By Nahrain John @karryontravel13 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 famil with Great Southern Rail, or click here to check out last week’s pics and snaps. 1. SPOTTED… celebrating Africa Safari Co’s 20th anniversary The Africa Safari Co celebrated their 20th Anniversary in style with a function held at The Ivy earlier this month. The CEO and owner Susie Potter started the company in 1997 from her home in Sydney’s southern suburbs. The wholly owned Australian travel wholesaler has out grown several offices over the years and now resides in beautiful new offices in Sutherland and employs over 20 staff. Susie Potter attributes her success to her incredible passion for Africa and employs people with the same passion which is the contributing factor to her incredibly successful business. “I would personally like to thank all my staff past and present for their commitment to me and the company,” she said. “It was great to see all my clients, family, suppliers, retail Agents and preferred airline partners join us for the momentous event.” 2. SPOTTED… at the races Qantas Holidays, GO Holidays and associated brands held an Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival at Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne. Guests in attendance were greeted with champagne on arrival and a delicious array of delicacies before hearing from Emma and Richard Freeman who spoke on their long involvement and insight around the Spring Racing Carnival. 3. SPOTTED… celebrating a decade of service At TravelManagers, behind every good personal travel manager (PTM) there is a team of dedicated people whose job it is to provide finance, marketing, technology and business support so that PTMs can focus on delivering the best possible service to their clients. This year, as well as eleven PTMs who celebrate ten years with the company are three of those support staff, who have been alongside the PTMs every step of the way. As TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal explains, “Our PTMs work hard to build up successful businesses, but as a company we believe that it’s also important to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes in our National Partnership Office (NPO) to help make those businesses succeed.” One of these is TravelManagers’ Operations Manager, Pru Gallagher, who joined the company as the main support person in the operations team: a role that included working with new PTMs to set up their businesses. She also was responsible for managing the company’s first seven national conferences, and has been in her current role overseeing the operations and training teams for almost two years. For Tanyu Cilek, who, as TravelManagers’ Finance and Commercial Manager, is also celebrating ten years with the company, maintaining a balance between ever-improving technology and connecting with PTMs on a personal level is an important focus. The third ten-year veteran is Maria San Pascual, who has been part of the company’s finance team throughout her time with them, and now works as Accounts Manager. She says the focus of both her team and the overall company has always been on providing excellent service to stakeholders. 4. SPOTTED… experiencing Singapore, inside out Singapore Tourism Board hosted key media and trade partners at the exclusive launch and preview of Singapore: Inside Out at Sydney’s Kensington Street earlier this month. Guests were treated with an exciting sneak preview of the creative showcase, which included over 20 performances from artists, musicians and dancers along with Singaporean cuisines and world-class cocktails. Head chef and founder of Michelin-starred Singaporean restaurant Candlenut, Malcolm Lee, collaborated with head chef of Sydney’s Automata, Clayton Wells, to create a 5-course dinner menu masterpiece. Guests were also welcomed with Singapore-inspired cocktail on arrival, curated by award-winning mixologist Peter Chua from Crackerjack, Singapore. Called the Purple Haze, the cocktail included the authentic Peranakan flavours of the butterfly pea flower. Singapore: Inside Out is a creative showcase featuring some of Singapore’s leading talent across visual and performing arts, dance, music and food and drink. Formerly travelling to New York, Beijing, London and Tokyo, this was the first time the showcase had ever visited Sydney and it aims to inspire a Sydneysiders to discover Singapore as a thriving hub of creativity and passion. Singapore Tourism Board’s special guests include the likes of Mr Lionel Yeo, CEO at Singapore Tourism Board, Mrs Lynette Pang, Assistant Chief Executive (Marketing) at Singapore Tourism Board and Mr Randy Chan, Principal Architect at Zarch Collaboratives and Creative Director of Singapore: Inside Out Sydney. Additionally, one of Australia’s most well-loved newsreaders and comedians, Lee Lin Chin, joined the line-up of participating creative talent over the weekend, performing a special comedic news bulletin from Kensington Street. 5. SPOTTED… celebrating a decade of partnership Virtuoso chairman and chief executive, Matthew Upchurch, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents co-managing directors Karen and Roy Merricks and Virtuoso executive general manager Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Michael Londregan. The high-profile industry quartet recently got together at Sanctuary Cove to discuss ideas for a series of events both organisations have planned to celebrate MTA’s upcoming tenth anniversary since becoming a Virtuoso member. “We don’t want to give too much away at this stage but there are some very special events being planned both here in Australia and at Virtuoso Travel Week taking place in Las Vegas next August,” Mr Merricks said. “While people traditionally celebrate a 10-year anniversary with tin, I can assure you our 10-year anniversary celebration with Virtuoso will be a 24-carat gold event. “Our personal relationship with Matthew goes back a lot longer than 10 years having connected with him via our Virgin Galactic links long before MTA became a Virtuoso member. It’s a similar story with Michael whom we have known for many years. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with them and the Virtuoso team for many many years to come.” 6. SPOTTED… gaining invaluable rail experience A select group of personal travel managers (PTMs) recently experienced an exclusive TravelManagers famil on the Indian Pacific hosted by partner supplier Great Southern Rail. Linking the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, the aptly named Indian Pacific offers an insight into the contrasts and endless vistas from the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullabor. The entire journey covers 4,352 kilometers across Australia from Perth to Sydney over three nights and four days. The PTMs experienced the two-day Sydney to Adelaide itinerary via the historic Silver City of Broken Hill. The off-train excursions, all included in the ticket price and many exclusive to the Indian Pacific guests, proved to be memorable experiences for the PTMs, while the Barossa Valley wine tasting was a real highlight for Selmo. The Indian Pacific offers both berth compartments and reclining seat accommodation options with meals served in the dining car, The Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for Platinum and Gold Service guests. Have you taken any recent pics from a roadshow or famil? Send them in to [email protected] Other stories you may like Travel Agents searched for treasure in Fiji & discover hidden highlights in the Holy Land Tourists injured in Thailand boat explosion Aussies aspire to visit Japan – do you?