Anna Were, YOU Travel Tauranga; with Tom Manwaring, Express Travel Group Anna Were, YOU Travel Tauranga; with Tom Manwaring, Express Travel Group

ETG CEO: ‘We knew not all FTG members would come’

Tom Manwaring CEO / director at Express Travel Group (ETG) says the company did not enter into negotiations with First Travel Group on the basis that ‘X, Y and Z members’ would agree.

 

ETG and FTG signed a business sales agreement last week, now subject to final legal process that is expected to be concluded in a month. ‘We were aware before we even started that three members would not stay. But we knew the majority would come along and that is what has happened,’ says Manwaring. ‘There were no surprises for us.’ Manwaring was at FTG’s managers’ conference in Queenstown over the weekend and presented products such as Express Marketing, which can manage customer databases more efficiently, combine external and internal activity, and distribute inclusive and package products. He says the tool allows agents to tie their in-store screen promotions with desktop, table-top and mobile activity.

 

Manwaring has also mooted the roll out in New Zealand of the Creative Cruising company and product – a B2B2C enterprise that is already established in Australia. ‘It allows more packaging of ocean, river, and small luxury cruising, land-cruise and more. This will be coming in the next two months and we’ll have fully loaded (NZ$) product in the second half of the year.’

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