TravelManagers annual conference is underway in H

first_imgTravelManager’s annual conference is underway in Honolulu, with over 320 personal travel managers (PTMs), reps from partner suppliers and National Partnership Office (NPO) folk in attendance.This year’s conference theme – success – was chosen because of its relevance to all areas of life, says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal. “Whilst success in business is commonly measured in terms of turnover, we know that in reality it’s much more subjective and multi-faceted. Whether it’s improving work-life balance, choosing to specialise in a particular field of interest or developing functional and personal skills, we’ll be discussing the tools and skills currently available, and looking at future innovations that will help our PTMs and travel partners achieve even greater success going forward.”The official conference begins today (Friday 17 August local time) at the Prince Waikiki, with a welcome from Hawai’i Tourism’s Giselle Radulovic. In the lead-up, attendees have been arriving all week to make the most of the pre-conference golf tournament and famils to Oahu and Maui, the latter organised by Hawai’i Tourism Oceania together with post-conference famils to the islands of Kauai and Hawaii.After the conference is formally opened by Gazal and House of Travel Australia CEO, Joe Araullo, there will be presentations from partner suppliers such as Hawaiian Airlines, Allianz and WLCL, as well as from PTMs, who will share their “Secrets of Success’.“It’s a key part of TravelManagers’ culture that our PTMs share ideas, experience and knowledge with their colleagues, recognising that each individual has something to contribute and something to learn,” Gazal explains.One of the main highlights of the conference’s first day is sure to be the presentation from keynote speakers, Chris Paulsen. Paulsen founded the New Zealand-based House of Travel, which acquired TravelManagers Australia in November 2007, and has received accolades throughout his career that include New Zealand’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, The Prime Minister’s Social Hero Award in 2007, and the Chairman’s Circle Honour from the US Travel Association in 2013. “The House of Travel business model which Chris set up in 1987 was ground-breaking within the industry,” says Gazal. “Despite the changes and challenges faced by the travel industry over the past thirty years, Chris’ inspiring leadership and vision of what constitutes success made him an obvious choice to speak at this year’s conference.”Day one will conclude with a welcome cocktail function, hosted by Hawai’i Tourism Oceania at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Day Two will be spent in a series of supplier workshops, before a mystery team-building activity in the afternoon. “Participants will get the chance to discover the sights and tourist attractions of Waikiki – it promises to be an ‘amazing’ afternoon,” said Gazal. “And in the evening, the sunset cocktail party will be a great way to unwind from what promises to be a very full day.”The final day of the conference will entail further supplier and PTM presentations, before the second keynote speaker’s address from Turia Pitt.The conference concludes on Sunday night with a gala awards dinner that is set to embrace the conference’s theme of success.IMAGE: TravelManagers Michael Gazal Annual ConferenceHawaiiTravelManagerslast_img

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