Events

Here’s what went down at the Helloworld Business Travel Summit

Helloworld Business Travel (HWBT) members from across Australia recently wrapped up their two days of conferencing at the 2019 Helloworld Travel combined OMC and Business Summit in Saigon, Vietnam.

Featuring exclusive events and high-profile presenters, the summit brought together the HWBT network with supplier partners and Helloworld staff to share in the latest developments within the division and the business as a whole.

Helloworld CEO and managing director Andrew Burnes and board member Mike Ferraro opened the first morning of the conference, followed by keynote speaker Sergeant Harry Moffitt, who spoke about lessons in communicating objectives and leading teams.

Following the keynote, HWBT members broke out for their corporate-focused Business Summit. David Padman (pictured above), general manager of independent and corporate networks at Helloworld, opened the summit to talk about the evolution of HWBT.

Highlights included business travel trends in 2019, key take-outs from a recent member business sentiment survey, the plan to further leverage the strengths of the network, and HWBT’s unique value proposition.

Attendees also got a first look at some of the new technology available, and in development, for members, including a demonstration of new BI dashboards and the corporate client portal project.

The summit’s keynote speaker, Clare Payne – a leading voice on ethics in society – spoke about the importance of not only building trust, but also being clear what you stand for as a company when it comes to winning and retaining clients.

A panel session with the HWBT Advisory Council provided an opportunity to hear their thoughts around leveraging strengths, changing the conversation with clients and selling value.

Helloworld Business Travel Summit panel discussion
Pictured L-R: The Helloworld Business Travel Summit panel discussion featuring Karsten Horn (Reho Travel), Peter Williams (Phil Hoffmann Travel), Peter Hosper (The Travel Authority), Kathryn Sari (Verve Travel) and David Padman (Helloworld Travel).

Sessions focused on what’s ahead for business travel, future proofing and innovation filled the remainder of the two days.

The final day finished up with a presentation from HWBT’s new national sales manager, Sharon Stanley, who outlined what members can expect from her and what she will be focusing on for the next 90 to 100 days – communication, development and getting to know their businesses.

Padman said this year’s summit was a great success, featuring new insights and content focused on development.

“Our Helloworld Business Travel members have many strengths, and the two days of conferencing focused on developing these strengths into real competitive advantage,” he said.

“With Sharon Stanley coming into our team, bringing with her a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, we are excited to take on the year ahead and get the most out of it for our members.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Travel Agents

Agent disappears after being ordered to pay back clients (and allegedly owing franchisor 40K)

This story has got a bit of a Catch Me If You Can aura about it, minus Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Rail Europe launches summer special for Great Train Journeys

Once again, there isn’t enough road and rail news for us to deliver you a wrap, but we do have this. Or, you can re-read that bullet train story we did last week.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism

STUDY: Ireland suffering significant slowdown for international arrivals

It appears the luck of the Irish is running out, and hunting for leprechauns has fallen out of fashion with tourists, according to this analysis.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airline crowned Australia’s most attractive employer

Travel Weekly wrongly assumed this accolade was based on looks, proving just how shallow we really are.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

SBS and NITV gear up for third season of ‘Going Places with Ernie Dingo’

Admittedly, Travel Weekly’s editor only ever tunes into SBS if it’s playing re-runs of Inspector Rex or Iron Chef, but Ernie’s travel show is worth checking out.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Ovolo’s dog-friendly rooms, IHG’s new brand, Pan Pacific’s expansion + more

New hotel brands, expansions, dog-friendly rooms, a ‘Kids Kava’ experience and a tuk-tuk bar – this week’s hotel wrap is much like a bag of liquorice allsorts.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Destinations

Commercial airlines warned Iran military could target flights due to “miscalculation or misidentification”

Are you or a client flying over the Persian Gulf in the near future? You may want to give this a read.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Technology

Amazon has another crack at travel with launch of flight bookings

Well, well, well. It appears another tech giant is putting their finger the travel pie. Cue the fear.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Destinations

Tourism

International airport to be built “right on top” of world-famous tourist attraction

If you’re a travel professional and doing all you can to avoid the dangers of overtourism like the plague, you might want to sit down while reading this.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Report finds brakes weren’t used before plane crash that killed 41

Those seeking answers to why the Russian Aeroflot plane crash that killed 41 people occurred have been given a bit of clarity around the tragic incident.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Technology

TripAdvisor steps in after restaurant roasted for issuing tourists huge bill

We’re such tight-arses here at Travel Weekly that we often adopt the ‘dine and dash’ strategy when eating out.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Wholesalers

Excite Holidays launches new guide to Indonesia

Coincidentally, Indonesia has just re-elected its president, and Travel Weekly’s editor is having dinner at an Indonesian restaurant tonight.

Share

CommentComments