News

'Voluntourism' and booking engine focus for Travel Partners

Some 120 guests from across Australia attended the Travel Partners conference in Sydney last weekend, which also coincided with the launch of the company’s new website.

Over the course of the two-day conference, delegates were given a first look at the travelpartners.com.au website, which will enable individual agents to have their own site set up complete with booking engine to enable customers to book flights, including LCC’s, car hire, hotels and other travel related products, the company said. The first of the new sites is expected to launch by the end of 2014.

“The Travel Partners philosophy is to enable its members to interact with the customer directly and that’s why we have developed a “turnkey” solution for our agents to sell online and earn commission directly from their bookings,” Travel Partners managing direct, Jeff Hakim said.

Hakim said the group was trading well, and had experienced “significant growth” this past year, with an additional 50-60 members expected to join over the next 12 months.

Conference attendees listened to keynote speaker Justin Herald on “How to grow your business without spending a single cent” and Gate 7 managing director, Jo Palmer on other business related topics.

Travel Partners also announced it has teamed up with youth Charity Kids Giving Back to launch an exclusive series of volunteering tourism projects aimed at school and university age travellers to experience working on genuine volunteer projects in South East Asia. The exclusive packages will be launched later this year in conjunction with The Bamboo Project.

"Award_Winners.jpg"

The conference concluded with a gala dinner with awards presented to:  

Business Growth NSW – Tanya Ives

Business Growth VIC – Tony Miles

Business Growth QLD – Lesley Royle

Business Growth WA – Daniela Tatonetti

Premier Achiever NSW – Brad Thomas

Premier Achiever VIC – Eiko Shingae

Premier Achiever QLD – Jacki Scroggie

Premier Achiever WA – Jill Wilkinson

Premier Affiliate Agency – Adriatic Adventures and Tours

Travel Partners Excellence Award  –  Glenda Prudius of Amadeus.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Comments are closed.

Events

Bali travel forced to refund attendees after “underwhelming” event

A festival aiming to quench the thirst of those who would rather be in Bali right now was forced to issue refunds and offer free entry after attendees claim they were lied to.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

ScoMo “in no hurry” to reopen Australia’s international borders

It appears the likelihood of more travel bubbles being announced soon is about the same as ScoMo’s beloved Sharkies winning the NRL Premiership this year … not good.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

YIPPEE! Two-way trans-Tasman bubble finally kicks off

Today is the day, folks! As of midnight last night, the two-way trans-Tasman bubble is FINALLY open! Get the lowdown on NZ flights and tour discounts right here.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

“Do not trust the GPS”: Google Maps places rural town 85km north of its actual location

According to the mayors of a handful of rural Aussie towns, this isn’t the first time the popular travel app has caused problems for them.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“We call it the triple win”: Global Work & Travel launches new affiliate program

Have you been searching for ways to earn some much-needed moolah ever since JobKeeper ended? Here’s one that doesn’t involve busking on the street or spinning signs.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

CLIA to welcome 18 new ships with virtual showcase

The association is bringing you all the latest vessel news from the maritime world with this exclusive showcase.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

GM appointed to lead Best Western’s newest Aussie hotel

Australia’s newest luxe boutique hotel has named its GM who, according to the accompanying press photo, has a strong beard game.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Savenio restructures commission model

There’s been plenty of tszujing happening over at Savenio lately. However, that’s not to suggest the “Fab Five” paid the agency network a visit.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas still committed to October restart for international flights, says Joyce

Qantas’ CEO doesn’t plan on letting a few vaccine “speedbumps” get in the way of the flying kangaroo going international in October.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Florida Governor sues CDC and Biden administration, demanding resumption of cruising

The lawsuit claims the US government is “singling out” the cruise industry and costing the state billions.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Man blows almost $20,000 after refusing temperature check at Disney World

Today, in what NOT to do at Disney World, we bring you reports of a man who blew almost $20,000 after getting kicked out for refusing a temperature check.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Rail Europe launches fresh e-learning program for agents

Are you looking to get your rail bookings back on track? Go full steam ahead with this new online training tool.

Share

CommentComments