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Our Destination Experts

At Western & Oriental, our specialists have travelled extensively throughout the destinations they cover.  They know our holidays inside out - the best hotels and resorts for different types of clients, the local dishes you simply must try, and even the best market stalls to shop for different types of souvenirs.  It is our team that will ensure no detail is overlooked on your holiday, so call us today to discuss your requirements.

Antonio Cresce
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Biography: I graduated from the Hotel and Catering college in Turin and kept busy in the hospitality industry around Italy but also in Switzerland and Japan. I've started work in the travel industry since...
Ben Murtagh
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Indian Ocean
Middle East
North America
Biography: Having worked in travel since leaving school, I have been fortunate enough to stay in some of the finest hotels in the world. This has really fuelled my passion for luxury travel and I enjoy nothing...
Carly Crowe
Expertise: 
Indian Ocean
Middle East
North America
Biography: I have been fortunate enough to visit a lot of wonderful destinations every year and I love discovering secret places!
I have been fortunate enough to visit a lot of wonderful destinations every year and I love discovering secret places!
Claire Watling
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Far East
Biography: I would have thought by now that I would have ticked off my travel wish list, but there are still too many destinations! From backpacking with friends to travelling with a family, times change and so...
I would have thought by now that I would have ticked off my travel wish list, but there are still too many destinations! From backpacking with friends to travelling with a family, times change and so do holidays.
David Pointer, Head of Product
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Europe/Mediterranean
North America
Southern Africa
Biography: Travel is my passion, I set off on my first around the world adventure on my own at the age of 18, and repeated the experience four more times over the next five years visiting fascinating...
Erica Moore
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Far East
Indian Ocean
Middle East
Biography: Having always worked in travel, I have been fortunate enough to experience many destinations, some more than once! There are too many places still on my list to go to. 
Having always worked in travel, I have been fortunate enough to experience many destinations, some more than once! There are too many places still on my list to go to.
Graham Lawrence
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Far East
India & Subcontinent
Indian Ocean
Mexico
Middle East
North America
Southern Africa
Biography: Growing up travel was only done in dreams. Fulfilling those dreams has kept me travelling since my original ‘around the world trip’. I now prefer to spend my time off, taking a mixture of...
Jackie Chicken
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Biography: Focusing on the finer details is what turns a good holiday into an outstanding one, and this is what makes my role as a Destination Expert for the Mediterranean such an enjoyable one.I have been with...
Focusing on the finer details is what I do best and I truly believe it can turn a good holiday into an outstanding one. Whether it's a couples break away or summer family holiday, I can't wait to discover a new place.
Julie Mathews
Expertise: 
Far East
Indian Ocean
Biography: When I was little, I grew up listening to fascinating stories told by my dad about wonderful places that he visited while working on a luxury cruise liner around the world during the fifties and...
When I was little, I grew up listening to fascinating stories told by my dad about wonderful places that he visited while working on a luxury cruise liner around the world during the fifties and sixties. I was inspired to travel and couldn't wait to see some of these destinations with my own eyes. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit some fantastic places around the world. I am fascinated by places that are rich in culture, nature and beauty; I also love the ocean and enjoy shopping and dining in cities.
Kerry Yull
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Far East
North America
Biography: Since leaving school I have always worked in travel or been off travelling. If it’s excitement you are after, then I can help find it for you. I have now settled down to family life, and...
Since leaving school I have always worked in travel or been off travelling. If it’s excitement you are after, then I can help find it for you. I have now settled down to family life, and appreciate the very different demands of holidaying with children – whether it’s finding a resort with a great kids’ club, or arranging a private tour where you can all learn something new.
Matthew Rushbrooke, General Manager
Expertise: 
Indian Ocean
Middle East
Biography: Around 23 years ago, I embarked on a degree in Travel and Tourism at Plymouth University. Having enjoyed my course, I used what I had learnt working in worldwide reservations for Hayes & Jarvis....
Melissa Brooks
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Middle East
North America
Biography: Lying on beach with the sun shining on me on a beautiful island, escaping from everyday life is how I like to spend my holidays. Throw in a bit of shopping and great restaurants, and I never want to...
Natalie Fowler
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Middle East
Biography: I’ve worked in the travel industry for 12 years now. Since studying Travel & Tourism at college, I have worked as a travel agent at a local Independent Travel Agency but later found myself...
Neil Sutton
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Biography: I like travelling off the beaten track, discovering new places by immersing myself in new cultures and really getting a flavour of people’s lives. Europe and the Mediterranean for me is a...
I like travelling off the beaten track, discovering new places by immersing myself in new cultures and really getting a flavour of people’s lives. Europe and the Mediterranean for me is a fantastic place to do this.
Nikhil Chhibber
Expertise: 
India & Subcontinent
Indian Ocean
Middle East
Biography: Having worked in the luxury travel industry in both India and the UK, I continue to love the new experiences and new knowledge I constantly gain. Even though I was born and brought up in India, I...
Having worked in the luxury travel industry in both India and the UK, I continue to love the new experiences and new knowledge I constantly gain. Even though I was born and brought up in India, I still love discovering something or somewhere new. My eyes really do light up when I hear the word 'India' and I love conveying my passion. It is not just the sights, destinations, hotels, food or people but a real combination of all of them that makes a trip to India & the Sub-Continent special.
Ramona Balogh
Expertise: 
Europe/Mediterranean
Biography: I have been working in travel for nearly six years and am driven by my passion for travelling and seeing different places. I love to go somewhere where the sun is shining and there is plenty to...
Rich Howell
Expertise: 
Far East
Indian Ocean
Middle East
Biography: I have worked in the industry for 12 years now and have been lucky to visit some amazing places especially in the Far East. I love to share my experiences and help create some dream holidays for...
Ricky Coates
Expertise: 
Far East
Indian Ocean
Middle East
Biography: Having worked in travel for nearly two decades, I have seen a wide variety of destinations both on personal holidays and work trips. For me it's about picking a destination and hotel that will...
Having worked in travel for nearly two decades, I have seen a wide variety of destinations both on personal holidays and work trips. For me it's about picking a destination and hotel that will stay with you forever and be a trip of a lifetime.
Rossella Colella
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Far East
Mexico
Biography: Since joining in 2004 as a specialist in Italy, my continued love of travel has seen my expertise grow to include countries across the globe such as Cuba, the Caribbean, the Far East and the Indian...
Tom Cloherty
Expertise: 
Caribbean
Far East
Indian Ocean
Middle East
North America
Biography: Having enjoyed a variety of roles in the travel industry from working as a travel agent on the high street, being ground crew at Gatwick Airport and also cabin crew for British Airways, I have been...
Having enjoyed a variety of roles in the travel industry from working as a travel agent on the high street, being ground crew at Gatwick Airport and also cabin crew for British Airways, I have been lucky enough to globe trot around the world. My passion now lies in creating luxurious as well as memorable holidays whether it be a tailor made itinerary around the Far East, a honeymoon beach escape in the Caribbean or a fly drive holiday around New England.