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Riding the Wave – The Bob Wood Group


It’s an exciting time to be at the sharp end of a dynamic and growing tourism industry and one of the sector’s major players has reshaped itself to ensure they continue to lead from the front.

Bob Wood Cruise Group, Global Tour Specialists and Guides Australia are all now under the one umbrella and are The Bob Wood Group.

Not only does the operation have a new shape, but it also has new faces in the management office.  CEO Tyler Wood says to keep up with rapid pace of growth in the tourism market he and fellow CEO Jay McKenzie are moving into strategic development roles within the operation.

“To ensure we keep riding the wave of success and continue to capitalise on the huge potential we see in the future of tourism in Australia, Jay and I will using our experience to focus The Bob Wood Group on developing business opportunities.”

To allow that to happen two new General Managers have been taken on to steer the day to day operations of The Bob Wood Group.

Kiri Braid has been promoted to the new General Manager Sales and Client Communications position while Carmen Stevenson steps up into the leadership team in the role of General Manager Operations and Service Delivery.  Both have extensive experience in the tourism industry and bring enthusiasm and drive to their new roles.

Wood says, “International tourism will soon be this country’s largest export earner. It’s already happened in New Zealand, and Australia’s not far behind so it’s fantastic that we have the talents of these two experienced women leading our operations.”

“For example, with the numbers of Chinese visitor arrivals at an all-time high we need to embrace the space we’re in and take a uniformed approach moving forward.  The Bob Wood Group will be buying smarter, improving the services and offerings to our clients through technological advancements, as well as supporting and mentoring emerging new operators in the tourism industry.”


Company Profile

The Bob Wood Group comprises three brands.

Bob Wood Cruise Group – a major player in the cruise industry at the forefront of development and execution of professional shore excursions, pre and post touring, overlands and cruise ship turnarounds.  https://sthpactours.com.au

Global Tour Specialists – focusing on specialised group and FIT travel by creating bespoke itineraries taking into account the guests passion, interests and reason for travel. Itineraries include authentic experiences and encounters in both Australia and New Zealand – journeys that are designed to have purpose and meaning.  https://globaltourspecialists.com

Guides Australia – developing and training guides for all sectors of the market, providing a comprehensive guide database to ensure the best guide is chosen to suit guest’s needs. Whether that is for an active day tour, an in-depth location history or a foreign speaking guide, Guides Australia will source the right guide to deliver specialised and professional quality services.  http://www.guidesaustralia.com.au

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