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TravelManagers Celebrate Cruise Success with VIP Client Cruise Event

April 9, 2014 Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

Entrepreneurial spirit brings success for Sydney based personal travel managers Sue Kuti representative for Randwick, Michelle Michael-Pecora representative for Castle Hill, Lyn Tyson representative for Pymble, Alma Araullo representative for Peakhurst and Teresa Reyes representative for Illawong who collectively hosted an invite only VIP client cruise event on Sydney Harbour recently.

IMG_1724Fifty-six key clients enjoyed lunch and an afternoon aboard Caption Cook Cruises vessel ‘Sydney 2000’ as she sailed around Sydney Harbour. Eight preferred partner cruise suppliers being Captain Cook Cruises, APT River Cruising, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourne Luxury Cruises were invited to give 20-minute client presentations.

“We recognise the opportunity for our clients to meet and talk face to face with key cruise line representatives is invaluable. We were thrilled with the response from our partner cruise suppliers, being able to offer our clients such a broad and varied line up on the day was fantastic,” says Tyson.

Whilst some may consider working in close proximity to each other as being competitive territory, it is completely the opposite philosophy for the Sydney based personal travel managers, who are representative of how TravelManagers’ personal travel managers across Australia interact.

“Our philosophy is to support each other and we find working together is far more productive than working against each other. After some brainstorming, the client VIP cruise mini expo idea was born and we haven’t looked back,” says Michael-Pecora.

TravelManagers have experienced an increase in cruise sales of 32% in 2013 over the previous year.

“TravelManagers increasing cruise sales show the significant contribution home-based consultants make to the cruise sector. We wholeheartedly support personal travel manager participation to help build and develop industry contacts and relationships, this combined with client interaction we believe to be invaluable,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.

TravelManagers recognise the need for ongoing cruise education, with all participating personal travel managers being a member of CruiseManagers, TravelManagers’ specialist cruise division.

“TravelManagers is taking very positive steps to educate personal travel managers and promote the value of cruising and developing strategies and techniques in converting cruise enquiries. CruiseManagers, TravelManagers’ specialist cruise division, is a growing success,” says Gazal.

With bookings received on the day and subsequent to the client event, it can only be described as a resounding success. So much so that a bigger and better client cruise event is planned for Saturday 31 May with increased personal travel manager involvement and VIP invitation extended to 130 clients.

“We applaud the success of this inaugural VIP client event for the Sydney based personal travel managers. We believe the TravelManagers’ philosophy of working collectively together to provide the ultimate travel experience for clients has delivered an opportunity for Captain Cook Cruises and the SeaLink travel Group to be part of this event in a relaxed and informal way is great. We’ll be back as part of the next event in May”, says Richard Doyle, Head of Sales and Marketing for SeaLink and Captain Cook Cruises.

TravelManagers’ personal travel managers from left to right front row Alma Araullo, Teresa Reyes and Lyn Tyson with representative of Celebrity Cruises, Holland America line, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silversea following presentations to fifty-six invited VIP clients whilst sailing around Sydney Harbour aboard Captain Cook Cruises ‘Sydney 2000’.

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