Like an entertaining, educational and emotional blur, another three-day conference flew by for TravelManagers in Darwin this weekend.

The annual event kicked off in full laughter-mode on Thursday, as an entire hall of consultants Y.M.C.A’d, Gangnam Style’d and even Party Rock Anthem’d for the guys in head office.

This enthusiasm followed nearly 400 attendees (personal travel managers and suppliers) to Mindil Markets where they saw an incredible Darwin sunset, ate to their heart’s content and obviously, drank.

TM 4 Holding Bags

As the sun rose on day two, so too did consultants who were keen to get the formalities underway through workshops, supplier meetings and talks from directors as well as their peers.

Following an information-packed day, Travel Agents unwound at a special ‘ONE’ themed evening at Darwin’s popular Pee Wee’s restaurant where they were served a crocodile-based menu, petted snakes and met Juan Direction (click here for pics).

TravelManagers Juan Direction

On day three, home-based consultants stepped out of the conference hall for a 7km charity walk.

The group raised some $8,000 for ‘Helping People Achieve’, a non government organisation providing services to Territorians with an intellectual, physical or mental disability (click here for pics from the community event).

TravelManagers Charity Day

Agents returned red-faced and sweaty, but ready to hear from Red Balloon Founder and keynote speaker, Naomi Simson before learning where they’d be heading for the 2018 conference… click here to find out.

Consultants then rushed back to their rooms and quickly changed into their finest evening wear for a Gala Dinner under the stars at Darwin’s SkyCity Casino.

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During the award ceremony, House of Travel’s Joe Aurello and TravelManagers’ Michael Gazal, praised Agents on being ‘stars’ who support and appreciate each other like a family.

“We have a lot of stars here tonight, from our supplier partners to every one of our personal travel managers through to the travel managers’ partners here tonight.”

Michael Gazal, TravelManagers Executive General Manager

Then just before an incredible fireworks display, the group revealed the winners of the TravelManagers 2017 Awards, and they are…


Dedication Award (TravelManagers who have been with the company for 10 years)

Kim Mason
Samantha Cox
Julie Smith
Di Yates
Penny Meallin
Tracy Cosgriff
Lauren Compton
Michelle Michael-Pecora
Debra Bean
Jane Fowler
Lyn Tyson


Dedication Award for NPO

Maria San Pascual
Pru Gallagher
Tanyu Cilek


Online Marketing Award

Sue Kuti


Best New PTM by State

WA/SA: Monika Southern
VIC/TAS: Giulia Gentiluomo
QLD: Anthony Lee
NSW/ACT: Emma Rowan Kelly

National: Anthony Lee


Partner Supplier of the Year

Hoot Holidays


Best Local Area Marketing Activity

Erin Beckford


Advocate Award

Denise Dean


Most Improved by State

WA: Barbara Turner
VIC/TAS: Luke Vaughan
QLD: Simon Tinkler
NSW/ACT: Julianne Gazal-Rizk

National: Simon Tinkler


TravelManager Support Award

Gary Jensen
Tania Myles


Recognition Award

Tanya Tyler


Top Personal Travel Managers

WA/SA: Barbara Turner
VIC/TAS: Luke Vaughan
QLD: Simon Tinkler
NSW/ACT: Ric Pattaro


Most Proactive Marketer

Gayle Dawson


Choice Award

Tania Patterson


Spirit Award

Erryn Morris


Top 10 Personal Travel Managers

Kylie Luttrell
Jean-Pierre Boutefeu
Luke Vaughan
John Lengacher
David Hull
Ric Pattaro
Barbara Turner
Simon Tinkler
James Hermiston
Julianne Gazal-Rizk


Personal Travel Manager of 2017

Simon Tinkler

Join us in congratulating this year’s winners.