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

News

“Unfortunately, the world changed”: McGowan suspends WA border reopening indefinitely

The western state will be keeping its borders firmly closed, as Premier Mark McGowan buys more time to bolster citizens against a “flood of the disease”.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Thailand to resume ‘Test & Go’ quarantine waiver from February

Pack your suitcase and ready your sinuses for a holiday in Thailand that promises to greet you with a lovely PCR test.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

AUSSIE FIRST: Accor unveils next gen Mercure Hotels with new Melbourne property

While away your Friday afternoon by perusing through some stunning pictures of Accor’s swanky new-look Mercure in Doncaster.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas threatens to slash cabin crew wages by “almost half” in latest union pay row

by Ali Coulton

The national carrier is once again facing condemnation from unions after applying to scrap its long-haul crew contract in an effort to “push through” a new deal.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Operation nest egg: Air New Zealand helps relocate rare kiwi chicks

The airline is doing gods work by flying these three little cuties to their new home where they were treated to an all-you-can-eat worm buffet.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Say ‘Aloha’ to the Hawaiian Islands and take a trip that gives back

by James Harrison

Check out the beauty, wonder, and excitement of the islands of Hawaii and explore a holiday destination where you can malama.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Crystal Cruises suspends operations as parent company files to windup business

The Hong Kong supercruise operator is winding up operations, leaving the future of its subsidiaries unknown.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Celebrity chef duo Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel star in new tourism campaign for Japan

The staff at Travel Weekly have been rewatching our favourite anime to reminisce about Japan, but Gary and Manu might appeal to a broader audience than Pokemon reruns.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Aussie tourism took off in December, but remians well below 2019 levels

If these stats are anything to go by, we’ll be back to worrying about overtourism and carbon footprints in no time! Wait…

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

US slaps “do not travel” warning on Australia as Europe tightens border restrictions

The prospect of fewer American tourists milling about at Darling Harbour we can deal with, but if we have to go one more year without a European summer we’re going to go over the deep end.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Union survey reveals transport workers asked to return while COVID positive

Workers who answered the survey, which included passenger transport and aviation workers, are also calling for free RATs. That’s rapid antigen tests, not rodents as we first assumed.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“This isn’t a label we wish to keep”: Intrepid recertified as world’s largest travel B Corp

The tour operator has gone through another extensive company-wide audit to maintain its title, so why is it looking to pass the baton you may ask? Click here.

Share

CommentComments