Ensem­ble Int’l Con­fer­ence

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UN­DER the theme “Travel with a Pur­pose”, the Ensem­ble In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence took place this week in Seat­tle with CEO David Har­ris high­light­ing Ensem­ble’s re­cent suc­cess in an open­ing speech, re­veal­ing that 2018 was the com­pany’s best year in its 50-year his­tory.

Har­ris went on to say that pre­ferred sup­plier sales from Ensem­ble’s 850 mem­bers are set to ex­ceed $1.4 bil­lion this year, rep­re­sent­ing an 8% year-overyear growth.

“New data and an­a­lyt­ics show that the true num­ber of our mem­bers is cur­rently 719 in North Amer­ica and a fur­ther 44 in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, for a grand to­tal of 763 mem­ber lo­ca­tions world­wide,” said Har­ris.

He also em­pha­sised Ensem­ble’s in­dus­try foot­print of “at least $4 bil­lion of busi­ness” all up, in­clud­ing air­line web and on­line sales, GDS sales in Canada, all un­man­aged air sales, and non­pre­ferred sup­plier sales from mem­bers.

The dis­cus­sion soon turned to sus­tain­abil­ity, with Har­ris stat­ing that peo­ple are trav­el­ling with a pur­pose and in­creas­ingly opt­ing to do busi­ness with agen­cies that fac­tor en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial sus­tain­abil­ity into their travel plan­ning equa­tion.

In light of this, Har­ris an­nounced that Ensem­ble would “con­tinue to re­search ways for our mem­bers to be a part of the so­lu­tion, not the prob­lem”, along with es­tab­lish­ing new part­ner­ships “that will help mem­bers like you to ed­u­cate and help your clients travel con­sciously”.

Pic­tured: Ensem­ble Travel Group CEO David Har­ris en­ter­ing the con­fer­ence.

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