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FRESH FACES: Sun Island Tours‘ Michael Woods

Sun Island Tours’ new marketing manager MICHAEL WOODS tells us why his role was too good to refuse as well as his succinct but sage piece of travel advice.


Where is the last place you travelled?

My partner and I had an amazing trip to Mexico late last year and it rocketed into my top 10 favourite destinations.


Where are you going next?

We ‘sea changed’ to Byron Bay a year ago, so my travels have slowed somewhat compared to the past years as I’m already living in and experiencing a great destination every day!

However, we’re currently planning an adventure to Peru next year (unless a famil to one of Sun Island’s amazing destinations comes up in the meantime!).


Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels?

Travel insurance! It may sound like an old cliché, but if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!


Why did you move to this role?

I have known John and the Sun Island brand for some years now and have always been impressed with their reputation in the industry.

Sun Island Tours is innovative and customer centric, always working hard to improve the travel experience with great new destinations, tour packages and products. 

The offer to join the team and help promote such a great product range with a brand currently in an exciting phase of expansion, and being able to work from beautiful Byron Bay was an offer too good to refuse!


Tell us something people might not know about the company? 

Every coach tour departure Sun Island Tours sells is a guarateed departure. If agents have clients booked and confirmed on a tour, it will definitely go ahead.

Sun Island Tours offers more than over 700 tours, packages and cruises in the Mediterranean – we really are the Mediterranean experts.


What’s the main thing people should know about the company?

Sun island Tours is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In today’s climate of mergers, mega brands and faceless web based operators, this is a true milestone. And no doubt, this is due in no small part to our philosophy of staying true to our roots as a niche specialist operator, maintaining great trade relationships, and putting our customers at the centre of every business decision we make.

Sun Island Tours is also a member of CATO, ATAS and IATA.


What’s your top travel tip?

Be sensible, but don’t be boring!


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Written by: MICHAEL WOODS as told to Traveltalk
Published: 10 September 2019

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