Stella Travel Services

Stella Travel Services

2007 ranking: 78

Senior IS executive: Dhaya Sivakumar, group general manager IT Reports to: CEO, New Zealand

Size of IS shop: 22

PCs: 1450

Mobile PCs: 60

Terminals: 30

Hand-held devices: 30

Total screens: 1540

Industry: Business management and scientific services

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: Solaris; Windows 2000, 2003; HP

DBMS: Informix, SQL

Address: Level 3-5, Gen-i Tower, 66 Wyndham Street, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

STELLA TRAVEL SERVICES IS the largest, integrated travel network

in Australasia, operating under four main ‘umbrella’ brands. The Stella

Travel Services network encompasses retail travel agencies, wholesale

air consolidators, wholesale packages and emerging online retailers.

It is part of the Stella Group that also operates Stella Hospitality, an

organisation controlling a large resort and apartment portfolio including

Peppers, Mantra and Breakfree leisure offerings. Stella Travel Services

is concentrated in Australia and New Zealand and has strong entry

points into other key international markets.

The Group, formerly known as Gullivers Travel Group, has more than

1400 retail and corporate outlets comprising Harvey World Travel with

330 retail travel outlets in Australia, 120 in Southern Africa, 80 in the

UK and one in Egypt; Travelscene American Express with 520 retail

travel outlets and 80 corporate travel outlets; Gullivers Travel, with 270

retail travel outlets and three corporate travel outlets in New Zealand,

along with Transonic Travel (a wholesaler of air services and leisure

travel in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and the UK) that

provides services to 720 unbranded agencies through the Concorde

International Agency Group.

Stella Travel Services New Zealand continues to focus on growth

through acquisition and continuing to build its franchise business.

Head offi ce is in Sydney with technology direction provided by Markus

Svensson in the role of Global CIO. Alongside Markus in the global IT

leadership team is Dhaya Sivakumar, who heads IT for New Zealand

and the Pacific.

Sivakumar says Stella’s IT and business-solutions vision is to enable

its business to become the partner of choice for customers and suppliers,

through delivering industry-leading systems and processes. Key

goals this year include closely aligning IT initiatives with business value

drivers and prioritising work programmes accordingly.

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