State of the agent

A monthly col­umn where Travel Digest asks travel agents in the midst of their busy day, the ques­tions of the day.

Travel Digest - - AIR LINES / AGENT CHAT - Deb­bie Brad­ford Travel bro­ker NZ Travel Bro­kers Cromwell

What are the top travel ex­pe­ri­ences clients are book­ing?

Beach Hol­i­days to Raro­tonga, river cruises in Europe and the Rocky Moun­taineer train jour­ney in con­junc­tion with an in­side pas­sage cruise.

What type of travel in­dus­try func­tion do you most en­joy?

Our an­nual com­pany con­fer­ence is an ab­so­lute stand­out – so­cial­is­ing for three days with the NZ Travel Bro­kers “Bro­ker Fam­ily / Sup­port Of­fice team” and sup­pli­ers. When you are a bro­ker work­ing re­motely, this pro­vides qual­ity time with in­dus­try col­leagues, en­abling us to share, learn and gain valu­able knowl­edge.

What is your view on air­line food?

I eat very lit­tle when fly­ing, but fresh light snack food and plenty of fluid would be the key for air­lines to fo­cus on.

What air­ports do you most ad­mire?

Changi in Sin­ga­pore rates very highly – it’s ef­fi­cient and fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties make it easy for trav­ellers to tran­sit or stopover.

What has been your most mem­o­rable hol­i­day?

NZ Travel Bro­kers top ten trip to Tahiti / Bora Bora. Stun­ning beaches, ex­quis­ite food and an ab­so­lute high­light not to be missed – is snorkelling with black tip sharks, trop­i­cal fish and mantra rays.

What would be your dream hol­i­day?

A trip to the Mal­dives with my fam­ily.

I can’t travel with­out … ?

My phone and run­ning shoes. (Run­ning / walk­ing takes you off the beaten track to see the life of lo­cals – to me that’s what travel is all about.)

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