Agency NewsEvent & Famil photosTravelManagers TravelManagers is getting ready for its annual conference in September, buoyed by the success of its first quarter round of state meetings across the country.Strong personal travel manager attendance saw record numbers achieved in both Adelaide and Sydney, with a 35% and 10% increased attendance respectively. Hosted by the local state-based business partnership managers, the five regional meetings in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth had a strong business focus, allowing the personal travel managers to network and begin consolidating their 2017 goals.Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager says they have come a long way since the first state meeting in 2009 with just two national partnership office reps and 90 attendees.“Eight years on and we are thrilled that on average at least triple the number of personal travel managers now attend these meetings, and we provide a much broader involvement from members of our national partnership office support team.“The level of engagement of our personal travel managers with the company is so high that five personal travel managers travelled interstate to ensure they didn’t miss a meeting when they were unable to attend the scheduled one in their own region. This shows true commitment and dedication,” he adds.Queensland – Maree Evans with Michael GazalGazal says he is proud that the TravelManagers’ state meetings are a winning formula with personal travel managers. “The feedback over the years from our personal travel managers has always been that our inclusive strategy, strong business focused agenda, large contingent from our national partnership office and hosting by our locally based business partnership managers really works. Despite a category four cyclone heading towards Queensland the day of the meeting and personal travel managers still attending in force, happy and eager to hear what is new for TravelManagers, we know we are on a winning formula with these meetings. The fact that over thirty-eight percent of personal travel managers have been with the company for more than five years does not surprise Gazal.“TravelManagers is a company that really cares about its people and recognizing talent and providing opportunities for growth is of absolute importance to us. We treat each personal travel manager as an individual and valued business partner. The ability to have the freedom and flexibility to work how and when you choose we know resonates with our personal travel managers.”Victoria – Helen Rolton with Michael GazalA select group of partner suppliers are invited to attend each state meeting.“The state meetings always provide a great opportunity for our partner suppliers to network directly with our personal travel managers. We were delighted to have Air New Zealand, Silversea and Total Holiday Options promote their products and unique selling points fostering greater supplier relationships,” says Gazal.A post meeting networking session hosted by Singapore Airlines proved an outstanding success. Singapore Airlines commenced the networking session with a brief presentation from the local representative in each state, followed by a chance for personal travel managers and national partnership office team members to mix and mingle.Personal Travel Managers in AdelaideA series of virtual state meetings were held via webinar for the personal travel managers who could not attend in person.“We follow up with state webinars so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the partnership process and across new developments,” says Gazal.
Google+ 0 LinkedIn Share. on September 6, 2016 Twitter By CBN E-Headlines Email Facebook National Forests in Oregon Open Matsutake Mushroom Season Four National Forests in Oregon will open the 2016 harvest season for Matsutake mushrooms Tuesday, September 6 on the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests.The 2016 season runs September 6 to November 6. The Chemult Ranger District Office will be open from 7:45am to 4pm and Crescent Ranger District office will open from 7:45am to 4:30pm, opening day; September 6 for permit sales and will remain open until 4:30pm for other business. Starting September 7 permits will be sold during regular business hours.Anyone harvesting Matsutake mushrooms on National Forest land must purchase a commercial harvest permit. Permits cost $200 for the 62 day season, $100 for a half season permit (valid for 31 consecutive days) or $8 per day with a three-day minimum purchase (picking days need not be consecutive). Harvesters must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid ID in order to purchase a permit.Regular office hours are Monday thru Friday, 7:45am to 4:30pm at Chemult Ranger District, 110500 Hwy 97 North, Chemult and 8am to 4:30pm at the Crescent Ranger District, 136471 Hwy 97 North, Crescent. Permits are also available at other ranger district offices of the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests.Each purchase of a permit will include an informational synopsis and map. The map shows areas open to harvest. Areas closed to harvest include Crater Lake National Park, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, and Research Natural Areas, Wilderness areas, Oregon Cascades Recreation Area (OCRA), campgrounds and other posted closed areas.The Forest Service requires commercial harvesters to have written permission from the agency to camp on any National Forest, except in designated camping areas. A campground for harvesters has been established at Little Odell Mushroom Camp near Crescent Lake, OR. Hoodoo Recreation Services will manage the camp. The per-person rate for camping is $125 for the full two month season, $75 for a half-season and $40 per week. Site occupancy allows up to 8 persons and 2 vehicles. Water, garbage, and toilet services are provided. The camp will open on September 8.For more information about rates or services at Little Odell Mushroom Camp you can contact Hoodoo at 541-338-7869 or www.hoodoo.com.For more information about the Matsutake mushroom program contact one of these participating Forest Service offices: Chemult Ranger District at 541-365-7001, Crescent Ranger District at 541-433-3200, Umpqua National Forest at 541-957-3200, or the Willamette National Forest at 541-225-6300.Mushroom harvesters are reminded that due to EXTREME fire danger within the Fremont-Winema, Umpqua and Deschutes National Forests and Moderate fire danger on the Willamette National Forest Public Use Restrictions are in effect and must be followed. Harvesters can call the numbers listed for more information. Tumblr Pinterest