Ensemble Int’l Conference
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.