Travel Daily 30 May 2012
OETG’s Express Ticketing is in a healthy state and growth is “very good,” strongly driven by the Select Travel Group, ceo Tom Manawaring told members at the annual conference in Bangkok over the weekend.
“Be proud of yourselves”, he said, with passenger and revenue numbers up and as “a focused, tight organisation this is helping members make a profit”, Manwaring added.
“The value of the brand means a lot to your business... as a national brand it gives you buying power, advertising, GDS,automated service, preferred suppliers and insurance”.
Out of 120 airlines offered, 39 are preferred with the membership based group and 13 land suppliers are also on that list. “People won’t always buy $800 airfares, they are going to buy packages”, Manwaring told delegates, adding that the “bottom line is to make a profit". “Every dollar given to the competition hurts us - sell as much of your business with the preferred suppliers because it means more money in your pocket,” he said.