Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Globus’ Chris Fundell

This week, Globus Family of Brands’ regional head of marketing made us a mixtape of the 90s dance music that has been seeing him through the global pandemic.

What are you reading?

I am more of an online article reader. Currently reading anything business related to the pandemic and different views on how to navigate through the crisis from a marketing standpoint.

What are you watching?

As I am homeschooling my kids, I’m watching Reading Eggs and Mathletics! I am very jealous of everyone engrossed in the various new TV series on Netflix and Stan.

What are you listening to?

I have reverted to 90s and early 2000s dance music – taking me back to my youth.

What are you cooking?

Massive fail here! I know a lot of people are embracing cooking… I, on the other hand, am embracing wine.

How are you staying fit both physically and mentally?

I am trying to get as much fresh air as I can – going on more bike rides and runs to try and keep fit. Mentally, I’m keeping in touch regularly with my amazing colleagues via Microsoft Teams and Zoom and making sure we still laugh a lot.

What’s the one thing keeping you sane?

Comedy! Very important to have a laugh right now.

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

Generally, I have really seen an improvement in people and their outlook on life. I have noticed people embracing a more positive attitude and compassionate approach, both with their interactions with others and their environment, which I think is a huge positive to come out of this crazy situation.

What have you learned about yourself amid the crisis?

I am used to rushing through life, so during this time, I have learned to look at family and friends from a different perspective. This time has also taught me that it’s okay to slow things down a bit.

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

It is difficult, but I believe it’s important to stay positive and pivot. Look at your business and how you can adapt and grow with this new world.

It is a cliché, but there are always opportunities in times of crisis; opportunities to plan, develop and grow. Plan now for when the business returns because it will, and when it does, there will be a lot of pent up demand for travel.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Star appoints former Tyro CEO as new boss

Will a new boss mean better chances of winning on the pokies? There’s only one way to find out!

Share

CommentComments

Events

Spencer Travel expo goes off with a bang!

Don’t worry, it didn’t go off with a literal bang – although fireworks are always good fun at an event.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek catch-up with Sabre’s Darren Rickey

We caught up with SVP airline global sales at Sabre, who has been living it up in Barcelona and Southern France and honestly, we’re a little offended we weren’t invited.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Airbnb officially bans parties

The Airbnb party is officially gone! Now you’ll have to get pissed in a nearby park when you go on holiday.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

TFE to bring Collection brand to Sydney

Complete with an infinity pool featuring sweeping city views, the new property is touted as a destination in itself, however, we can’t confirm that until we’re offered a free stay.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Avalon Waterways offers double Qantas Point incentive

Satisfy your point-junkie clients by scoring them four points per dollar spent on their next luxury river cruise.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand sets roll out date for long awaited bunk-beds in economy class

Praise the travel gods! Passengers will soon have the option to lay down in cattle class and we’re so excited we’ve decided to take our afternoon nap early.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas proposes scrapping bonuses if it is “harmed”

Qantas has copped some bad press lately, but the silver lining is it’s a great excuse for Alan Joyce to get a nice makeover!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Boeing 737 MAX mid-air emergencies revealed in new investigation

Surprisingly the investigation came from the ABC and not from Air Crash Investigation, which kind of puts the show to shame a bit.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Western travel agents banned from booking Hajj pilgrimage

Those looking to complete Hajj will have to enter the Hajj lottery, which you are still astronomically more likely to win than the actual lottery.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Virtuoso uncovers key differences in how each generation travels

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff are conducting our own research to tap into the zoomer market by teaching the office dog TikTok dances. It’s not going well.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean Group completes its comeback with all ships back at sea

To honour the milestone, all 63 ships in the group’s fleet sounded their horns at once, which most likely scared the sh*t out of nearby fishing boats and unsuspecting wales across the world.

Share

CommentComments