MEET OUR TEAM

Tyler Wood

Tyler Wood

CEO / Owner

With over 15 years experience in the travel industry Tyler’s passion for travel started with a 9 year round the world backpacking adventure in the early 90s. Tyler’s return to Australia found himself working in the family company ‘Bob Wood Travel Group’ a leading Inbound Tour Operator (ITO) dedicated to professional travel arrangements. Tyler along with his colleague Jay McKenzie then created Bob Wood Cruise Group, a company dedicated to the implementation and management of professional ground logistics for international and domestic cruise lines. Bob Wood Cruise Group also works with tourism bodies to implement quality industry standards that cruise lines have come to expect.

To further support the industry Tyler and Jay have established Guides Australia, created with the objective of bringing a nationwide industry standard to the tour guide business focused on the needs of the International travel market. The company aims to do this through collaboration with suppliers, State Tourism Organisations and the various training and education facilities within Australia.

Tyler has contracts throughout the Australasia region in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Global Tour Specialist represents his continued passion to deliver cutting edge itineraries to the guests they work with.

Jay McKenzie

Jay McKenzie

CEO / Owner

With over 22 years in the Tourism industry Jay was previously based in New Zealand where she was a Director / Owner of an award winning and highly successful Travel Company. Her extensive travels along with detailed product planning over this time has provided her with the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing destinations the world has to offer.

Her background and experience, coupled with a strong business background, work ethic and passion for the tourism industry gave rise to an opportunity to take her skill sets and move to Australia. Here she joined Tyler in creating one of the most successful ground operators in Australia, Bob Wood Cruise Group. Jay has managed logistics for hundreds of thousands of Shore Excursion guests.

All of this culminates in the common goal that every traveller desires – to create moments that will create a lifetime of memories.

Kiri Braid

Kiri Braid

Sales & Business Development

Kiri’s travel career began in the eighties on a double decker bus in the countryside of Europe cooking Chinese Food for passengers from Hong Kong. It wasn’t long before she found herself on the Gold Coast where she followed her passion for food owning an organic café / catering company for nine years .

Originally from New Zealand she now has an Australian husband and four children who also share her love for food and travel. Kiri often finds herself travelling internationally and rendezvousing with family members and reflecting on times when she herself enjoyed the open road and the experiences it provided.

Kiri has extensive experience in both outbound and inbound tourism, with a definite love for authentic travel experiences that overflow into her work life. Kiri builds authentic relationships with our clients ,guests and suppliers and loves the opportunity to share the Australian experience and develop unique itineraries.

Wendy Lo

Wendy Lo

(Mandarin Speaking) (Operations)

Wendy is originally from Taiwan, and has been living in Australia for 19 years where she completed most of her education .After graduating university with a Bachelor of International Business Management, Wendy has previously been working at the Gold Coast Airport as a Chinese Liaison Officer providing assistance to Mandarin speaking guests. Wendy continues to build relationships with agents from China whilst doing work for the business development team.

Wendy loves to travel and enjoys a self-drive style tour whenever she visits a new city in Australia. Her first overseas trip from Australia was back in 2005, on a school trip visiting Japan and China. She enjoys planning her own holidays, always doing many hours research before she goes and this suits the philosophy of Global Tour Specialists where we do specialise handcrafted itineraries. Wendy recently joined Global Tour Specialists’ as a China specialist to continue her passion for travel and guest liaison.

Carmen Stevenson

Carmen Stevenson

Guides Australia Manager

Carmen is a true Australian girl heralding from Northern New South Wales. Her love of travel began with a trip to Europe when she was nineteen.  From then on she caught the travel bug and knew a career in travel and tourism was the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The early part of her career was spent working in retail travel agencies.  A slight change of direction saw her spend over a decade with one of Australia’s leading airlines.  Being part of the growth and development of the airline sector reinvigorated her love for travel which had begun many years previously.

When the chance to join Guides Australia arose Carmen took the opportunity with both hands and hasn’t looked back.  As Guides Australia Manager, Carmen heads up a team of dedicated tour guides situated all across Australia. With a vast understanding of travel and tourism, as well as a passion for people, Carmen takes great pride in ensuring that the best guide is in place for each of our tailored tours.

Rebeccah Myers

Rebeccah Myers

Itinerary Development

Rebeccah was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Her parents always encouraged her to take risks, try new things and to travel. She was home schooled for a year by her mother as their family of 6 travelled across the country in a caravan, stopping to discover places and meet amazing people on the way. They stopped in a town call Warwick in Queensland where they became the caretakers of a camp site. This allowed Rebeccah to become socially adept with 300 new friends every weekend as well as getting her first glimpse of working in the tourism industry. She would work reception and assist her mother with guest check-in.

Her love of travel has led her to travel to 27 countries, guiding in the outback where she discovered the beauty of the Red Centre, becoming a Tour Director for Contiki and an Operations Supervisor for AAT Kings in the Northern Territory. Her previous experience provides a solid base for her understanding of itinerary development as well as having a large database of amazing photos.