The Amaco Story

We are passionate about travel & learning

Amaco Travel was established in 1995 when an opportunity was identified to combine Medical Professional Development Conferences with travel to unique locations, creating money can’t buy experiences.

Our conferences have included site visits to overseas medical facilities, networking sessions with medical professionals overseas, as well as social advancement programs in underprivileged communities.

Since the establishment of Amaco Travel, we have developed and run conferences on all seven continents including Antarctica.

Our customers have enjoyed exotic experiences from the Kimberley in Australia to the Amazon River in South America; from the Silk Road and Yangtze River in China to Zanzibar and the Serengeti in East Africa; from St Petersburg and the Baltic states to Costa Rica and Panama in Central America.

Not content to reuse old itineraries, we continue to explore the planet to identify the most interesting and emerging destinations in which to run conferences.

In 2010, Amaco formed a joint venture with Impact Organisation, a company with a long history of delivering very similar style conferences for the pharmacy profession and other corporate clients. With a very similar background and culture, the two businesses combined resources to provide participants with greater learning opportunities and an ever increasing range of unique travel experiences.

In July 2015, the Amaco business was purchased by Mathew Lazarow who had over 15 years experience running conference and incentive trips around the globe – including the last 5 years organising and managing all the Amaco conferences.

The subsequent inclusion of Pharmacy Small Group Tours to the Amaco stable of overseas tours and events further enhanced Amaco’s reputation amongst healthcare professionals and ensured that as a company they continued to deliver on their promise that it is “not just a conference, it’s an experience”.

Dr Howard McCormick

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We keep coming back because we like well-run medical conferences in exotic destinations. With Amaco you always know the details are well taken care of. 

Dr Elizabeth Magassy

Amaco conferences have always been a pleasure – both for the quality of the medical programme and for the overall travel experience. All details are meticulously handled, and the little added extras make for a memorable as well as problem free trip. 

Dr Steven Lai

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Our first Amaco tour was to St Petersburg and Moscow. It was way beyond our expectations. We have been attending Amaco’s medical conference every year since. Amaco is truly different.

Dr Caron Blumenthal

My trip to the Serengeti with Amaco was a trip of a lifetime. Superbly organised with guides/drivers extremely knowledgeable and the accommodation of a high standard. This is the third tour I have done with Amaco and each seems to be better than the next.

Dr Anna Jeroschenko

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A wonderful, enjoyable & effortless way to enhance my knowledge and learning. Clever timing of conference sessions interspersed with touring activities makes the education sessions less tedious.

Dr Anna Simone

The Conference CPD material was well coordinated, interesting and very relevant to my general practice. The exotic background of new places and new experiences made the educational aspects so much more enjoyable. I loved just turning up at the Airport with my bags knowing Amaco had done all the work.

WITH PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS THE GLOBE

We’re smart enough to know that we don’t know everything and we certainly can’t do everything ourselves. That’s why we have relationships with the leading travel and tour operators and suppliers right around the world – each of them being specialists in their own right.

Unlike other companies who purchase and then rebrand existing tours from a wholesale tour company, we go direct to the destination and work with local operators and suppliers to build itineraries from the ground up.

Each Amaco tour is unique to the destination and takes into account the time of year we travel, the background, interests and travel experience of the people we expect to be participating. Our focus is on providing an immersive travel experience – giving participants the chance to experiene the culture, cuisine, history and people that make each destination come alive.

Through membership of organisation like SITE – the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, we dedicate much of our time to learning from others in the business incentive and meeting industry. We connect with companies right around the world who like ourselves have the ambition to create both memorable and educational events. 

Dr Paul Mercer

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For the first timer, the conference was a well organised, responsive and enjoyable experience. It integrated medical education and a joyful holiday experience. The informal welcoming environment was great for couples and solo attendees.

Dr Elizabeth Wilson

Well organised, great presentations, highly practical!

Dr Andrew MacDonald

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The choice of both destination and speakers as well as overall management was extremely good. The result was an enjoyable and beneficial conference.

Dr John Barlow

Amaco provides fabulous, affordable experiences travelling to various exotic destinations.

Dr Philippa Kennedy

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As I often travel alone I have enjoyed the company of fellow travellers and the organisational skills of Amaco both preparatory and during our experience. This allows me to focus on photography and packing my suitcase. The educational component is interesting, relevant and well organised. Looking forward to future trips!

Dr Terence Ahern

I was very impressed with the assistance in travel, the well organised medical education sessions with great speakers and  the fabulous accommodation with excellent food and drinks. A memorable trip. Love to travel again with Amaco soon.

AND A CODE OF BY WHICH WE OPERATE

Sadly, there are a lot of shonky operators out there today – and prospective clients are correct to be vigilant about where their travel dollars are spent.

Amaco is not only a member of AFTA, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents but we are also ATAS Travel Accredited.

This means we have met strict industry standards and criteria. Only the best industry agents achieve this accreditation meaning that you can make your travel arrangements with us – knowing fulwell that you’re in safe and capable hands.

To this end – we’ve put together a set or principles around which our company runs.

  1. We believe in treating others as we would like to be treated.
  2. We believe in dealing honestly and fairly with our clients, service providers, employees, employers past and present and with the general public.
  3. We recognise the right of those with whom we deal to make a profit.
  4. We believe that business profitability is not only a right, but an obligation in order to preserve the continuity of our business and the quality of our product and service.
  5. We believe that we have the responsibility to constantly strive to improve our product and service to make it the best value possible.
  6. We believe that the best interests of all are served when we pay fair wages and provide steady employment, education, and career opportunities for our employees.
  7. We believe in a policy of proper conduct with courtesy to all individuals with whom we deal, and in prompt and undisputedly excellent service to all our customers and business associates.
  8. We expect all our suppliers and partners to represent their companies, their products and their services honestly and proudly.
  9. We believe that there is an interaction between business policies and social responsibilities, and that all business policies should be aimed at the mutual satisfaction of all business associates.
  10. We believe in the value of networking and encourage our clients and employees to network with others across various industries.