Industry Events & Jerry Bridge’s Friends

All good friends at Tourism Australia’s annual ‘Australian Tourism Exchange’ (ATC) Todd Parker & Michael Healy – both legends in their fields & I mean ‘living legends!’

Head of Tourism Australia UK & Europe, Rodney Harrex who I’ve had the pleasure of doing business with for over a decade…

Neal Saunders & Odette Smith –  discussing plans for 2010 with South Australia’s UK representatives after a ‘big night out’…where’s the coffee?!

Catching up with head of Tourism Victoria’s Melanie D’Souza – she’s an inspiration and has been completely supportive of Bridge & Wickers from day 1…and her sense of humour is awesome!

Bridge & Wickers team, Andrew Chapman (marketing guru!!) Rachel & I talking serious business with Northern Territory’s top representatives…

Geoff Buckley (MD of Tourism Australia) & I discussing passenger arrival figures, average holiday spend, currency / exchange rate issues amongst other things at the very successful ATE 2009

My good (& funny) friend Geff McGeary…owner of Australia’s largest coach touring company – Australia Pacific Touring (APT) – what a man – he sure knows how to live life to the full!

Well it’s not all hard work, you gotta have some fun a long the way, thank you Dennis, Inga & Stuart – Australian Touring Services (ATS) your ATC night out is always the most fun as this picture shows!

There’s always one…good old (less of the old do I hear you say?!) Ronnie Livingston! How’s the golf mate?

Michael Healy……….’my Ozzie brother’ quote ”Strength & Honour” what a character!

Melanie & my good friend Monsiuer Rhett Lego (love the specs!) It was he who recommended to Tourism Australia’s board I said the ‘thank you’s’ to all the 2,000 suppliers attending ATE a few years back, provided of course I recited my Ayers Rock poem……..!!! What a classic, memorable moment for me and everyone in the room that was…

Ahhh yes my good friend Mr Rhett Lego, icon and character of the Australian travel industry…

Business would not be business without a spot of golf eh? Here we are in far north Queensland enjoying a round or two with our dear Ozzie friends…

 

Our tour leader on Kangaroo Island – ‘G’day sport!’

Owner of APT, Geoff is someone I love & admire very much indeed…cheers to many more nights out & jaunts on your boat…

Sharing a beer and a joke with Air New Zealand’s Dave Simmons & very good friend, Costas Vitouras

Bruce Hodge MD GoWay Travel….forever our friend and gentleman from Canada…