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ENCORE STORY


The Encore Journeys story began in March 2013 when our Directors, David Hummerston and Leon Burman, returned to the travel industry after the successful sale of their previous business, etm group. David and Leon decided to return to the travel industry predominately due to the demand of their clients seeking the expertise, creativity, professionalism and service that they had previously experienced at etm. 

With a focus on building trusted relationships with our clients and our knowledge of the events and travel sectors, including an extensive network of expert ground operators, the business has continued to evolve and now boasts four departments: Conferences & Events; VIP Corporate, Leisure Travel & Graphic Design.

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VISION


TO INJECT THE ENCORE SPIRIT
INTO EVERY EXPERIENCE

Yellow is the lifeblood of our company. For us, yellow represents the Encore Spirit; the care, passion and creativity that we inject into everything that we do. We see it as adding a vibrant energy to the office we work in, the projects we work on, and the clients and partners we work with. It illuminates and allows us to see things from a different perspective so that we find solutions, add value and create experiences that stand out from all others.

Our people are the best in the business and have the dedication and expertise to seek out that perfect hotel or destination that elevates a family holiday from great to sublime; to immerse ourselves in a client’s conference or event to create memories that will be treasured by delegates for years to come; and to craft a seamless itinerary for a corporate traveller that shows it’s far more than just going from A to B. The Encore Spirit is what we deliver for every experience, whatever the journey may be.


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VALUES



CARE

Honesty – Integrity and transparency create trust and respect. All of our dealings are guided by this principle which enables us to create and maintain long-lasting relationships with our staff, clients and suppliers.

Like-Minded – We’re selective in who we work with and what we work on. We hire people to join our team based on attitude and passion and this flows into what we deliver for our clients who share our business ideals and values.


PASSION

Ownership – We want our people to work with the mindset of business owners, to be proud of where they work and be empowered to make decisions that benefit our clients and our company.

Celebrate Success – Whether big or small, each success contributes to the bigger picture. Recognising diversity and individuality in our team maximises the true strength of our company.


CREATIVITY

Innovation – Being inspired to use creativity and innovation to achieve our goals. We seek out new and imaginative ideas and work together to turn these into reality.

Collaboration – We’re social creatures and working as a team is more fun than working on your own. This goes for our staff working together as well as building true partnerships with our clients.


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TEAM


Leon Burman

Director

Above Image:
The desert at the Dead Sea, Israel

My travel highlight:
Dinner on the Great Wall of China

Great travel read:
Luxe Guides; Goop app for New York; Luxury Travel Magazine

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Africa

David Hummerston

David Hummerston

Director

Above Image:
Củ Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

My travel highlight:
Dog sledding in Alaska

Best foodie experience:
La Esquina, New York. Chef's table with Matt Moran at Aria, Sydney

Favourite city:
London

Bucket list destination:
Antarctica, Northern Lights, Private Cruise around Greek Islands

Kathy Gambell

General Manager

Above Image:
Barcelona, Spain

My travel highlight:
Floating in the amazing blue sea in the Bahamas

Best foodie experience:
Watching our own personal sushi chef at Ginza Kojyu in Tokyo; An amazing degustation menu at Pujol in Mexico City

Favourite city:
Paris & Barcelona

Bucket list destination:
Portugal

Luci DeIulio

Luci De Iulio

Chief Financial Officer

Above Image:
The Great Wall of China

My travel highlight:
Visiting and walking the Great Wall of China covered in snow; Staying in an over water bungalow in the majestic Bora Bora

Favourite city:
Rome

Bucket list destination:
Lake Como, Italy

Deb Wilkinson

Finance Manager

Above Image:
Salt Plains near Salta, northern Argentina

My travel highlight:
Camping overnight at Tengboche Monastery in Nepal (3867m) under the vista of Mt Everest

Great travel read:
Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Berlin

Emily Husband

Finance Admin

Above Image:
Airlie Beach, Queensland

My travel highlight:
Watching the sunset at Uluru

Best foodie experience:
Any food cooked by the locals in Indonesia and Vietnam

Favourite city:
San Sebastián

Bucket list destination:
Hiking the Grand Canyon; The Northern Lights

Amy Summerhayes

Events Account Manager

Above Image:
Sienna, Italy

My travel highlight:
Getting up close to the awesome Hubbard Glacier in Alaska’s inner passage

Best foodie experience:
Degustation menu at Bo Innovation, Hong Kong

Favourite city:
Tokyo or Istanbul

Bucket list destination:
Burma

Lisa McKernan

Events Account Manager

Above Image:
Cinque Terre, Italy

My travel highlight:
An EasyRider motorcycle tour through the hills of Vietnam

Best foodie experience:
Lining up for four hours for the ‘best bbq in the US’ – Franklins, Austin Texas

Favourite city:
New Orleans

Bucket list destination:
A wildlife safari in Africa

Melissa Mannix

Events Account Manager

Above Image:
African Safari Lodge

My travel highlight:
Flying across Kruger National Park to start our safari

Best foodie experience:
My first taste of escargot at the George V on the Champs-Élysées (I can tick snails off my list now)

Favourite city:
My home town of Melbourne!

Bucket list destination:
The Northern Lights, Egypt, & Russia. My wish list is endless.

Kate Ashton

Events Travel Co-ordinator

Above Image:
Mendoza, Argentina

My travel highlight:
Inca Trail four day trek to Machu Picchu

Best foodie experience:
Eating and drinking local cheese and wine in Saint-Émilion in the south west of France

Favourite city:
New York & Buenos Aires

Bucket list destination:
The Amalfi Coast

Melanie Day

Events Travel Co-ordinator

Above Image:
Cactus field somewhere in Mexico

My travel highlight:
The Terracotta Warriors in Xian, China

Best foodie experience:
Eating tempura vegetables & watching the sunset at a small Japanese restaurant literally on Zicatella beach, Puerto Escondido Mexico

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Machu Picchu

Bree Carr

Events Travel Co-ordinator

Above Image:
Taj Mahal, India

My travel highlight:
Motorbike trip through Central Vietnam & Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Great travel read:
The White Tiger - a great read if you’re travelling through India

Favourite city:
Rome & New York

Bucket list destination:
Safari in Africa

Jaime Kotzmann

Events Travel Co-ordinator

Above Image:
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska onboard Silver Shadow

My travel highlight:
Sunrise game drive watching the great migration at Serengeti, Tanzania

Great travel read:
A year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Favourite city:
Havana, Cuba

Bucket list destination:
Antarctica

Michelle Oliver

Events Travel Co-ordinator

Above Image:
Central Park, New York

My travel highlight:
Bathing elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka

Great travel read:
Get Lost Magazine

Best foodie experience:
A private dinner on a secluded beach on Daydream Island

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Vietnam & Africa

Jodie Andrews

Events Travel Co-ordinator

Above Image:
Dune 7, Namibia

My travel highlight:
Doing a night game drive in Sabi Sands and following a lioness and her cubs by floodlight

Best foodie experience:
Eating dumplings for breakfast, lunch & dinner in Asia

Favourite city:
Jerusalem, Israel

Bucket list destination:
Iceland & Japan

Nicola Bowman

Nicola Bowman

Private Travel Concierge

Above Image:
Tuscany, Italy

My travel highlight:
Ravello (Amalfi Coast) and Tuscany

Best foodie experience:
I love Italian food, so eating in the small Italian villages alongside the locals

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Safari in Africa

Jade Maloon

Private Travel Concierge

Above Image:
Las Vegas, Nevada

My travel highlight:
Working at a Ski resort in Vail, Colarado and being able to experience some of the most beautiful slopes in the world.

Best foodie experience:
Dinner at Nobu in LA with a friend of the Chef, getting to try all the specialties.

Favourite city:
Mykonos, Greece

Bucket list destination:
Positano, Italy

Jane Arthur

Private Travel Concierge

Above Image:
Devigarh, Udaipur, India

My travel highlight:
Africa is a close 2nd but would have to be escorting a group through Rajasthan in India.

Best foodie experience:
San Miguel market, Madrid & Cipriani, Ibiza. You couldn’t get 2 more different places & cuisines!

Favourite city:
Paris

Bucket list destination:
The Greek Islands

Bill Clohesy

Private Travel Concierge

Above Image:
Hamner Springs, New Zealand

My travel highlight:
Safari through Kruger & wine region of South Africa; Skiing in Aspen, Vail & Park City; Italy Italy Italy!

Great travel read:
Anything in Condé Nast Traveller

Favourite city:
Los Angeles & London

Bucket list destination:
Patagonia, Chile & Mt Kilamanjaro, Kenya

Claire Eddy

Business Travel Manager

Above Image:
MONA, Tasmania

My travel highlight:
Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat, then travelling to Song Saa Private Island to watch the sun set.

Best foodie experience:
Chilli Crab at the local hawker markets in Singapore

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Terra Del Paine, Chile

Simone Scully

Business Travel Manager

Above Image:
The Grand Canyon, Arizona

My travel highlight:
Snorkeling with turtles and cave exploring in Tulum, Mexico

Best foodie experience:
Deep dish pizza in Chicago

Favourite city:
Prague

Bucket list destination:
South America

Dana Lewis

Business Travel Concierge

Above Image:
Teotihuacan, Mexico

My travel highlight:
Flying in a small plane over the Grand Canyon

Best foodie experience:
Doing a cooking class in Hoi An, Vietnam

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Safari in Africa

Marija Bozic

Graphic Designer

Above Image:
Brooklyn Bridge, New York

My travel highlight:
Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef

Best foodie experience:
Greasy burgers from Shake Shack in New York - naughty but delicious!

Favourite city:
New York

Bucket list destination:
Iceland to see the Northern Lights


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CAREERS


Travel is an exciting industry. If you’re an experienced travel consultant and you have a similar philosophy to our Encore Journeys Concierge team of delivering ‘Once in a Lifetime’ experiences for your clients, then we’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in joining our team,
send a copy of your resume to info@encorejourneys.com.au


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ACCREDITATIONS


Encore Journeys is an independently owned and operated Australian business. As a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and a participant in AFTA’s Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS), our accreditations provide peace of mind to travellers.

We also choose to partner with organisations that we feel can add value to the unique services we provide to our clients.