Anna Blackby lesley - March 22nd, 2012. Filed under: Meet the Members.
What is your role in the business? General Manager
How long have you been in the tourism industry? 13 years
What got you into the tourism industry? Nearly 8 years
What’s your dream job? Having grown up with The Tour Company (as GT was previously called) then General Travel all my life, I was determined to have a career in banking….well that just got boring and I realised my true calling was organising people and things! So I was going to move to events planning in Melbourne. Then the ‘lightbulb moment’ made me realise this is exactly what General Travel does and an amazing opportunity was there for me. So it took me a while to realise it (30 years) but this is my passion and my place in the world and I love it!
What’s something most people don’t know about you? Cheesy I know but the job I really love what I’m doing now. Perhaps less hours and less stress would be good … yeah right!
What NZ destination would you like to holiday in next? Why? Nelson/Abel Tasman – I’ve not spent a lot of time there (especially Abel Tasman) and the short visits make me want to go back! I LOVE the Nelson markets at the weekends – best I’ve found in NZ so far!!
What do you think makes NZ the ultimate visitor destination? The people followed closely by the variety of what we offer (both scenery and experiences). Everyone I speak to when travelling offshore talks about Kiwi hospitality and the friendly Kiwis – we have to protect and foster this as it really is one of our best selling points.