About Concept Travel

The strength of our business lies in the strength of our people. At Concept Travel we have gathered a team of dedicated professionals, each handpicked for their extensive knowledge, their uncompromising commitment to service and their unwavering passion for the travel industry.

Not only do we employ the best resources available but we make sure they remain the best. Our commitment to ongoing training and developments ensures all our consultants keep up-to-date with industry changes and technological advances.

We have over 30 years of experience travelling the world so our accumulated knowledge is better than any internet site and far easier to access.

We are proud to be part of First Travel Group. With a combined annual turnover of in excess of $400 million, First Travel Group is New Zealand’s largest travel consortium.

We are also an affiliated member of TAANZ (Travel Agents Association of New Zealand), ATITB (Aviation and Travel Industry Training Board), and IATA (International Air Transport Association) assuring financial integrity.

Steve Teixeira: Manager

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Julie Lewisham: Senior Consultant

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Julie is the Senior Consultant of Concept Travel and Ski Travel Specialists.

In 1975 Julie headed overseas and spent over 5 years travelling and working in Canada, England, Spain and Pakistan before returning back to Tauranga in 1981.

Her first 10 years in the industry were with Thomas Cook Travel in Tauranga, Wellington and Auckland where she looked after both leisure and corporate clients.

In 1981 she opened her own Agency, Millbrook Travel and in 1991 she purchased Ski Travel Specialists and set about establishing the Ski Agency as the number one Ski Specialist in New Zealand.

Ann Upperton: Senior Consultant

Ann at Desk 300x325 Anne was born in England and moved to New Zealand in 1974 where she commenced a career in the hospitality industry working in Christchurch, the Chateau Tongariro, Millford Sound and the Hermitage Mount Cook. Anne returned to Europe in 1979, working at the 5 star Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere, Surrey before joining Contiki Tours. The first season as a camp representative at Copenhagen, allowed for wide travel in Scandinavia, back to their head office in London over the Winter months, and then to their main tour base in Noordgouwe, Holland as an area secretary, with travel in between all over Europe and the USA before heading back to New Zealand in 1985.

Back in New Zealand, Anne joined Thomas Cook Travel and after 3 years she joined Gilpin Travel as a Corporate Consultant handling multi-million dollar accounts and was with this company for 12 years. When Gilpin Travel was sold, Anne joined Julie and her team at Millbrook Travel (now Concept Travel) where she remains to this day.

During her many years in travel, Anne has visited most European Countries, USA, Canada, South America, Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, southern China, Singapore, Thailand, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Australia.

Shelley Richdale : Consultant

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I have just returned to the travel industry after a seven year absence. My last three years were spent as an Executive Assistant in a large corporate company co-ordinating various arrangements including all their travel bookings. I am delighted to have returned to the travel world that I know and love!

There is nothing more satisfying or enjoyable than investigating new destinations, airline routings or new products to suit you, as client’s specific requirements and ensuring even detail is covered. During my 17 years of travel experience I’ve enjoyed time as a consultant and manager and found it was the personal experience and knowledge imparted, that made all the difference to a holiday and / or business trip.

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively throughout Australia, South Pacific and Asia plus some travel to South America, USA, UK & Europe and look forward to doing more. Of late, I have become more interested in niche holidays such as: skiing, game fishing and cruising.

When not at work I enjoy time skiing, camping and bike riding with my lovely husband and three boys.