| Danial Norjidi |
LEADING provider of travel solutions and services, Abacus, yesterday held an appreciation dinner to recognise and celebrate the achievements of local travel agents.
Held at The Centrepoint in Gadong, the event saw the attendance of over 200 movers and shakers of Brunei’s flourishing travel industry.
As Abacus Brunei General Manager Irene Soon said, “The travel agents in Brunei were very enthusiastic in their support for all the activities and plans we have had to grow their business. This evening’s dinner is our way of showing our appreciation.
“The market successfully migrated to the new Abacus point-of-sales, Abacus Workspace in June 2014. Brunei was third among the Abacus market to successfully migrate all its travel agents.
“The other Abacus point-of-sales solution was Abacus Mobile,” she added.
“Abacus Mobile users were subsequently upgraded to Abacus WorkLite in August 2014.”
Irene Soon also thanked partners Abacus International, Baiduri Bank Berhad, Cityneon Brunei, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Brunei Catering, Singapore Airlines, Tourism Malaysia and TTCO for sponsoring the evening’s lucky draw prizes.
Attending the event as guest of honour was Abacus Brunei Chairman Dermot Mannion, who also presented top travel agent awards to 10 travel agencies and three travel consultants.
The first performance awards presented were under the ‘Aim to Win Promotion’ category, which recognised the top travel agents with the highest incremental booking during the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair.
Pan Bright Travel Service was named the champion – winning a US$300 cash voucher, while Anthony Tours & Travel Agency Sdn Bhd was the first runner-up and Freme Travel Services Sdn Bhd was second runner-up, winning US$150 and US$50 cash vouchers respectively.
The ‘Abacus FareX Promotion’ category awarded top travel agents with the highest incremental issuance of Abacus FareX ticket on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Singapore Airlines from September 27 to October 31 this year in conjunction with the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair.
Southern Cross Travel Agencies Sdn Bhd was named champion, winning a US$400 cash voucher, along with first runner-up Syarikat Straits Central Agencies Sdn Bhd and second runner-up Freme Travel Services Sdn Bhd, winning cash vouchers worth US$250 and US$150 respectively.
Next was the ‘Travel Consultant Top Reward’ category which recognises the top three travel consultants with outstanding performance from January to October 2014. The champion was Jeane Ferlyn F Bustarde from Syarikat Straits Central Agencies Sdn Bhd, followed by first runner-up Lim Yah Hui from Century Travel Centre Sdn Bhd and second runner-up Alan Liaw from Freme Travel Services Sdn Bhd.
Meanwhile, the recipient of the Top Travel Agent Performing Award 2013/2014 for non-air booking was JJ Tour Service Sdn Bhd in Kuala Belait.
The Top Travel Agent Performing Awards 2013/2014 for air bookings were then presented. First place went to Century Travel Centre Sdn Bhd (BSB), while Freme Travel Services Sdn Bhd (BSB) was second and Pan Bright Travel Service (Kuala Belait) was third.
Fourth place went to Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd (BSB), followed by Anthony Tours & Travel Agency Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Straits Central Agencies Sdn Bhd, Southern Cross Travel Agencies Sdn Bhd (Seria), Pan Bright Travel Service (BSB), Freme Travel Services Sdn Bhd (Kuala Belait) and JJ Tour Service Sdn Bhd (BSB).