Around 40+ helloworld retail teams and managers are flying home (and high) today after bagging a string of awards at the 2016 Owner Managers Summit (OMS) in Wellington over the weekend.

Invigorated and inspired after the two-day conference, which focused on leadership and culminated with a gala awards dinner to recognise high achieving individuals and stores, over 600 helloworld members, suppliers and sponsors will now be returning home, ready to take their travel business to the next level. The summit was the first to be presided over by new helloworld CEO designate Andrew Burnes.

The weekend event was an opportunity for those in attendance to network, share insights and make new friends, and according to Head of Branded Networks Julie Primmer the summit was a huge success:

“Our members have been provided with valuable knowledge and experience to harness their full potential. It was fantastic to see so many attendees inspired and excited to take advantage of the number of marketing, technology and training initiatives available to them as part of the helloworld network.”

Julie Primmer, Head of Branded Networks, helloworld

Julie Primmer (HLO), John Cooney (HLO Mt Pleasant), Lynda Wallace (HLO).

Julie Primmer (HLO), John Cooney (HLO Mt Pleasant), Lynda Wallace (HLO).

Next year’s destination for the summit was also announced, with Singapore chosen as host for 2017.

Paul Roos, one of the most respected figures in Australian sport, along with other key players in the industry such as CEO of Air New Zealand Christopher Luxon were among the speakers sent to motivate delegates into performing at their peak.

Julie Primmer (HLO), Sue CORVASCE & Kris ROWE (helloworld Lower Templestowe), Lynda Wallace (HLO).

Julie Primmer (HLO), Sue CORVASCE & Kris ROWE (helloworld Lower Templestowe), Lynda Wallace (HLO).

In addition to learning more about their business, delegates at the 2016 Owner Managers Summit also had the chance to deepen their knowledge of NZ as a destination, with Qantas Holidays/viva! Holidays and Tourism New Zealand joining forces to offer delegates the opportunity to discover New Zealand on a famil either before or after the summit.

The major conference sponsors for the event were Qantas, Qantas Holiday, viva! Holidays, Ready Rooms, Rail Tickets, The Cruise Team and Air New Zealand.


State Retailers of the Year Award

  • helloworld Mt Pleasant, QLD
  • helloworld Winston Hills, NSW/ACT
  • helloworld Lower Templestowe, VIC/TAS
  • helloworld Elizabeth, SA
  • helloworld Alice Springs, WA/NT

National Retailer of the Year

  • helloworld Mt Pleasant, QLD

Manager of the Year Award

  • Janene Ferguson, helloworld South Melbourne, VIC/TAS
  • Guillaume Lefebvre, helloworld Alice Springs, WA/NT

Local Community Award

  • helloworld Strathpine, QLD
  • helloworld Ipswich City Mall, QLD
  • helloworld Sandgate, QLD
  • helloworld Naracoorte, SA
  • helloworld Karratha North West, WA/NT

Office Pursuit of Knowledge Award

  • helloworld Strathpine, QLD

Local Area Marketing Award

  • helloworld Mackay and helloworld Mount Pleasant, QLD
  • helloworld Elizabeth, SA
  • helloworld Albany Creek, QLD
  • helloworld Mornington Cruise and Travel, VIC/TAS
  • helloworld Hunter Travel Group, NSW/ACT

Cluster Marketing Award

  • Northern SA Cluster, SA
  • Geelong Cluster, VIC/TAS
  • Hunter Travel Group Cluster, NSW/ACT
  • Illawarra Cluster, NSW/ACT
  • Macarthur Cluster, NSW/ACT

helloworld Preferred Sales Growth Award

helloworld Bankstown, NSW/ACT

Retailer of the Year Award

  • Skilled Travel, NSW/ACT
  • Globenet Travel, QLD
  • Eastern Hill Travel, VIC/TAS/SA
  • travel key Kalamunda, WA/NT
  • Magic Travel, WA/NT

National Winner

  • Skilled Travel, NSW/ACT

Manager of the Year

  • Wayne Campbell, Cruise Travel Centre, NSW/ACT
  • David Smith, Travel on Capri, QLD
  • Christine Benbow, RACT, VIC/TAS/SA
  • Julie Hogben, Magic Travel, WA/NT

National Winner

  • Wayne Campbell, Cruise Travel Centre

Preferred Sales Award

  • Northshore Travel, NSW/ACT
  • Globenet Travel, QLD
  • Lifestyle Travel Ballarat, VIC/TAS/SA
  • Attadale Travel, WA/NT

Local Community Award

  • Rose Bay Travel, NSW/ACT
  • Cruise & Travel Centre Springwood, QLD
  • Phil Hoffmann Travel, VIC/TAS/SA
  • Attadale Travel, WA/NT

Best Local Area Marketing Award

  • Cruise Travel Centre, NSW/ACT
  • Global Travel and Cruise, QLD
  • RACT Hobart, VIC/TAS/SA
  • travel key, WA/NT

Expert Agent Award

  • National Winner
  • Skilled Travel

Were you one of the winners at the helloworld Owner Managers Summit over the weekend? Let us know in the comments below.