It was Tasmania’s turn to participate in TravelManagers latest round of bi-annual state meetings recently and the southernmost state certainly turned on its charm for the occasion.
The regional gatherings are a winning formula with TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTM’s).
“The feedback over the years from PTM’s has always been that our regional focus, strong contingent from our national partnership office and hosting by our local state-based business partnership managers really works. A 75 percent PTM attendance at our recent Tasmania meeting really shows we have the concept right,” says Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.
PTM Anna Bayley representative for Sandy Bay highlights the national partnership office support and physical presence regionally is invaluable.
TravelManagers’ Tasmania personal travel managers welcome national partnership office team BACK ROW (L-R): Ali Banks, Michael Gazal, Tanyu Cilek, Jose Canas FRONT ROW (L-R): Anna Bayley, Sheridan Wilson, Pru Gallagher, Gary Jensen, Chrissy Millington, Kirsty Whittaker, Suzanne Laister, Anneli Williams
“It’s so nice to see the national partnership office team venturing to the south and include Tassie as part of our state meetings. We may be a little remote but this just proves to us that our views and contributions are important. We may have a smaller contingent of personal travel mangers than other states but our passion, commitment and engagement with the company is equally as strong. “
For PTM Chrissy Millington representative for Taroona, it was the business updates and opportunity to network that made the day a success.
“I really enjoyed the Tassie state meeting and the opportunity to spend time with some of the awesome NPO gang. I found the updates very beneficial and it was great to share ideas and experiences. The Tassie PTMs are a close-knit group and we have the support of each other. I’m looking forward to the Darwin conference this year to connect with more of the PTMs across Australia as the genuine camaraderie that exists between the PTMs is a real strength of TravelManagers.”
For Bayley it was the tips on working smarter not harder that really resonated.
Cheers to a great TravelManagers 2016! (Left to right) Suzanne Laister, Anneli Williams, Anna Bayley, Diane O’Flahertie (Travelcube), Gary Jensen, Michael Gazal
“Our focus as PTM’s is all about adding client value but it was a valuable reminder about how we can look to improve income with each booking transaction by adding value to a client’s travel experience where appropriate. It’s all about working smarter and not just harder.”
TravelManagers holds regional meetings twice a year in six or more locations around Australia, complementing the annual national conference, which for 2017 will be held in the Northern Territory from 7th to 9th September.
“Most of the Tasmanian based PTM’s are planning to make the trip up to Darwin next September to attend conference. This would mean a significant contingent from the furthest south of our network making the travel pilgrimage to the furthest north in Darwin which shows that TravelManagers really does have has committed and engaged PTM’s and a significant geographic coverage throughout the country,” says Gazal.
Christmas comes early for Tasmanian personal travel managers. (Left to right) Tanyu Cilek, Jodie Banbury, Jose Canas, Sheridan Wilson, Kirsty Whittaker, Chrissy Millington
Following the morning’s business sessions, the PTM’s along with seven members of the national partnership office team and Diane O’Flahertie from Travelcube enjoyed a Christmas lunch at Post St Social a waterfront bar and restaurant located in Hobart’s popular Franklin Wharf area.
TravelManagers will culminate their personal travel manager state meetings around Australia in Brisbane, which is scheduled for later this month.
For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.