Meet the team


Samantha Sly – Managing Director

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Samantha is a self-starter who at a young age neogiated her way into the travel industry because of her love to travel and see the world. Samantha is now the owner of a very successful Travel Avenue and Italia Mia since 2000. Sam’s spontaneity and lively personality has endeared her to clients who trust her expertise and product knowledge and repeatedly return each year for their next trip. Sam’s top 5 countries of choice to travel to are Italy, Croatia, Africa, Canada and Spain. Sam’s in-depth knowledge in a range of hotels around the world provides great insight for clients choosing where to stay. Sam has also cruised many times on from large to small ships including river cruising in Europe. Her cruise knowledge is exceptional which she loves to share with clients.

E: sam@italiamia.com.au

 

Liz Young – Director

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Liz has always loved aeroplanes! The fuel smells, the take-off and landing’s and even airline food! So much so she joined the aviation industry in the early 1980’s just to fly. To actually end up somewhere exotic at the other end was a bonus! Liz was lucky enough to fly on British Airways Concorde from London to New York and was sorry when the flight landed so quickly (which was actually the point of flying Concorde!) Liz has travelled extensively around the world including Hawaii 19 times! She doesn’t have a favourite country as there are too many to choose from but Italy is right up there, especially the food. “Going to Carnevale of Venice is top of my list for an amazing and unforgettable experience”.  During her career Liz has held Senior Management positions in Sales & Marketing including Call Centre’s with Qantas Airways & Qantas Holidays in Australia and the UK, Cox & Kings Australia, Peregrine Adventures and has now joined in partnership of Travel Avenue, Italia Mia & Individual Traveller, specialising in Solo Tours. Responsibilities include Consulting, Business Development, Sales & Marketing.

E: liz@italiamia.com.au

 

Caterina Tedesco – Travel Specialist

When 7 years old, Caterina went on her first family holiday to Italy for 6 months and from that point on-wards she became obsessed with Alitalia, Aeroplanes and Airports.  The one question she remembers asking her mother at this age was “how can I always walk through those doors?” (The departure gates at Melbourne Airport) and her mother replied “You need to work in the Travel Industry”. So she did and never looked back. With a strong Italian Heritage and blessed with her Italian Passport, she loves nothing more than travelling back to her second home and sharing her expertise and knowledge to create the perfect travel itinerary for Italy & Europe. Caterina has a wealth of experience as a Travel Agent and has dealt with a variety of clients ranging from Families, Student & Youth, Companies & CEO’s and some of Australia’s celebrities.  Caterina’s motto is:  The world is a book and those who do not Travel only read one page!!!!

E: caterina@italiamia.com.au

 

                                                                                    Hayley Hunter – Travel Specialist

At the age of 8, Hayley received an atlas as a birthday present from her grandmother and it opened her eyes to world. But it was 15 years later that she gained her first stamp in her beloved passport, volunteering in Thailand. But it was a four week holiday to Ireland that began her love affair with all things European. Since that first stamp, Hayley has lived in Europe for a total of four years in multiple countries, and experiencing anything and everything available to her. Enchanted by the rolling hills, hilltop towns and all the characters in between, Hayley was fortunate to experience Tuscan life living in a 600 year old monastery. This has been the highlight of her travelling experiences, along with visiting Petra in Jordan and seeing the Eiffel Tour for the first time. Hayley worked as a travel consultant prior to her European Adventures and has now returned to Australia bringing a wealth of knowledge to Italia Mia.

E: hayley@italiamia.com.au

 

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Raema Friedman – Travel Specialist

Raema has worked in the travel industry for many years and enjoys every day. Raema’s main philosophy is to offer service to clients and information so the trip is absolutely stress free. Raema has enjoyed travelling to many countries and loves, in particular, France, Italy and Israel and extensively in Australia and still yearns for more. Raema’s passion is walking in different destinations. Raema has discovered a vast array of hotels and restaurants around the world which are absolute gems and enjoys sharing this knowledge with her clients.

E: raema@italiamia.com.au