About italktravel & cruise  The Junction


Our business, Hunter Global Travel is a family owned and Operated. Karen, Mark & Julia van Huisstede are passionate about people, service, & of course travel! 

We are part of a franchise group, partnering with other like-minded, progressive travel agents within our own local area and around the country who are young at heart, locally owned and operated travel businesses, who together form Australia’s newest and most exciting retail travel network!

Established in 2006, italktravel & cruise Maitland have been a proud member of the local community through not only our      role as experts in travel, but our continuous support of many local clubs, groups and businesses in the area. We are long-time supporters of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, and have collaboratively raised more than $300,000 towards their cause and will continue to proudly support this great organisation.

Having experienced strong product growth recently in types of travel including ocean and river cruising and luxury travel, italktravel & cruise is also the only retail travel agency group to offer you ‘Luxury Escapes’ packages in addition to partnering with preferred suppliers who are established, offer reputable products and can ensure that you are booking with confidence all the time.

Jointly owned by Karen, Julia and Mark van Huisstede The Hunter Valley italktravel & cruise cluster (italktravel & cruise Maitland and The Junction) are proud to have combined more than 200 years of travel industry experience across the business. Our team of consultants have traveled far and wide across a range of travel styles to bring you the very best first-hand knowledge and expertise.


Meet the Team


Karen, Julia & Mark van Huisstede – Business Owners

We are a family business, and have been operating Hunter Travel Global Services PTY LTD (Trading as italtkravel) for over 15 years now. Karen has been in the travel industry for 28 years and Julia has been in the travel industry for 22 years. Our combined industry experience along with Marks business acumen separates us from many other retail travel business's.

Karen and Julia are not only operating the business from a management level but we are and always have, worked on the front line selling retail travel and dealing with our clients first hand. We love retail sales, we love curating the perfect holiday for our loyal client base and this allows Mark to do what he does best which is to ensure the business is stable, seeking marketing opportunities, supporting the local community and contracting the best rates and deals for our clients.

"italktravel & cruise consultants are proud to be able to use their expertise to bring you a more personalised travel buying experience." 

Our Team

We have an exceptionally experienced team, and pride ourselves on this as a business. We are not only known for our customer service but our honestly in business, transparency and commitment to our clients. 

Our mobile agent team consists of Ashley Burgess, Bethany Gibson and Hayley Lyson. All work under our license  but manage their own small business from their homes and have done for years now. These 3 girls are highly efficient, have a repeat and referral following like never seen before and can source the best deals on the market for you!

Alongside them is our retail team who have transitioned to be working remotely but have been with us in the retail capacity for many years.

Our senior consultants bring a wealth of knowledge and an ability to ensure that you always have the perfect holiday planned. These girls are dedicated, their customer service levels exceed expectations and their loyal client base reflect this. There is nothing they cant source for you and if you trust them you will have the experience of a lifetime be it a small weekend getaway or a larger holiday further a field. 

"italktravel & cruise consultants are proud to be able to use their expertise to bring you a more personalised travel buying experience.