Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Mantra Hotel’s Tom Marsic

This week we speak to Tom Marsic, General Manager of Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport about playing golf and Virgin Australia.

The challenge for the industry is…

The shortage of skilled labour in the kitchen

The things I like about my job…

Every day is different

And the frustrations are …

Overall shortage of skilled labour

If I didn’t work in travel I would be…

Bored

Favourite airline?…

Virgin Australia

My proudest moment was…

Having my first child seven years ago

The naughtiest thing I ever did was…

I think I’ll keep that one in the vault!

I try to relax by…

Playing golf

The last time I feared for my life was…

When I tore my ACL. It was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced

If I can, I always try to avoid…

Being late

I really wish I had…

More time to play golf

The best advice I’ve ever received was…

If a task only takes a few minutes, then do it right away

I don’t understand why people…

Sweat the small stuff – stressing will not change the situation

My greatest weakness is…

Chocolates after dinner

And my greatest strength is…

Building a successful team

If I won a $1 million lottery (aside from travelling), I would…

Buy a holiday house big enough for my extended family

If I was prime minister I would…

Increase the aged pension

If I could be someone else for one day I would be a…

Professional soccer player at Real Madrid. My oldest son’s favourite team.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

Spain

My favourite holiday was…

Fiji on the adults-only island of Liku Liku for my honeymoon

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Travel Agents

Big Fat Agent Wrap

by Vanessa Bussoletti

It doesn’t get more jam-packed than this, readers. Unless you count our jam sandwich because that’s overflowing all over our desk.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“We’re all getting robbed”: Vic tourism hit by scam

by Hannah Edensor

At least nine Victorian tourist attractions have been hit by a credit card scam. We too were busted for buying clothes under our boss’s name but only to avoid buyers shame in the office.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

What can you actually take from hotel rooms?

We could tell you this was an exclusive insight into what you can get away with stealing from hotels, but we’d be lying. We nicked it off an online forum.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

At last, Qantas inflight Wi-Fi takes off

by Hannah Edensor

As 56% of travellers get stoked about Qantas’ inflight Wi-Fi, our concern lies with the other 44% who clearly hate looking at cats on YouTube.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travel warnings for Gallipoli after terror threats

by Hannah Edensor

New updates on Smart Traveller have upgraded warnings for Turkey with news Anzac Day commemorations could be a target of terror attacks.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flavour of the Week

Find out who won new roles & who fell on their swords in this week’s Flavour of the Week. Yes, we added that sword bit for effect.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruising for young travellers is finally here

This first of its kind cruise brand had us at ‘Wine & Paint Classes’ because it combines two of our favourite things. Well, one, we hate painting.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

52% of travellers swayed by Facebook photos: study

All of our Facebook friends’ photos inspired us to travel. And by ‘friends’ we mean the public profiles we stalk because we only have 4 friends.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Is your boss the Executive of the Year?

We tried to nominate ourselves for this award, but apparently ignoring the boss and pretending to be your own boss doesn’t actually make you CEO.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Final week of LAX agent incentive kicks off

We’re re-running this again from Monday (minus the typos). You get déjà vu & we do less work. A win-win, we say.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

A world of special Sunshine Coast Deals

by Vanessa Bussoletti

Visit Sunshine Coast has partnered with Escape Travel to launch a major new campaign offering a wide range of activities […]

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Big Fat Hotel Wrap

by Vanessa Bussoletti

If you read one thing today make sure it’s Travel Weekly’s hotel wrap. Actually, your medication instructions and train timetable probably take priority.

Share

CommentComments