2017 starts with a bang – TravelManagers celebrate record sales month
TravelManagers celebrate a record start to 2017 as their personal travel managers produce a new all-time sales revenue record. Sales for the month of February was 13% higher than the previous best month of sales, achieved a year ago in February 2016.
TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal is quick to point out with significant product discounting, this sales milestone is even more of an achievement worth celebrating.
“The 13% growth in February’s month on month sales is technically underestimated. Significant airfare discounting has been driven by capacity growth which has affected the value of booking transactions and its impact on year-on-year sales comparisons.”
Gazal further adds, “Sales reductions have not solely been limited to airfare discounting. Prevailing market conditions has resulted in substantial price reductions being experienced across many categories of travel products. Prices were definitely higher during February 2016, which really highlights a strong increase in our total transaction numbers and demand for the personal travel manager model. Average personal travel manager productivity has improved and the record sales underline the strength, relevance and diversity of TravelManagers product and service offerings.”
The record month is not in isolation, TravelManagers report year to date, overall sales are ahead by 12% on 2016.
“This is our strongest start to a year in history. We’re thrilled with these results as it shows personal service is still extremely important in a growing technological world. The professionalism and calibre of our 500 plus personal travel managers who focus on service and genuinely looking out for what is in their clients’ best interests,” says Gazal.
Gazal sees the results as proof the TravelManagers business model is robust and confident and that consumer demand for the personal travel manager concept is strong.
“When you’re dealing with a personal travel manager you’re dealing with the boss. They’re local, motivated and well informed. That’s why they’re proving to be so popular with clients and TravelManagers is winning market share due to strong referrals from past and present clients. Providing individual tailor made experiences, and having your own personal travel manager is what sets a personal travel manager apart from a traditional travel agent and its evident this is what Australians are now looking for.”
Gazal highlights that the personal travel manager model is also attractive to travel consultants.
“Despite the financial impact of the current reduction in the price of many travel products the TravelManagers’ business model continues to provide personal travel manager certainty. We’re expecting these sales figures to further cement our standing in the industry and we are also expecting more interest in our business model from travel agency owner/managers looking to lower their operating costs and improve their income. They work under their own steam, when and where they choose, in addition to the remuneration being very attractive.”
TravelManagers dominance continues as Australia’s premium travel network.
“Travellers are aware of the success of the personal travel manager concept and with our continued growth we’re going to need more people to meet demand,” says Gazal.
For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.
TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.