Change of scenery for sales man­ager

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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