In case you missed it, Personal Travel Managers (PTMs) have spent the past few days in Waikiki, Hawaii at the TravelManagers annual national conference.
Oh, and us! We tagged along too to get some quality time in the sun sipping mai tais. And reporting on important industry tips, tricks and insights, of course!
The conference kicked off on Friday morning, local time with a hula dance that saw PTMs and management team alike putting their best foot forward with the help from some Hawaiian instructors.
The hula dancing was followed by a warm welcome from Hawaiian tourism country manager Giselle Radulovic, who was followed by House of Travel Australia CEO Joe Araullo and TravelManagers executive general manager, Michael Gazal who made some huge announcements that you can read about here and here.
The following three days were filled with insightful tips and tricks from TravelManagers, supplier partners and NPOs, plenty of prize draws, an incredible team building activity and a few island style cocktail parties that we may have enjoyed a little too much.
Plus some bloody fantastic Key note addresses from House of Travel founder Chris Paulsen, co-founder and CEO of Altius Group, Derick Borean and the wonderful and absolutely hilarious Turia Pitt which left us laughing, crying and truly inspired.
Not to mention the gala dinner and awards which saw PTMs get frocked up for a night of dancing and celebrating each other’s success.
The part of the conference that really stood out for us was a series of talks from six PTMs who shared their definition of what success looks like in line with the overall theme of the conference.
Nakita Byrne, Sue Kuti, Erin Ross, Mark Elevato, Michelle Schultz and Julie Painter recounted their journies towards defining their own success and shared how they had already, or planned to, reach it.
Throughout the conference, PTMs were encouraged to spend some time thinking about what success means to them.
Is it spending more time with family? Travelling as often as possible? Making as much money as possible? Or something simple, like having time in the day to walk your dog and reflect?
The point was that success takes many forms.
But no matter what your success looks like, PTMs were encouraged to look after themselves first and foremost.
Because in the words of Gazal, “a healthy mind allows you to reach your full potential and be the most successful you can be.”