Between the Platinum Event Solutions team we have over 350 years of travel and event experience and have travelled to over 45 countries. However, the world is always changing so we ensure all our team are constantly broadening their product knowledge and are on the look-out for interesting destinations and venues.
Michelle Sargent - General Manager
Michelle heads up Platinum Event Solutions team and brings a wealth of experience in the Industry.
With over 20 years of group conference and incentive event experience Michelle has excelled in senior roles for leading Australian hotels, theme parks and conference venues. Michelle has established an extensive network of industry contacts and her passion for events and emphasis on building strong and respectful relationships between staff, clients, and suppliers, should assure our continued success and growth.
Rachel has over 19 years experience in the Travel and Hotel industry. Having worked in various cities around Australia in a number of key hotel positions, has given Rachel the know-how in negotiating the best possible rates with hotels and conference suppliers.
Rachel’s attention to detail and “can do attitude” is a major factor in the success and the ongoing growth of the company.
With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Greg McCarthy is responsible for the overall direction of the company. Starting with a marketing cadetship and an eight years run with Qantas, Greg launched the first privately owned business Travel Company in Brisbane which he managed for the next ten years.
In 2000 Greg’s business was acquired by Business Travel International (BTI) known now as the global travel company HRG Australia. He went on to spend five years working as an Executive Director prior to moving back to NSW.
Through Greg’s extensive experience in airline negotiation, the company offers a strong platform for client savings across our network of offices around Australia.
Talynn Markarian - Senior Event and Conference Manager
Talynn has a wealth of travel experience especially with groups and incentives and has travelled the world many times over. Talynn started in the travel industry in 1999 with Kintetsu Travel and many years with Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
With over 20 years in the travel industry, Louise is Platinum's group and incentive travel specialist. Louise has travelled to many destinations over the years with Europe, South East Asia and the USA being particular favourites. Louise began her career in travel with ATS Pacific inbound then moved to Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Louise brings with her a wealth of destinational knowledge and travel industry expertise to our company.
Sofie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Event Management and has over 10 years’ experience in the events industry.
She began her career in the Hospitality industry before moving to a Sydney based event company managing a range of events from small outdoor functions to large scale sports fundraising events and music festivals.
Since 2012, Sofie has found her passion in managing both large domestic and international conferences in the South Pacific, Asia, America and Europe. Sofie’s in depth knowledge of the events industry, her keen eye and attention to the smallest detail ensures every client is provided with VIP service and event solutions which are expertly tailored to their own unique needs.
Due to popular demand we have been asked to load up some images of past conferences and events held in Australia and Worldwide. Looking back, its been fun, but you are only as good as your last event! We constantly aim to improve. Find out more
If you have ever wondered where you can find the land of frankincense and myrrh, Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor, we would like to introduce you to Oman. Experience a slice of authentic Arabia where the traditions of old can still be found but with all the comforts of modern luxury.
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Perched dramatically on a clifftop, overlooking the rugged Southern Ocean coastline lies Southern Ocean Lodge. This is Australia’s first true luxury lodge and offers a unique and exclusive Kangaroo Island small group experience. Find out more
From our own recent exploration of Beijing we witnessed a city that has been transformed into a fascinating mix of ancient Chinese tradition blended with the ultimate in contemporary architecture and big city ideals. In a nutshell Beijing, right now, is the best place to see the old and the new China right alongside each other.
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In 1997 a picturesque and remote corner of the Yunnan province was named as the ‘official’ Shangri-la. The term Shangri-la refers to the mythical hideaway of great beauty and peacefulness described by James Hilton in his acclaimed 1933 novel ‘Lost Horizon’. Many say it was this very region that was his inspiration.. Find out more
That’s right folks, both spellings are in fact correct, ’Iguazu’ being the Spanish and ‘Iguassu’ being the Portugese spelling. This of course is due to the famous Iguazu Falls being located on the borders of three South American countries – Spanish speaking Argentina and Paraguay and Portugese speaking Brazil. Find out more
My goodness, is that a polar bear knocking on your lodge window? You bet it is - that photo above is the real deal, no photo-shopping here! Churchill Wild has to be one of UGT’s most exciting discoveries and we think this truly unique experience may be up there with such occasions as getting married and the birth of your children.
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A journey to the beautiful Argentine Patagonia is a must-see and the perfect extension to your Buenos Aires conference or incentive experience. Most famous for it’s magnificent glacier Perito Moreno in the Los Glaciares National Park and Lago Argentino, both of which can be accessed from the gateway town of El Calafate.
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The Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa has been designed just for families. Perfectly positioned on a beautiful beachfront cove on the island of Oahu, the Aulani offers a unique Hawaiian group travel experience with a touch of Disney magic! Find out more
For fans of Alexander McCall Smith novels, you’ll know what we’re talking about (don't worry, this experience is not just for ladies)! Discover charming Botswana, the beautiful Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Find out more
The city of Cusco is an intriguing mix of Spanish colonialism and Incan ingenuity, nestled neatly in the Andes Mountains at 3200m. Cusco was known by the ancient Incas as the ‘Centre of the Universe’ and it’s not hard to see why… Find out more