Michael Lavilles MAICD
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
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.”