Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with TravelManagers’ Nakita Byrne

This week, we made Nakita Byrne, winner of the 2017 Avis Scholarship, tell us all her dirty little secrets. Ok fine, we just interviewed her.

In case you were wondering, the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship Programme is an annual award given out to one well-deserving travel agent. The scholarship is now in its 22nd year, and the winner will receive $40,000 worth of prizes and experiences – like travelling to Singapore to attend the Phocuswright Conference, professional guidance and access to training opportunities.

But you’ve only got two more days to enter and win! Head here for all other info.

The challenge for the industry is…

Clients are looking for more personalised travel experiences, instead of the traditional one-size-fits-all approach.

The things I like about my job…

The ability to achieve work/life balance and to sell something I’m passionate about – I always get excited about my client’s holidays!

And the frustrations are…

That people choose to spend their valuable time searching online for things that travel agents have expertise in.

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

A café owner.

Favourite airline?

Qantas, I’m a true-blue Aussie girl at heart!

My proudest moment was…

Having my children – but winning the 2018 Avis Scholarship was also pretty amazing.

The naughtiest thing I ever did was…

That’s for me to know!

I try to relax by…

Doing yoga.

The last time I feared for my life was…

In Mexico. A tour guide wouldn’t let my girlfriend and I out of his van unless we went to his house, that was scary but pleased to say all ended well.

I really wish I had…

A live-in chef!

The best advice I’ve ever received was…

Lessons you can’t get out of a book, are waiting for you at the end of your flight.

I don’t understand why people…

Don’t use travel agents!!

My greatest weakness is…

I find it difficult to say no.

And my greatest strength is…

Patience.

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

Buy a beautiful house in Salt Spring Island, Canada.

If I was prime minister I would…

Hand out more money to Australian Farmers struggling with drought conditions.

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

My children – to see life through their eyes.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

Turkey.

My favourite holiday was…

A year-long working holiday in Canada.

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