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Agent wrap: italktravel & cruise at home launches, TTC hosts Eden Ministry, win big with Brand USA + MORE

What’s better than reading about agents on cool famils and winning free stuff? Finally reaching Friday!

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Express Travel Group today announced the launch of a new business model for facilitating the industries fast-growing mobile travel agent sector.

“italktravel & cruise at home” was unveiled to current italktravel & cruise franchise owners at a dedicated conference day ahead of Express Travel Group’s annual owner-managers conference in Bangkok.

By joining italktravel & cruise at home as a Mobile Travel Advisor, agents can enjoy the flexibility of working from home, in store or anywhere. Advisors will have a direct relationship and mentor with a current franchisee store owner, whilst Express Travel Group manages all back-end financials so they can focus on delivering their exceptional travel experience to servicing their clients.

TTC hosts Michelle Kerr for Better World Better Me program 

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On Wednesday afternoon, The Travel Corporation invited Michelle Kerr of Eden Ministry to speak to staff about her inspiring journey having started in the travel industry, to how she found her purpose, to saving girls and women in Asia from being human trafficked.

Better World Better Me is TTC’s People & Culture initiative that we started in Australia. It includes the company’s Employee Wellness Program and events like Lunch & Learn sessions; or Women to Watch, an informative discussion and panel on inspiring staff, lead by women, to grow and develop our staff personally and in their career.

MTA team enjoys ‘Liberace’ experience

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Members of the MTA – Mobile Travel Agents team attending Virtuoso Travel Week 2019 in Las Vegas were among a select group of industry people given the opportunity to inspect and enjoy a banquet at the famous residence of piano virtuoso and entertainer Wladziu Valentino Liberace, better known as ‘Liberace’.

Now managed by IHG, the famous building is now the passion of UK businessman Martyn Ravenhill who bought the ‘L’ gated mansion in 2013 – USD3 million later the building has been restored to its former glory. complete with crystal chandeliers, a ceiling mural inspired by the Sistine Chapel and, of course, a glitzy, mirrored grand piano similar to the one Liberace was known for playing during his shows.

Brand USA’s Big Badge Bonanza is Back for 2019!

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Brand USA Australia, in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, has today announced its largest trade incentive to date – the Big Badge Bonanza – is returning for 2019! Agents will be competing for a return trip for two to one of the nine West Coast U.S. cities on the Hawaiian Airlines network via Honolulu.

The USA Discovery Program is an innovative and interactive online training course that provides travel agents with the knowledge and skills needed to more effectively book trips to the USA.

To qualify, agents will need to register – which takes less than five minutes – and complete any four badges to enter. Each additional badge completed gives you a bonus entry into the draw to win.

The incentive will start Thursday 15th August through to Friday 30th September 2019. Winners will
be drawn on 4th October 2019.

Virtuoso celebrates Spencer Travel with 2019 most engaged air/service member award

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Global luxury travel network Virtuoso has announced that Spencer Travel has won this year’s coveted Most Engaged Air/Services Member Agency Award at the 31st annual Virtuoso Travel Week.

Spencer Travel’s Danielle Reilly, collected the award in Las Vegas. The honour is especially significant as only a small fraction of the network’s 20,000 advisors and 1,000-plus travel agency members are recognized at Virtuoso Travel Week.

Flight Centre agents embark on an AzAmazing voyage

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Eight lucky agents experienced the best of the Mediterranean, when Azamara’s district sales manager, Jessica Jones hosted a Gems of the Western Med sailing onboard Azamara Pursuit earlier this month.

Agents from across the Flight Centre Group, including Travel Associates, Flight Centre, Infinity and Travel Partners consultants, joined Jones on the journey from Barcelona to Rome.

The agents embarked on their voyage in Barcelona, venturing along the French coastline and stopping in Sete and Marseille before arriving in Monaco where guests danced the night away at Azamara Pursuit’s White Night party in Monte Carlo Harbour.

Live (and capture) your best life: WIN a spot on an all-inclusive famil to the Maldives with Club Med and Singapore Airlines PLUS a Go Pro to capture it all!

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Coinciding with the release of a limited Air + Land package to the Maldives, Bintan Island or Phuket with Club Med and Singapore Airlines, travel agents can WIN a seat on the ultimate Maldives famil with 9 seats up for grabs including four nights at Club Med Kani and one night at the luxury Club Med Finolhu Villas.

Including return flights from Singapore Airlines, PLUS each lucky agent will receive their very own GoPro to capture all of the famil action in and out of the water. Agents simply need to sell as many packages as they can between now and 5 September to earn their golden ticket to paradise!

Helloworld Travel South Australian Agents rev up for the Variety Bash!

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An adventurous team of Helloworld Travel agents from South Australia are right now taking part in the Variety Bash in support of children’s charity Variety.

The daring South Australian team is made up of Julie Kite – owner/manager of Helloworld Travel Marion and Robyn Buteyn – owner Helloworld Travel Brighton alongside their crew Lauryn Weatherall – a 22 year veteran of the bash, and Lyn Townsend.

Airnorth travel agent famil

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Airnorth played host to ten select travel agents from the Gold Coast and Townsville between June 26-30, 2019 to showcase the natural beauty and culture of the Northern Territory. Agents boarded TL180 an Airnorth Embraer 170, 76-seat jet aircraft which departed Gold Coast Airport bound for Townsville for a quick 30-minute stop-over and then continued onto Darwin. This is the fastest direct service from Gold Coast to Darwin and the only Townville to Darwin air service.

It was difficult to distinguish work from play during the action-packed three-day NT itinerary which included adventure, the best ‘must-do’ experiences, sprinkled with amazing culinary destinations throughout the Northern Territory. Agents on the NT famil were welcomed to Darwin with a dinner hosted by Club Tropical Resort where they were accommodated in one-bedroom apartments throughout the duration of their stay in the Top End.

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