About Us

Needlework Tours Pty Ltd (ACN 137 275 202) is an independently owned Company run by Tour Manager Maureen Laughlin and her husband Simon. Needlework Tours is a specialist tour company that has for a number of years conducted Needlework and Stately Homes Tours throughout the UK and France. These small group specialist tours combine the visiting and staying in beautiful stately homes, history, fine dining and gardens with needlework classes from Royal School of Needlework trained tutors.

More recently the company has utilized its experience in needlework tours to expand into needlework cruising. The inaugural Needlework Cruise set sail in February 2013 to the South Pacific with nearly 200 guests including 12 of Australia’s most renowned needlework tutors and some 160 enthusiastic stitchers. Since then we have been cruising twice a year to destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Fiji and New Caledonia. Our cruises for 2017 include a total of 40 creative tutors teaching 120 different projects.

The tour and cruise hosts at Needlework Tours are Maureen and Simon Laughlin and their team. Maureen has over 32 years’ experience in the travel industry, including escorting many private tours around the world. Maureen's second love after her family is her avid interest in needlework and craft and she wants nothing more than to have the walls at home bowing with the weight of her completed projects. Simon’s experience has been at a senior corporate level in management, project management and the information technology sector.

Needlework Tours Pty Ltd operates under Latinaus PTY LTD trading as Holiday World Travel & Cruise.

  • AFTA: 00242
  • ABN: 17614107827
  • ACN: 614107827
  • ATAS accredited

Holiday World Travel & Cruise handles the booking and payment of international travel and accommodation arrangements and Needlework Tours Pty Ltd plans and leads the respective tours and cruises. As well as being extensively world travelled, Maureen and Simon’s main desire is to surpass customer expectations and ensure each of our guests enjoy their Needlework Tour & Cruise experience immensely.

Holiday World Travel was founded in 1984 and is one of Brighton's pre-eminent travel agencies. Holiday World Travel & Cruise is a fully licensed member of AFTA/ATAS. Holiday World Travel & Cruise is a specialist in providing the holiday and business traveller with comprehensive and quality service. Holiday World Travel and cruise’s sales consultants have a minimum of 15 years’ experience and have travelled extensively.

There is no need to research flights, holidays or waste hours trawling through the Internet - just contact Holiday World Travel & Cruise and their friendly staff will do the rest.


Holiday World Travel is located at 340 Bay Street Brighton, Victoria AUSTRALIA 3186

Telephone +61 3 9596 6555
Facsimile +61 3 9596 1764


Needlework Tours Pty Ltd - PO Box 2272, North Brighton Victoria AUSTRALIA 3186

Tel: 1300 385 080 / Outside Australia +61 3 9021 8192
Email: enquiries@needleworktours.com.au