Tourism

Australia’s first travel-specific coworking space opens its doors

If you need somewhere to meet a client or are just sick of your colleague’s loud chewing, boy have we got the answer for you.

A travel industry-specific coworking space has just opened its doors in Sydney, and its owners are touting it as the first of its kind in Australia.

The Travel Industry Hub (TTIH)’s co-founder, Richard Taylor, said the start of the decade was the perfect time to launch such an ambitious project.

“More than simply a workspace, we’re creating a genuine hub for travel and tourism professionals,” he said.

The newly opened space offers desks, meeting rooms, private and virtual offices, as well as event space hire – all specifically tailored to fit the needs of the travel and tourism industry.

It aims to create a community where anyone from the industry can foster connections more meaningfully while also ensuring the needed focus and privacy.

Hot desks provide a getaway from the regular coffee shop or home office scene and dedicated desks help promote travel and tourism brands, making it easier to find new partnerships and network within the industry.

“We rejected tightly packed, open plan desking because we’re for one industry, and while it’s great to be alongside likeminded people, the focus must also be on getting work done,” Taylor said.

The three meeting rooms offer a professional meeting environment and are available for booking by non-residents as long as they have a community membership.

The largest of them is a 45sqm conference and boardroom that can also be used for events, product launches or training.

The Event & Training Space is the highlight of The Travel Industry Hub. Intended for larger workshops, events and industry gatherings, it gives access to a 145-square-metre customisable open area with a stage.

The area fits up to 100 guests for a cocktail style event and for more formal events that require sitting, it easily fits up to 80 guests. It is a one-stop-shop for meeting events.

With an introductory rate of $600 plus GST, businesses get a three-hour usage of the space with full access to the AV system: TV, a lectern and a sound system at no additional charge.

The kitchen attached to the space is fully functional with a commercial oven, fridge space and glassware included, and offers a choice between self-catering or arranging catering through TTIH at a cut-rate.

Walter Nand and David Reeves, directors at Ride The World Motorcycle Tours & Unique Cruises, were the first group to hold an event in the new Event & Training space.

Travellers Choice also recently held their training day at TTIH, with ACT/NSW BDM Paula Moylan singing its praises.

“If anyone is looking for a great space to hold a meeting, product update or training, The Travel Industry Hub ticks all the boxes,” Moylan said.

“Along with a great space, it has great access to the train station (only a few minutes walk) and plenty of catering options in the vicinity.”

The hospitality industry opened a similar space in July last year, with Example House opening its doors to industry folk as well as creatives.

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