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September 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Nearly 400 people from around Australia are gathering in Darwin for TravelManagers’ 10th national conference, which starts tomorrow and will “open with a bang”!

The conference, with a theme of ‘ONE’, will be held 7-9 September at the Darwin Convention Centre in the Northern Territory’s capital city. Those attending include TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) from around Australia, members of the national partnership support team in Darwin and over 100 suppliers, about 390 people in all.

Set in a stunning tropical waterfront location, the spectacular Darwin Convention Centre is TravelManagers’ world class 2017 conference venue

“The conference theme of ONE resonates with all that we do,” TravelManagers’ executive general manager Michael Gazal explains.

“We will explore our theme throughout our entire conference by way of peer-to-peer and supplier partner presentations, workshops, tradeshows and participation in our community event.”

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Gazal adds: “ONE is many things – how we work together as ONE, that ONE big thing you may be working towards, or it could be the ONE thing you can change that will make the biggest difference in your life.  ONE is also about your sense of ONE – ONE individual working within ONE network, and what that means for our PTMs.”

Shopping at Mindl Beach Sunset Markets on Thursday & Sunday evenings

An impressive lineup of keynote speakers includes Red Shark Naomi Simson and Benjamin (Ben) Roberts-Smith, the most decorated serving soldier in the Commonwealth.

“TravelManagers prides itself on previously having innovative and motivational speakers at our national conferences and this year we really have lifted the bar ever further,” Gazal comments.

Testing your didgeridoo prior to purchase at Mindl Beach Sunset Markets

“Naomi and Ben’s incredible stories of success and tenacity to succeed are nothing short of awe inspiring and our PTM’s are simply buzzing with excitement about this year’s conference.”

To complement the keynote speakers, just over a quarter of the major presentations, which are themed ‘Secrets to my Success’ are being delivered by PTMs themselves.

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“The relationship between TravelManagers and the personal travel managers is built on mutual respect and is a true partnership,” Gazal says.

“It is to everyone’s benefit that these partnerships are successful and it makes perfect sense that our personal travel managers have significant involvement in the conference content, and these plenary sessions are always popular.”

Eight personal travel managers will share their business success stories at the conference.

Yet another beautiful sunset on Mindl Beach venue for TravelManagers’ welcome event

They include Queensland’s Sarena Taylor, representative for Robina; Denise Dean, representative for Hendra; Anthony Lee, representative for Bardon; Simon Tinkler representative for South Brisbane; Michelle Desmarchelier, representative for Berowra; Jane Fowler, representative for Elrington in New South Wales; Western Australia-based Barbara Turner, representative for Scarborough; and South Australia’s Corinne Mutz, representative for Upper Sturt .

The three-day conference is set to open with a bang. Gazal says TravelManagers has been collaborating with David Price from Outshine Media over the past few months “as we want to start the conference by a wow moment”.

“David has attended numerous of our conferences and intimately understands our business and we are really excited about what we have come up with to launch this year’s conference and will set the tone for the entire three days.”


Edited by Peter Needham. All photos (except for aerial shot of Darwin) by Shaana McNaught, TourismNT.

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