TravelManagers has reason to celebrate, with a record attendance for the second November bi-annual state meeting held in Adelaide last week, and a 45% increase in new recruits in the SA region in the last 12 months.
Fifteen out the 19 current PTMs participated in the state meeting, held at Adelaide’s Mayfair Hotel.
“It would have almost been a perfect attendance, however two personal travel managers were late withdrawals coming down with the flu and a new recruit was on an induction course in Sydney,” said executive general manager Michael Gazal.
Gazal said the benefit of working regionally with the PTMs is it provides the ability to cater for their local and individual requirements.
”By individually tailor making meetings by state it allows for the meeting to be personal and relevant, which ensures strong attendance and high engagement. The feedback from our personal travel managers is consistently positive so we know it’s a winning formula.”
“TravelManagers in South Australia is really going from strength to strength and our personal travel managers are experienced, knowledgeable, proactive and very generous in sharing their strengths with each other. This camaraderie is typical and represents the true community spirit that TravelManagers prides itself on. It really comes as no surprise that 60% of these new recruits have been referrals from existing personal travel managers,” said Gazal.
Following the morning’s business sessions, the personal travel managers along with nine national partnership office staff and three partner suppliers (Shoana Bannister from Wendy Wu, Regan Grainer from Trafalgar and Stephen York from Albatross Travel) enjoyed a Christmas lunch at The Little Hunter, a popular local steak restaurant.
PTM Neil Saunders’ lunch was interrupted by the need to attend to an urgent client request.
“TravelManagers technology is second to none. I was able to issue an urgent ticket and book a small ship cruise in-between my entrée and main and still enjoy lunch. My clients’ always come first. All in a day’s work,” said Saunders.
The company will continue their personal travel manager state meetings around Australia with Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane meetings scheduled throughout November and early December.