Save­nio plots agent hubs

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LUX­URY-FO­CUSED agency Save­nio is go­ing back to the fu­ture with the planned launch of new bricks and mor­tar Travel Hubs where in­de­pen­dent travel ad­vi­sors will work along­side each other.

The new con­cept will com­ple­ment Save­nio’s ex­ist­ing 28-strong home-based net­work, and is ex­pected to at­tract a new co­hort of suc­cess­ful agents who want to run their own busi­nesses but don’t wish to do it from home. Save­nio md David Bran­don told

TD the com­pany was mak­ing a “sig­nif­i­cant strate­gic in­vest­ment” to build the new hub plat­form, bring­ing a game-chang­ing “unique way of work­ing to Aus­tralia’s travel in­dus­try.

“There are huge ben­e­fits for the tal­ented ad­vi­sors who we know are cur­rently do­ing a great deal of work for less re­turn than they de­serve,” he said.

The first Save­nio Travel Hub will open in Bris­bane in Jan 2018, with Bran­don say­ing he ex­pects to roll the con­cept out in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne too.

“This new plat­form main­tains our 100% model where ad­vi­sors keep all their com­mis­sion and sim­ply pay a fixed monthly fee - a model that greatly boosts ad­vi­sors’ earn­ing po­ten­tial.”

Save­nio agents ben­e­fit from higher rates of com­mis­sion with cruise, ho­tel, tour op­er­a­tor and DMC part­ners through the group’s af­fil­i­a­tions with Cruiseco, Trav­ellers Choice and Vir­tu­oso, Bran­don added.

The Save­nio Travel Hub ini­tia­tive fol­lows the sale of the com­pany’s Cruise Cen­tre busi­ness to the Gold­man Group ( TD Tue), which will see Save­nio co-founder El­iz­a­beth Clarke tran­si­tion to the Gold­man op­er­a­tion.

Bran­don said the Travel Hubs would of­fer shared ser­vices and the op­por­tu­nity to work along­side like-minded pre­mium con­sul­tants, shar­ing skills un­der “one co­op­er­a­tive roof”.

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