Extraordinary travel experiences don't just happen; they require complete destination knowledge, creative planning, detailed administration, a determined commitment to quality and precise execution. That's what our team at Tourism Portfolio is committed to delivering. Tourism Portfolio is ready to deliver and ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to your conference, incentive or event. And when it comes to leisure clients (be it a group itinerary, FIT or specialised tour)., by working closely with our expansive network of ground handlers, they will be offered an unique and professional experience.
Dynamic, hands-on and detailed... take a closer look at expertise our team offers.
Donna Kessler is the founder and Director of Tourism Portfolio. Since the company's inception in 2002, Donna has represented high quality destinations, venues, resorts and event suppliers to the meetings, incentives and tourism markets. She understands the importance of relationships and the process of driving sales through her professional credible reputation.
Her personal commitment to her clients and the events she supports is undeniable. Donna has more than three decades of experience in all aspects of tourism. Prior to starting Tourism Portfolio she held senior roles at Hilton International and Intercontinental Sydney , Donna is always keen to be involved and has been on the Tourism Australia Business Events Board, has worked closely with Meeting and Events Australia as an Industry Mentor, Speaker and has assisted with numerous Conference Program Committee positions.
She has previously won:
■ Meetings and Events Australia NSW Sales and Marketing Person of the Year Award in 2005
■ Meetings and Events Australia National Sales and Marketing Person of the Year 2005
■ Meetings and Events Australia NSW Sales and Marketing Person of the Year Award 2008
■ Meetings and Events Australia National Sales and Marketing Person of the Year Award 2008
Her desire, passion and energy for the industry is contagious. In 2016 along with a business partner she launched GET GLOBAL. The only outbound show for the MICE market in Australia. She is always looking for innovative ways to connect with buyers and suppliers and provide the clients in her portfolio solid ROI.
■ If I didn't work in travel I would... do interior design.
■ If I could invite 4 people to a dinner party, they would be... my husband, Roger Federer, Princess Dianna and Robin Williams.
Edwina Matthes is a passionate and committed Executive Assistant/PA. Her core values are her impeccable customer service, strong professional relationships and exceptional attention to detail learned through her time in her previous corporate roles.
Edwina with her strong work ethic, ensures that the day to day demands of our clients and customers are her main priority. Her passion and integrity are infectious to all she meets. Her background in corporate organisations spans over many years and with her a previous experience in organising corporate meetings and international incentives, she is a great asset to the team at Tourism Portfolio.
■ If I didn't work in travel... I'd be a fashion designer.
■ If I could invite 4 people to a dinner party, they would be Prince, Heath Ledger, Chris Brown and Bella Hadid.
Jessica Paul brings with her over 8 years of experience in the hospitality industry, her career started at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2009. Prior to joining Tourism Portfolio she was a Sales Manager with Sheraton on the Park focusing on driving results in the MICE, Corporate and Entertainment markets.
Previous to this she held the position as Corporate Account Manager at QT Sydney where she worked with Corporate and TMC accounts and Sales Coordinator at The Westin Sydney working with PCO and corporate MICE accounts. She brings with her an array of skills, knowledge and relationships from the industry.
■ If I didn't work in travel I would... be a band's tour manager.
■ If I could invite 4 people to a dinner party, they would be... Scotty James, Dillon Francis, Lauren Conrad and Richard Branson.
Christiana Georgiadis joins the team at Tourism Portfolio after her most recent role at TFE Hotels and prior to that Carnival Cruise Lines and Bellachara Boutique Hotel. In her previous roles, her experiences has spanned across administration/sales support, client relationship management, lead generation, co-ordination of sales missions, famils and events.
Christiana completed her Associate Degree in Business Management at the International College of Management Sydney in 2012.
■ If I didn't work in travel I would..... own a Patisserie shop.
■ If I could invite 4 people to a dinner party, they would be... Beyonce, Richard Branson, Anna Polyviou and Nicole Kidman.
I have known Donna Kessler in a professional capacity for 20 years. Initially as a colleague, then saw her grow in setting up and establishing Tourism Portfolio and in the last 7 years as an exclusive representative in the MICE market for Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. Donna and her team represent our property on the domestic as well as international markets.
A professional relationship as we have is not just based on production and bottom line alone, but also the ability to ‘be’ that property, understand its values and be the face of that property – the ability to be seamless, utterly professional at all times as well as commercially creative. Donna and her staff are a joy to work with and they are not afraid to actively work with my team to get best commercial results.
In the market they are without a doubt considered to be the best in what they do, with impeccable integrity and results.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Donna and her team are true professionals who share the same business ethic as Headlands Hotel. They are a perfect match and I know our clients are in the best hands.
Headlands Hotel, Austinmner Beach
cievents has worked with Donna Kessler and the team at Tourism Portfolio for a number of years and we have always found them extremely professional, with a great product range covering both domestic and international markets. Tourism Portfolio are always on hand to assist us with all enquiries and respond to requests in a timely manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Director Supplier Relations
I have a long-standing respect for Donna and trust in her ability. Her self-motivation and extremely good time management skills are to be admired. Her limitless energy when on sales calls in contagious and very effective. It's a pleasure to work with her.
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
I highly recommend the services of Tourism Portfolio for any organisation who wishes to take their own company to the next level of service and professionalism.
I have no hesitation in recommending Donna Kessler to those seeking professional, sincere and genuine advice, assistance and representation to further grow and develop their business.
The Australian Outback Travel Group