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Overall the night was fantastic! Everyone had an enjoyable night. I really don’t know what to do for next year’s event as we have set a high standard now. Big thanks to all the staff at Link Tours who made our function a night to remember.
- Marie

We were absolutely delighted with the experience, Steve was the consummate professional and enjoyable company. I have no hesitation in promoting your organisation and we all look forward to doing it again in the future.
- Robert, SprintQuip

We had an absolute ball! Your staff’s level of service was outstanding, and there humour and smiles were a delight. You have a great team. The train ride was definitely an experience and lived up to our expectations.
- Amanda, Commonwealth Bank

We had a fantastic trip with Garth, our guests were rapt. The lunch at Salix was a highlight, just delicious! Paul was an excellent host and we would recommend it to anyone. It was such a luxury to be picked up and delivered to our door!
- Cathy, Comcraft Constructions

Apologies for the delay in at least offering you a semi-formal 'thank-you' for the tremendous tour that 17 of us were privileged to experience. It has been voted the 'best ever' and that is due almost entirely to your planning and personal effort to make certain that we had a true Victoria wine experience. Friday night was great at Birichino and was a fitting end to a fabulous week.. Our Great Ocean Road trip was icing on the cake.. had a couple of days in Warrnanbool and swung up thru the Grampians to Ballarat - enroute did Bests - GM Jonathon took us on a personal tour of the cellara etc, also brief stop at Seppelts. I'll ensure a formal thank-you comes to you from the Franklin Wine & Food Society.
- Tony

Thanks again for the winery tour this Saturday. We've really enjoyed it and you were really professional and relax. I'll definitely recommend you to anyone who want to go for private wine tasting. What do you think girls? Wish you the best in future.
- Aude

Greetings from Kansas! I just wanted to thank you for making my last day in Melbourne a great one. The trip to the Yarra Valley was wonderful and certainly redeemed my impression of the wine country. I appreciate all you did for us. I made it home with two bottles from Yering Station and the brandy from Kellybrook and left the other 4 for Doug and his buddy to bring home on Friday. I had no problems getting them through in customs and hand carried the wine glass in my carry-on bag and didn't break it either so all is good. Next time you come to the states to go wine tasting don't forget about Cakebread - oh and you would love Silver Oak as well. Thanks again! We will certainly spread the word.
- Anita White

Just a short note to thank you for organising a wonderful tour for the girls and myself. We all agreed it could not have been any better and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.It was such good value and we look forward to the next tour with you which will possibly be the Grampians next year so look out for correspondence sometime in December. Once again, thank you on behalf of Heather, Marie, Gaye and Rhonda and of course myself.
- Wendy

I was going to find the time to get back to you to let you know that the feedback I received on the night and today in the office was that it was one of the best Christmas parties they had been toover the last few years. We all had a blast. Thank you so much.
- Fran, Samsonite Australia

We got some really good feedback from our group - Nice and relaxed atmosphere, food was great, good setup, fun night were the comments that were passed on to me. Thanks to Link Tours for making our end of year Xmas Party an enjoyable one.
- Trevor Wallace, Tanker Division Keon Park

Great night! Everyone had a really fun night and commented on how good the food was at the hotel. The train was on time and the staff were fantastic, so thank you very much from all the team at CBA Mill Park.
- Karen, Commonwealth Bank

The old rattler was fantastic. Everyone is still talking about it, it was a raving success. The staff on the train from our waiter Bobby Jack to the men who ensured wheelchair access was there when we needed and the staff at the Hotel were all great. We have no complaints, I’ve already started telling friends to look into it for their 2010 Christmas Party. In a nutshell, the night more than met our expectations.
- Rachael, Asplundh Tree Expert

The night was great, thank you very much. The staff you had working on the night were fantastic and probably my only concern was they looked after me too well and let’s just say I had “train legs” once I got off the train!! Everyone was most impressed with the evening and I have only received great comments from staff and even their partners on the night.
- Vicky, Locker Group

I just want to say Thanks for a fabulous evening. It was a perfect 60th and I had a ball.I have had many emails from my guests saying it was one of the best and most entertaining parties they have been to. You certainly exceeded expectations and the whole evening flowed smoothly. Your staff are wonderful - very attentive to individuals. A lot of us did not want the evening to end - that's a sign of a great success. I loved the function room at the Victoria Hotel - please pass on my thanks to their staff. I personally thanked the singer - he was great.I also want to thank you personally for being there to oversee and make sure that everything went well. The food and wine was most enjoyable. You run a very good business with great customer service.
- Jenny Leaper

Just wanted to thank you for a great night out last Friday night. All our staff enjoyed themselves - it was a night to remember!
- Lorna Bliem, R Bliem & Associates

Thanks very much for the feedback and the pictures! We all had a such wonderful day thanks to your great planning and Barry's driving. Barry was absolutely fantastic. He was so lovely and interested in helping us all have a great day. He went out of his way to make it a lot of fun, so please pass on our thanks to him. Thanks again and we will certainly be interested in doing business with you in the future.
- Janine

We had a fantastic day, it all worked out perfectly. The tour was so organised which made my job easy. Barry was a fantastic tour guide and everyone was saying how organised the tour was. Thanks so much for organising a perfect day for all of us!
- Sarah

Friday was fantastic, it was everything that we were hoping it would be. Both venues were fantastic, Barry was FANTASTIC and the meeting room was great too. I really appreciate the way you were able to tailor the tour to our needs and particularly at such short notice. So thanks to both yourself and to Barry, and if you ever want a testimonial or anything like that don't hesitate to ask. I'll be recommending you too!
- Adele Denison, City of Port Phillip

Just  a note to say thankyou to you and your staff, we all had a wonderful night.  I think the dance carriage was the biggest hit for us -   just a terrific night all round and a special thanks to you staff who were so friendly, happy and such a delight! Also we are looking for ideas for next year. Will have to be good to beat this one!
- Kerrie Coyne

The whole night was great, from the minute you got onto the train to the minute you got off. All the staff were very attentive the whole time to everyone's needs. The food was fantastic, we all have been to many social gathering and believe this was one of the best meals we have had. Music on the train and at the pub met everyone's taste in music, I think I saw everyone get up and dance at one stage. I haven't heard one bad feedback except for the bad weather which is out of your hands. And yes the social club committee and I believe that it was value for money. It was enjoyed by all, and we thank the crew for a wonderful night.
- Suzanne Golding, ERG Transit Systems

Just a quick note to say we all had a fantastic day on our winery tour on Sunday. Barry was great and went to a lot of trouble to look after us all on the day. I will highly recommend Link Tours.
- Catherine Fairlie

Just a quick note to say thank you for such a great day out in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Mum and I really enjoyed ourselves, not only because of your lovely company, the sensational wines we tried and bought, the yummy jams and preserves and of course the cheeses. We learnt lots about the wines from this region thanks to your in depth knowledge and from your contacts at the wineries notably Phil at Kellybrook. We will talk about you positively in memory of our mother/daughter weekend escape, and tell all our friends and acquaintances about your wonderful tour, and hope to visit the Mornington Peninsula with yourself when next we visit Melbourne. Thanks again and kind regards.
- Diane & Kim, Indigo Events

We had an amazing day on Link Tours' wine tour of the Yarra Valley with Paul Robinson. Paul's passion for wine is clearly evident from the tour. His general wine knowledge is eclipsed only by his understanding of local Yarra Valley wines. Paul gives you access to the wine makers themselves and a behind the scenes look at the wine making process that you cannot get on your own. We'd recommend Link Tours to anyone who enjoys wine, from the casual drinker to the wine professional."
- Lindsay Lovier and Matthew Katz, New York

On behalf of everyone at Market Line, I would like to thank Link Tours for a fantastic night. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and especially loved the dance carriage on the return trip home. The service was great and everything went off without a hitch from our perspective. Oh, and a few of the girls asked to pass on that they thought our waiter Charlie was a big hit with them!
- Natalie, Market Line Property Valuations

I have received nothing but positive feedback in relation to the evening. Everyone was extremely pleased and had a brilliant time. Many thanks for your exceptional service over the course of the evening and I hope we can return again in the future. Once again, thank you.
- Stacey, Select Harvests Limited

Everyone in our group had a great time - the food and service was good but the train ride was the bought back fond memories for the older ones, and was a novelty for the younger ones. I will definately be recommending it to other people/companies for their functions. All your staff were fantastic and seemed to enjoy what they were doing.
- Bronwyn

Thank you, yes everything went fantastic (apart from the bus going the wrong way which isn't such a big deal), a great night was had by all. Thank you, you did a great job once again! The venue is just so pretty the food was great and the band were outstanding we didn't want the night to end! Thank you Paul.
- Amanda Goodrick, Southern States Thermo King

This a very delayed thank you for the city tours and the post-convention experiences' so very well arranged by you and your staff. Coordinating it with clubs along the way was just top notch and carried out so well by our driver Brian. My fourth trip to Australia was extra special thanks to Link Tours.
- Mary Hesser

We would just like to thank you for your fantastic wine tour. We had a great day and really appreciated it thanks to you. The wine cheese and chocolate have all arrived safely in Brisbane!
- Sheila and Mick Connolly.

Just a note to let you know that everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves (as you said they would). They have not stopped talking about it, and we would certainly recommend you to people. Your staff were a pleasure. Thanks once again Paul and good luck for the future.
- Carol Mitchell, New Oak Ford.

Would like to tell you how much Ron and I appreciated the results of your organizing and personal touch. The tours were a delight. We are usually independent travelers and were a little apprehensive but were glad for the organizing that made getting around so easy. And, your staff lived to a very high standard of professionalisim with a personal touch. Nicely executed!
- Julia Breidenstein, Zonta International

Now that we are home and "unburied", just a note to tell you how much Dave and I enjoyed the Zonta Pre-Convention tour in Australia. You exceeded our expectations and we were quite pleased. Jan is certainly a special asset for your team. Please let her know that we will always remember this trip fondly.
- Glenne Harding, Zonta International

On behalf of Hunter Leisure we would like to say a very big THANK YOU for providing the best xmas party we have had ! Congratulations to you and all your team for a great night.
- Di Currey, Hunter Leisure

Thank you so much for your help and kindness to make this tour so fabulous as it was. Here we are standing in "the valley of the wind" in the Olgas. We had a wonderful Outback tour and had no need for tent. We slept under open heaven looking at all the beautiful stars, waking up to the sound of dingos. (fortunately we didn't see any). Ayers Rock was an indescribable experience. Now we are back in work with lots of good memories from the friendly people in Australia . Thank you once again
- Greetings Aase-Brith, Kari og Ann-Helen

It's amazing how quickly one gets caught up in the old treadmill - but that doesn't stop me thinking about Australia - only delays my writing. I've been rather busy since I came back, which is okay - after all I did not set foot in my office for six weeks. Today seven weeks ago we returned from the most fantastic trip - amongst other things thanks to you and the terrific planning - and carrying out - of our Post Congress Tour.
You certainly picked the most extraordinary experiences to delight us with, and the persons involved in supplying services to us were all so pleasant, full of fun and knowledge and so devoted to their tasks (just like yourself, not to forget - I/we did look so much forward to seeing you in Brisbane, and even more it was such a pleasure to meet up with you in Sydney!)
So this immense kindness is either a national sign - or we were just so lucky to meet all the best Australians (though a few weren't natural born - the bit of accent just added to the good feeling).
I met with Dorte and Vally two weeks ago - to drink Australian wine and exchange photos - we've all taken a million shots of koalas. And they asked me to send their best regards.
Should I ever win the Lotto or something similar (no wealthy relatives to inherit from, unfortunately) I'm sure to show up in Australia again - and then maybe visit Melbourne, too. Anyway - I hope that you are well - and probably busy planning new stunning experiences for visitors of your grand country.
- Connie Hermansen

Paul, Barry & Maree - A big thank you to you all for the most wonderful weekend Leo & myself had at Rutherglen. This is the first time we have been on this trip with our friends Bev & Geoff and we had a ball, everything ran very smoothly and we met some really interesting people. Congratulations to you all.
- Pam & Leo

Hey Paul, Barry and Maree -Thanks for a great tour... lot's of fun.
- Terry Fraser

Hi Paul - Thanks for a GREAT weekend again. I was going to make this my last one but I think I shall return next year. Thank you both for the attention. You both always make the weekend worth it.
- Cyn

The Meeting Planners have used Link Tours for a number of major conferences and have found their operations to be efficient, effective and very 'user friendly'.
- Colleen Wenn, Principal, The Meeting Planners

Hi Paul and Sue - Thank you for organising another great function for Ambit. We all had a terrific time - contractors and clients were very happy too.
- Margaret Rogers, Ambit IT&T Recruitment

I would like to than you again for your involvement in our meeting. All the people I spoke to had high praise for functions you had organised including the pre and post-conference tours and accompanying persons city tour. I look forward to working with you in the future.
- Olaf H Drummer, Chairman, TIAFT 2003 Organising Committee

Thanks to you and Barry for making the Rutherglen Red weekend such a fun and "smooth" experience (you must have had a lot of practice, we know how much work these things can be). I'm sure you will have lots of guests making recommendations to their friends and families now!
- Jackie McCann

We're back in Canada now. Just wanted to let you know how great a time we had down under. We appreciated how well organized the tours were; thanks for looking after us so well. We ate & drank too much and bought too many things for the kids. But it was a fantastic time! Take care.
- Kim & Deb Mysyk

We arrived savely in South Africa after a long flight. Thank you for everything you did to make our Australian experience an unforgetable one ! We really enjoyed every minute of it and were almost sad when we departed. Thank you again for everything - looking forward to see you for a visit in South Africa.
- Anna-Mart Engelbrecht

Just managed to sift through the mass of emails that were clogging my account after 3 weeks in australia. I wanted to thank you for your organisation of the pre-meeting tour - it was a cool way of seeing quite a diverse section of australia. And it has certainly given me good reasons to come back and see a bit more!
- Jon Clarke

Thank you once again for your assistance with our partners tour program for the First World Wound Healing Congress. I was very impressed with your professionalism, courtesy and willingness to assist in every way possible. I look forward to working with you again when we have a conference in Melbourne and will certainly recommend you to my colleagues.
- Jan Shaw (Executive Consultant, Intermedia Convention & Event Management)

I just had to write and thank you for all your wonderful organisational talents that helped make our first ever business conference an overall success. After four months of planning we were very aware of how important the success of this conference was to be, as it would not only set the benchmark for future conferences but would also have an effect on the continued morale of our team. We kept the mode of transport a secret; it wasn't until we actually got to Spencer Street Station that everyone realised the weekend was going to be full of surprises. The train trip was an absolute hoot with food, drink and service ever present. The coach trip home certainly saw a much quieter and weary lot. It has been a wonderful pleasure working with you Paul and I look forward to more adventures with Link Tours, not only for our own staff but for our clients.
- Mandy Boswell (HR & Commercial Manager, Novation Leasing Company)

Many thanks once again for two great evenings. All the guys had a fabulous time and I'm sure the Jacqui E ladies will be talking about the smelly bag lady for some time. Hope you and Barry enjoyed yourselves, everyone was very impressed with the level of service (particularly the Jacqui E girls) !
- Kate Radford (PA to General Manager, Just Jeans Group Limited)

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