Australian independent travel buying group CT Partners has announced the addition of another two new high-profile Victoria-based members.
The two latest members are where2travel, a family-owned, multi-location business with stores in Malvern, Glen Waverley and Greensborough; and Benalla Travel, another family-owned, award-winning travel company located 212 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.
The addition of where2travel and Benalla Travel comes after CT Partners announced In Travel and Tribe Travel as new members in February.
CT Partners chairman Barry Mayo (pictured above) said: “Both where2travel and Benalla Travel were motivated by the simplicity and transparency of the CT Partners business model, with 100 per cent of all supplier payments distributed through to members.
“We are delighted to welcome both these long-established businesses to our group and are confident that, together with CT Partners commercial arrangements, they will also benefit from the close collaboration that exists between our members.
“Everyone at CT Partners is delighted to welcome new members and shareholders of this calibre. It’s a demonstration of their confidence in the future of travel.”
Steve Bouyer, general manager of where2travel, said: “where2travel, with its associated brands where2cruise, Sage Travel and Independent Travel Designers, is very pleased to have joined CT Partners unique association of agents.
“This is the result of extensive research of possible buying group options, and ensures we are well-positioned for when details of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new four-part pathway strategy towards normalising Australia’s travel movements are revealed and implemented.”
Fiona Stephens, director of Benalla Travel, said: “We are thrilled to be joining CT Partners which is a financially transparent business and 100 per cent owned by its members.
“The model suits our company philosophy, and allows us full control to grow our corporate and premium leisure business moving forward in the post-COVID future.”
Established in 2004, CT Partners comprises 22 of the largest independent travel companies specialising in corporate and premium leisure travel.