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20 years at Echuca Travel Centre
USA including Hawaii, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Italy, France, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Mexico, China, Fiji
After leaving school in 1989, Allison secured a job at a local credit union where she worked for 5 years before moving to a law firm and working as a legal assistant. In 1996 she found herself out of work due to a serious basketball injury which required surgery and three months of recovery. Towards the end of her recovery, while watching a local netball final Allison was encouraged to apply for a job at Echuca Travel Centre and take control of the bookkeeping and business administration.
At the time of joining, Allison was unsure about what her role would involve - or even the role of a travel agency in general, but it didn't take long and she found herself on a plane headed for Hawaii on her first overseas trip. A few months later Allison guided an under 15s basketball team through California, followed by a honeymoon to Singapore where she experienced her first cruise.
At this point her passion for travel had ignited.
In October 1998, Allison and her sister travelled to Bali for the first time and fell in love. Since then she has returned 22 times, all up equalling over half a year on the island! With two more trips booked in the next year, Allison will go to practise speaking Indonesian with the locals, entrench herself in the culture and continue the search for the best cocktail in the area.
With a shared passion for business development, accounting and travel it was a natural progression that she become a part owner of Echuca Travel Centre in 2012 but not before she began her bachelor of business (accounting) at LaTrobe University of which she is now in her final subjects.
Forever looking forward, Allison plans to continue developing within the travel industry.