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The Team

Chris Watson and Gemma Watson - Owners

Chris has been involved in the travel industry for over 17 years, specialising in escorted groups and special event holidays. In 2012 and again in 2022 Chris was recognised as the Tamworth Young Business Person of the Year. Other of his achievements include being an APT Top Achiever, Tamworth Young Citizen of The Year and Australian Line Dancer of the Year.

In 2022 Chris Watson Travel was awarded the People's Choice Business of the Year in the Tamworth Quality Business Awards. The team has also appeared on multiple occasions as a state finalist in the National Travel Industry Awards: People's Choice Travel Agency of the Year.

Chris loves planning your next dream vacation, making sure you get the best deal and experience of a lifetime. Some of Chris's favourite destinations include the USA, cruising and the South Pacific. Chris has travelled extensively through North America and Europe, as well as the South Pacific, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong – and taken to the seas on no less than 15 cruises!

Gemma is equally well-travelled, having been all over the USA, to Europe, Fiji and New Zealand, and cruising from Australia with P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines. Gemma has recently returned from a river cruise in Europe and escorting a tour in the USA. She has a wealth of travel experience and knowledge.

Gemma is also a trained administration manager taking care of all things admin and accounts for Chris Watson Travel.

Karen McGee - Operations Manager & Senior Travel Advisor

Karen joined the travel industry in 1982 working at Concorde International Travel. Over the years she has worked in the head office for Jetset Travelworld Group and at Tertiary Travel where she spent 13 years as General Manager of the business and a team of 15 staff.

Karen loves to create itineraries and make sure that her clients get the most amazing experience every time they travel.

Karen's favourite destinations include the USA, Canada, Turkey, Scotland and France. She has extensive travel knowledge and is passionate about helping her clients have the best travel experience possible.

Janine Snook - Senior Travel Advisor

Janine has been in travel since 1993 and holds a Diploma in Travel & Tourism from Macleay College in Sydney. She has travelled widely both overseas and within Australia, and loves helping her clients plan their well-earned holidays. Since starting at a travel agency in Gunnedah in 1996, Janine has become well-known in the community for her extensive knowledge and experience - making her a valuable asset for travellers in the region!

Her professional yet friendly manner makes organising holidays a breeze. From a simple flight or weekend away to extensive overseas itineraries combining hotels, holiday packages, cruises, tours, car rentals and more, Janine can do it!

Specialising in personal itineraries and matching the perfect trip to her clients, she has the experience and knowledge to make travel easy and enjoyable - even in the planning stages!

Melissah Missio - Groups Consultant & Senior Travel Advisor

Melissah has been part of the travel industry for over 30 years. She specialises in group travel, arranging trips and tours for businesses, conferences, dance groups, sporting groups and cheer teams.

Melissah has travelled extensively around the world but has a particular love for the USA and Canada.

She prides herself on customer service, advice and peace of mind when you travel. Melissah caters to all aspects of domestic and international travel and always goes that extra mile to ensure you have a great experience from beginning to end.

Mark Haddad - Travel Advisor

Mark has worked in all facets of the travel industry for 30 years, from retail and corporate to airlines and wholesale and most recently delivering on road sales training and updates.

In his downtime, Mark enjoys discovering new destinations, taking a drive to visit new places in our own backyard, trying new foods and - when possible – heading away on as many international trips as he can each year. He has been lucky enough to visit over 60 countries, some as many as 20 times or more!

Mark’s passion is group travel and building itineraries that are unique and allow the group to do something uncommon but highly memorable.

Sally-Anne Whitten - Administration & Reception

Sally is passionate about travel and music. She has previously worked with Escape Travel and won numerous awards through her music. Why not check her out - www.sallyannewhitten.com!

Sally-Anne loves to travel and her favourite destinations are Hawaii and New Orleans. Sally gets our office running so that our team of travel advisors can concentrate on putting packages together for clients. You might also see Sally as a host on some of our CWT Exclusive Tours.

Mary Olivieri - Accounts Manager

Mary has over 35 years of travel industry experience. She has travelled extensively and hosted many group tours.

She loves to travel and discover new destinations, but especially enjoys travelling through Europe and exploring her family heritage.

The Chris Watson Travel Team

As your trusted travel agent, we’re here to save you time and show you value for money. Creating a travel plan with us is the best plan if you're serious about seeing the world.

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