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Our Team

Chris Watson and Gemma Watson - Owners


Chris has been involved in the travel industry for over 17 years, specialising in escorted groups and special event holidays. In 2012 and again in 2022 Chris was recognised as the Tamworth Young Business Person of the Year he is also rated number one on travel agent finder. Other achievements of his include being an APT Top Achiever, Tamworth Young Citizen of The Year and Australian Line Dancer of the Year. In 2022 Chris Watson Travel was awarded the People's Choice Business of the Year in the Tamworth Quality Business Awards. The team has also appeared on multiple occasions as a state finalist in the National Travel Industry Awards: People's Choice Travel Agency of the Year.

Chris loves planning your next dream vacation, making sure you get the best deal and experience of a lifetime. Some of Chris's favourite destinations include the USA, cruising and the South Pacific. Chris has travelled extensively through North America and Europe, as well as the South Pacific, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong – and taken to the seas on no less than 15 cruises!

Gemma is equally well-travelled, having been all over the USA, to Europe, Fiji and New Zealand, and cruising from Australia with P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines. Gemma has recently returned from a river cruise in Europe and escorting a tour in the USA. She has a wealth of travel experience and knowledge. Gemma is also a trained administration manager taking care of all things admin and accounts for Chris Watson Travel.

Sonaii Wichard - Team Manager & Senior Travel Designer

Sonaii Wichard

Sonaii is our travel manager at Weston Cruise and Travel, specialising in high-end luxury travel, engaged in promoting river & ocean cruising, rail journeys, small group touring, escorted & independent travel and itinerary planning. 

Customer service is something Sonaii is passionate about, making the effort to continuously exceed expectations. Customer feedback regarding Sonaii includes amazing customer satisfaction, interpersonal skills, organised, rapport building, fun & bubbly personality.

Sonaii brings commitment, energy, professionalism and a real enthusiasm to our team. Sonaii has travelled independently, with groups and her family to experience Australia & The World. 

Joanne Keenan - Travel Designer

Joanne Keenan

Joanne has over 20 years experience in the tourism industry and loves helping her clients in planning their dream getaways whether it's snorkelling in the Maldives, having an adventure in Oman or a cultural river cruise through Europe.

Joanne will research, plan, book, co-ordinate and assist with pre-trip details to ensure a smooth travel experience. 

Emily Thornton - Travel Designer

Emily Thornton

Emily has been a part of the Weston Cruise and Travel family since 2022. Coming from a background in retail management, she takes pride in the little things, ensuring that every detail is managed to the highest of standards, going above and beyond to ensure a five-star experience every time for her customers. 

Emily can help you with all of your travel needs including but not limited to itinerary planning, arranging transportation, accommodation, cruising, tours (small, escorted and independent) and rail journeys. 

Emily has a strong sense of initiative and loves to help clients create the perfect holiday.

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