Dream team trav­els well

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | BUSINESS -

WITH over 100 years of agent ex­pe­ri­ence com­bined, Travel As­so­ci­ates on the Sun­shine Coast has re­united a travel con­sul­tant dream team.

Co-man­ager Amanda Bar­rett said her staff was glad to fi­nally be back to­gether.

“A bunch of us used to all work in Coolum Flight Cen­tre for 10 years, and we knew the whole com­mu­nity there,” Ms Bar­rett said.

Over the years, team mem­bers moved to po­si­tions in other Flight Cen­tre of­fices, be­fore Ms Bar­rett and her busi­ness part­ner Fiona Rogers ral­lied the crew again.

“It’s the elite travel con­sul­tants who get to work for the group,” she said.

“It’s a big pro­mo­tion for all of us.”

As part of the Flight Cen­tre Travel Group, staff can only join the pre­mium Travel As­so­ci­ates brand af­ter 10 years of work­ing with Flight Cen­tre.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence counts,” Ms Bar­rett said.

“If a client wants to book a hol­i­day some­where, it’s more than likely that some­one in the of­fice has been to that des­ti­na­tion.”

Ms Bar­rett said her staff were keen to con­nect with their com­mu­nity, and have even set up a pro­gram to help groups in the area.

“We’re try­ing to give back to the com­mu­nity through club spon­sor­ships,” she said.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs can re­fer peo­ple to Travel As­so­ci­ates for a per­cent­age of the hol­i­day’s value to be do­nated back to the club in the form of a voucher.

“So far we’ve teamed up with the Ma­roochy Bowls Club.

“Al­ready they’ve got about $600 af­ter just six weeks.

“We would love to get in­volved with more clubs,” she said.

Travel As­so­ci­ates has spe­cial­ists in a range of cul­tures and des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing cruise con­sul­tants, a North and Cen­tral Amer­ica and Antarc­tic ex­pert, and staff flu­ent in other lan­guages such as Dutch and Ger­man.

Con­sul­ta­tions are by ap­point­ment only.

To book an ap­point­ment, phone 5445 8008.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TRAVEL AS­SO­CI­ATES: The team is back to­gether on the Sun­shine Coast, de­liv­er­ing pre­mium hol­i­day pack­ages and com­mu­nity spon­sor­ship.

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