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Owner of one of the largest travel companies in New Zealand.


Tony Laker began his career in the Travel Industry over 25 years ago, starting with Air New Zealand at Invercargill Airport. In the early 2000s, Tony and wife Tracey decided to open their own Travel Agency in Invercargill. Every travel industry expert (not to mention the Bank Manager) warned it was a terrible idea and proceeded to list a host of very good reasons why.

Against all odds, Laker House of Travel has quickly become one of the largest Travel Companies in New Zealand with a staff of twenty three and an annual turnover in excess of $28 million. Amazing statistics when you compare that to the average sized New Zealand Travel Agency of five staff and 6 million.

For the last two years running, at the annual House of Travel Awards attended by 800 staff from 72 offices nationwide, House of Travel Lakers Invercargill has won ‘The Best Large House of Travel Office in New Zealand’.

And at the 2019 New Zealand Travel Industry Awards, House of Travel Lakers won the Best Retail Travel Agency, selected from over 300 travel agencies from all travel brands nationwide, and Tony was presented with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Industry Achievement Award’, for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the New Zealand Travel Industry, something that has only ever been presented six times before. And then COVID-19 arrived!

Tony has an incredible roller coaster ride of adventure to share where he describes a no-nonsense, common-sense, good fun story with controversy, intrigue, some good ideas, and if time permits - a little bit of travel.
Tony shares the secrets to the House of Travel Lakers success, how they are rebuilding again from COVID destroying 95% of their business, and how anyone can apply these very same simplistic principals to their business and life.

His approach to business and customer service has built up trust in him as well as his brand. Content rich and engaging, Tony is a remarkable speaker suited for a wide variety of events.

Tony was a huge surprise, very very good and had the audience in the palm of his hand. Fantastic speaker and everything rolled into the next - 5 stars! We would definitely use him again! REINZ
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