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ABOUT US

MEET THE STAFF

We are known and respected in the Canadian market for our specialist knowledge on Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands as destinations; we rely on this as our point of difference and never undervalue this key ingredient in our success. Staff have regular opportunities to visit, explore, and experience destinations from coast to coast, and pass their experiences onto our customers so they can ensure they make the most of your holidays. We are pleased to present the Anderson Vacations Team:

EXECUTIVE TEAM
SALES AND MARKETING TEAM
MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS
OPERATIONS STAFF
TOUR DIRECTORS & DRIVER GUIDES

Jai Mukerji

Vice President

jmukerji@andersonvacations.ca

403-245-6200

Jai Mukerji is the Vice President of Anderson Vacations and leads the executive and management teams to set corporate directions, formulate strategies and implement programs to ensure that Anderson Vacations remains a leader in delivering innovative travel products. Jai graduated with an MBA in marketing and finance and has 28 years of experience in the travel industry. From escorting tour groups to remote corners of the world, as the Operations Manager of a large Canadian outbound travel company, as General Manager of a fast growing inbound travel company and of a premium cruise retail company, Jai has wide experience in the industry. With a keen interest in using digital marketing techniques to reach cutting edge travel products to potential travellers, Jai has spent time working with specialists in developing online marketing strategies for travel companies. A backpacker at heart, Jai has travelled from the Antarctica to the Amazon, from Warsaw to Whitehorse and through dozens of countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America to help research and put together some of the best tours that are currently available.

Why are you in the Travel business?
I am a travel addict. I am convinced that seeing peoples, cultures and places across continents gives you an appreciation of how different civilizations evolved, gives you sense of your place in the world and makes you a global citizen with an open and inquisitive mind. As a Tour Leader, taking travellers to the lesser known parts of the world and seeing first hand how I could help change someone's understanding of our complex world, gave me a buzz that stays a lifetime.

What are your Favorite destinations that we offer?
We are very fortunate at Anderson Vacations in that we have niche destinations by specializing in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. All of these destinations are on the top of most clients travel lists, as they each individually offer something very unique and exciting.

I have not come across a destination that I did not like. Personally, I prefer to travel and explore places that are 'off the beaten track' and to try make those destinations accessible to more travellers. I find the diversity of Canadian landscapes breathtaking. From the pocket desert of Osoyoos in BC to the gigantic glacial snowfields of the Alberta Rockies, it is often a matter of only a few hours drive.

Tell us about a unique travel experience you have had?
In more than 30 years of travelling and with over 25 years in the travel business, there have been too many travel highlights to count. Certainly amongst the most memorable have been hiking on the Antarctic ice cap, being stranded in a remote desert oasis in the Sahara, walking with a flashlight along an Amazon jungle trail in the dark and seeing the Northern Lights dance across the skies in the Yukon.

Outside of Anderson Vacations, what do you like to do?
I love photography, particularly travel photography. Apart from travel brochures, I have been lucky to have my photography published in magazines, calendars and well known websites. I love the outdoors and take time during weekends to hike, snowshoe or bike.

Darcie Guarderas

Director of Business Development

dguarderas@andersonvacations.ca

204-510-1566

Darcie Guarderas, Director of Business Development for Anderson Vacations has been in the tourism industry for over 30 years. From a front line travel agent to her current role, she has an undeniable passion for all things travel. From Tuktoyaktak to Kangaroo Island, there is are few places Darcie has not been and she looks forward to continuing her explorations of Anderson Vacations destinations. Her true passion is sharing her knowledge from these travels with our travel agent partners, and supporting them any way she can.

Why are you in the travel business?
To me, travel is the most exciting thing this planet offers. I love to explore new smells, tastes and experiences and then share my knowledge with others. I can talk travel for hours, and the more I learn, the happier I am.

What are your favourite destinations that we offer?
This is a tough question as I have never met a destination I didn\'t love! I think the Cook Islands will always top my list. The laid back lifestyle, the pristine beaches and the friendly locals make it the perfect getaway. I also love Tofino, British Columbia, one of our most beautiful Canadian destinations. Set on an incredible beach, it\'s a sleepy little town with amazing artisans, great seafood and nature at its best.

Tell us about a unique travel experience you have had?
One of the most incredible travel experiences I have had is swimming with the giant clams in Aitutaki. I had no idea just how large a giant clam might be. I can remember hearing my heart pound underwater with excitement. I love to be surprised and this was certainly a surprise for me!

Outside of Anderson Vacations, what do you like to do?
I guess I would say I am a social butterfly. The best part of my day is meeting someone new and learning about them. I love to laugh and make other people laugh. I believe in living life generously and always giving back, especially when it is unexpected.

CLASSIC TOURS

The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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TOURS OF DISTINCTION

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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CUSTOM TRIPS

These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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