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SmartFlyer Australia launches pop up office for independent travel advisors to join forces in Sydney

December 13, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

This month, leading travel network SmartFlyer Australia curated the first of a series of pop up office spaces to bring together its independent travel advisors. Held in North Sydney, the pop up served as an information sharing initiative where colleagues met face-to-face to strategise and share knowledge.

SmartFlyer Australia, part of The Goldman Travel Group, is a full-service network compromised of the ultimate travel collective. The team of 35 experienced advisors are home-based and specialise in luxury travel experiences. Up until this month, the network has operated without an office space.

Anthony Goldman, Joint Managing Director of Goldman Group said: “There is a growing trend towards travel advisors wanting to work remotely and on their own terms. SmartFlyer Australia backed by the Goldman Group’s 35 years of industry expertise, connections and buying power enables trusted travel experts to service their clientele from the comfort of their home – it’s a win-win situation.”

The remote advisor travel sector serves as a viable career option for those seeking flexibility in their work and wanting to achieve a greater work life balance. There are many travel agents who operate as sole proprietors, with ABS data showing growth of almost 50% (1966 to 2782 sole traders) over three years from 2012-13 to 2015-16, a positive indicator for agents considering the transition to become an at-home advisor.

Gloria Gammo, one of SmartFlyer Australia’s advisors, said: “Working for a remote agency such as SmartFlyer Australia gives me greater flexibility in my working hours, allowing me to work around the demands of family life.  The coming together of all the SmartFlyer Australia advisors last week has been a great opportunity to connect with my peers, share experiences and knowledge, and meet some of our key suppliers face-to-face to receive the most up-to-date product information.”

Anthony Goldman says there is a demand for the use of travel agencies such as SmartFlyer Australia. “Our vast networks, industry relationships and extensive supply chain give our mobile team access to the very best premium travel products for their clients – enabling them to deliver completely bespoke holiday experiences each and every time. As a result, SmartFlyer Australia’s revenue has tripled in the last 12 months, with our current annual turnover at around $15 million and growing fast. We expect this growth to continue in 2018 and look forward to launching pop up offices in Melbourne as well as Sydney in the new year.”

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