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Sophie Harrison

Virtuoso caps off year with two new Australian agencies

Two new Australian based agencies – Travel Masters and Toorak Travel – have joined Virtuoso’s global luxury travel network, adding to the strong growth for the Asia-Pacific region this year.

Left to Right: avid Brandon and Elizabeth Clarke from Savenio, Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch, Neil Kirby and Julie Marshall from Travel Masters, Michael Londregan.
Left to Right: David Brandon and Elizabeth Clarke from Savenio, Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch, Neil Kirby and Julie Marshall from Travel Masters, and Michael Londregan, Virtuoso Asia Pacific Managing Director.

Personal Travel Managers’ Experience Sake, AFL Grand Final and Corporate Indulgence on Japan Famil

For AFL fans, the thought of leaving the country on Grand Final Day would be unthinkable. However, for TravelManagers’ personal travel manager (PTM) Jeremy Ferguson – representative for Brunswick West and a passionate Western Bulldogs fan – and the rest of the dedicated TravelManagers corporate famil, flying to Tokyo on Japan Airlines on Grand final day proved not to be a problem.

TravelManagers’ Personal Travel Managers (from left): Fiona Perry, Simon Alcaraz (NPO), Norie Sugisaki (Japan Airlines), Jeremy Ferguson, Angela Rees, and Melanie Harrop enjoy a day in the Ningyocho suburb in Tokyo well known for its many small temples and food delicacies
TravelManagers’ Personal Travel Managers (from left): Fiona Perry, Simon Alcaraz (NPO), Norie Sugisaki (Japan Airlines), Jeremy Ferguson, Angela Rees, and Melanie Harrop enjoy a day in the Ningyocho suburb in Tokyo well known for its many small temples and food delicacies

Justin Michael joins Travellers Choice in new GM Finance role

With more than 20 years’ experience of the travel, aviation and financial services sector, Travellers Choice has announced the expansion of its senior management team with the appointment of Justin Michael to the newly-created position of General Manager Finance & Administration.

CT Partners recent agent famil to Bhutan

It was a joint effort of COMO Hotels and Resorts, British Airways and Tourism Council of Bhutan to run an incentive earlier this year for CT Partners to win a place on a fabulous famil to Bhutan. The guests got the chance to experience the spectacular area of Gangtey as well as Paro and Punakha where their two other COMO Uma properties are located.

From left: Mark Wright (from GM Gangtey Lodge) Tracey Goodall (Egencia). At front: Allison Barclay from The Unique Tourism Collection, Judith Smith from Travel Managers, Toni Pellizzari from MP Travel Group, Khin Omar Win from Co Owner & Founder Gangtey Lodge, Debbie Grace from FBI Travel, Neil Salmon from British Airways. At the back are Bhutanese Dancers
From left: Mark Wright (from GM Gangtey Lodge) Tracey Goodall (Egencia). At front: Allison Barclay from The Unique Tourism Collection,
Judith Smith from Travel Managers, Toni Pellizzari from MP Travel Group, Khin Omar Win from Co Owner & Founder Gangtey Lodge, Debbie Grace from FBI Travel, Neil Salmon from British Airways.
At the back are Bhutanese Dancers

Exclusive STA Travel beats Festival Tour launches 

As the world’s leading student and youth travel company, STA Travel Beats tours has been created exclusively for students, music and cultural enthusiasts with the initiation of festivals around the globe in 2017.

The first exclusive tour to be launched will be the Golden Beats Tour, a three day music festival in Rajasthan, Northern India, followed by the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik Iceland, a seven-day tour enabling you to explore the rich and magnificent Vikings history, and the British Beats Tour in Cornwall.

 

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