MTA – Don Beattie Hands Down 12 month Report Card - MTA - Mobile Travel Agents

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15 Oct, 2014 MTA – Don Beattie Hands Down 12 month Report Card


Marking what he described as a 12 month period of “progress, innovation and delivery” MTA – Mobile Travel Agents CEO, Don Beattie has handed down the company’s one year report card at last weekend’s ‘Imagine-Believe-Achieve’ national conference in Melbourne.

Addressing the attendees, Mr Beattie detailed the company’s ‘make good’ on several promises outlined at last year’s national conference in Canberra.

These include the inception of a ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme, thebecame introduction of new website skins and delivery of a raft of innovative, high tech tools designed to build on the company’s existing Virtual Office (VO) technology.

Further IT enhancements across the period have also seen the full establishment of multiple download capability via three GDS’ – Amadeus, Galileo and Sabre – something Mr Beattie said gave MTA a leading edge in the mobile consultancy sector in this country.

The last 12 months, he said, have also seen MTA build on its relationship with several key partners and significantly Virtuoso – Luxury Travel where MTA now ranks as the ninth best producer for onsite tour operators from the 500-odd companies invited to join the luxury travel organisation on a global basis.

MTA was also named Virtuoso – Luxury Travel’s ‘Top Producer Australia and New Zealand’ for the second year in a row at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas last August.

Beattie said the recent move to appoint Sara Merricks as Head of Product was already beginning to show significant returns to the business in relation to supplier relationships.

“Sara has built a great rapport evidenced by her becoming a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category voted by suppliers at this year’s Virtuoso Travel Week,” he said.

The company’s luxury element was further compounded earlier this year when MTA became the first Australian company to be invited to join the Belmond Travel Agent Advisory Board.

Pointing towards MTA Member growth in the last 12 months, numbers he said now stood at 370.

However despite a strong level of inquiry, “quality over quantity” would remain the cornerstone of the company’s recruitment policy.

MTA Members too are being given a stronger voice with the formation of the MTA Travel Advisory Group.

Mr Beattie said the new group was a true representation of the length, breadth and experience of the overall membership.

Acknowledging the drive and input of co-managing directors, Roy and Karen Merricks in helping the MTA team to achieve its various milestones, Mr Beattie thanked the couple for their unbridled support in his first 12 months in the CEO role.

“Thanks to Roy and Karen’s foresight and energy, the company and its membership has fared extremely well, enjoying enhanced benefits in a period of time which has brought sweeping, timely and very positive change to our industry,” he said.

“Going forward the MTA star continues to shine and the road ahead looks extremely bright.”

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