A select group of personal travel managers recently enjoyed a seven-night Maldives experience as part of a TravelManagers exclusive educational, hosted by Freestyle Holidays and Singapore Airlines.
The famil was offered to eight personal travel managers in recognition of their top sales in 2015 for Freestyle Holidays. Participating personal travel managers were Victoria based Sylvia Holland, Debra Bean, Sharon Wright and Lea Burford; New South Wales representatives Maree Oxford, Maria Miller and Pamela Baas; and Amanda Anthony from Queensland. Tina Vitelli from the national partnership office also joined the group that was escorted by Leigh Holme, Sales Executive Freestyle Holidays.
TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal attributes the company’s exceptional, strong and effective business relationships with key partner suppliers as being integral in their support of incentives.
“Key supplier partner relationships have been built over many years and support of our partner suppliers’ products is absolutely key. The ability for our personal travel managers to support partners’ sales incentives and experience dedicated famils is a large part of this support.”
The personal travel managers all agree the Maldives, located just a four and a half hour flight from Singapore with its beautiful beaches, rich culture and very hospitable people offers a luxurious, cultural and relaxing beach holiday experience.
“The way that it looks in the brochures with its idyllic white sand beaches, clear blue waters and stunning overwater bungalows is truly how the Maldives is in real life. The snorkelling and dive sights around the coral atolls are incredible. No matter where you snorkel, you see so many different types of fish and coral of many colours. Everybody you meet is so friendly and the service of all the staff at the resorts was amazing, they couldn’t do enough for you,” says Baas, representative for Wallsend.
The Maldives has a reputation for being a honeymoon destination, yet the real surprise for the personal travel managers is that the Maldives also offers a fantastic holiday experience for families.
“Whilst some resorts are adults only, there are plenty that cater really well for children of all ages. I can highly recommend the Anantara Dhigu Resort. It truly offers fun and games that never stop! The kids will love exploring the island with Little Hermie and his friends Mishell, Cookie Crab, Captain Red Claw at the Dhoni kids club. The climbing wall and tree house is a great place for the kids to be active and make new friends and meals times are easy with a dedicated children’s menu,” says Holland, representative for Mount Eliza.
For personal travel manager Anthony, representative for Yeppoon it was the incredible cuisine that was a real highlight and the all-inclusive concept provides a great value for money holiday option.
“All the food was amazing, so fresh and delicious. The tuna was simply exquisite; my mouth waters every time I think about it. As the resorts are island based you eat at your resort. To make it cost effective I recommend for clients to purchase the half board or full board option at the time of booking. As it’s prepaid, you don’t spend your holiday worrying about the prices on the menu, instead just enjoy the cuisine. It really is the perfect way to holiday.”
The TravelManagers’ personal travel manager educational programme is backed up by strong state and national support, which includes a national partnership office and seven state-based business partnership managers.
“TravelManagers national partnership office provide access to virtual office technology, training, marketing, fares and ticketing as well as 24/7 access to all mid and back-office processes. Combined with local business partnership managers and valuing key partner supplier relationships, personal travel managers have access to the broadest and most in-depth support nationwide. This type of behind the scenes central and local state-based support is crucial,” says Gazal.
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