Helloworld wraps up mega conference

THE 2019 Helloworld (HLO) Travel Owner Managers Conference and Helloworld Business Travel Summit in Vietnam took place last month over three days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The double-header event saw 700 attendees make their way to the city, comprised of agents, supplier partners and staff from Australia and New Zealand, with the conference embracing the theme, “Our Evolution Continues”.

Included in the schedule was an awards ceremony hosted by Australian musician Kate Ceberano that saw the best performing branded and associate agents recognised for excellence across numerous categories.

The event also saw a special business travel networking dinner held at Xu Restaurant, as well as a range of keynote presentations delivered by senior HLO executives including the company’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Burnes.

The mega conference concluded at the Gem Centre for a Farewell Party Night sponsored by Air New Zealand, which saw a giant hall decorated to pay homage to traditional Vietnamese culture.

Guests partied the night away to the classic rock’n’roll vocal styling of Australian musical icon Jimmy Barnes, who at one stage was joined by fellow performer Kate Ceberano to slam out some popular Aussie hits.

The conference wrapped up with the announcement that Helloworld will hold its annual summit in Perth next year from 14 to 16 May 2020.

Sponsors this year included Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand, and World’s Leading Cruise Lines.