Change of scenery for sales manager
TRACY Evans has been inundated with love and praise as she steps away from her role as sales manager for Cruise Whitsundays.
A bouquet of flowers in vibrant colours that just screamed “Tracy” was graciously accepted by a teary Ms Evans at a networking event on Thursday.
Ms Evans will move back to Melbourne on July 1 with her ill husband, Dr John Evans, where he will continue treatment in Victoria.
“I’m very happy and de- lighted to spend a year here and very sad to be leaving so soon, but I need to focus on my husband,” she said.
Ms Evans, who has a strong background in tourism and travel, said working for Cruise Whitsundays was unlike anything she’d experienced.
“Cruise Whitsundays do so much for tourism in the Whitsundays,” she said.
“It was an easy product to sell because I love it.”
Ms Evans’ father was a harbour master so the marine environment was second nature to her she said.
Ms Evans said her highlights included the terminal’s relocation from Abell Point Marina to Port of Airlie last year.
“And they didn’t lose one call when they moved. It was a seamless transition,” she said.
Another was a Reefsleep tour last month with Hamilton Island business events manager Julie Ford.
“Such an amazing experience,” Ms Evans said.
“Waking up in the middle of the night and seeing the stars out over the reef and snorkelling through schools and schools of fish. Just being snug as a bug ‘swagging’ together – it was extraordinary.”
And, of course, there were the many rewards of the job itself. “Seeing the sales results and hearing the feedback from agents about how they work with Cruise Whitsundays. For me, it has been a journey of discovery and learning. I had always worked in marketing and sales but never operations,” she said.
Ms Evans said her role had greatly improved her presentation and networking skills.
“I appreciated working with Nick (Hortle, CEO). He does challenge you and wants you to step up all the time. It’s a really lovely character to have – you have to achieve,” she said. “Danielle Krista played a very important role in my journey. Lisa Bates in reservation has helped me a lot and, of course, my outstanding team.
“Hayley Eaves was my onthe-ground girl and Alyce Carter is just very, very talented.”
SO LONG: Cruise Whitsundays sales manager Tracy Evans and CEO Nick Hortle.