Travel Agents

Agent wrap: MTA kicks off forums, TIME networking events, loads of famils + more!

This agent wrap has left us positively green with envy. How you guys find the time to attend so many great famils is beyond us.

MTA kicks off regional ‘2019 And Beyond Forum’series


With a strong focus on continuous Advisor development and introducing MTA’s formal mentoring and workplace assistance programs, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents has commenced the roll out of its 2019 regional ‘2019 And Beyond Forums’ at The Langham Sydney.

Attended by more than 80 MTA Advisors, the Sydney event is the first of four similar events with Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth scheduled to take place across April.

More than 350 Advisors are expected to attend along with 45 of MTA’s approved partners in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and 22 in Perth participating in supplier trade events at each venue.

Celebrate Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold receiving status with savings on North and South America 

Monument Valley Utah, Insight Vacations Lo Res

The global leaders in premium and luxury escorted journeys,Insight Vacations andLuxury Gold, are excited to announce they have received the highest accolade offered by Feefo, Gold Status for the second year in a row.

To celebrate and share the excitement with Travel Agent partners and guests, the brands are offering up to 10 per cent off select journeys and departures to North and South America.

Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests travelling with Insight Vacations can expect a stylish travel experience, getting up close and personal with the destination, savouring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences, while Luxury Gold guests will enjoy elevated elegance and VIP experiences.

Travellers can choose from a range of itineraries; including the 16-day Best of Eastern Canada and USA, 9-day Best of California or Luxury Gold’s enchanting 9-day Southern Grace itinerary.

WHEN: Available for 6 days only, from 26 March 2019 until 31 March 2019.

WHERE: For full terms and conditions, please visit or, call 1300 727 767 or contact your local sales manager.

South African Airways fly top selling agents to Southern Africa

SAA trade fam

South African Airways in partnership with YNOT Concepts and Air Tickets recently hosted top selling SAA agents on a famil to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The group flew on SAA’s daily flight from Perth to Johannesburg and on to Cape Town where they spent 2 days exploring the city and its beautiful surrounds before travelling to Gansbaai for 2 nights at Garden Lodge at the exclusive Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Here they tested out some of the activities on offer including fat biking through the sand dunes, horse riding on the reserve and taking a boat cruise where they not only spotted the elusive Bryde’s whale but also one of the resident great white sharks.

The group then travelled to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, staying at the Old Drift Lodge on the Zambezi River where they went on a sunset cruise and on a game drive in the Zambezi National Park with some amazing sightings.

It was then back to South Africa for a night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg before finishing off the trip in style with 2 nights at the world-renowned Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve for a luxury safari experience.  At Sabi Sabi they ticked off the final member of the Big Five with amazing leopard sightings and an incredible encounter with a pack of endangered African wild dog who were holding hyenas at bay after bringing down an Impala.

TIME in your town

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Since its foundation in 2009, Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) has grown from a travel industry mentoring program to become Australia’s premier travel-tourism-airline-hospitality career accelerator.

From its Sydney roots, TIME now has active communities in cities around the country and, over the next few weeks, it’s hosting a series of lively networking events in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

They’re informal, fun and free to attend, and are designed to inspire and help some of the industry’s finest people connect.

If you’re an ambitious travel-tourism-hospitality professional looking to take your career to the next level, then attending a TIME event might just be the best first-step you ever take.

Grab a friend, come along and see what the TIME buzz is all about.


When: 04 APRIL from 5.00-7.00pm

At: Rambla on Swan

39/85 South Perth Esplanade, South Perth WA 6151

RSVP: Email

Guest Speaker: Penny Spencer, TIME program founder and MD of the Spencer Group of Companies.


When: 09 APRIL from 6.00-9.00pm

At: Platinum Travel Corporation

210 Canterbury Road, Canterbury VIC 3126


Guest Speakers: Andrew Buerckner – Director of Platinum Travel Corporation, and Pete Rawley – CEO & Founder of Evolution Travel Collective.


When: 17 APRIL from 6.00-8.00pm

At: MOFO’s Rooftop Bar

Flight Centre Travel Group HQ

275 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Guest Speaker: Penny Spencer, TIME program founder and MD of the Spencer Group of Companies.

RSVP: Email

HLO Agents visit Singapore, Paris and London on global famil experience!


Six amazingly lucky and top-selling Helloworld Travel Associate and Magellan agents were recently awarded with a coveted spot on a British Airways and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts famil to Singapore, Paris and London!

Flying Club World business class throughout, the group flew directly to Singapore as their first destination staying at the Shangri-La Singapore’s prestigious Valley wing.

From there they flew a British Airways A380 to Paris. The group stayed at Shangri-La Paris and sipped champagne overlooking the Eiffel Tower in the heart of the world’s most romantic city.

They then flew on to London City Airport and stayed at the iconic Shangri-La at The Shard and experienced the highest High Tea in the city.

Thanks to British Airways, Helloworld Travel and Savenio (Travellers Choice) for this incredible famil experience.

One-carat of gratitude at 24×7 solutions

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Thanks to renowned office culture and a fabled recognition and rewards program, the staff-retention credentials of Penny Spencer’s businesses are legendary.

The most recent example of that played out in Sydney in March when Mena Clark, General Manager of 24×7 Solutions received a pair of one-carat diamond earrings upon reaching 10 years of continuous employment.

The idea behind the Diamond Club is a simple one: Upon completing 10 years of employment, staff receive a carat of sparkling diamonds. Over the years, Diamond Club members have received an Aladdin’s cave of rings, earrings and other elegant pieces of jewellery.

Travel Associates Western Australian present luxury cruising showcase 

Andrew Boyce with Lynette, winner of the $2000 Silversea cruise credit, Rebeka Belcher (BDM WA for Silversea) and Christine Gardiner (BDM Silversea Expeditions).

Australia’s leader in personalised, premium travel experiences, Travel Associates, has showcased the world of Luxury Cruising to valued clients last week at the Perth Convention Centre.

Recognising the continued popularity of cruising to the Australian market, the event, hosted by Travel Associates WA offices, was a great example of the brand’s high-touch and premium style of client engagement, and a productive way to present eight of the world’s leading premium cruise lines.

Australia is the fifth most important world cruise market, according to CLIA and cruising clients are now spoiled for choice with exceptional 5 star cruise brands regularly departing Australia. Cruise partners in attendance at the WA showcase event included luxury cruise lines APT, Azamara, Lindblad Expeditions, Oceania, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking and Windstar.

Busabout celebrates top agents with Thai-riffic famil

Busabout Thai-Riffic

Last week, seven agents travelled with Busabout, the flexible travel experts, through Thailand on a round trip from Bangkok through Khao Sok, Phuket, Koh Lanta and Ao Nang – an absolutely Thai-riffic affair!

Agents were asked to sell at least three Europe or USA Hop-on Hop-off passes, Asia trips or Small Group Adventures to qualify. The top regional sales manager, top sales manager as well as five wild card entrants were treated to a Busabout trip of a lifetime!

Starting with a stay along Cheow Larn Lake in a river bungalow – agents enjoyed a visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary in Shao Sok, undertook a spot of Island Hopping through the incredible Thai Islands of Koh Lanta and Krabi along with an array of amazing adventures along the way.


Road & Rail


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Travel Agents

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Road & Rail

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