Stephen Marshallby admin - March 1st, 2012. Filed under: Meet the Members.
What is your role in the business?
How long have you been in the tourism industry?
12 years – first job as Sales Consultant at Thomas Cook UK, selling their outbound European Cities product to the UK trade!
What got you into the tourism industry?
The hardest working man I have ever known (Dad!) gave me some good old-fashioned advice early on: get your foot in the door of a company with prospects, do right by people and work my way up! After getting a great grounding at Thomas Cook, I was totally hooked with all things tourism and have not looked back!
What’s your dream job?
I love the variety my current role presents every day – but I have to say the role of Her Majesty’s private secretary would be pretty interesting.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Probably my formidable talents in the field of Karaoke – I believe it’s the performance aspect that gives me the edge … that and my addiction to Yorkshire Tea.
What NZ destination would you like to holiday in next? Why?
I’d love to go back to Southland and explore at a relaxed pace, preferably around for the Bluff Oyster Fest for some delicious wine and seafood, followed by some time-out on Stewart Island – probably the most peaceful and relaxing place I have ever visited.
What do you think makes NZ the ultimate visitor destination?
The diversity that New Zealand offers really is incredible – everything from great city breaks, stunning beaches, lakes, ski, mountains and rainforests … oh, and great wine. As an international destination, New Zealand has a depth that often isn’t appreciated until you experience it; ultimately I think it means we always blow away client expectations – for even the most seasoned traveller.