Savenio plots agent hubs
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”.