Chocoholics Dream & Ballooning Adventure

The Global Ballooning Australia (GB) team together with Chocoholic Tours have introduced a new package: Melbourne Flight & Chocolate Tour. After meeting Jessica Gilchrist from Chocoholic Tours, we received a surprise dreamy chocolate pack by post. Following this pack, Destination Melbourne arranged an industry tour so the GB Team set out as ‘chocoholics’ on Tuesday 17th June 2014. Chocoholic Tours has been operating for over 20 years in Melbourne and continue to run the best chocolate tours in the CBD and now we know why! Jessica gave us a delightful two hour introduction into Melbourne’s chocolate culture reaping insight...

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by Kate Esposto | Jun 17, 2014

Victorian Disability Sector Awards

The Victorian Disability Sector Awards were held yesterday recognising the achievements and contributions made by individuals, businesses and organisations to the lives of people with disability. We were thrilled to be nominated by our friends at Scope a few months back for an award in the business category and equally delighted to hear news that we were finalists. Attending the ceremony today Kiff and our easy access basket partners Burt & Davies were humbled and inspired to be announced as winners of the ‘Business and Community Supporting Disability’ category. In the presence of unsung, selfless heroes the message...

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by Despina Karatzias | Jun 5, 2014

LOVE in the AIR for our balloon girl Erin

On Sunday 16th March our Sales & Marketing champion Erin O'Brien became Erin Tucci as she said I DO to the love of her life Anthony. It was a beautiful ceremony full of love and laughter followed by a glorious reception full of more love and lots of dancing with family and friends. We all wish Erin and Anthony a lifetime of abundant love, good health and happiness.

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by Erin Tucci | Mar 22, 2014

Victorian Government Super Trade Mission to India

Last week I visited India with a team of 22 Victorian tourism businesses as part of the Victorian Government Super Trade Mission to representing Global Ballooning Australia. Over the years I have participated in many international trade shows and since starting a family shared these opportunities abroad with my colleagues so that they too can gain a deeper understanding of our international markets and gain experience in business to business commercial agreements and relationship building. This trip to India was my first international assignment in over five years and I was quickly reminded in the first minute of...

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by Despina Karatzias | Mar 20, 2014

Adventures of a Balloon Girl - Book Launch

To celebrate my 10 year milestone managing what I consider "the best ballooning operation in the world" I wrote a book recently to share the journey and the learnings with other small tourism business owners and professionals.  I saw the opportunity of writing a book as a way to give back to a business and an industry I love and has been so good to me over the last decade. Adventures of a Balloon Girl is a book written to share and celebrate the fundamental lessons learnt managing a successful Victorian hot air balloon tourism business. Like ballooning, the...

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by Despina Karatzias | Mar 19, 2014

Movember 2013

This November Global Ballooning Australia helped launch the Movember 2013 by flying the new Movember balloon over Melbourne. It has been great to see the some of the Global Ballooning Australia boys join this worthy cause raising awareness and funds towards men's health. Check out some of our MoBro selfies and if you wish to make your own donation please go to the Global Ballooning Australia Team page -

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by Despina Karatzias | Nov 26, 2013

Adventure to South East Asia with the Victorian Government

In June 2013 my Business Manager kindly invited me to join the Victorian Government's Super Trade Mission to South East Asia on behalf of and to represent Global Ballooning Australia. Having been working for this incredible company for a short seven months, I was honoured to have been asked to attend the mission. As a business to be considered for this exhilirating opportunity, we applied for a place on this week-long venture though Tourism Victoria and were lucky enough to be accepted alongside 28 other tourism organisations - the Premier of Victoria, Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP led the...

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by Kate Esposto | Nov 6, 2013

Commitment to excellence through kindness - 2013 Tourism & Events Conference

Kiff Saunders and I attended the Tourism and Events Conference ( held at the MCG in Melbourne last week. It was a great event bringing together key players in the Tourism and Events industry from around the country. What we love most about attending conferences of this nature is surrounding ourselves with like-minded people, exchanging ideas, sharing information and taking away key distinctions that we can transfer to our business. I even worked up the courage to speak something I may never have considered without the encouragement from my colleagues and peers. Continuously committing to excellence by showing...

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by Despina Karatzias | Aug 1, 2013

The Skywhale - one of our most exciting projects yet!

The Global Team have been involved in some very cool projects in the past and this one is no exception. Our tender to fly the 'Skywhale' created by world renowned sculptor and visual artist, Patricia Piccinini, who grew up in Canberra, was approved twelve months ago and it was a big secret to keep. Ms Piccinini was commissioned to design an artwork that will be delivered as a hot air balloon for Centenary of Canberra which will be launched today at the Australian National Gallery at 8.30am. In the last 24 hours there has been some debate to the relevance and cost associated with...

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by Despina Karatzias | May 11, 2013

From Turkey to Tuscany - Lynette Bergin Fellowship

Upon boarding my Istanbul bound flight in Melbourne the realisation of just how big and audacious my global quest for excellence was. I was embarking on a journey of professional development and personal growth and I was nervous regarding being able to deliver on my promise.  Words cannot do justice to the immense gratitude that continues to flow through me in being awarded the 2011 Lynette Bergin Fellowship. It is a joy to work in such a wonderful an industry and with Global Ballooning Australia who have supported my growth and empower their people to flourish. My research...

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by Despina Karatzias | Dec 15, 2012