Last minute trip programming

Austral Group stands ready even when unexpected situations affect clients in other regions of the world. In November, 2008 we received a frantic call from an MBA program to inform us that their trip to India was cancelled due to terrorist attacks on hotels in Mumbai. With the trip fully organized, they needed another solution fast. They asked us if the Austral Group could organize an academic-focused trip from scratch to execution in less than 3 weeks for their MBA students. We were happy to take on the challenge.

Austral Group response:

With the pressure on, we had all hands on deck to organize flights, hotels, and in-country logistics, and to build an itinerary of high-level meetings with executives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The MBA students had been expecting to visit the Taj Mahal, but were now eager to learn to dance Tango and practice their Spanish.

Client assessment:

After planning a trip to India for many months, we found it necessary to cancel 30 days out due to terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Our students were counting on this trip and had already purchased airline tickets, so we decided on Argentina as an alternative option. We were, of course, in a time crunch and were very fortunate to be able to call on the Austral Group for help.

I was amazed at Austral's ability to put together a great trip, supported by their outstanding staff on the ground, in a short period of time and over the Christmas holiday period. The company visits were outstanding and educational and the cultural events and leisure options for the students were great. The feedback from our students was overwhelmingly positive. On behalf of TCU, thank you for all you did to make the trip a success.

~ Dr. Nancy Nix, M. J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University