Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Club Med’s Zoe Gentle

This week, we caught up with Club Med’s business development manager to find out how she’s coping amid all this corona craziness.

What are you reading?

Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey.

What are you watching?

Peaky Blinders. If you haven’t, DO IT.

What are you listening to?

Literally anything country. Luke Combs is my man!

What are you cooking?

Do cheese and wine count?

How are you staying fit both physically and mentally?

So many things… I am a massive extrovert and always on the go so exercise has been my go-to, to burn off all my energy. F45 at home, running, riding my bike, walking – you name it, I have tried it!

What’s the one thing keeping you sane?

Music, DIY projects and FaceTime – as long as I can have a sing-a-long while doing it, anything can be fun.

What’s something positive you’ve witnessed or experienced since the coronavirus hit?

The love and support that we have in the travel industry has blown me away. I have always known that we are surrounded by absolute legends, but the way that each person has been reaching out to help is inspiring.

Our authentic and common love for travel is spine-tingling.

What have you learned about yourself amid the crisis?

I am not as hopeless at DIY projects as I thought, and I don’t have to wait for my dad to visit to get projects done.

What’s your advice for others in the travel industry on coping with the crisis?

Stay relevant. Keep your knowledge up and use this time to do the things that we wouldn’t normally have time to do such as update your database, learn about a new destination, do a small course in marketing – anything to benefit you in the long run.

This will be over soon and you want to ensure that you are using your time wisely!

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Travel Agents

AFTA’s Resilient Mind program yields huge results

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has shared results from its Resilient Mind Program, revealing huge improvements in mental […]

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med gets into the gift card game

This Christmas, your clients can treat friends and family with the gift of a much-needed holiday AND give you a tidy commission in one go!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bombshells emerge over Western Sydney Airport land deal, as AFP investigates

The stench around the ‘Leppington Triangle’ deal, which saw taxpayers fork out 10 times what the land was valued as, is getting worse by the day.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Australia’s incoming passenger cards to get the chop

Are you one of those people who never seems to have a pen handy to fill out the incoming passenger card post-flight? Rejoice here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airline embroiled in website scam duping travellers with fake tickets

Have you purchased some too-good-to-be-true-airfares for your clients recently? You might want to read this.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Fiji’s CEO to exit

After four-and-a-half years at the helm, Matt Stoeckel is saying ‘ni sa moce’ to Tourism Fiji.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Financial reporting and AGM pressure eases for Virgin Australia

The embattled airline has also launched a 20th birthday sale, with fares from just $69, along with a bunch of cheap tickets to and from Melbourne.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Canadian tourist sends “cursed” artefacts back to Pompeii

by Ali Coulton

A travel agent in Italy has received a peculiar package containing “cursed” ancient ruins and a letter of confession.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

New data reveals most popular rental car brands around the world

Ever wondered what the most popular rental car brand is in Latvia? Well, today is your lucky day because we’ve got the answer right here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

APT takes to the skies with ‘Private Air Tours’

Just like trackpants, Birkenstocks and sourdough baking, it seems privately chartered flights are all the rage right now.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Azamara grows local presence and announces 2021 European cruises

The boutique cruise line has tripled the size of its local sales team with a slew of new appointments, as well as revealing its new restart date.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE 2020 speaker spotlight: Maria Elena Rossi, Italian National Tourist Board

We caught up with the Italian National Tourist Board’s marketing chief to find out why the organisation is supporting next month’s event, and what to expect from her session.

Share

CommentComments