helloworldHelloworld Business Travel SummitHelloworld Travel 2018 OMC The 2018 Helloworld Travel Owner Managers Conference (OMC) and Helloworld Business Travel Summit have now wrapped up after four days of insight, education and entertainment for attending delegates, bringing together network agents from around the country to share in the positive direction and newest developments for the Helloworld Travel Group. The events were again combined in 2018, following the great success of 2017, culminating in over 650 delegates in attendance across the two events, made up of owner managers, preferred supplier partners, senior executives and staff. Held in South Australia at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, opened proceedings, welcoming the delegates to SA. The South Australian Tourism Commission certainly impressed the delegates early on with what was repeatedly described as the best conference show bag ever – featuring SA Wine and Haighs chocolate! Helloworld Travel Limited Chairman, Garry Hounsell, was also in attendance and spoke on behalf of the board to both welcome and thank the agents present for their contribution to the company. CEO and Managing Director, Andrew Burnes, officially began the formal proceedings with a presentation reiterating the conference theme of Transforming our Futures. He highlighted transformations occurring for the business through technology, marketing and brand initiatives, store brand updates, new partnerships and plenty of new announcements. Touching on recent market research, Mr Burnes also revealed an impressive uplift in key areas of brand recognition, customer satisfaction and positive brand attributes for Helloworld Travel. The conference days were peppered with an array of exclusive events throughout the evenings. Kicking off the Business Travel Summit, a welcome cocktail party was held at 2KW Rooftop and Bar on the Wednesday evening, followed by the Summit Dinner, proudly sponsored by Qantas Airways, at Ayers House on the Thursday night where the Business Travel network Award recipients were announced. OMC delegates started their evening delights in fine taste, heading to the National Wine Centre on the Thursday evening, thanks to Intrepid Group and South Australian Tourism Commission, before joining with the Business Travel Summit attendees the following evening for a Networking Dinner event at Adelaide Oval, with entertainment including a great Rat Pack tribute show, sponsored by Worlds Leading Cruise Lines. The conference culminated in the final night of nights, the Gala Awards Dinner, at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the Saturday evening, sponsored by Qantas Airways, with pre-dinner drinks thanks to American Express. The evening saw Branded and Associate Award Winners recognised for excellence across various categories. The entertainment didn’t fail to impress, with former Hunters & Collectors frontman, Mark Seymour, an exciting surprise guest performer on the night! Agents not only attended the conference, but also pre and post famils, taking in the best that Adelaide and South Australia has to offer. From the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, the Murray River and Barossa, to Kangaroo Island or the Eyre Peninsula, delegates were able to sample the best of the best in the region, rounding out their conference experience. The formal conference proceedings closed with the announcement that the Helloworld Travel OMC and Helloworld Business Travel Summit will be held in May 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! View the 2018 Helloworld Travel Owner Managers Conference Photo Gallery HERE2018 Helloworld Travel OMC top tier sponsors are Qantas Airways, South Australian Tourism Commission, Qantas Holidays, Viva! Holidays, Insider Journeys, Sunlover Holidays, Territory Discoveries, Ready Rooms, The Cruise Team, Intrepid Group, The Travel Corporation, Worlds Leading Cruise Lines, Air Canada, and APT Travel Group. IMAGE: L-R: Chief Executive, SA Tourism Commission – Rodney Harrex; CEO & Managing Director, Helloworld Travel Limited -Andrew Burnes; Premier of South Australia – the Hon. Steven Marshall MP; Executive Director and Head of Wholesale & Inbound, Helloworld Travel Limited – Cinzia Burnes; Chairman Helloworld Travel Limited – Garry Hounsell.