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Welcome to Echuca Travel Centre – an independent, locally owned and operated business since 1976.

Owned by Justine Apps and Alex Smith, Echuca Travel Centre has continued to grow over the years to become the largest travel agency in the region. We specialise in all things travel from a weekend in Australia to a detailed itinerary around the world and everything in between.

Our satisfied clients include couples young and old, families embarking on their first or fiftieth trip, single travellers looking to explore at their own pace and members of large corporate companies.

Echuca Travel staff also have over 30 years of experience in booking groups large and small to all stretches of earth. Locally guided and corporate tours have been amongst the most popular in the past 3 decades with more than 120 groups departing to just about every continent.

Our staff are friendly, professional and willing to do anything for their best clients - whoever they may be and wherever they may be going. Meet the team and find out who is best suited to help you plan your next amazing trip.

 


   

JUSTINE APPS – MANAGING DIRECTOR

Justine left school early to work under as a junior in Echuca Travel Centre under Tod Collins. Over time her dedication to her clients and willingness to deliver the best experiences possible earned her a senior position. After starting a family, Justine returned and it wasn't long before she took the reigns of the business from Tod who was ready to retire. In 2008 Justine and at the age of 29, Justine was a small business owner - something she had only ever dreamt of! Setting an example for her staff, Justine works tirelessly to provide unparalleled customer service to her loyal clients and build strong relationships that stand the test of time. With a strong passion of the travel industry, Justine is a master of all things in travel but especially loves to arrange corporate tours through USA & Europe and discuss adventure travel options for her active friends. In 2016 Justine celebrated 20 years of making client dreams come true.

Favourite destination (so far): Africa or PNG Kokoda Trail

Contact Justine on justine@echucatravel.com.au


 

ALEX SMITH - MANAGING DIRECTOR

Starting as a junior over 13 years ago, Alex has gone from polishing the leaves of office plants to masterfully crafting complex itineraries to all corners of the world. Leaving school for a job at Echuca Travel Centre she worked as a personal assistant while undergoing training to become a travel consultant. Her hard work and dedication to her clients was recognised and she earnt the title of Senior Travel Advisor. Alex is one of Echuca Travel’s most decorated staff after winning back-to-back industry awards but the real reward for her is hearing the travel stories from her happy clients. In April 2018, Alex took the next step in her career and bought in as a partner bringing her wealth of knowledge to the leadership team.

Favourite destination (so far): Middle East

Contact Alex on alex@echucatravel.com.au


 


REBECCA HEALY - TRAVEL ADVISOR

After completing year 12 Rebecca moved on to secretarial school, where during placement she experienced her first taste of working in travel. She was offered a job and worked as a receptionist and retail agent for 4 years before moving on to work as a corporate consultant at American Express Travel. With a desire to travel more and grow into new opportunities, Rebecca moved to Qantas Business Travel where she continued her corporate bookings until joining the team at Echuca Travel Centre in 2014. Rebecca enjoys planning luxurious holidays and personalising complex itineraries with intricate detail all while managing her best corporate clients.

Favourite destination (so far): French River Cruise

Contact Rebecca on rebecca@echucatravel.com.au


 

CLAUDIA TURVEY - TRAVEL ADVISOR

After completing year 12, Claudia found herself in search of a rewarding career. After looking around for a while, she stumbled across a traineeship at Echuca Travel Centre. Unsure about whether a desk job was right for her she called the office to ask if she could try it for a day and wasn’t allowed to leave after that. A few years on and Claudia has built her own loyal client base and now helps plan exciting domestic, Asian, American and European itineraries. Claudia shows a particular interest in planning holidays for 18-40 year olds and helping her clients uncover new countries and regions they had only ever dreamt of.

Favourite destination (so far): France

Contact Claudia on claudia@echucatravel.com.au


 

ANNIE BARROW - TRAVEL ADVISOR
Annie’s career has been vast and varied yet always involved in customer service and marketing. Leaving Queensland behind, she headed to Echuca over 10 years ago to help secure sponsorship and marketing for the Southern 80 ski race. After meeting her partner here, Annie has now made Echuca home. After 3 years with the race, she sort a new direction, and with her love of travel, the travel industry beckoned. Annie now has over 6 years experience in making travel dreams come true. From complex, multi-country itineraries to adventures within Australia, Annie’s wealth of experience will make your journey a memorable one.

Favourite destination (so far): Italy

Contact Annie on annie@echucatravel.com.au


 

JAKE MORRIS - MARKETING ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE

Straight out of school, Jake made his move to Melbourne for university. Missing the country lifestyle he found himself ready to leave pretty quickly and moved back to Echuca after only a few months. From here he was lucky enough to land his dream job working at Echuca Travel as a consultant but it didn’t take long before it became clear that he was better suited to another role. In late 2015 he accepted the newly created role of Marketing Administration Executive and has since won awards for the agency with his efforts. Jake works closely with Tod and Justine to arrange large group tours for the trucking industry and is responsible for ensuring all goes well throughout their time away. Alongisde his other duties, Jake works closely with Alex and Justine to help with client bookings, sponsorships and the every day chores that are involved in running the business.

Favourite destination (so far): Vietnam or Galapagos Islands

Contact Jake on jake@echucatravel.com.au