first_imgPerchalla & TurnerqantasTravel Associates Travel Associates recently hosted over 200 of its travel advisers and 48 Industry Partners at the Industry Partner Showcase at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.The insightful weekend opened on Friday 7th September with a Lagoon Party, live entertainment and a seafood feast, sponsored by Qantas.Saturday continued with three product breakout sessions and a brand expert Q&A panel featuring Industry Partners; Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Managing Director for Australia, Fiona Dalton, Silversea Cruises Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand, Craig Owens and Abercrombie & Kent Australia Pty. Ltd, Head of Agency Sales, Ann-Marie Chapman.The panel discussed Local Community Engagement, which is a big focus for Travel Associates brand. It was all about connecting with the Travel Associates community through hosting events and information sessions with industry partners and providing clients and their guests insights into the hottest travel destinations.Saturday night wrapped up with a Gala “Moulin Rouge” dinner event featuring CanCan Dancers and live music. There were prize giveaways galore across the weekend kindly sponsored by the industry partners including Seabourn Cruise, Silversea Cruise, Alila Bali Accommodation, Viking River Cruises, Flights to New Zealand, Club Med 4-night Stay, Banyan Tree accommodation and a lot more.Adelaide’s Perchalla & Turner Manager, Becky-Kent said she felt this year’s calibre of suppliers was particularly high and the time to meet and chat with these suppliers is always a great investment.“Listening to Fiona, AMC and Craig on stage was informative and entertaining. It also showcased their different personalities and how we can all be successful in our own right if we find our own groove in the wider world of travel,” Beck-Kent said.“Specifically, that session emphasised what I often tell my team – you will only get out of your own business, what you’re prepared to put into it. As our office is out of the standard ‘east coast’ circuit, it is always appreciated to be able to have some time to chat to those suppliers that are can’t make it down to see us for various reasons. Another reason why I believe weekends like these are so valuable,” Becky-Kent added.Silversea Cruises Sales Director, Craig Owens commented that it was “an amazing conference that was engaging, fun, professional and most of all, a real win for the Travel Associates brand.”The Unique Tourism Collection Managing Director, Jonica Paramor also sung praise of the event, adding “it was an excellent event and once again I really enjoyed not only the chance to present to all the new and familiar faces for COMO Hotels and Resorts but to continue to support and network with all your great advisers and the whole Travel Associates team and my industry colleagues too.”last_img