For an AFL fan, the thought of leaving the country on grand final day would be unthinkable. However, for personal travel manager (PTM) Jeremy Ferguson – representative for Brunswick West and a passionate Western Bulldogs fan, flying to Tokyo on Japan Airlines on grand final day meant it wasn’t a problem.
“With the Wi-Fi on board, streaming the game was a breeze. And best of all the right team won,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson was one of four PTM’s who recently participated on a TravelManagers facilitated corporate educational to Japan in conjunction with Accor Hotels, Preferred Hotel Group, Intrepid Urban Adventures and Japan Holidays.
Joining Ferguson were PTMs Melanie Harrop (representative for St Kilda), Fiona Perry (representative for Corlette, NSW) and Angela Rees (representative for Pinkenba, QLD), Simon Alcaraz (corporate PTM support at the national partnership office) and Norie Sugisaki from Japan Airlines.
Perry was impressed by Japan Airlines, both in the air and on the ground.
“It was my first time travelling on Japan Airlines and we experienced both business and economy class allowing us a comprehensive understanding of their full product offering. Everyone in business class is guaranteed isle access through the unique design and layout, which I know my corporate clients will appreciate. I was super impressed at the service onboard in both classes, they were professional, efficient and totally accommodating on every level,” said Perry.
The group discovered Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku in Tokyo was ideal in terms of location and facilities for corporate clients.
Ferguson it was having the time to really experience the destination as if you were travelling independently, which he found most beneficial.
“Being able to share my extensive personal travel experience and product knowledge with my corporate clients is an absolute priority for me. Their time is often limited so getting ourselves around on the local transport allowed a greater appreciation on what to experience and the time involved in getting anywhere being such a large city. Firsthand experience is invaluable.”
The group also enjoyed private car transfers, which would be a popular choice for corporate clients, and an Urban Adventures ‘off the beaten track’ alternative city tour of Tokyo.
TravelManagers offer personal travel managers a dedicated educational program in conjunction with partner suppliers. This is backed up by strong state and national support, including a national partnership office and individual state support via local business partnership managers.