Wednesday 16 December 2021 – In October 2019, TravelManagers’ Maria Pandalai visited Papua New Guinea on a nine-day famil with Intrepid Travel. It was a fascinating experience and one that would eventually lead the Queensland-based personal travel manager (PTM) to fulfil a long-held ambition to become a published travel writer.
Best wishes for a fun Christmas and here’s hoping 2021 will be a year of new opportunities, negating all the hardships, disappointments and travails of 2020.
“On the flight from Port Moresby to Rabaul, I was seated next to the travel journalist in the group, and...
Wednesday 09 December 2020 – With 35 years’ experience in the travel industry under her belt, personal travel manager (PTM) Robbie Barrett has a client base of avid travellers who are eagerly awaiting the time when they can revive holiday plans that have been on ice for much of 2020.
Among them is a pair of cruise enthusiasts for whom Barrett had arranged a European cruise holiday that was to...
Wednesday 02 December 2020 – Alongside her fellow personal travel managers (PTMs), TravelManagers’ Kerrin Poupos worked tirelessly through the first half of this year to bring clients home, cancel or postpone future bookings and generally redress the chaos created by COVID. Now she has shifted her focus to rebuilding her business with a more domestic focus, with a fresh mindset that’s all about growth, learning and reigniting her passion for the industry and career she has loved for more than sixteen years.
TravelManagers’ representative for Warragul, VIC, Kerrin Poupos (second left), has focused on upskilling in domestic travel as a way to reenergise her business.
“It has been a tough year for agents,” Poupos confirms. “Back in April and May, it just hit me like...
Wednesday 25 November 2020 – Fresh border closures resulting from the latest upsurge in COVID cases in South Australia once again left holidaymakers scrambling to cancel or change their travel plans. For many, this involved hours on the phone trying to rearrange seats on flights that were quickly selling out, plus more time invested in cancelling or postponing land arrangements.
Personal travel manager (PTM) Emma Ross, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Bulimba in Queensland, had a group of clients who...
Wednesday 18 November 2020 – Personalised service that’s tailored to each client’s individual needs: according to TravelManagers Australia, this is one of the hallmarks of their personal travel managers (PTM). True to form, when Sydney-based PTM Julianne Gazal-Rizk was briefed about Chimu Adventures’ charters flights to see the Southern Lights over Antarctica, she put this principle into action, reaching out to handful of carefully selected clients with detail of the experience on offer.
Who says overseas travel is off the table for Aussies? TravelManagers’ Julianne Gazal-Rizk produced $40K worth of sales in a week thanks to a promotion of Chimu Adventures’ Southern Lights charter flight to her client database.
Within a week, Gazal-Rizk had sold five premium economy and two business class seats to four sets of clients for...
Thursday 12 November 2020 – Although 2020 has been the year of frustrating travel plans, TravelManagers says clients are still thinking about travel and making plans for when international holidays are once again an option. In fact, one personal travel manager (PTM) recently confirmed a client on a dazzling round-the-world cruise itinerary which is set to be one of the largest individual cruise bookings TravelManagers has ever taken.
Third time lucky for PTM Laurin Taggart’s client circumnavigating the globe for 143 nights onboard Regent Seven Seas’ Luxurious 700 guest MV Mariner
PTM Laurin Taggart is based in Forster in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales. She describes her...
Wednesday 04 November 2020 – Australians who are looking to indulge their travel habit somewhere exotic, but don’t want to wait for international borders to reopen, are rediscovering the concept of immersive, luxury holiday experiences at home.
NSW-based PTM Tania Tyler is excited about the new Crooked Compass Lunch Club concept – she has already earmarked Whitehaven Beach as her lunch destination of choice when inter-state travel is once again permitted.
To meet the growing demand for this type of getaway, tour company Crooked Compass has just launched a selection...
Thursday 29 October 2020 – To use cricketing parlance, the travel industry has been knocked for six by COVID in 2020. With international travel well and truly stumped for the immediate future, TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) has recognised the importance of preserving a sense of team spirit within the company, organising regular gatherings (virtually and in person) to ensure the wellbeing of its 560-plus personal travel managers (PTMs) and NPO support team.
Great food and great company – TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office team are one big happy family at their recent picnic sports day. (L-R Back row: Rob Fitt, Graciela Craig, Julie McLean, Joe Araullo, Melissa Randazzo, Leeanne Freeman, Georgia Thomas, Middle row: Penny Toon, Michael Gazal, Tania Myles, Suzanne Laister, Helen Georganas, Front row: Ozlem Tuncay, Lauren Cannon, Marlene Lane)
Last week it was the turn of the NPO team to take the field, figuratively and literally, with a picnic...
Wednesday 21 October 2020 – TravelManagers’ recent Cruise Sale, which ran in support of the launch of Princess Cruises’ 2021/22 cruise program, resulted in more than two and a half million dollars in sales for the home-based travel brand. TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the company was delighted by the outcome, which he says surpassed expectations after a challenging nine months for the travel industry.
Wednesday 21 October 2020 – TravelManagers’ recent Cruise Sale, which ran in support of the launch of Princess Cruises’ 2021/22...
Wednesday 14 October 2020 – If 2020 had been an ordinary year, on Thursday 10th September there would have been several hundred personal travel managers (PTMs) arriving in Hamilton Island for TravelManagers’ thirteenth annual National Conference. The reality is that 2020 has been anything but ordinary, but it takes more than a global pandemic to stop this band of travel professionals from getting together virtually to recreate the same atmosphere of fun and solidarity as they’ve come to expect from their conference weekend – with plenty of competitive spirit thrown in for good measure.
Wednesday 14 October 2020 – If 2020 had been an ordinary year, on Thursday 10th September there would have been...