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You wouldn’t hike Mount Kosciusko in your thongs; you’d never go on an African safari without a qualified field guide, and we hope you’d never sail to Antarctica in a dinghy. You can wing some things in life, but you call in proven and time-tested experts when you tackle something major - and do it safely. The same is true if you are wanting to transition your travel business to home-based: cue TravelManagers.

You wouldn’t hike Mount Kosciusko in your thongs; you’d never go on an African safari without a qualified field guide, and we hope you’d never sail to Antarctica in a dinghy. You can wing some things in life, but you call in proven and time-tested experts when you tackle something major – and do it safely. The same is true if you are wanting to transition your travel business to home-based: cue TravelManagers.

We’ve been hurrah-ing and wahoo-ing and high fiving each other with every news story we’ve broken lately.

International borders reopening, flights returning, and cruise liners sailing to and from our shores. The world has reawakened for the dormant Aussie traveller, and you, our ambitious agent pals, can get aligned to receive the full force of their tourism reawakening.

TravelManagers: From your Thongs to Hiking Boots

Pack the thongs away, as TravelManagers have all the gear to get your travel business back in black.

Offering specialist support to the entire network of personal travel managers (PTMs), when you partner with TravelManagers, you’re getting the security of a specialist company – bootstraps and all – to reignite travel business in a home-based environment. All while running it your way.

The 50 seasoned professionals in the PTM support team at the National Partnership Office (NPO) have an average of 19 years of travel industry experience. They use this know-how and prowess to provide invaluable support. Their reliability and consistency proved valuable throughout the pandemic was unmatched as they steered agents through every wave of mayhem, leading with compassion, care, and progressive thinking.

Kirsty McKenzie, an NSW PTM, praised TravelManagers’ rallying and handholding throughout the pandemic. “I cannot thank everyone at NPO enough for their constant support during COVID and for continuously going above and beyond during these incredibly trying times. Without you, my travel business would not have been able to survive.”

TravelManagers: From your Dinghy to The Cruise Liner

Dinghies are great for lakes, but when you’re navigating choppy waters, nothing beats a high-tech, custom-designed cruise liner. Consider TravelManagers every home-based travel advisors’ Symphony of the Seas, with everything you need to tackle any storms.

This is not like one of those cruise ships where you have to pay for some restaurants and entertainment. Nope, as a PTM, you’ll have full access to every perk. Like the great rates (and margins) that TravelManagers gets thanks to their awesome supplier relationships. And backend support for your marketing, financial, operational, tech needs, and more. Plus, with TravelManagers’ Network Assistance Program, you have 24/7 access to a team of health and wellbeing professionals who were constantly available throughout the pandemic.

L-R: PTMs Heather Taylor, Debbie Bean, Carli Hester, Lisa King & Jen Mikkelsen during TravelManagers Victorian State Meeting
L-R: PTMs Heather Taylor, Debbie Bean, Carli Hester, Lisa King & Jen Mikkelsen during TravelManagers Victorian State Meeting

Lisa King, a Melbourne-based PTM, felt a little wobbly navigating a return to travel in a post-COVID world. Thanks, in part to the TravelManagers recent Victoria state meeting, she felt inspired to reignite her business. She commented, “I was feeling quite overwhelmed, unsure, and lacking confidence prior to attending our Victoria state meeting. Thanks to our wonderful NPO team, supplier partners, and TravelManagers family, I have far greater confidence to book my clients’ trips.”

Celebrating TravelManagers 17th birthday during TravelManagers South Australia State Meeting
Celebrating TravelManagers 17th birthday during TravelManagers South Australia State Meeting

With 17 years in the game, TravelManagers are tried, tested, and true in their ability to assist home-based travel advisors tackle any metaphorical mountain, desert, and ocean with ease.

TravelManagers: From your Tour Guide to qualified Lion Safari Field Guide

It’s not only the backend systems, top-notch training, and round-the-clock support that make TravelManagers a roaring success. TravelManagers also delivers Australia’s most comprehensive travel consumer protection program, affording the home-based agent peace of mind. Its Client Trust Account is independently audited and is further protected by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk Insurance policy. Plus, it’s the culture, too. TravelManagers don’t hold back in connecting with – and celebrating – their pack (PTMs) and everything they do to contribute to the pride (network).

During the pandemic, networking continued but happened virtually; however, the NPO recently pulled together in-person workshops. Yes, we said IN PERSON! Members gathered in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth for the bi-annual TravelManagers state meetings, where business updates, workshops, and networking were relished by all. Virtual updates continued for those unable to attend (and for PTMS in Tasmania and the Northern Territory), so no one missed out.

TravelManagers’ General Manager, Michael Gazal
TravelManagers’ General Manager, Michael Gazal

TravelManagers’ General Manager, Michael Gazal, was thrilled to welcome state meetings back. He said, “The opportunity to actually have face-to-face state meetings was very special. It really shows how the simplest, most taken for granted aspect of the TravelManagers business, like our twice-yearly state meetings, are like gold after the hiatus from November 2019. There was so much positivity between our PTMs and NPO support team, alongside some fantastic supplier updates. Topping it all with awards to our 5-, 10-, and 15-year PTMs, plus several delicious cakes celebrating TravelManagers 17th birthday, were a true silver lining after a very challenging couple of years.”

Queenslander Kellie Applefield made it to the QLD March state meeting. She raved about getting back together in the flesh, “Thank you to the NPO team for coming up for Queensland’s state meeting. It was so great to see everyone and reignite the passion of why we joined the industry and are still here. Without the support of the NPO team over the past two years, we would not have been in a position to ‘reset’ our business. Thank you.”

Travel Professionals seeking a secure Home-Based future

As tourism reawakens in a post-pandemic world, take this opportunity to reset your future and join TravelManagers today. TravelManagers match their commitment to you with the dedication you have to your business and clients.

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