Meet our team of Group Travel Planners
GROUPSOnly Team Profiles
Meet some of our Group Travel Planners
Between all the specialist group travel planners at Goway’s GROUPSOnly we offer literally hundreds of years of experience.
We do not know any other travel company that can offer the in depth experience we can.
Your group is too important to not deal with one of our group travel planners !
Below are short profiles of some of our dedicated team that specialize only in planning unique, innovative and interactive customized Group travel itineraries.
Barbara Norton - General Manager
Barbara is the Goway GROUPSOnly and Special Events General Manager having worked for the company for over 32 years. In that time, she worked as a tour director, sales representative and Groups Coordinator. As the Groups Department has expanded over the years, Barbara now oversees all group wholesale activities including land and air customized groups and special events as well as Goway’s popular Holiday of a Lifetime Escorted Series. Barbara has also traveled extensively throughout the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. In 2015, Barbara attended the ASTA out of country tradeshow and famil in Morocco, and, in 2016, Barbara is off to the Antipodes to attend TRENZ in New Zealand and ATE in Australia.
Nicky Cox - Sales Manager
Nicky is back in the fold with GroupsOnly bringing with her over 26 years of wholesale and retail experience. She is the department’s Group Sales Manager and brings a wealth of destination and team-building experience to the department. She is the coordinator’s backbone and is an integral part of the department’s success over the years. Nicky has traveled extensively throughout the European and Australian Continents. In 2015 she headed back to Australia to attend ATE (Australian Tourism Exchange) in Melbourne and in 2016 Nicky is off to South Africa to attend the Indaba tradeshow in Durban.
Tanya Winkler - Support and Admin Team Lead
With over 25 years of experience, Tanya heads our Groups & Special Events Operations team in Vancouver, Toronto and in our new Manila office. She is not only well-travelled but also has strong organizational and team management skills that are essential in her Team Lead role -- from troubleshooting, to liaising with Goway’s preferred land and air suppliers, she is the perfect role model for efficiency and detail.
Ayesha Colquhoun – Africa Team Lead
Ayesha returns to Goway Groups bringing with her over 10 years of extensive travel and sales experience. She has a vast knowledge of most of Goway’s exotic world having traveled extensively over the years to such fascinating places as Australia & New Zealand, SE Asia, India, Mexico, Columbia and Peru and throughout the African Continent including Egypt, Southern Africa and even gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda. As our Team Lead for Africa, Ayesha is not only one of our top African experts but with her extensive travel background she also has expertise in selling Latin America and the South Pacific.
Frank Lin - Asia Team Lead
Frank has been working in the travel industry for over 30 years and has traveled to the major countries in the South Pacific, Asia, Southern Africa and Europe. Before joining Goway’s Groups Department in 2000 as Operations Coordinator, Frank worked in China as a tour guide, a sales coordinator and a sales manager. Frank is one of our Senior Groups Sales Coordinators, and, not only is he our Team Lead for Asia, he also an expert in selling Africa, Europe and Latin destinations. He recently escorted a VIP group to China and in 2016 is planning a trip to attend PATA Travel Mart to meet many of our valued suppliers and update his destination knowledge.
Ana Magalhaes - Group Coordinator
Ana brings over 7 years of travel industry experience to the Goway Groups Team. Born and raised in Brazil, Ana has now combined her love of travel with her passion for Latin America and wanting to share her experiences with North American travelers. She has travelled all over South America including visits to Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Peru as well as Panama,, Belize and her favorite, Costa Rica. Her interests in the fascinating variety of cultures, histories and cuisines of the world has also taken her to Japan and many countries in Europe. Ana brings a wealth of customer service and destination experience to the department and is looking forward to working with you to help make your groups a big success!
Shelley Mussenden - Group Coordinator
Shelley has been a valued member of the Goway Group Team for over 6 years bringing with her an extensive background of wholesale and retail group travel. Shelley specializes in customizing group travel to the South Pacific as well as to Africa and Europe. Shelley has traveled extensively including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, Tanzania, Britain and France. In 2015 she travelled on an educational to South Africa. She is keen to have your group business and will always provide well-researched itineraries customized to your specific group’s needs.
Raewyn Reid - South Pacific Team Lead
Raewyn joined the GROUPSOnly Department as a Senior Groups Coordinator in 2000 and brought 25 years experience in retail and wholesale group arrangements. Raewyn -- a native Kiwi -- lived in New Zealand for 17 years. She has traveled extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands as well as to Thailand, Singapore, India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Europe, South Africa, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. In 2015 she traveled to New Zealand to check out all the new product the country has to offer.
Lee Nicholson - Latin Team Lead
Lee started working in the travel industry as an Adventure Travel Tour Leader in Central America and South America for 4 years before settling in Mexico where he managed a team of Tour Leaders and Drivers. He also helped to develop a program of group tours in North America and the Arctic. In 2009 Lee moved to Canada working as a Business Development Manager on the west coast for an Adventure Travel company before joining Goway Travel firstly as an FIT Wholesale Latin America Sales Agent and now working as a Senior Groups Coordinator leading a team of Latin experts. Apart from his extensive knowledge and travels of Latin America, Lee has also traveled extensively throughout Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle East (namely Jordan, Syria and Egypt), and Asia (India, China, Japan, Laos), as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Melissa Webster - Group Coordinator
Melissa is a welcome addition to the growing GroupsOnly Team. Her passion for travel started with a 3 month study in Africa program, and she has since been working in wholesale travel for over 16 years. Melissa has travelled extensively throughout Africa visiting the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Egypt for both leisure and familiarization – from giving a helping hand to a Kenya school to running the Kilimanjaro Marathon!
With Melissa’s focus on both Africa and Latin America group sales, make her your Goway contact for customized group travel.
Paula Polachek - Group Coordinator
Paula comes to Goway with over 25 years of travel industry expertise in such diverse fields as cruises, airline operation and wholesale group travel. She is one of the industry’s top Group Travel Planners having carefully hand-crafted group travel arrangements for a multitude of affinity & special interest groups, incentives, pilgrimages, student study programs, family & sports groups and volunteer & charity organizations. Along with her planning expertise, Paula has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific.
Speak with one of our group travel planners today and get your group started!
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