The APT Travel Group has a long and proud history. From humble beginnings that date back to 1927, the APT Travel Group today 90 years on is a global business with an extensive portfolio of touring and cruising brands. Still owned and controlled by the McGeary family, these distinct brands enable the APT Travel Group to deliver an unwavering focus on life-enriching and memorable holiday experiences for each and every individual. As Australia’s largest locally owned tour company and most awarded, it maintains an unparalleled commitment to innovation in defining what travel means, not only in Australia but the world.

APT Travel Group Brands


The APT Travel Group’s flagship brand, APT has pioneered a diverse and ever-increasing range of cruising and touring styles to deliver cherished holidays that take in every corner of the globe. Timeless luxury, exclusive experiences, life enriching moments and true personalisation are the hallmarks of an Unforgettable journey with APT.


Fun, exciting and hassle-free – Travelmarvel holidays are designed for those who seek premium organised travel on their own terms. Ensuring the best possible value, each holiday offers a high standard of service and comprehensive inclusions, as well as extras that cater to individual interests.


Since 1994, Captain’s Choice has remained uncompromising in its quest to create and curate the world’s most enriching global journeys. Without compromise, all tours are hand crafted, whether by private jet, small luxury ships or privately chartered rail journey’s. Every decision is made with the guests experience and comfort in mind. Through innovative, industry leading thinking, Captain’s Choice continues to push the boundaries.


Australia’s leading operator of specialist botanically tours and cruises, Botanica’s carefully tailored worldwide itineraries are led by expert botanical guides. Each fuses iconic sightseeing and special unique experiences with exclusive visits to some of the world’s most incredible public and private gardens and flower shows. History, art, music, culture and gourmet experiences are often included to enhance the enjoyment for discerning travellers with curious minds.

The APT Travel Group Executive Leadership Team

Chris Hall
Group Managing Director, APT Travel Group
Chris was appointed Group Managing Director of ATG in July 2014. He is responsible for the APT Travel Group’s global tour and cruise business which operates programs in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe, China, Russia, Vietnam, Myanmar, South America, Africa and India under a number of brands including APT, Travelmarvel, Captain’s Choice and Botanica World Discoveries. Prior to joining APT Travel Group in 2001 as General Manager, Marketing and Sales, Chris had held positions in sales, marketing, and product development, and has worked within the wholesale, retail, touring and cruising sectors. Chris holds a Business degree in Management and Marketing.
Ross Kemp
Group Finance Director
Ross was appointed Group Financial Director in 2012 and is responsible for the accounting, taxation, legal, M&A, corporate governance, compliance and treasury management aspects of the APT Travel Group. Ross also oversees the group’s interests in its portfolio of partners. Ross is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business.
David Cox
CEO, Travelmarvel
Joining in 2004, David has held a number of senior roles including CFO and COO for the APT Travel Group, together with more than 30 years’ experience in the travel industry. He is responsible for the Travelmarvel business globally including river cruising, small ships and land touring. David holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a CPA.
Debra Fox
Chief Commercial Officer
Deb was appointed Executive General Manager, Global Marketing and Sales in January 2014 and is responsible for the group’s brand marketing, sales, creative and digital streams. Commencing in 2003 she had held a number of senior roles including National Sales Manager, as well as General Manager Marketing and Customer Service. Deb has over 30 years’ experience in the industry across retail, product, sales and marketing. Deb holds a Diploma in Business – Marketing.
Paul Melinis
Managing Director UK & Europe
Paul joined the group in May 2018 as the new Managing Director UK & Europe and overseas the team in Amersham, UK. With over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry where he has held senior management positions. Throughout that time, has played an instrumental role in growing travel brands into award winning, industry-leading operators. Paul is also currently the chairman of the Association of Touring & Adventure Suppliers (ATAS). Paul also holds a National Diploma in Travel & Tourism.
Guy Ballard
Chief Information Officer
Guy joined the group in February 2012 as General Manager, Information & Communication Technology. Guy has over 25 years’ management and hands-on experience in many areas of information technology, most recently working at Village Roadshow where he spent 10 years as Business Systems Manager. Guy holds a B.Sc and B.Ed and a G.Dip in Business Systems.
Helen Stevenson
Chief Financial Officer
Helen was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2012. Prior to joining the group, Helen held senior finance and commercial roles with Visy. Helen is a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
Rob Tandy
Executive General Manager, Captain’s Choice
Rob was appointed Executive General Manager, Captain’s Choice in 2016. Rob joined the group in 2012 as General Manager of the Kimberley and Outback Wilderness Adventures business. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Property and Construction. Rob is also a Director and Co-founder of the Snowdome Foundation.
Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds is the CEO of APT, and is responsible for all of our destinations and the commercial performance of the brand. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the travel industry including roles with Backroads in the UK, and Cox & Kings.
Ash Smith
Chief People Officer
Ash Smith is pleased to be back at ATG for a second stint after some time in a global consulting firm specialising in the Culture & Leadership space. Ash has been in the broader HR field for nearly 30 years after roles as Head of HR for companies such as the RAA, Ansett and Carter Holt Harvey. He also ran his own Culture & Leadership consulting company for 10 years.
Simon Mooney
General Manager, Customer Service
Simon was appointed General Manager, Customer Service in September, 2015 and was previously the Manager, Customer Service for our Retail Team. Prior to joining ATG in 2012, Simon held a number of Customer Service roles with Qantas Business Travel and Escape Travel.
John Barnett
Executive General Manager, International Operations
John was appointed to the position of Executive General Manager, International Operations in February 2016 and is responsible for the delivery of all our cruising and touring programs worldwide, Commencing with the business in 1993, John has held a number of positions in our Operations division.
Judy Vanrenen
Botanica Co-Founder
Judy is the Founder and Co/owner with APT of Botanica World Discoveries. Created in 2000, Botanica offers botanically themed river and small ship cruises and tours to iconic destinations. Prior to forming Botanica, Judy had over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry.

Our locations

Australia - Head Office
Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd
Level 4, 1230 Nepean Highway
Cheltenham Victoria
Australia 3192
Phone: +61 3 8526 1300
Fax: +61 3 9581 0201
Call Centre:
Call Australia Wide: 1300 336 932
Fax: 1800 655 220
Email: info@aptouring.com.au
New Zealand
Suite 5, Level 1
20 Augustus Terrace
Parnell, Auckland
New Zealand 1151
From New Zealand:
Phone: 0800 278 687
Outside New Zealand:
Phone: +64 9 302 5780
Fax: +64 9 302 0970
Email: nzinfo@aptouring.co.nz
United Kingdom & Europe
First Floor, Chalfont Court
5 Hill Avenue, Amersham
Buckinghamshire HP6 5BD
From the UK:
Phone: 0800 012 6686
Email: info@aptouring.co.uk
Outside the UK:
Phone: +44 (0) 1494 738 667
Sales and Marketing:
+44 (0) 1494 736 147
Canada & USA
Australian Pacific Touring (North America) Ltd
Suite 530 - World Trade Centre
999 Canada Place
Vancouver BC V6C 3E1
Reservations & Information:
National Toll Free: 1 800 691 8641
Facsimile: 1 604 662 7720
Email: reservations@aptouring.com
Marketing & Administration:
Telephone: 1 855 201 5670
Facsimile: 1 604 662 7720
Email: sales@aptouring.com

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