TP declares the future is now

The Park Hyatt Regency in Sydney was the venue selected to host Travel Partners’ (TP) annual conference last month, a gathering which saw hundreds of agents and partners from across the country in attendance.

The theme of the conference was “The Future is Now”, a slogan which encouraged the company’s staff to chase the many new opportunities on offer thanks to Travel Partners’ recent acquisition by Flight Centre (travelBulletin September 2017).

TP’s managing partner Jeff Hakim told travelBulletin that its agents were happy because they now had access to a “plethora of new product” and were now also benefiting from an “increased buying power” thanks to the purchase.

“Flight Centre’s Infinity product is fantastic, everyone is earning more and we also now have access to expos,” Hakim said.

“I come from that part of the travel industry that aren’t ‘Flighties’ and wasn’t aware that the airlines gave special deals and that people even wait for their expo,” he added.

The two-day event also saw many speakers take to the stage to provide a brief snapshot to agents regarding the state of play of their respective brands and businesses.

Infinity Holidays’ events and touring leader Richard Glew told attendees the brand “recently restructured” its business to fit into three new streams; Premium, General and Youth, with “specialist consultants now in place” to manage the needs of each. Expedia also used the forum to reinforce its travel booking tech credentials, touting a US$620 million increase in technology investment between 2005-2010.

Travel Partners’ annual meeting concluded with a lavish Gala Awards ceremony honouring the best performers in 2017, including our very own Travel Daily, which picked up the gong for Most Outstanding Media Partner award.