37. Craig Hunt – SkiMax Holidays

SkiMax operates ski holidays all around the world. SkiMax Holidays is based out of Sydney and sell ski holidays to both the northern and southern hemisphere. Places such as:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Europe
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • Australia

Lots of people don’t realise that we have more skiable area in Australia than all of Europe combined!

It’s highly recommended you buy your ski passes through SkiMax as you will always get it cheaper through them… sometimes 50% cheaper.

Craig’s favourite ski spots are Whistler (BC, Canada) and Vail Mountain (Colorado, USA).

Cardrona, NZ is also a great ski destination. It is close to Queenstown which is a great place to visit. If you have families where some members like to ski and some don’t, there is plenty to see and do for those family members in Queenstown.

About Craig Hunt

craig hunt skimaxCraig Hunt has worked in the Travel Industry for over 30 years, starting when he was just 15 years old; guiding rafting and skiing trips, selling travel and encouraging people to travel and enjoy the World we live in.

Craig has now been running his own company for 20 years, marketing travel to the travel industry and letting people discover the world he loves.

Favourite destinations: Kenya, Skiing (anywhere), Nepal, India, and New Zealand.

36. Tony Kirkhope – Kirkhope Aviation

In this podcast episode, Allen Suss sits down with Tony Kirkhope, founder of Kirkhope Aviation, a Melbourne-based business specialising in outback tours and corporate charters.

About Tony Kirkhope and Kirkhope Aviation

tony kirkhope aviationTony was born in Melbourne 1950. He graduated as a Metallurgical Engineer in 1971, and was first employed in Wollongong for 4 years in Copper Smelting. He learnt to fly while there as a hobby.

In 1976, Tony moved to Victoria and worked commissioning the Hot Strip Rolling Mill at Lysaghts in Hastings. In 1979, Tony joined his brother and began a 25 year involvement with him owning Diana Ferrari Pty Ltd, a footwear manufacturing company.

Tony married my wife Sandy in 1983 and purchased a house in Camberwell. During these years Kirkhope Aviation developed as an outback air tour operator in Melbourne. Tony and Sandy also purchased a car wash business which Sandy ran for 14 years.

In 2001 they purchased a 500,000 acre property in the Top End of Australia and ran that as a “glamping“ tourist resort where they flew clients in from Melbourne. The Aviation business moved to Moorabbin where it is based today and continues to provide luxury air tours and corporate charter utilizing it’s three aircraft.

Tony’s hobbies, as well as flying, included competition water skiing, playing in a blue grass/country band and hobby farming at Gembrook.

35. Daniele Zanetti – APTMS

In this podcast episode, Allen Suss speaks with Daniele Zanetti of Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services, more commonly known as APTMS.

APTMS is a travel representation organisation founded in 1985 and is focused on catering to the needs of the Australian and New Zealand traveller through wholesalers and retailers alike.

APTMS has been the sales representative in Australia for a number of clients including Alamo Rent A Car, Aston Hotels & Resorts, Howard Johnson Hotels & Lodges, Italhotels, Preferred Hotels Worldwide, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters , Scenic Airlines, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and many other well-known brands.

About Daniele Zanetti

I’m a young, or at least I like to think so, professional with close to 10 years of experience in the Travel Industry.

I was born and grew up in Italy, the most beautiful and diverse country one could visit. Yes I said it. 😉

As beautiful as it is, although, I decided to migrate only a few days after graduating as a translator and interpreter at the University of Venice.

After almost 9yrs in Australia and a short experience in the travel industry in Italy, I started working as a tour guide in Sydney (!!) and grew within the company which I then managed for 2yrs.

I joined the amazing APTMS team in early 2015, a lot of learning – which has never stopped – and good successes have brought me to managing the sales team in Australia and New Zealand. We have grown constantly, representing more and more suppliers and extending our focus from USA and Hawaii to recently Europe and Southeast Asia.

The upcoming daily challenges within the industry are what keeps me motivated, but nonetheless I also enjoy the few perks the industry offers to us who work behind the scenes!

34. Daniel Toby – AAT Kings

daniel toby aat kingsDaniel Toby, the State Manager for AAT Kings in Victoria and Tasmania, and Allen Suss discuss what it’s like to travel with AAT Kings.

Daniel never ever really meant to get into the travel industry. In years 11 and 12 at high school, Daniel did some work experience with P&O Cruises. While working with P&O he got a taste of the travel industry and has been enchanted with it ever since.

Back in 2001, when Daniel entered the travel industry, there was a lot of uncertainty. Long-term airplane travel giant Ansett collapsed and Virgin Airlines came onto the scene.

AAT Kings is Australia’s largest and oldest tourist organisation; over 100 years old.

With the vehicles, they really have progressed over the years. The level of service and comfort the coaches offer are quite amazing.

There is also a large range of different travel vehicles, from high-end, luxury-style coaches, to 4wd coach vehicles. There are also vehicles to accommodate wheelchair-confined travellers.

Daniel’s personal favourite Australian travel experience in Australia is Kings Canyon and his favourite travel experience in New Zealand is Queenstown.




33. Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun – Indotrek

Kirsty is the Director of Sales and Business Development Manager for Indochina. Kirsty also looks after Indotrek, the high end adventure brand established by Indochina.

Taking on board their 18 years experience in the region, Indotrek is focused more towards adventure itinerary’s for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, MyanmarThailand and other multi-country itineraries.

In this prodcast episode, Kirsty discusses four main themes: cycling, treking, kayaking and dirt biking. This also leads into things like bird watching in the national parks, with the possibility of riding a Vespa through the country side. Stay in a 5 star hotel, or a monastery, or get the most out of your experience by staying with the locals.

kirsty thomas-thoeun trails of indochina 2Kirsty has been a specialist in the Indochina travel industry for 20 years and shares secrets on how to get the most out of your unique travel experience, including “how-to” instructions on seeking out the real local experience and getting off the beaten track with personalised tours.

You can get up front and personal with the locals and attractions, all the while having a 24/7 English speaking care team at your disposal for any inquiry no matter how small or large.

Topics covered in this podcast episode include:

  • What destinations does Indotrek operate in?
  • What sort of activities are in Indotrek itineraries?
  • How does Indotrek differ from other adventure brands?
  • What level of accommodation?
  • Set departures or FIT?



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