BARRY Mayo last month announced his retirement, drawing the curtain on over six decades of stellar travel industry leadership. His diverse career saw him work with six different airlines, before becoming MD of Insight International Vacations in 1993 and then CEO of Harvey World Travel from 1997 to 2005.
In 2007 he was appointed Chair of House of Travel Australia, overseeing the acquisition and growth of TravelManagers, Hoot Holidays and World Travel Professionals/Orbit World Travel, while on an industry level he’s served as Chair of CT Partners and in other key roles including Chairman of IATA’s Australian Travel Agency Program. Mayo had initially intended to retire after his 75th birthday in late 2019, but deferred his departure due to the pandemic.
In a blast from the past he’s pictured at the opening of Tourism Australia’s UK offices on 24 January 2005 with HWT UK MD John Donnelly – alongside then Australian Minister for Tourism Fran Bailey and none other than former PM Scott Morrison, who at the time was head of Tourism Australia.