference has attracted 39 partner suppliers, more than any of our previous five conferences.  Unfortunately we have turned down many supplier requests due to space limitations,” says Gazal.

The three-day November conference will focus on equipping personal travel managers with the skills to truly promote the value of a client having their own personal travel manager and how this enhances the clients’ experience from itinerary planning right through to returning home.

Gazal is extremely excited to announce an impressive caliber of key-note speakers who will compliment the conference theme providing relevant content and open forum discussion.

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Malcolm McLeod

Janine Shepherd, one of Australia’s most sought after inspirational speakers will open the conference.

“Janine will share with us her personal struggle to overcome adversity and build a successful career and life outside business. We know this will resonate so well with many of our personal travel manager experiences,” says Gazal.

Malcolm McLeod, a team-building specialist will focus on active participation with the entire TravelManagers’ team.

“The annual team-building challenge is highly anticipated and we know this years’ challenge will be something truly spectacular,” says Gazal.

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Richard De Crespigny

Richard de Crespigny, one of Qantas’s most senior and experienced pilots will close the conference.

“Richard’s story of his experiences captaining QF32 on 4 November 2010 as an explosion shattered one of the engines just minutes after taking off from Singapore is truly compelling, full of challenges and highly inspirational,” says Gazal.

Gazal says the extremely popular personal travel manager ‘Secrets of Success’ presentations along with the highly popular Q & A session with the House of Travel board of directors will again form part of the conference agenda.

The final night of the conference will see the TravelManagers’ team enjoy a Gala Awards Dinner where the top performing and most improved personal travel managers will be recognized for their outstanding performances.

The 2013 TravelManagers dual land and sea national conference will be held from 06 – 09 November 2013 at Sofitel Sydney and aboard Royal Caribbean International ‘Voyager of the Seas’.

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