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Alison Dale
Alison Dale
Tour and Travel Manager.

Alison has worked in the New Zealand travel industry for over 25 years, gaining extensive experience with positions in the retail, tour wholesale and airline sectors. Another 11 years were spent in the UK travel industry, including time with a large travel membership organisation handling bespoke itineraries for the discerning traveller.

After completing her Business Management degree, Alison was keen to join a company with values similar to her own, and Golden Compass Tours offered her this opportunity. Alison really enjoys assisting the mature, active traveller in getting the most from their journeys with a particular emphasis on the educational, social, inspirational and fun aspect of travel with like-minded participants. She is looking forward to planning new tours under the Travelworks name and carrying on the friendly, competent service that Jenny & Ralph have offered in the past.

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Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin
Chief Executive Officer.

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 30 years, first as a tour guide, then rose to Director of operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 16 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Over 20 years of his career have been involved with the educational Group Travel Market.

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Caroline Goodwin
Caroline Goodwin
Director.

Caroline Goodwin graduated as a professional musician and then solicitor and works alongside Mark in the design and operation of many specialist programs in the UK, Ireland, and throughout Europe, together with their sons, James and Simon.

Ralph and Jenny Levinson
Ralph and Jennifer Levinson

Ralph and Jenny met while working for Contiki Travel, taking tours to Europe, Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union during the mid-1970s. They returned to New Zealand and married in 1977. After working for inbound/outbound wholesaler, Atlantic & Pacific Travel, they formed specialist inbound operator, Landmark Travel. From the foundation of Travelworks NZ Ltd in 1988, Ralph and Jenny have set up and operated over 200 tours to a variety of destinations. Tours have largely catered for the mature market as well as inbound incentive groups such as Ford of Canada, Iveco Trucks, international conferences (of over 1,000 delegates) and specialist inbound tours, such as motorcycle tours, sporting groups, educational tours and retail travel. Ralph and Jenny have now decided to retire but will be involved in the setting up of the traditional Travelworks products for Golden Compass.

History

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Golden Compass was founded in 1995 by Mark and Caroline Goodwin and has been successfully operating for eighteen years.

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 30 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's leading conference and incentive operator and the last 18 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Over 20 years of his career have been involved with the educational Group Travel Market.

Caroline Goodwin graduated as a professional musician and then solicitor and works alongside Mark in the design and operation of many specialist programs in the UK, Ireland, and throughout Europe.

Golden Compass is fully bonded in the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority and is also an Off-Shore Member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

Golden Compass are pleased to be able to offer our unique UK and European small group educational travel programs directly to our Australian and New Zealand participants, with all tours priced in Australian and New Zealand dollars. We also have a Freephone national call number and a contact on the ground in Australia to help you with your enquiries. Your contract is still direct with Golden Compass, which gives you a significant saving in costs as we have cut out the middle man.