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6 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach,

Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand

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Meet our experienced team of tour hosts

Guests on our YOURTours exclusive travel itineraries are always accompanied by one of our own YOURTours Hosts.  Our hosts are there to support you throughout your holiday experience, and that includes even before you travel! 

 

All our guest's individual requests are sent through to our YOURTours Hosts as soon as we know about them, and behind the scenes, your host will be planning and researching well before you travel to ensure you get the experience you are looking for. Whether you are looking for somewhere to purchase new glasses on tour or want to look up someone you stumbled across on your family tree investigations, our hosts are there doing their very best to accommodate.  

 

During the tour our YOURTours Hosts are working in ‘real-time’ with our airline partners, local guides, drivers, and hoteliers to ensure plans run smoothly and that our groups are getting the very best possible of service at all times. They are also a point of contact for guests 24/7 and obviously a great travel companion too. 

 

It’s not uncommon for YOURTours hosts to arrange a group get together before you travel too, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet fellow tour members. If you can’t make it, no problem, our hosts are on hand to arrange a skype call or phone call at a time that suits you.

 

YOURTours Hosts are all well-travelled industry professionals and handpicked by us for their skills, professionalism, and of course personality.  Their duty of care to our guests is our priority and that's why we tend not to enlist well-known household names to accompany our tours, but our own YOURTours people, people we know, love, and wholeheartedly trust. We are very proud of our passionate team of YOURTours Hosts.

 
 

Peter’s number one focus has always been and always will be people and quality – you and our product. Whether you are lucky enough to be on a tour that Peter himself will be hosting, or with another YOURTours Host, you can be assured that he will be involved operationally from start to finish, ensuring that you get the very best of service, quality and experiences.

 

Peter stated he couldn’t possibly spend all of his time in the office designing and planning tour itineraries as much as it gives him amazing pleasure.  Being out and about (ideally somewhere fascinating), talking to people and groups, sharing stories, learning from each other and sharing best industry practises is what brings him the most joy, which in turn helps inspire his creative side.

 

‘At YOURTours our aim is to provide an opportunity for more and more people to access and enjoy the beauty of escorted small group travel, and the lifelong memories and friendships that come hand in hand with each and every tour.  We really do become a family.’

 

Peter is a well-known Senior and General Manager within the International World of Hospitality, Support Services, Education and Travel. His Management roles involved working within the Forti Group, North West England Higher Education Colleges (Hospitality & Tourism), Bahrain Training College (Hospitality and Tourism) as well as key Operational Support Service roles in the GCC, Germany and New Zealand. Peter is a certified International Tour Director, having gained his qualification in America with the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) and was awarded the honour of Fellowship status in 2014 from the Institute of Hospitality for his continued dedication to the industry and people development globally.

Peter Roddam

Such is Maxine’s passion for group travel that when she was offered her first tour leading role she didn’t hesitate, even with the 95% pay drop! ‘’Having spent much of my youth volunteering abroad and travelling as a passenger on tours, it was the obvious career path for me to take.’’  Maxine spent numerous seasons abroad leading small groups of adventurous travellers through destinations in Asia, Middle East, and Europe before finally, as she puts it, ‘’hanging up the backpack in favour of a fixed, fitted wardrobe.’’  Since then Maxine has been working consistently as a tour designer and travel consultant, and you can find her today at YOURTravel, still with the same passion dedication and enthusiasm she started with.  

 

‘’For me, there is only one thing more rewarding than hearing about our tour passengers having such a great time abroad, and that’s being there too!’’ 

Favourite Country: ‘’Egypt, (sorry rest of the world, especially Ethiopia, you are fab!)’’

Favourite Single Site in the World: ‘’Great Wall of China (particularly in winter snow)’’

Favourite Music: ‘’Now that depends on which blends best with where in the World I may be at the time… perhaps something we can discuss together on tour one day…’’

Maxine Laws

With years of travel industry experience, management, and overseas journeys under her belt, it’s only natural that our very own, and very popular Fiona, has joined our fold of YOURTours Hosts.  Fiona is a passionate adventurer who began travelling at a young age with her very first trip being an eight week journey through America and Mexico.  Fiona has a particular interest in both history and geography, and loves to share travel experiences with like-minded travellers. “When I travel, I really like to learn as much as possible about the everyday lives of local people and their cultures, and discover what really makes a country tick.  I’m a scenery enthusiast and like to share favourite spots of mine with my tour groups, off the beaten track a little, where we can soak up the true culture of our surroundings.” 

Fiona Mitchell-Robb

Diane is a travel professional with a rare combination of talent, customer service and dedication. After spending many years in the corporate world, business took her to live in Dominican Republic and China where she was involved with an international school and escorted student sports teams throughout Asia, and was President of an international women’s club as well as a fully certified ITMI Tour Director. 

 

She has managed many tours within the USA and has vast knowledge of the Antebellum South from extensive travel along the Mississippi River, which also feeds her love of blues and jazz music and local cuisine. Her expertise extends to Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, St Louis, California, Canada and the Northwest, including sailing the Columbia River. Diane assists as Tour Manager with a steamboat cruising company during peak travel season. 

 

She has in-depth knowledge of Asia, and in particular, China, where she lived and traveled extensively for 9 years. 

 

Diane’s focus is on offering guests an exceptional travel experience tailored to interests and exceeding expectations. 

Diane Ashburner

Dan's passion has always been travel, which lead to him attaining his certificate as a Masters International Tour Director with the International Tour Management Institute.

 

Dan is committed to bringing cultures together by showing our similarities rather than our differences and enjoys nothing more than applying his knowledge of the local area and hospitality to ensure a fully immersive travel experience for our guests.

Dan Kemper