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Brad Pearce (Owner)

Hi, my name is Brad Pearce and I part own the business with my brother Craig.

I have worked in travel for 18yrs now and have been lucky enough to have travelled very extensively over that time. some of the destinations I have travelled to include Africa, Egypt, numerous countries in Europe, parts of America and South America, a few islands in the south pacific, countries in Asia including China, Hong Kong, Bali and Thailand and a few cruises.

It’s hard to choose a favorite destination as each country has its own highlights and experiences that you can’t really compare, but if I had to choose a few I would say the overland safari I did in Africa was amazing, seeing the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt was jaw dropping and lastly the famous man made township high in the mountains of Machu Pichu in Peru was simply breathtaking!

My specialty however would be Thailand, I always enjoy selling it and finding great hotels deals that suit each individual client.

Craig Pearce (Owner)

Hey there, I’m Craig Pearce one of the two managers of Figtree Travel Centre. Our agency has been in our family for over 25 years and I am proud to say that I have been here for 20 of those years.

In that time I have travelled around the globe including USA, Hawaii, Ireland, England, most of Europe including Scandinavia, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, New Zealand and Vanuatu as well as every state & Territory in Australia including Tasmania.

My Favorite destination would be Scandinavia, mainly because of the friendly people and the amazing scenery. With my experiences and knowledge that I have gained in my travels, I look forward to helping you plan your next journey.


Elizabeth Geraghty

23 years ago I was working in England when my brother rang from Australia saying “I have just bought a travel agency, do you want to work for me?” Well I came home pretty quickly.

I had always loved travel so this was the perfect job for me. A couple of years later I went into Partnership with my brother and his wife and together we built the business from a small agency into a rather large and successful one. My brother and his wife have now retired and now I work for my two nephews, so it is still a family business!

During this time I have travelled to many different countries. I love travelling to somewhere new, and I love discussing destinations with clients. I have lots of favourite hotels and also enjoy recommending them to clients. Recently I have discovered cruising, the leisurely way to travel, (Obviously I am one of the older staff members!).


Kirrily Cummins

For me, having been in the Travel Industry for just over 8 years now has confirmed two things... I love to travel and I love being a travel agent.

I started my career in 2004 in the airline industry working with both Air France and Hawaiian Airlines, and in 2007 made the move to join Figtree Travel. In that time I have travelled all over the world and have seen some spectacular things.

My travels have taken me to the USA a number of times, throughout Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, around Australia and most recently to Peru in South America. Days which will stay in my mind forever include walking in the footsteps of the Moors around the Alhambra Palace in Spain, sipping on a hot cacao watching the snow fall on the partly frozen Lake Bled in Slovenia, waking up to the beautiful snow covered Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, seeing the magical Machu Picchu in Peru for the first time, and the awe inspiring Yosemite National Park in California, a site which literally caught my breath.

Going back to my days at Hawaiian Airlines however, it’s easy to say I will always have a soft spot for Hawaii. Each Island is so unique and can easily offer very different holidays but in saying that my favorite would have to be the Garden Island of Kauai which has a beautiful local feel to it. Chatting to a local diner owner about the time he met Elvis as a child would definitely be a highlight.


Terri Garside

Hi, my name is Terri and I have been a Travel Consultant in the industry for 23 years. I began my career way back when I was in Year 10 at high school as a 16 year old student needing to complete work experience as part of my studies.

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to do this experience with Figtree Travel and this ultimately lead to being offered a fulltime position when finishing Year 12. I have travelled extensively in this time to many parts of the globe including places in Europe, UK, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, Bali, Thailand, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Tahiti, all throughout Australia including a couple of cruises (many Islands in Queensland, Perth, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria).

Most of my travels with these destinations were earlier on in my career prior to having my two gorgeous children. It’s really hard to choose a favourite destination as I have thoroughly enjoyed the many experiences all these places have offered. I continue to enjoy travelling to new and exciting destinations but most of these places are closer to home now to include my young family. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in the travel industry and continue to thrive to fulfil my clients travel needs…it is very rewarding job. 


Claudia Crasnich

My name is Claudia Crasnich and I have been fortunate enough to be in the Travel Industry for 44-years. Travel has always been my calling and I have been very lucky to have travelled all over the world and enjoyed each place immensely, time and time again.

 

I love organizing itineraries for clients, putting together tours, flights and accommodation and working on different areas of the world. I always work personally with my clients, assisting them with their needs to ensure they have a great holiday.


Katrin Pearce
Hi my name is Katrin, I have been a full time consultant for 4 years, but have worked in the industry for 10 years overall. My father owns his own agency in Sydney which is were I started my career.

I have travelled to Germany many at times to visit relatives but holidayed to beautiful France, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, America, Thailand, Bali & closer to home Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Darwin, Sunshine Coast, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Magnetic Island & the Gold Coast. I have only cruised the once but I have done extensive courses and am a accredited International Cruise Council member.

It is very hard to choose a favourite destination but because of my European history I would have to say Europe as a whole, each place has such extensive history & has it’s own personal touch, every country I have visited has truly amazed me.

Kathy Georgiou
Hi, my name is Kathy Georgiou and I have been very lucky to have worked for Figtree Travel Centre for over 30 years.

During this time I have had the pleasure of organising many travel plans for many wonderful clients. Through my experiences I have realised that the needs of each traveller are different and the importance of catering for each.

Some of the places I have travelled to include, Europe, America, South America, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, I love each country for its own uniqueness, however, Europe with its history and its easy access from country to country caters for everyone. Hop on a train, drive yourself, sit on a deckchair or base yourself in a quaint little village that has been there for hundreds of years. The options are yours.

Sarah Pogson

In August 2013 I made the move closer to home at Figtree Travel with their friendly team of staff, lovely clients, and I already feel like a part of the family. I am in my ninth year of consulting, and love everything travel has to offer.

I have almost filled my own passport with travel experiences, and have visited 6 out of the 7 continents. I love helping my clients build their own tailor-made holidays that suit their needs, be they for relaxation or adventure, luxury or more mainstream.

I love cruising, and as a CLIA Accredited and Master Cruise Consultant, I love finding the right itinerary and cruise line to suit any client. I also enjoy helping my clients put together longer more complex itineraries with multiple components, like my own recent trip to Europe which included a coach tour, independent touring and a luxury river cruise down the Danube.

As a real nature lover, Africa & South America have been some of my favourite destinations to date - spotting the big five in the one day in Tanzania, relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar, wandering the ruins of Machu Picchu and biking through Buenos Aires.

Awards:

 

2012 Travelscene American Express  -  Winner  -  "Consultant of the Year”

2010 Travel Weekly Awards - Finalist - “Travel Consultant - Adventure”

Sarah Pogson, Senior International Consultant sarah@figtreetravel.com.au


Liesel Brown

I started in the Travel Industry 36 years ago. I am new to Figtree but have always worked in the Wollongong area.

Its great to come into a team with so much experience and knowledge. My favourite part of my job is that no two holidays are the same and I always learn something new from each and every client.

My favourite destinations are Bali, Hawaii and Italy although I have loved every place I have been. Not only do I love travelling but I love meeting and helping people organise their own holiday to their favourite destination. I love going to work every day not knowing what destination I am going to talk about and who I am going to meet. Customer service and Travel can be so rewarding. I look forward to meeting new clients in Figtree and taking care of my existing clients in my new home.


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