David Reid, Head of Distribution Australia Asia Pacific, TUI Marine (Sunsail, The Moorings & Le Boat)

219062When and why did you join the industry?

In 1987 for the perceived high life, glamour and free travel!

What do you like most about your job?

The joy of chartering luxury sailing yachts & river cruisers in unique and amazing locations around the world, and occasionally getting to experience it myself!

What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career so far?

Confirming Sir David Attenborough and a BBC film crew to stay and film for the series “First Life” at a Lodge in FNQ that I was co-managing. What a great & inspirational man.

What’s the best advice ever given to you and who gave it?

“Expect mistakes, but learn from them”. Graham Phillips. GM of Silk Cut Faraway Holidays

Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel and tourism industry?

Mike Gooley the owner of Trailfinders, Bloomfield Lodge and Hinterland Aviation. I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike in the UK who oozes ideas to invent, inspire and continually develop travel with true passion and customer service

What can people expect from your company and what sets it apart from the rest?

A truly unique, niche and personalised holiday experience on the water around the world in stunning locations.

What destinations are on your travel bucket list?

Patagonia for its diversification and remoteness and to go to the remaining Formula 1 tracks that I have not had to chance to go to watch a GP

What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?

On my first ever famil during a site inspection being told by the DOSM of Le Meridien on Copacabana to sit on the toilet in the Penthouse Suite and take in the floor to ceiling views of Copacabana from the vantage of sitting on the “pan”. Novel to say the least, but memorable!

What are three things you always take with you when travelling?

Watch, Passport, Wallet

Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them.

Sadly I can’t, my partner would kill me!

What direction do you see the industry heading in, in the next five to ten years?

Becoming a lot more digital and online, however there will always been the need for face to face interaction and true customer service.


Source = TUI Marine: David Reid
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