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CV, Travel Expert, Business Manager seeks Opportunities in Thrace

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 7606

List top 5 skills: customer relations management., management, travel operations
Short Bio:

An Australian national living in the Thrace region of Western Turkey. Have been involved with the Tourism industry since 1988. My wife is Turkish and I have dual citizenship. Fell in love with this region when first visiting in 1984, became a tour leader for Imaginative Traveller UK in 1997 and managed groups in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt and India until my promotion in 2001 to Destination Manager SE Asia for Imaginative Traveller UK. Oversaw all operations of travel management in the region until 2009. Returned to Turkey and consulted as GM for two local firms before returning to Thailand as DOO for Khiri Travel. Now developing business for my own small agency.

Current location: 

Tekirdag, Turkey - View on map

Spoken languages: 

Arabic (Basic), Basic Thai, english, Turkish

Locations I am interested in working:

Australia, Bahrain, bulgaria, canada, china, egypt, France, greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, kuwait, new zealand, Oman, qatar, Romania, saudi arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Skills Summary

Currently developing inbound business for a small limited partnership travel agency located in Istanbul Turkey. I am one of the founding partners. The company Experta Travel and Events, is completely self-sufficient so I am looking for gainful employment around the Thrace region in the travel industry.

I returned from Thailand where I headed up the operations department for Khiri Travel, a well respected and long established Destination Management Company (DMC) in Thailand. Khiri Travel have satellite offices and teams throughout the region and are innovative and evolving all the time.

Since leaving Imaginative Traveller I have held two roles here in Istanbul, both of them GM positions within the successful companies owned and operated by close friends. I was the Destination or Regional manager for Imaginative Traveller in South East Asia since February 2001. Responsible for all operations and manage a team of upto 28 foreign and local employees. Have recommended and implemented several programs and projects in CBT and Responsible Travel. Maintained a great working relationship with my team and my UK based Operations management and with my various suppliers throughout the region. I have built the SE Asian operations up from nothing to being the most successful region of our business. Since leaving South East Asia in 2009 I returned to my wife’s birthplace Turkey, where I was the General Manager of a long time friend’s travel business in Istanbul. I later became the GM for an exciting adventure group travel company based in Turkey before resuming a high level management position back in Thailand for Khiri Travel. This role is the culmination of all my skills and experience.

My speciality is building teams, attention to detail and customer relations.


January 2013 – to date…

Business Development role with Experta Travel and Events. Founding but limited partnership.

February 2011 until January 2013 – Director of Operations (General) Khiri Travel.

Have been located back in Bangkok now for nearly two years. This role has changed and varied several times during my tenure. The directors are passionate and dedicated and very successful. I personally manage a team of 3 managers and around 20 staff. My team consists of Reservations, Customer Relations Unit and Flight Unit.

General Manager (Consulting) – Fez Travel Istanbul Turkey.

I watched this company grow from it’s very first days of operations back in 1997. Initially Turkey’s one and only Hop On Hop Off company it has expanded it’s operations throughout Turkey and Greece and now focuses more on set series group departures. As the GM of Fez I am involved once again in all facets of the operation from hiring and recruitment, brochure production, marketing, hotel and supplier negotiations and contracting, advising all departments on ways to rationalise resources and improve working systems.

General Manager (Consulting) – Road Runner Travel Istanbul Turkey

Joined this successful travel business in Istanbul Turkey in January 2010. Employed as the General Manager. Handling all aspects of his business including internet marketing, product development, staff training. All international communications and network development.

Destination Manager South East Asia. Imaginative Traveller UK

Managed all facets of the operation of adventure travel programs in South East Asia for Imaginative Traveller.

In charge overall for recruitment and training of both foreign and local staff.

Managing and inspiring a well trained and enthusiastic team of tour leaders/managers and staff.

Risk assessments and health and safety audits carried out in country and signed off by myself. Ensuring a safe environment for clients and staff.

Responsible for all accounts and expenditure within the region. Ensuring that all efforts are made to maximize revenue and manage resources.

Have been personally responsible in development and implementation of several Responsible travel programs and projects. Particular emphasis paid to development and sustainability and CBT (Community Based Tourism) throughout the region.

Inspection of hotels and properties used in our operations throughout South East Asia. Negotiations with suppliers of accommodation, activities, transport, guides, staffing and logistics in general on costs and quality of their product.

Development of new and exciting programs each year for our Worldwide Brochure. Researching and developing such programs, preparation of itineraries, costings, layouts and supplementary information.

Negotiated real estate documents and consultant contracts.

Tour Manager/Leader. Imaginative Traveller June 1997 to February 2001

Successfully operated tour groups of varying sizes in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and India.

Specialised in leading tours, developing new programs in Eastern and Western Turkey and Syria.

Responsible for training of junior Tour Leaders.

Financially accountable for the day to day running of tour groups.

Research and development of new programs and Responsible Travel projects and programs.

Company Representative in Morocco and Syria. Liaising with local operators on behalf of the company.

Tour Leader/Manager – Imaginative Traveller UK – June 1997 to Feb 2001

Tour leading groups from camping/cycling groups to 5 star. Based in Turkey and worked in Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, India.

Self Employed – Kapadokya Balloons

– Downunder Tours

March 1996 to June 1997


Supervised ground crew logistics for Kapadokya Balloons. Hot air ballooning specialists in the Cappadocia region of Turkey.

Responsible for ground crew assignment and supervision.

Front office management and customer relations. Marketing.

Tour Guide – Downunder Tours. Specialising in taking special interest groups through the Gallipoli Battlefield of WW1.

Self Employed – Austrek Tours Victoria Australia – Founder and Managing Director May 1988 to May 1996

Victoria Australia

Entered partnership and founded a new Adventure Travel company in South Eastern Australia called Austrek Tours. Specialising in camping adventures along the Great Ocean Road, Murray River and other sites throughout South Eastern Australia.

Responsible for all marketing, development, logistics and operation of these tours as well as formulating relationships and negotiating with suppliers.

Occupational Health and Safety Officer for the State Transport Authority for the State of Victoria, Australia January 1987 to May 1988

Investigated industrial accidents involving employees of the Victorian Government’s Tramway and Train system.

Recommended and implemented various improvements on the system. Including the overhaul of first-aid services and equipment

Coach Painter – Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board February 1977 to January 1987

Victoria Australia

Began an apprenticeship as a highly specialized Coach Painter utilizing very old methods of painting used in the restoration of vintage and antique trams used on Melbourne streets.

Specialized in restoring antique Cable Cars and ‘W’ Class Trams. Also worked with several famous artists on the “Transporting the Arts” project of the late 70’s and early 80’s

Convener of the Inter Union Consultative Committee working with the State Government on improving occupational health and safety and the overall working environment for all employees. Worked on the ground breaking Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1985.

Senior Officer Country Fire Authority

South Morang Rural Fire Brigade.

Victoria Australia.

Served 13 years as an officer/firefighter in a volunteer fire brigade in Victoria. Led many task force teams in often lifethreatening and dangerous situations. Performed training and community programs.

Kingsbury College Melbourne Victoria

Completed Leaving Certificate 1976

Footscray Institute of Technology

Certificate Occupational Health and Safety – 1987 (incomplete)

Mitchell Phoenix Management Course “Governing Change”

January 1972 to November 1976

6 months Singapore and UK 2005/6