Local travel agency leading the way

Nothing has changed but the name on the door at itravel taree and itravel forster from Monday, October 21.  

The travel agencies' 18 year history starting as Manning Travel in 1995, under the ownership of Karenne Norling, who soon realised the value of being part of a buying group/franchise aligning with Traveland shortly after.  

That group ended with the demise of Ansett on 13 September 2001, when many from that group were approached by the then newly formed Travelworld.  That was 12 years ago.  

Recently the publicly listed JTG group, who has umbrella ownership over most of the retail travel agency names you know, suggested the group of six branded agency names, band under one name.  This hasn’t been accepted well, seeing many move to other groups, hence Taree and Forster now have two nearly renovated very bright and funky travel agencies in itravel taree and itravel forster, sporting its new corporate colours of bright green and white.  If you haven’t driven past the Taree agency yet, you won’t miss it – don’t forget your sunnies.  

Manning Street in Taree is buzzing with the new look itravel taree  on the river side of Best and Less and the new business/real estate agency to Manning Street, Ray White Reality also sporting up to the minute décor.  The empty Go Lo store is also be refurbished at the moment awaiting a new well known, big name tenant, completing and filling Manning Street – it is certainly be busy Manning Street.

Itravel taree & itravel forster prides themselves on their personal experiences, all adding to our clients better experiences & memories.  If there’s somewhere you want to know about & go, chances are one of the team have been there & had that experience.  Karenne Norling prides herself on the calibre of her team, knowing they are all passionate travellers, not employed as sales people.  We want you to have the best holiday & memories possible.  Do yourself a favour & call into either office, talk to the team about your next destination & ask for the options.  The variety of options we can offer you cover the full spectrum of touring and sightseeing options, covering cruises large and small ships to all cruising destination, which is a fast growing industry, largely due to the ease of travelling, considering your floating hotel pulls up at a new destination each day, covers all your meals and entertainment, this is a complete holiday option to fully relax & lay back and go for the ride. 

If your travel needs are more off the beaten track, we have brochures to cover, walking and trekking tours, cycling holidays all too well known & famous destinations.  Suzanne Clifton in itravel taree office has even done the Kokoda Track in PNG.   2013 has seen the team travel prolifically, Karenne has ventured into new territory enjoying Eastern Europe, discovering & being very impressed with the little heard of Romania.  More recently returned from the day to day wow factor sightseeing of Turkey with a local group.  Earlier in the year she discovered Taiwan for the first time, loving every destination visited.  Sharyn Hinton from the taree office discovered the Yukon with Canadian Tourism, which blew her away, then Europe river cruising as well as Thailand & Malaysia, Suzie Hignett recently returned from Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.  Tracey Williams at itravel forster has this week returned from Shanghai & prior to that had an amazing ‘educational’ to Abu Dhabi & Ayers Rock.  Liz Bridges was lucky to get an ‘educational’ to Alaska & Hawaii & looks forward to escorting our Globus tour to UK in 2014.  Kristy Trenchard, well known local, will move from the forster office to the taree office next week, took her family to NZ and Melbourne this year.  Allana Hancock in taree came to us in January from the Sutherland Shire, long term travel professional specialising in Fiji, we call her Miss Fiji, she visited Cairns this year.  Beryl White, the itravel taree office manager, has had a quieter travel year; she’s done 2 cruises then an Australian ski holiday that ended with an injury, slowing down her travels.  She is however, looking forward to 2014, escorting our amazing South African tour at the end of April, then our Europe River cruise group in June.  As you can see from the travel our team has done in 2013 alone, we can assist and add to every need you may have & we love to know your travels are indeed your best memories.

This Sunday 3 November, offers the travelling public a great opportunity to visit the Travel & Cruise expo at Club Taree, from 10am to 2pm where we have just over 20 wholesalers Representatives with the team of itravel taree & itravel forster there to attend to your full travel needs & bookings.  Spot prizes are happening through the day to add to the festive overtones, with a major entry prize of 1nt in Sydney at the Harbourview Hotel in North Sydney with a dinner cruise for 2 with Captain Cook Cruises.  The itravel team look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

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