After postponing its annual conference due to concerns of COVID-19, Travel Counsellors turned the event into a virtual celebration this year.
Regional managing director Kaylene Shuttlewood said that with the challenges faced by many business owners, it was more important than ever to bring about an alternative solution for the event, which many look forward to.
“The decision to shift our annual conference on to a digital platform was a way to bring together our global Travel Counsellors community in an unprecedented way and let them know, with the support of the Australian head office team and the wider business, we will come out of this together, stronger than ever,” she said.
The virtual event had Travel Counsellors agents across the country tuned in with cameras on, many of whom were gathered in each other’s homes, ready to celebrate an afternoon of motivational messages, milestones, and inspirational stories.
The overarching conference theme was ‘Moments That Matter’, which aimed to encouraged Travel Counsellors agents to reflect and speak about the memories they have made and the moments that mattered to them during their time running a home-based travel enterprise.
Head office staff opened the conference with a song and dance number, enthusiastically lip-syncing to “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne, which was followed by heart-warming messages from the company’s supplier partners.
Milestones that were intended to be celebrated at an evening gala in Perth were acknowledged and commemorated for several Travel Counsellors members who celebrated their 10th year as a business owner and travel agent.
The company’s global sales director, Jim Eastwood, joined the conference with an uplifting message full of hope for the future.
“Green shoots are on the horizon,” he said.
“We are seeing a notable shift with more sales and enquiries being generated week-on-week for travel later this year and beyond. People are starting to look to the future.”