FACE-2-FACE: Alice Ager

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BDM NSW/ACT Re­gent Seven Seas Cruises

1. What mo vates you in your ca­reer?

Be­ing chal­lenged and learn­ing new skills. I’m com­pet­i­tive, so win­ning brings plea­sure! 2. Most com­mon as­sump on peo­ple make about your job?

The as­sump­tions are usu­ally cor­rect - I am hav­ing fun! I love the so­cial aspect of be­ing a bdm & sell­ing some­thing I be­lieve in.

3. What is the key to build­ing great rela on­ships with travel agents?

Be­ing true to your word and hav­ing per­sonal ac­count­abil­ity. If I say I am go­ing to do some­thing, you have my word it will be done. 4. Big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing the in­dus­try?

We seem to have fewer chal­lenges than most but in Syd­ney it’s ob­vi­ously in­fra­struc­ture. I also think the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print of our in­dus­try, as with all in­dus­tries, will be­come a greater chal­lenge in the fu­ture. 5. My next cruise will be?

The from Syd­ney cruis­ing over to New Zealand with the fam­ily in Jan next year.

Norwegian Jewel 6. Your best fam trip?

I had an in­cred­i­ble time on board Seven Seas Ex­plorer this year with a fun bunch of travel agents and their part­ners who I now count as true friends that I will know for­ever. 7. What is your ad­vice for upand-com­ers?

Be cu­ri­ous and have some fun at work. Do as much as you can to see the big pic­ture. Sales peo­ple spend time with mar­ket­ing, fi­nance, reser­va­tions so the big­ger per­spec­tive on your busi­ness, the more en­gaged you will be. 8. When not at work, how do you spend your me?

We have two sport ob­sessed boys at home and I am the man­ager of our cricket team and in­volved in our lo­cal rugby union club. Go the Roos! You will also find me in the kitchen – I love feed­ing peo­ple. 9. Celebrity you’d like to cruise with?

I am not a big fan of celebrity cul­ture, but I can’t over­come my girl crush on Bey­once. 10. Favourite cruise des na on?

Any­where in Asia where there is great food and shop­ping!

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