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Meet The Team

Summerland Travel Lismore

Meet The Team

Summerland Travel Lismore

Neelia Rixon

Neelia is the manager of Summerland Travel Lismore and leads the team with respect experience, skills and knowledge. Neelia has been actively engaged in the travel industry in Lismore since 1966 which means she has 48 years of experience in the business and is a bastion in the local travel community.

Neelia began her career with New England Motor Service which was the handling agent for Air NSW in Lismore. Her career soon saw her managing established Lismore enterprises including Kirkland’s Travel and has been part of the Summerland Travel Lismore team since 1998.

Neelia holds an IATA/UFTAA Diploma from the Geneva based International Air Transportation Association and holds a Cruise Master Qualification earned through the highly respected independent body Cruise lines International Australia.

Neelia is passionate about travel and works tirelessly to ensure our clients have the ultimate travel experience. When not at her desk Neelia is travelling the world. Her most recent overseas travel experience was a luxury cruise through European waterways from Vienna to Amsterdam.

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Stephen van den Nieuwenhof 

Stephen has over 39 years’ experience in travel and has worked in many different aspects of the travel industry. He started his career at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as a reservations officer while studying for an Associate Diploma of Travel and Tourism at the Sydney Institute of Technology Ultimo. He has worked in sales and customer service areas for several leading airlines in Australia including British Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Ansett and more recently Qantas. Stephen has lived in Papua New Guinea for several years working with Air Nuigini. He has also managed an independent travel agency while living in Darwin.

He has experience in all aspects of travel solutions management. He has used his wealth of experience, knowledge and skills to take on challenging roles as a teacher in the TAFE system delivering tourism units to a range of students from year 12 high school to diploma levels.

Stephen has travelled the world extensively throughout his career, most recently spending a month in the Northern Provinces of Italy. He is passionate about travel and loves what he does, and does what he loves.

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Kay Meredith

Kay is a true Northern Rivers local having been born and bred in Coraki. She moved to New Zealand in 1963 and joined the travel industry while there. She has worked in many travel industry roles including those with Air New Zealand and Eagle Air and was the sole operator of a travel agency in Palmerston North for more than 8 years.

After living and exploring life in New Zealand Kay returned to Australia and joined Summerland Travel Lismore in 2004. She has been a respected travel consultant here ever since and has a long list of repeat customers who keep coming back to Kay for expert travel advice.

Kay now works part time with Summerland Travel Lismore and is fervent in her love of travel. Her travel passions include Europe and the Australian Outback. In the past two years Kay has explored river cruising through Holland and Belgium as well as touring Sicily, Italy and Morocco. Her most recent adventure has taken her to Australia’s Red Centre including Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock.

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Barbara Woods 

Barbara is the quiet achiever in our team. Barbara joined the travel industry as a travel consultant in Sydney at Trans Australia Airlines in 1976.

Barbara moved to Rockhampton and continued her travel career there and in 1994 Barbara moved to the Northern Rivers. She has built on her travel consultancy skills in several roles in travel agencies in Byron Bay, and Alstonville. Barbara joined Summerland Travel Lismore in 2010 and has been an integral part of the team ever since.

Barbara just loves to visit Europe and South America and her most recent travel experience was to the west coast USA.