We are a team made up of individuals who love the travel industry and love to travel! We have certified cruise experts who will match the right cruise to the right traveller. We have group specialists, overseas wedding specialists and teams to help the business traveller. Meet our team below:

Shane Edwards
Director

I think travelling is one of the most rewarding and best opportunities I have ever experienced. Having worked in the travel industry since 1988 I have seen most of the world however every time I travel I see and experience something new. I haven’t even scratched the surface! This passion and drive is portrayed within my like-minded teams who know what it means to travel and therefore don’t just want to ‘book’ a clients holiday but be part of the experience.

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Stacey van den Akker
Operations Manager

My passion for travel stems from being part of the many diverse experiences, people, colours and flavours that each country has to offer. I have been in the travel industry for just over 10 years and in this time I have been fortunate enough to travel to many parts of the world. I have been a mere 2 metres away from a pack of lions hunting in Kenya, bungee jumped off the 216m high Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa and have scuba dived the pristine waters of the Hawaiian Islands – just to name a few!

When I am not travelling, my role at travel key is to build strong relationships with our clients and to motivate and influence our teams to ensure we achieve our best.

Email me at stacey.v@travelkey.com.au

 Stace

Amanda Marsh
Travel Specialist

It has always been my passion to travel and discover exciting destinations and so after graduating from school, I embarked on a career in travel. During this time, I have travelled extensively throughout Asia, America, Canada, Europe, UK, Mauritius, Japan, Dubai, New Zealand and Australia. There have been many highlights during my travels, my favourites would be racing down the ski slopes in Japan where you find the best powder snow on earth and walking the Great Wall of China, an incredible experience!

I love that my job is to sell a memory and an experience of a lifetime for my clients. 

Email me at amanda.m@travelkey.com.au

Amanda

Bianca Waru (nee Zurzolo)
Travel Specialist

After working for a wedding events company, an opportunity arose to begin a career as a travel consultant, being trained in retail sales and as a group’s specialist. After taking some time off to backpack around Europe, I returned to a groups consulting role and have now fully moved into the retail and corporate side of travel and have now had the chance to move into a managing position.  I have travelled around the world including Asia, Europe/UK including a European River cruise on the Rhine river ,the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean and, of course, I have seen my fair share of the place I love to call home, Australia. My most recent experiences include a dream honeymoon to the Maldives, a Scenic tour to the East Coast of Canada and a private tour to Africa where I got to experience the safari experience and a Mountain Gorilla trek.

Email me at bianca.w@travelkey.com.au

 Bianca

Ngahuia Parata
Travel Specialist

My passion for travel started when I was given the opportunity to join the travel key family in 2014. Before my career in travel, I managed the currency exchange booth at Travelex in Morley and had never been on a holiday. Its only been a year but in this time I have already had my share of travels to Thailand, Bali, Dubai, Europe, throughout Australia and my home country New Zealand.

I can now use my experiences and training throughout these destinations and more to help create your dream holiday. To make someone smile is an amazing feeling, this is why I love my job.

Email me at ngahuia.p@travelkey.com.au

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Chelsea Hayden
Travel & Groups Specialist

Travel is one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences in life. Not only do you have the joy of experiencing new destinations but you have the ability to embrace diverse cultures.

Ever since I was in school, I have had a keen passion for travel which led me into the travel industry. I started in a corporate capacity but am now in the retail environment where I have the opportunity to assist my clients in planning amazing holidays to discover the beauties of the world just as I am.

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled through US & Mexico, Canada, Maldives, Europe, China, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and around Australia. 

Email me at chelsea.h@travelkey.com.au

 

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Maddi Gatsos
Travel Specialist

I have seriously caught the travelling bug! I want to share my passion for traveling with others, and also want to work in an environment with like-minded people who share my enthusiasm. I chose to work in travel because it gives me the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and interest in places such as Asia and Europe, whilst also giving me the chance to be creative in the itineraries I put together. It’s a great feeling when you put together a trip of a lifetime for a customer and even better when you receive their feedback once they get back from their trip.

I love what I do and I can’t wait to live vicariously through your adventures.

Email me at maddi.g@travelkey.com.au

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Carla Scully (Currently on maternity leave)
Travel Specialist

I started working in the travel industry in 2007 in Ireland. I worked as a travel consultant in Dublin and very quickly fell in love with my job. Then in June 2011, I moved to Australia and thankfully managed to stay within the travel industry and have worked for travel key since I arrived. Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the US. My top moments of travelling so far would have to be experiencing an enchanting private evening concert featuring music from Strauss and Mozart in the luxury of Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna and window shopping and celeb spotting on the famous Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles.

Email me at carla.s@travelkey.com.au

 Carla

festivaltravel.com.au 

Tim van den Akker
Co-Founder & Travel Specialist

Having a passion for live music and working in the festival circuit for 8 years, the idea sparked to combine the festival and travel industries and cater for the niche festival travel market.

Having just experienced ‘Holy Ship’ in the Bahamas, I would have to say that I thought it was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity but I had so much fun, it’s going to become an annual trip! I love my job as it gives me the satisfaction of creating amazing journeys for my clients and sharing my experiences with them.

Email me at tim@festivaltravel.com.au

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