THIRTY-TWO teams will be in action from this weekend, following the launch of the STAG Beer Easter Futsal Festival yesterday at the company’s Beterverwagting boardroom.The tournament will feature 22 Georgetown teams, along with two teams each from West Bank Demerara, East Bank Demerara, East Coast Demerara, and Linden.During yesterday’s launch, tournament promoter Frank ‘English’ Parris contended that the tournament, apart from a brief hiatus, had been going for just over 19 years.He noted that the event was his brainchild (Santos Football Club) and after a few years, Ansa McAl joined under the Carib Beer brand.Kashif Muhammad, head of the Kashif and Shanghai Organisation and tournament organiser, said that after being contacted, they were more than happy to come on board.He said after teaming up last year for the International Futsal Tournament, the organisation was very pleased to be involved.Apart from STAG, Dynas Trading, Star Party Rentals, Sonic Boom and 94.1 are also sponsors.The winners of the tournament will pocket $700 000.Brand Events coordinator Nigel Worrell, during his remarks stated that “STAG beer has become a brand synonymous with football in Guyana.”Fans, who are in attendance on any of the 11 playing nights, will have a chance to win special STAG prizes, he stated.Games will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to avoid a direct conflict with the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Elite League tournament.This, organisers noted, was to allow those Elite League players the option (if granted permission by the GFF) to play in the tournament.April 27 is the tentative date for the final.
Chief Operating Officer – Grant CampbellTravel Managers All Time High First QuarterHaving set the ball rolling with strong sales in January, TravelManagers has gone on to smash it out of the park with a record-breaking first quarter for 2019: a result which Chief Operating Officer, Grant Campbell, explains as the culmination of a strong January and best-ever trading month in February followed by a record March.“Year on year, we have experienced more than seven percent growth in our first quarter, thanks in large part to strong sales for long-haul destinations. The destination with the highest percentage growth was Asia, with an increase of more than 17 percent, which, when combined with a seven percent increase for Africa, contributed to a 70 percent increase in total adventure travel sales.”Campbell reports that TravelManagers has also recorded double-digit growth in both Australia and New Zealand, at 11.5 percent and 11 percent respectively.“We also achieved close to ten percent growth in one of our most high-value destinations, Europe,” he adds. “It’s very pleasing to see strong results occurring across all destinations, rather than being confined to just a few.”Other categories to have recorded strong results in the first quarter include guided coach tours and customised holiday packages, which have increased by 27 percent and 21 percent respectively.“These categories tend to feature more extensive, detailed itineraries: it’s a great indication that our personal travel managers (PTMs) are continuing to focus on designing holiday experiences that are individually tailored to their clients’ needs.”Sports-related travel has also increased significantly year-on-year, and although it represents a relatively small percentage of TravelManagers’ total sales volume, Campbell describes this achievement as a hallmark of the company’s overall philosophy.“We have a network of PTMs who among them represent a vast range of interests when it comes to travel, and every area of the company is designed to foster that entrepreneurial spirit so that they can grow their businesses by pursuing those interests.”When asked to predict what lies ahead for the remainder of 2019, Campbell points to the previous year’s results.“Every year since TravelManagers began, we have achieved a new record for first quarter sales, which has always served as a strong foundation for the year ahead. Whilst we can expect this year to present its share of challenges along the way, we’re off to a great start and have every reason to expect great things from 2019.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 560 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account. Source = TravelManagers