June 30, 2010 – Vancouver – QBT (formerly Qantas Business Travel) has become a Global Partner of UNIGLOBE Travel International. With approximately one billion dollars in annual sales, QBT is a member of the Jetset Travelworld Group, one of the largest integrated travel services companies in Australia and New Zealand, which operates other travel-related companies including Qantas Holidays, Viva! Holidays, Jetset, Travelworld, Orient Pacific and ReadyRooms.
The partnership will further increase the visibility of UNIGLOBE in the Australia and New Zealand travel markets, while giving QBT clients access to preferred rates negotiated by other UNIGLOBE branded agencies around the world. According to Jetset Travelworld Group CEO Peter Collins, “This partnership is advantageous to our customers who prefer to partner with a travel management company with local expertise but still want access to global reporting, ticketing and purchasing power.”
Top-performing travel agencies in regions without a UNIGLOBE Master Franchise are eligible to join the Global Partner program. Member agencies get access to international buying power, systems, technology and networks to collaborate on accounts not previously accessible to them.
For example, adds QBT General Manager David Hughes, “UNIGLOBE technology will enable QBT to provide its customers with consolidated, web-based information to view management information and track e-tickets, refunds and service fee billing. It also builds on QBT’s leadership in intelligent ‘follow me’ technology, which provides real-time identification of traveller location and status.”
Says UNIGLOBE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer U. Gary Charlwood, “QBT is a very welcome addition to the UNIGLOBE family and strengthens our presence in Australasia, a corridor of the world on which we are now focusing, especially for corporate account collaboration. We are also excited to support QBT in offering superior quality travel services to corporate clients in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.”
UNIGLOBE Travel International is the world's largest single brand travel franchise organization with more than 750 locations in 50 countries encompassing the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific. Operating under a well-recognized brand name, UNIGLOBE travel management companies specialize in providing personalized travel management services to mid-sized corporate clients and vacation planning to leisure travelers. Since 2009, the UNIGLOBE brand has welcomed new Travel Management Companies from the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Poland, the UK, Sweden, Romania, Slovenia, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.
QBT is a business travel specialist providing a blend of corporate travel solutions through local and regional offices with a dedicated service delivered by highly skilled travel professionals. QBT has extensive experience in providing specialist business travel consulting services and expense management solutions, tailored to any company’s individual requirements.