CT Partners optimistically positive about 2022

Group's escalating numbers together for Member Meeting in Sydney

Australia’s largest, independent travel buying network CT Partners is positive about 2022 with the foundations in place to drive members’ success off the back of a 50% growth in numbers in the past year.

Representatives from all but one of CT Partners’ 30 members made it to Sydney for the 2022 annual Member Meeting which this year was held at the Hyatt Regency. The WA-based representatives and a handful of key people from around the country who were unable to get to Sydney dialled in for the strategy update, supplier update and keynote sessions.

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The focus throughout the day of analysing the current economic and business challenges both external and within the travel industry proved a winner.

Guest speakers discussed 2022 travel trends and the need for new fee structures, new customer approaches and optimising success in the procurement process.

The business part of the day ended with a presentation from Geoffrey Webb and Peter Hession, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Plans are afoot for CT Partners 2022 conference to return to its ‘home’ in Bangkok later this year after a very hard two years absence.

The CT Partners members and management were joined by 20 key supplier partners at the end of the day for drinks and to meet face to face again. Among the partners were executives from Avis, Delta Air Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Emerald Cruises, Etihad Airways and United.

CT Partners gathered in Sydney for the 2022 annual Member Meeting at the Hyatt Regency
Lisa Story, Orbit World Travel; Bennet Michael Stephens, Qatar Airways; Alicia Webley, Avis; Freddy Mikhael, JC Travel and Karen Birch, Main Beach Travel.

“There is an overwhelming sense of confidence and positivity from our CT Partners’ members about the year ahead as well as from our suppliers who attended,” said CT Partners CEO Matt Masson.

“CT Partners’ mission is to enable our members to grow their businesses and increase their profitability through exceptional buying power, intelligent and informed advice and support and by creating an environment for success.”

Nicole Laurie, National Account Manager at Delta Air Lines, with Matt Masson, CEO CT Partners, at the 2022 Member Meeting in Sydney

“Our offering of Independence, exceptional buying power, 100% transparency and focus on our members’ success is a winning combination as reflected in our members growing from 20 to 30 since our 2021 Annual Member Meeting. Our focus on ensuring cultural fit remains a priority and we were all very pleased to welcome our two newest members, Peter Muller of ATPI and Judy Tanner of Auroral Travel,” Masson said.

“ATPI and Aurora Travel recognise the value CT Partners drives to our members. We are a not-for-profit business owned 100% by our members, so our only fiduciary responsibility is to grow their businesses, not our own. We don’t have to worry about the impact of our decision-making on the share price or dividends. This is the key point of difference for CT Partners, and the reason we are so aligned with our Members.”

Pictured above and below are members and partners re-connecting, in the flesh.

AC Jones, Frontier Travel; Judy Tanner, Aurora Travel; Lauren Bevan, Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Belinda Condon, United and Jelena Marjanovic, Etihad Airways.
Kirstie Dyer Grose, Air New Zealand; Lyn Keep, Travel Beyond and Dale Wood, Travel Beyond.
Geoffrey Webb, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; Ann McMurtrie, Wentworth Travel and Peter Hession, Peter Hession Associates.
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