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House of Travel Lakers Invercargill wins major award for 2nd year running.
Nearly 800 members of the House of Travel Group attended the company’s annual Awards Conference in Auckland recently, and on the night House of Travel Lakers Invercargill was presented with ‘The Best Large House of Travel Office’, which is chosen from over 75 House of Travel offices nationwide.
House of Travel Lakers Invercargill also won this same award last year.
House of Travel Lakers wins ‘Best Retail Travel Agency – Multi Location
Tony Laker wins ‘Lifetime Industry Achievement’ Award
The 2019 New Zealand National Travel Industry Awards were held in Auckland recently, attended by 700 guests from across the industry - airlines, hotels & car hire providers, tour operators, wholesalers, river and cruise operators, and leisure and corporate travel agencies, and Laker House of Travel won two of the major awards;
Laker House of Travel (Invercargill and Gore) won the Best Retail Travel Agency - Multi location. This means we have been officially judged the best Travel Retail Agency in New Zealand that has two or more offices (from all travel agencies/all travel brands nationwide).
And, the major individual prize on the night was the ‘Lifetime Industry Achievement Award’, of which the criteria is ‘the award recognises an individual for their outstanding leadership and contribution to the New Zealand Travel Industry over the span of their career’. This has only ever been awarded five times before, and of course there are thousands of people nationwide to choose this from. The winner this year was Tony Laker / Laker House of Travel.
We are extremely excited and proud to have won all of our awards, and a very big thank you to all of our customers who have supported us over the years.
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I have travelled the world working on cruise ships & personal holidays - experienced the full spectrum from Backpacking to Luxury: river cruising, coach tours, independent travel. Use my expertise & let me help you plan your trip of a lifetime.
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My passion and desire to travel sparked from a young age. After finishing studying Tourism at Otago University, I couldn’t wait go out and explore the world. I have now lived in 3 other countries and travelled to over 20 different countries.
I became interested in travel when I was 14 years old and travelled to Japan. I love the experience of being immersed in a foreign culture that's completely different. This sparked my desire to travel further and to get involved in the travel industry.
Travel has always been my passion – My interest was sparked when I was young, I was very fortunate at the age of 11 years to have my parents take me around the world, from that moment I knew what my career path was going to be.
Having been in the Travel industry for over 25 years, I have travelled to some amazing places around the world. I enjoy working in the groups department, where I can use my knowledge and ideas to create amazing itineraries for our clients.
Sailing the globe is a dream, for me I did it as a job - exploring many parts of the world. I worked in Aoraki Mount Cook, Sydney Australia and then sailed the seas working for Princess Cruises, that's where I embarked on a long career at sea as a Purser.
From my first family holiday to the U.K. nearly 15 years ago I have had a love for travel, and now I get to be immersed in the industry everyday by making travel dreams a reality.
Teresa van Tilborg
Planning a memorable holiday is an exciting experience, I consider myself privileged to be part of the process with so many people.
Tony & Tracey are born & bred Southlanders who opened House of Travel Lakers Invercargill in March 1999, meaning we will be celebrating 20 years in business next year.
Pia has been in the Travel Industry for 25 years, and with House of Travel Lakers for 13 years. Starting in the Leisure team, she now works full-time in the Groups department, organising our Escorted Tours and Group travel.
Julie has been with House of Travel Lakers for 14 years, and after taking some time out to have two beautiful children is back working part time in Groups.
Sheree has been with House of Travel Lakers for 4 years, and along with Tony helps to organise and manage conferences and events, also assisting in Groups as needed.
Book your sports, school or special interest group with us
House of Travel Lakers operates the only specialised Groups Department in Southland, run by expert staff who know how to get you the very best deals. Give us a call to find out all the benefits of booking your group with us, including taking advantage of the buying power of Southland’s largest Travel Agency.
Conference & event organising
House of Travel Lakers Invercargill operates a specialist Conference Department, organising and overseeing events within New Zealand and offshore. Being a Travel Agent means that not only can we organise your entire event, but also handle any flight requirements your attendees may require. Give Tony or Sheree a call for today for a full list of references, and all the details of how we can make your event the best ever.
really enjoyed Ankor Wat in Cambodia: great people, history and the unexplored feel of the jungle.
latest adventure was the Sunshine Coast Australia. An action packed 5 days included a visit to Australia Zoo, kayaking, swimming with the seals at Underwater World and a day trip to Fraser Island.
has recently escorted a tour to South Africa where his group went to the All Black game at Ellis Park Johannesburg, checked out the wildlife at Kruger National Park, and travelled down the country to Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The wildlife was incredible, but another real highlight was the cablecar ride up Table Mountain in Cape Town, the ride up is amazing and the views from the top are simply stunning.
has just been to San Francisco and Las Vegas. Her highlights in San Fran were biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and a Champagne Harbour Cruise of the Bay. The Cirque du Soleil Show at the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas was amazing, the outlet malls were fantastic for shopping, and if your young or young at heart,check out the pool party at the MGM’s ‘Wet Republic Pool’, awesome!
has recently been to Japan where Kyoto was a favourite with the little tea houses and laneways being exactly how you imagine Japan to be. She was even lucky enough to see a real life geisha. Getting out of Tokyo and into the countryside was a surprise, the landscape was comparable to Switzerland and even NZ. The Japanese people were extremely polite and courteous people, and travelling in their country is very pleasant experience.
She was also recently in Bali where she enjoyed a 35km mountain bike starting at Mt Batur through orange orchards and little villages, finishing amongst the rice terraces of Ubud. Teresa loves the food in Bali, with the hardest part being deciding between Nasi Goreng or Mei Goring… rice or noodles…
“When in Sydney, take the ferry from Circular Quay for lunch at the historic Doyles Seafood Restaurant at Watsons Bay” - Tony Laker, HOT Lakers