Darwin welcomes Personal Travel Managers for 2017 National Conference
With only days to go, TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) from all over Australia, members of the national partnership support team and partner suppliers are making their way to the Northern Territory’s capital city, as the countdown begins to the company’s tenth national conference. With an estimated 389 people attending including over 100 suppliers, the TravelManagers 2017 national conference with a theme of ‘ONE’, will be held 07-09 September in Darwin.
“The conference theme of ONE resonates with all that we do. 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,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.
Gazal further 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.”
The TravelManagers’ conference always focuses on inspiring, motivating, celebrating and rewarding our PTMs’ successes highlights Gazal.
“Conference offers an amazing opportunity for the personal travel manager network to all come together to share ideas, learn from each other and build relationships within the business while networking with suppliers and they are always fun!”
The three-day conference is set to open with a bang!
“We have been collaborating with David Price from Outshine Media over the last 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,” says Gazal.
Gazal is excited by the impressive lineup of keynote speakers Red Shark Naomi Simson and Benjamin (Ben) Roberts-Smith the most decorated serving soldier in the Commonwealth, who will inspire the personal travel managers by providing relevant content and thought provoking open forum discussions.
“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. 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 compliment our key note speakers, just over a quarter of the major presentations which are themed Secrets to my Success are being delivered by personal travel managers themselves.
“The relationship between TravelManagers and the personal travel managers is built on mutual respect and is a true partnership. 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,” says Gazal.
Eight personal travel managers including Queensland’s’ Sarena Taylor representative for Robina, Denise Dean representative for Hendra, Anthony Lee representative for Bardon and Simon Tinkler representative for South Brisbane; Michelle Desmarchelier representative for Berowra and Jane Fowler representative for Elrington in New South Wales and Western Australian based Barbara Turner representative for Scarborough and South Australia’s Corinne Mutz representative for Upper Sturt will share their business success stories at the conference.
Gazal knows the personal travel manager presentations will provide real value for their colleagues.
“The personal travel managers will share with their peers their own personal and professional journeys providing ideas, inspiration, skills and strategies that have contributed to their success. I have no doubt these presentations will provide invaluable wisdom and motivation and it really does highlight the genuine support and camaraderie that exists within the personal travel manager network.”
Gazal says the popular workshops managed by the national partnership team and external experts will again form part of the conference agenda.
“The national partnership led workshops will focus on increasing yield and future technology trends. We are also thrilled to have Lauren Bath who pioneered the Australian influencer industry sharing insights on how PTMs can use Instagram to grow their businesses and Janeece Keller will relaunch Travel With Kidz accreditation program. We find these open forum workshops provide a great mix of education and inspiration and are extremely well received by the PTMs.”
Whilst the conference days will be jammed packed with interesting and relevant content, the PTMs will have time to discover and explore the many activities Darwin has to offer which include a visit to Mindl Markets culminating with the Gala Awards Dinner at SKYCITY Hotel and Resort.
For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.
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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 2017. 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.