Behind the team at Yonda Holiday Group is the sibling duo who were honoured with the coveted Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards, for Tourism in 2018. Having built a successful Australian, family-owned and operated tourism marketing business since 2006, the Gold Coast born & bred siblings are excited to bring a new start-up creative tourism marketing agency to forefront of the Australian travel market.
Jon Tarrant is a tourism industry trailblazer having led successful businesses for over a decade. Jon’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion to reinvigorate the tourism industry has driven the incredible success of his business ventures to date. In 2008, he joined forces with sister Rebecca Tarrant to found LeisureCom Travel Group and grew it into a multi-faceted company with an annual turnover of $25 million. After departing LeisureCom, Jon sought a way to disrupt the travel industry and pioneer a new future for holiday bookings and experiences with the launch of Yonda Holiday Group. His newest venture, Yonda Holiday Club, celebrates the diverse values and beliefs of customers, partners, and staff – recognising that everyone deserves a tailored vacation experience based on their purpose and passion. Jon has been recognised through the nationally acclaimed, 2018 Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Tourism and the 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Award. Go-to Holiday Destination: Queenstown, NZ – QT is my happy place. So close to home yet feels like a world away.
Rebecca Tarrant brings over a decade of tourism experience and an unrivalled passion for delivering value to customers. After founding successful tourism marketing company, LeisureCom Travel Group, in 2008, Rebecca and her brother Jon Tarrant were recognised for their contribution to the Australian tourism industry with the 2018 Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Award. Though a late travel bloomer due to a fear of flying, Rebecca has certainly made up for lost time since embarking on her adventure in the travel industry. She has travelled to over nine countries and dubbed Thailand and Canada as her favourite destinations thanks to their breathtaking scenery. As a proud Bundjalung woman, Rebecca has a keen focus on celebrating Australia’s unique destinations and the breadth of indigenous experiences on offer in our backyard. With the consumer at the heart of everything Rebecca does, her focus is to deliver innovative destination experiences that inspire Aussies to go Yonda. Go-to Holiday Destinations: Port Douglas and Noosa – the safe havens I retreat to multiple times per year to unwind and relax
Gary joins Yonda Holiday Group from Dial An Exchange, where he spent almost three years as Director of Global Marketing and Business Development as well as being promoted to Head of DAE APAC Operations. Gary has 15 years of experience in management, business development, marketing and operations with global leaders including SiteMinder and DAE, a part of Wyndham Destinations. As COO, Gary will help drive the vision, and strategic goals of Yonda Holiday Group.
With her enthusiastic and friendly personality, Brooke joins our team as Domestic Contracting & Partnerships Manager . Giving our Gold Coast office a laugh a minute, Brooke is passionate, dedicated and focused on creating a great environment for her team. She is a standout with our partners and her drive for success makes her a great team member at The Holiday Group. With over 10 years experience specialising in travel marketing, we welcome Brooke to The Holiday Group Family!
Team Yonda wouldn't be complete without Sharmaine. Working within our Product & Contracting team with a focus on building our relationships with our New Zealand partners, Sharmaine brings her passion and dedication to our office every day.
Ebony joins The Holiday Group team as Reservations Consultant, with over 7 years experience in travel reservations. You may come across Ebony as part of our Affordable Holidays Vacation Club team. Ebony is dedicated to our customers, ensuring they can book their holidays with excitement and ease. Her personable, friendly and outgoing nature is a true asset to our team.