By KarryOn @karryontravel06 Nov 2017You Travel Agents go on so many famils and attend so many events that we’ve had to create a whole new section dedicated to your awesome adventures. Check out what consultants got up to over the last seven days below, including a special famil to Hong Kong with the city’s tourism board, or click here to check out last week’s pics and snaps. 1. SPOTTED… relaxing in a Club Med Club Med, along with 21 of their top Agents have celebrated their indirect sales successes at Club Med Bintan Island. The four day long VIP event saw Club Med recap all of the upcoming resort openings and renovations including the much anticipated Tomamu ski resort in Japan opening in December 2017 and Cefalu sun resort in Sicily opening in June 2018, as well as the company direction and goals. Five top agencies were also recognised and awarded for their extraordinary, and ongoing, support of Club Med. 2. SPOTTED… tasting Cantonese food in Hong Kong Aussie Agents joined an international line up to experience the magic of Hong Kong, attending the first Hong Kong Specialist Club (HKSC) Incentive Famil. Hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and tourism partners, 38 Agents from 15 countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, UK and US participated in the first incentive famil, which took place from 24 to 27 October 2017. Highlights from the four day famil included a 360 Lantau Sunset Tour; tasting traditional Cantonese delicacies at a dim sum lunch in Old Town Central; and sampling local and international wines at the Wine & Dine Festival with a dazzling backdrop of Victoria Harbour. The group also attended a networking session which provided tourism partners with the opportunity to update the specialists on any developments and news, and build important relationships for future product development. 3. SPOTTED… being dazzled by Dubai If you’re looking for expert advice on Dubai’s celebrated theme parks there’s only one person you need to ask – Sydney Travel Agent and TravelCube incentive winner Barry Warner. A self-described “theme park junkie” Barry, the co-founder of Sydney’s Planetdwellers, was the first Australian to notch up 250 paying visits to Disneyland in Anaheim, where his name adorns a brick in New Orleans Square. In 1996 he was also the first Australian to dine in the park’s invitation-only restaurant Club 33, with John Howard, then Prime Minister, being the second. After visiting Dubai’s expanding range of attractions while visiting the emirate for the first time this month on a five-night luxury TravelCube and Dubai Tourism famil, he summed up the destination in one word: “phenomenal”. Warner was one of ten top-selling travel agents invited on the luxurious Arabian adventure following TravelCube’s recent ‘Dubai on Sale’ incentive. The group flew Emirates to Dubai , stayed at the five-star Taj Hotel and the JA Oasis Beach Tower at the Marina, and experienced just a fraction of the more than 190 sightseeing options TravelCube now offers in the city. TravelCube Marketing Manager Jenny Dazeley, who co-hosted the group, says Dubai is one of the company’s fastest growing destinations for accommodation and ground services. 4. SPOTTED… horsing around at Flemington A small but colourful group of Travellers Choice members recently embraced the fun, fashion and excitement of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival by attending the glamorous ‘Sofitel Girls Day Out’ at Flemington Racecourse. The Victorian and Tasmanian Agents soaked up the sights and sounds of Melbourne’s most famous racetrack, with the highlight of the day being the $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes, won in style by the Humidor. Travellers Choice Business Development Manager VIC/TAS, Graham Smith says the group was lucky enough to enjoy the hospitality of the exclusive Emirates Mounting Yard Suite, where they were joined by Emirates’ Linda Costantini and Travellers Choice General Manager Sales, Nicola Strudwick. “We were also fortunate to receive some tips by Ellerton Zahra Racing’s Simon Zahra, who entertained the group with stories about his life as a trainer,” says Smith. “His stable had a big win on the day, which brought a smile to a couple of the larger punters who had been sensible enough to follow his advice!” 5. SPOTTED… coming together for Family Day 25 Travel Counsellors, head office staff and their family members recently came together to spend the day at Blackbutt Reserve in Newcastle for the last Travel Counsellors Family Day of 2017. Face painting, balloon animals, wildlife shows and the all Aussie sausage sizzle were big hits, but the sense of family that resonated throughout the day was the biggest win. Newcastle Travel Counsellor, Danielle Cutrupi was able to bring along her father, her husband and her two children: “It was so special to be able to introduce my family, all three generations, to the head office support staff I work with every day to run my business. It’s so heart-warming to be a part of a company that truly embraces family, it makes me so proud to be a Travel Counsellor and I’ve had such a lovely day catching up with everyone”. Travel Counsellors has hosted similar events in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia throughout the year and due to their resounding success will once again host events around the country in 2018. Australian MD Fred van Eijk commented: “It’s so important to provide our agents and their families the opportunity to spend time with head office staff outside of traditional conferences and work interactions, and vice versa. Travel Counsellors is such family based business and I think the smiles and laughs shared today demonstrate that perfectly – we’re all on big international family. We can’t wait to do it all again next year”. Have you taken any recent pics from a roadshow or famil? Send them in to [email protected] Other stories you may like 7 things Helloworld Travel Agents can expect at Frontliners Gold Medal winning advice Travel Agents should live by Want to win a prize for something you’re ALREADY doing?