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Hilla Irani
Groups & Operations Manager

Born in Bombay, India, I immigrated to Australia with my family in 1979 and since then Sydney has been home! After studies and a long stint in hospitality, having worked at The Regent Hotel (now The Four Seasons) I made the move over to tourism.  Inbound has more or less been my life since then, with a few breaks out of the industry to recharge (ran my own café, and worked in the family business). Having worked for a few ITOs and having handled FITs, Groups and Incentives I can safely say I have a solid understanding and tons of experience in this industry and a definite passion for it!

I have been with Southern World Australia since 2011 starting as a Groups Consultant.  In 2015, I commenced my position as Groups and Operations Manager. It has been all systems go ever since – exciting, challenging and never a dull moment!

Australia is an incredible country – so much diversity – from the ocean to the rivers and lakes, the islands, rainforests and the red centre, to the wild frontier of the Kimberley – it’s a holiday destination where you can experience it all – a one stop shop! I have been very lucky to experience many aspects of it over the years and my highlights would be, snorkelling with the Manta Rays in Western Australia and swimming with the Seals in South Australia. The most memorable, staying at Arkaba Station and Southern Ocean Lodge – simply unforgettable!

In my spare time I like to read, travel, shop, listen to music and hang out with my family – whether it be dining out and experiencing the fabulous restaurants in Sydney, relaxing at picnics or enjoying many of the festivals, events, markets etc this city has to offer.