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 Meet The Team

 

    

Michael Lavilles MAICD

C.E.O.

Michael is a passionate businessman who has been in the travel industry for 25 years. He has worked in corporate travel, retail and wholesale for global companies and boutique operators in Australia and overseas. Michael took full ownership of Beyond Travel in 2014 and believes in investing in its people – the most important part of the business. He is ambitious and is growing the business along with its partners, to become a brand synonymous with leadership, best service and strong products. He is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives (personally and corporately) and is involved in community initiatives helping those in need.

“It is a privilege working alongside people who are experts in our destinations, enjoy serving our clients and are eager to learn and grow. It is my focus to be the best steward of Beyond Travel and our people.”

 


 

Bryce Crampton

    

Bryce Crampton

General Manager Sales & Marketing

Bryce has over 15 years experience with Beyond Travel in variety of roles from a tour leader on the Trans-Siberian railway to reservations and now GM Sales & Marketing.

“I’ve been lucky enough to experience many of Beyond Travels destinations and have a long list of favourites. Transylvania stands out, it’s authentic, beautiful and full of history from Medieval villages to fortified churches and of course the legend of Dracula. I’m also always pleased to find myself in the Czech Republic, although relatively small it’s surprisingly diverse and Prague continues to be one of my favourite cities.”

 


 

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Peter Smith

General Manager – Business Growth

With over 30 years experience in senior roles in the Travel Industry, Peter has joined Beyond Travel with a clear brief to grow the company into a major force in the specialist niche wholesaler category. Peter’s previous roles include Executive Director of Insight Vacations, Managing Director of Contiki, Group Marketing Director of the Travel Corporation, General Manager of Zuji and Octopus Travel, and more recently Managing Director of specialist Tour Operator – Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours.

“I’m very excited about where Beyond Travel is going over the next few years as the expert knowledge and first hand experience that the team has for our unique destinations, make us the clear leader in this category.”

 


 

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Jennifer Gallen

Sales Manager

Jennifer has over 12 years of experience in the travel industry, and is entering her 10th year with Beyond Travel. After many years as a Sales Consultant, Jennifer has been managing our experienced sales team for the past 4 years.

“I have a great passion for travel  and have travelled to around 30 countries so far – with so many more on my bucket list! I love that travel allows people the unique opportunity to experience other cultures, history and beliefs –  which can be in stark contrast to how we live in Australia. In saying that, some of my favouite experiences and countries  I have visited would be:  Visiting the stunning mosques in Uzbekistan with the local women, to travelling through the beautiful Jety Oghuz National Park in Kygyzstan, to exploring the amazing the iconic Red Square and St.Basils Cathedral in Moscow Russia, to experiencing the crazy beautiful chaotic cities of India!”

 


 

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Valentyna Lytvynenko

Senior Travel Consultant

Valentyna started her career in the travel industry about 16 years ago as a senior travel consultant. She has been apart of the Beyond Travel family for over 11 years now and has travelled extensively throughout our destinations.

“I love to explore European Cathedrals, world famous theatres, museums, food and of course the unique landscapes these countries have to offer.”

 


 

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Andrew Blanchard

Travel Consultant

Andrew has started his career in the travel industry with Beyond Travel and has been working here for over 4 years. He has been developing skills in reservations, researching custom itineraries and developing relationships with clients and suppliers.

“I enjoy the experiences of exploring new countries and learning about their culture. One of my favourite destinations is Russia, I enjoyed the rich history and interesting cities when I visited in 2014. My next destination? Mongolia.”

 


 

Stavros Polatoglou

    

Stavros Polatoglou

Senior Travel Consultant

Stavros has over 16 years experience in the travel industry in a variety of roles from hotel reservations to travel consultant in Europe and Australia. Happy to bepart of the Beyond Travel team for nearly 4 years now.

“Slovenia was a stand out for the landscape and relaxed nature. Caves, snow and activities. Also, Budapest for the mix of history, dark and gothic buildings to spa treatments and pleasure. Crete for the diversity of mountain and beach, summer and winter, history and nature.”

 


 

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Leigh Velasquez

Senior Travel Consultant

Leigh has been with Beyond Travel in a variety of roles for over 11 years. She love the travel industry as it is constantly changing and enjoys learning new destinations and products.

“The magnificent views from the Prague Castle were a highlight of my time in the Czech Republic.”

 


 

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Gustavo Manginelli

Travel Consultant

Gustavo has over 10 years of experience in the travel industry having worked for South America’s largest airline, LATAM, for over 7 years developing extensive skills in reservations, contracts and data analysis. He has been a member of the Beyond Travel family for just shy of one year.

“My passion for travel has always motivated me to try new experiences and explore unfamiliar countries. The Beyond Travel destinations are so varied and diverse making it very difficult to choose a favourite! One of my fondest memories would have to be watching the sunset over the Adriatic Sea from the shores of Split and Hvar, beautiful islands off the coast of Croatia. My next destination? The Trans-Mongolian! What is yours?”

 


 

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Tegan Hackett

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Tegan’s varied role includes everything from web updates and sending out our newsletters to fulfilling brochure requests and social media, take a look at the latest Facebook posts here.

“The Beyond Travel destinations I would most like to visit include Norway, to experience the dramatic landscape and the magic of the Northern Lights first hand, along with Poland for its rich culture and history.”

 


 

Trish Chapman

    

Trish Chapman

Business Development Manager – NSW

Trish has worked in Europe, South America & Australia as a Tour Escort, and has also spent time in Sales & Markteing so she has a good feel for both the background organisation and the day to day tour operations.

“My favourite destinations are the Julian Alpine Region of Slovenia, and the incredible city of Moscow. Why are they my favourites? To stand and breathe the pristine air of the mountains, while marvelling at the stunning views of Lake Bled with its medieval monastery & chateau is an incredibly experience. Equally so, the chance to immerse myself in the grandeur and colourful history of the imposing city of Moscow.”


 

Cath Douglass

    

Cath Douglass

Business Development Manager – VIC & TAS

Cath has over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and has just entered her 9th year with Beyond Travel. She has had many roles within the industry including cruise hostess, tour guide, interntaional retail travel consultant, travel lecturer, product development manager and business development manager.

“I love working with Beyond Travel because I am passionate about both excellent service and innovative product choices and Beyond Travel offers those in abundance. I have travelled extensively, lived in London for 2 years and love small ship cruising, Greece is my favourite Beyond Travel destination.”

 


 

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Sue Glatz

Business Development Manager – SA

Sue has been in the travel indsutry for 25 years and in this time she has had many great adventures travelling the world. With her passion for travel and customer service leading her to her current role as Business Development Manager with Beyond Travel.

“One of my favourite destinations is Croatia with its natural beauty, varying history, interesting architecture and amazing coastline. Something everyone should experience is Croatian small ship cruising which offers travellers the opportunity of seeing Croatia and its beautiful coastline while exploring the smaller and less visited islands and villages in a very comfortable, relaxed and intimate way.”

 


 

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Elaine Vogler

Business Development Manager – QLD

Elaine has worked in the Travel Industry for many years and has experience in many facets of travel having owned her own Travel Agency is Brisbane as well as working for Travel Wholesalers    She has been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and has her favourite countries that she loves to revisit – one of them being Croatia – just for the history, magnificent scenery and the many diverse travel experiences that this country offers.

“I am very lucky to work in a job that is so interesting – it is not hard to sell a product like Beyond when you get to see the ‘behind the scenes’ team that are dedicated to being the very best in the many countries that they sell.”

 


 

    

Janine Severin

Business Development Manager – WA

Janine has over 27 years in the travel industry, 8 years with Beyond Travel in WA.

“I love Croatia, my grandparents were from there and I think that Beyond Travel has such amazing products and experiences in this beautiful country.”

 


 

Lesley Perrie

    

Lesley Perrie

Director of SDS, representing Beyond Travel in New Zealand

Lesley has over 22 years experience in retail travel, wholesale travel and sales.

“I love exploring countries with a rich past and Croatia really astounded me and I am still reading up on their history after my trip there. The cruise I did with my husband, after 4 magical days in Dubrovnik, was one of our best trpips ever. The ship was very comfortable and the staff were amazing. I loved the fact we were free some evenings and could wander back to the ship after dining out. The guides we had on the included tours were excellent.”

 


 

Yula Geredov

    

Yula Geredov

Groups Manager

Yula has always loved to travel and explore, however, only accidentally fell into the travel industry by following her passion and incredible opportunity to lead groups on the longest, continues railway in the world, the remarkable Trans-Siberian (and Mongolian) railway. The addiction to this industry was cemented and 10 years later the passion to travel and now to provide unique, unrivalled and integrative experiences for private groups has remained.

“Favourite destinations include the Czech & Slovak Republics, Poland and Russia. These countries offer a plethora of unique activities ranging from scenic hikes and chalet stays to 5-star degustation experiences and it is always exciting to put together group itineraries with varied sightseeing opportunities.”

 


 

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Janai Bozza

Product Manager

I have spent the last 12 years working in the travel industry after returning to Australia from a year backpacking and living in Europe. I have worked in both the reservations side of the industry to now working behind the scenes in the Product Department.

“One of my top picks in Europe would have to be Salzburg, especially in winter with the charming Old Town area, the Fortress and surrounding Alps covered in snow.”

 


 

    

Gina Bocanegra

Product Coordinator

Gina has over a years experience working in the travel industry, after several years in the IT industry she decided to change to travel and tourism.

“I love travelling and I am passionate about getting to know different cultures. I bring my skills in information technology, customer service and administration to my curent position as Product Coordinator at Beyond Travel. One of my favourite destinations is Berlin, so much history and very multicultural city, amazing experience to take a walking tour and understand a bit more of the historical events that changed the world.”


 

Karen Kerr    

Karen Kerr

Senior Product Co-Ordinator

Karen has returned to Beyond Travel after a ten year absence. Her first stint was for nearly six years, beginning in 2001, whilst still studying at AFTA, starting in documentation, reservations, leading a group on a private Trans Mongolian rail journey (Beijing-St Petersburg) and ultimately finishing as Product Manager. 

During her 10 year absence she worked for a GSA representing several (ocean) cruise lines, back of house in the product department as a Product & Inventory Specialist.

“The Travel Industry is my third career in my working life. But through out my working life, I have loved to travel! Whether it was a cruise in South East Asia, Alaska, the Suez Canal, Egypt, Gallipoli for ANZAC Day, Trans Mongolian Rail Journey, camping tour through Western & Eastern Europe during the Soviet era or visiting friends in St Louis. What is there not to love about Travel!”

 


 

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Saskia Baker

Public Relations and Media Communications Consultant

Saskia has over 15 years of experience in the travel industry and has just entered her 11th year with Beyond Travel.

“It has been a pleasure representing Beyond Travel in Australia over the last decade, credit goes to a combination of the fantastic and supportive team I work with on a weekly, if not daily basis, and the extremely high quality of product that the company supplies to the Australia market which makes my job so much easier. I have travelled extensively all over the world from a very young age and without doubt one of the best travel experiences I have ever had was celebrating my 29th birthday on a Beyond Travel small ship coastal Croatia cruise with some girlfriends, still a highlight even after all these years”.

 


 

    

Rabia Makdum

Accounts

Rabia has worked in accounts in the travel industry for 14 years. She has been part of the Beyond Travel tream for 10 of these years.

“Turkey has always been a favourite destination of mine as the architecture and history really intrigue me.”

 


 

    

Hedra Abdo

Accounts

Hedra is new to the travel industry previously having worked in the financial department in her city council whilst completing her Masters Degree in Accounting.

“Working with Beyond Travel was my first job in Australia. It gave me the chance to have a new experience in new industry and I am so excited to go further in the travel world as it can expand my knowledge in many different parts of the business.”