Link Travel Group – the network founded by Flight Centre Travel Group, The Goldman Group and Spencer Group of Companies back in May – has welcomed six of Australia’s best-known agencies to its invitation-only membership group.
Reho Travel, Platinum Travel Management, Entourage Travel Group, Mobilise Travel, Mosman Travel and Mary Rossi Travel are the first to join the alliance.
The new members, like Link Travel Group’s founding partners, are well-entrenched Australia travel agencies in their own right.
In addition to joining as members of Link Travel Group, Reho Travel CEO, Karsten Horne, and Platinum Travel Group CEO, Andy Buerckner, will join the organisation’s Advisory Board. The Board will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Link Travel Group, as it develops innovative programs and projects to advance its members and the wider travel industry, says Scott Darlow, General Manager of Link Travel Group.
“Andy Buerckner and Karsten Horne will now sit alongside our founding members, with a few more select Advisory Board Members to be announced in the near future,” Darlow said.
“We are entering a new frontier in travel and Link Travel Group is paving the way for our industry to grow sustainably, with new ideas and unique solutions to build a better future.”
“Both of these impressive industry leaders have unique insights to offer into specialised areas of travel which will be invaluable to Link Travel Group’s growth.
Darlow continued, saying: “Mary Rossi Travel, Mosman Travel, Reho Travel, Platinum Travel Corporation, Entourage Travel Group and Mobilise Travel are all high-performing agencies with stellar reputations, who are dedicated to growing and preserving the industry for future generations.”
Andy Buerckner, CEO of Platinum Travel Group remarked: “Joining Link made both commercial and strategic sense for Platinum Travel Group. We have long been in favour of industry collaboration, and this is required more than ever in a fast-paced environment that presents both challenges and opportunity.
“Our Directors and teams across Platinum, Entourage and Mobilise are all excited to be a part of a future with Link in which we can leverage strong supplier relationships, a broad suite of product and best-in-market commercials,” Buerckner said.
Karsten Horne, CEO of Reho Travel – who revealed he was making the switch from Helloworld Business Travel to Link Travel Group on Reho Travel’s blog on 30 June – said: “Reho Travel is delighted to join Link Travel Group. For many years I have admired (from afar) the commitment to social responsibility shown by the founding member organisations.
“To have the opportunity of working closely with other travel companies that demonstrate a strong focus on sustainability is a real privilege.”
Meanwhile, Sharyn Kitchener, Managing Director, Mosman Travel and Director, Mary Rossi Travel said her agencies were delighted to be invited into the Link Travel Group network.
“Mosman Travel and Mary Rossi Travel see a very bright future for travel and in today’s dynamic and fast-changing business environment, it’s vital to partner with the right group and right member agencies within that group,” Kitchener said.
“Having access to Link’s innovative and leading technology, collaborative and like-minded peers, and very best in commercial agreements will see both of our established brands positioned well to navigate the challenges that confront our ever-changing industry,” she added.