From left, Travel Counsellors Chairman David Speakman with six of the company’s Gold agents Claudia Silk, Nadine Kutz, Christine Jenkins, Scott Mayne, Hayley Voll, Patrick O’Shea, along with Australian General Manager Deb Duncan and Group Managing Director Steve Byrne. Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors help agents to Go for Gold Following an extremely positive start to the year Travel Counsellors is focusing on helping even more of its home-based agents to achieve the company’s top performing Gold status. Travel Counsellors, which now has over 90 agents operating in Australia and a further 1,100 overseas, has seen sales soar in the country with figures up 42% so far this year. As a result the company expects to see more of its agents achieve Gold and have put together a dedicated ‘Going for Gold’ programme to further support them in reaching this goal. “We are seeing the business go from strength to strength, with our agents earning more than ever before,” says Business Development Manager Tracy Parkinson. “We currently have seven Gold Travel Counsellors in Australia but expect this figure to significantly increase, supported by the launch of our Gold programme and also significantly down to our own in-house dynamic packaging system Phenix which allows agents to control their own margin and substantially increase their earning potential. The programme includes a personalised marketing plan for each agent, focusing on their key strengths and goals. We have had a great response from our Travel Counsellors so far and are dedicated to supporting, encouraging and motivating them to be the very best they can be.” This also follows the company congratulating its top performing Gold Travel Counsellors and thanking them for the important part they have played in the company’s success over the last 12 months at its annual Gold Weekend, which took place in Mauritius last month. Over 80 Gold Travel Counsellors plus over 30 partners and spouses from the company’s global operations in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK, were treated to a luxuriously long weekend to discover the treasures of the paradise island. For Gold Travel Counsellor Chris Jenkins, who received the award for ‘Best Margin’ at the company’s conference last year, this was her very first Gold event. Chris comments; “Achieving Gold status has been one of the most memorable experiences in my career in travel. Gaining and maintaining ‘Gold’ is something I’ve worked hard towards every day, and knowing I have such an efficient team behind me at head office who are always there to support and encourage us in every way, allowing me to concentrate on the most important thing – the growth of my business. The Gold weekend in Mauritius was luxury personified and there was such a wow-factor about the trip. The warmth and friendliness from fellow Gold Travel Counsellors and their spouses and partners from around the world was so incredible, alongside the company directors who are all so proud of our achievements. The opportunity to experience an event like this with my husband, who now feels part of Travel Counsellors too, really makes me proud to be part of such a special company.” Travel Counsellors have two entry points for Gold status each year – on November 1 and May 1 – with results based on the previous 12 month figures. To become a Gold Travel Counsellor, the consultants achieved commissions totalling $119,500 or more in a 12 month period. The Gold agents, including both business and leisure specialists, make up 11% of the company’s Travel Counsellors and account for 33% of the company’s sales.
The 1956, 10.48 -carat diamond ring of Princess Grace of MonacoSeveral Canberra hotels are currently offering Cartier packages. Travel Monitor was a guest of East Hotel. Read our hotel review here. All images: Katrina Holden Bracelet and cherry blossom trees, 19251920s pieces inspired by foreign travelsTurn of the Century and Art deco enthusiasts will love the sketches, costumes and jewels on display, including a silk crepe dress by an unknown designer worn by Dame Nellie Melba (circa 1900); and art deco cigarette cases for ladies when smoking came into vogue for a whole generation of rebellious post-war, modern women. Cigarette and vanity case, 1924The blokes aren’t forgotten either, with another room displaying several Cartier timepieces and images of the celebrities who wore them including Cary Grant and Rudolph Valentino. Dress worn by Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900The Director of National Gallery of Australia Gerard Vaughan said, “Years of gentle persuasion will deliver an unforgettable experience for Australians.”Indeed, many of the pieces on display are not only from Cartier’s collection but are on loan — including the 1936 Halo Tiara on loan from Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was a gift to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday and was most recently worn by Kate Middleton on her marriage to Prince William. Another show-stopper is the 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring made for Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956. Halo tiara, 1936 on loan from Her Majesty The Queen Australian galleriesCanberraCartierCartier The ExhibitionEast HotelGalleriesNational Gallery of Australia <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Cartier: The Exhibition, on display at the National Gallery of Australia until 22 July, is a showcase in not just fine jewellery but design influence and trends throughout the 20th Century. For the first time in Australia, more than 300 dazzling pieces are together under one roof. Moving through the exhibit is inspiring, even if you do have to patiently wait for crowds to abate at certain displays. Despite the enormous value of the exhibit, I never quite felt a heavy security presence. Instead, visitors can get up rather close to the cabinets displaying pieces belonging to royal families, aristocrats and screen stars. Cartier was founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. His son Alfred eventually took over the company and it was Alfred’s sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques, who were responsible for establishing the brand on a global scale. The company remained family-owned until 1964.The rooms not only showcase the impressive and glittering pieces but also journals and photos from international trips undertaken by Jacques and Louis Cartier where they drew inspiration from motifs and design elements from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Egyptian and Islamic cultures. These trips inspired the jewellery house to use richly hued semi precious materials including lapis lazuli, coral, onyx, nephrite, jadeite, turquoise and mother of pearl which ultimately expanded the appeal of their range. Egyptian clock, 1927