'Our new partnership gives NZTB the best of both worlds. We have the benefits of belonging to a group of sizeable purchasing strength, and we retain our independence and complete control of our governance, strategic direction and business model – in a nutshell, we are able to continue to deliver the greatest value we can to our brokers,' director Steve Lee says.
He says this process was triggered by the sale of First Travel Group to Express Travel Group earlier in 2019. 'Both Guy (Flynn) and I have been with FTG since the start, first as part of Synergi Travel and then NZ Travel Brokers, so we leave with mixed emotions, but we wish the team in Auckland and members throughout NZ all the best.'
Head of the Associate Network for helloworld, Paula Sundin, says she looks forward to assisting Lee and Flynn achieve their business goals.
'Our growth of members has been significant of late which in turns strengthens all of our networks by adding more strength to our commercial discussions.'