Helloworld grows in New Zealand
Heloworld has expanded its network across the Tasman, with NZ’S World Travellers Group switching its supply agreement from Flight Centre to Helloworld after six years. The deal adds 36 retail and mobile travel businesses across New Zealand’s North and
South Islands to HLO, with Helloworld ceo Andrew Burnes confirming it was expected to lift the group’s top-line annual TTV by more than $90 million. The addition will be a welcome fillip to Helloworld which touted a “stabilisation of agent network numbers” in its annual results presentation. The figures revealed that effective June 2016 there were 282 fully branded Helloworld agencies across Australia and New Zealand – a net drop of just three year-on-year. Members under the combined Corporate, Associate and independent My Travel Group banners numbered 1,301 at the end of the financial year, a decline of 107 over the last 12 months. However, the company noted this drop included the departure of 53 United Travel Group agents in New Zealand, as well as the termination of 36 Countrylink Rail offices which recorded total combined sales of just $100,000 during the year - or an average of just $2,778 each.