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About Us

Why would you want Travel Impresarios to plan your trip of a lifetime?

 

Experience

We know our stuff. We’ve spent more than fifteen years in the luxury travel business concentrating on unique, authentic experiences. If we haven’t already been there and done that, we know someone who has.

Connections

You can’t buy connections. (Don’t worry, you can borrow ours). We work with countless friends, colleagues, and contacts around the world who share our vision in how travel should be experienced.

Creativity

We look at travel differently—as something you do, not something you see. We don’t follow others; we look for our own unique approach. Yes, we know it’s more work that way, but it’s always worth it.

Access

Our many years of experience exploring the world and our industry affiliations often allow us to access additional value that our travellers could not on their own.

 
 

 
 

Our People

 
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Chris Tabbitt
Founder

After a warm-up in equities trading, a foray into international sports coverage and a year in Provence working at a Relais & Chateaux property, Chris joined Butterfield & Robinson, the world's premier active travel company. During his 10 years as a senior executive at B&R, Chris learned from the best in the industry and quickly became an impassioned advocate for the rights of the traveller: to be inspired, to be challenged, and to be well looked after every day, all day.

Having travelled to more than 40 countries over the last 20 years, Chris’s preference is to be in Toronto with his wife and two children.

 
 
 
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Jackie Poppe

A biologist by training, Jackie loves the intricate details.  She's tinkered for an adventure tour operator, a boutique airline and several educational travel companies before coming to Travel Impresarios as the resident fine-tuner.  On the side, she's just completed a Masters of Gastronomic Tourism from Le Cordon Bleu Australia.

While they live in Toronto, Jackie & her husband spend as much time as they can travelling (and eating) together.

 
 
 
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Sanja kunic

Sanja came to Canada from her native Croatia as a student, and decided to make it her basecamp world-wide adventuring to 60+ countries. In 25 years she's guided tours along the Dalmatian Coast as well as in Africa, managed expedition operations for Butterfield & Robinson and dabbled in every facet of travel from soup to nuts--that is, design to sales. Sanja has ardent affection for South America and Africa, and constructs deep-dive experiences on these continents with the type of enthusiasm rivalled only by her love for discovering new uncharted territory. Next on her hit list: crossing Mar de Hoces, cultural exploration with the Chachapoya, and traversing Irian Jaya.

As a weekend gig, Sanja is a gastronome and recipe tester who's always chasing a good berbere-packed doro wat, a hot magwinya, the steamiest bánh giò or humita, and some juicy yassa. When she finds them, she'll give you a treasure map on how to find them.

 
 
 
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Alan Sovran

After spending the early part of his career working in radio and then environmental management, Alan finally landed where he belongs, in the travel industry, in 2017. Guiding cycling trips for Backroads, he worked from coast-to-coast in Canada, as well as in France, Germany and the Czech Republic. He spends his days at Travel Impresarios planning golf trips, and has particular expertise in Western, Central & Eastern Europe and Asia. 

If you’re looking for him in his home city of Toronto, we’d recommend starting your search at a concert venue, along the city’s bike lanes, or at an outdoor hockey rink. 

 
 
 
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Amy mcintyre

With an education in art history, and a serious love of cooking, wine, travel, and design, Amy is a bit of a modern day Renaissance woman. Travel has been a major part of her life ever since she spent a year in Belgium as an exchange student when she was 16 years old. Since then, she’s travelled extensively for work and pleasure, and alongside her husband on his many worldwide projects. Amy loves sharing her travel knowledge and enthusiasm at Travel Impresarios by crafting trips to France and Western Europe (and, she hopes, Mexico City in the near future!) 

When not globetrotting, Amy can be found with a wine glass in hand surrounded by her trio of Weimaraner dogs.