We are delighted to announce that we have entered into a joint venture agreement with In Travel Group launching a new business entity, Inspire Travel Management. This is a first-in-market enterprise of a majority Indigenous owned travel management company (TMC) in Australia.
Pictured (from left): Nick Sutherland, Group General Manager QBT; Andrew Burnes, CEO Helloworld Travel Limited; Dwayne Good, Managing Director Inspire Travel Management; and Russell Carstensen, Group General Manager Corporate Helloworld Travel Limited.
In Travel Group (ITG) is an established boutique travel management company under the management of Executive Director and Founder Dwayne Good. Its team has over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry working across areas including entertainment, mining, resources, sports, music, arts, conferences, events and not for profit organisations.
Helloworld Travel Limited CEO Andrew Burnes commented on the significance of this business partnership.
“We are proud to be collaborating on the creation and launch of Inspire Travel Management, providing opportunity for our business to demonstrate best practice in the industry in the areas of Indigenous employment and procurement outcomes.”
“QBT and Helloworld Travel Limited are fully committed to this venture to not only deliver on our prioritised social impact and corporate responsibility targets, but it will also contribute significantly to the travel industry and in turn to the Australian economy.” Mr Burnes said.
Dwayne Good, echoed the sentiment, sharing his views on the importance of the partnership that has involved months of discussion and collaboration between himself and Helloworld Travel’s Russell Carstensen to get to this stage.
“Looking at the travel landscape we found that QBT and Helloworld Travel were the clear leaders and best fit for this important venture. Their support of this initiative has been evident from the very start of our discussions and we are all clearly committed to successful shared outcomes.”
“Having worked in the travel industry for over ten years I can see Indigenous Australians are underrepresented and I am excited and passionate to be working to address that. This collaboration goes further than the obvious long-term employment opportunities for Indigenous people, and will work towards creating Indigenous travel professionals, experts in this industry that currently has very little Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander representation. I am genuinely excited to be embarking on this process.” he added.
Working with the external assistance of Ernst and Young’s Indigenous Sector Practice, Inspire Travel Management is registered with Supply Nation and is in the process of working towards receiving Supply Nation Certification.
Nick Sutherland, Group General Manager of QBT commented on the value of this partnership to QBT.
“QBT has significant ties with corporate clients who have strong values around Corporate Social Responsibility both in the private and government sectors so we are very pleased to be working on this new business that will tie in with the Australian Government Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) to support and grow the Indigenous Business Sector.”
Inspire Travel Management will be based in Melbourne, with a presence in nine offices around Australia and will be headed up by Dwayne Good as Managing Director.
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