first_imgBusaboutSusie ByrdTalking Travel Susie Byrd recently joined Busabout as Sales Manager. Travel Monitor sat down and had a chat with Susie about her new role, what it involved and where she thinks the industry is going in the next 12 months.What does your job involve?Growing sales within my territory by providing training to agents however, it’s really all about talking to people and transferring your passion about the product.What do you enjoy most about your profession?I love the fact that I’m constantly on the move. Coming straight off being a guide for the last 3 years living a nomadic lifestyle, this role is perfect for me as I get to meet so many beautiful people who are also curious to explore the world.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?As I’m only 2 months into the role, the biggest challenge for me so far is the learning curve required to get up to speed. The travel industry is changing so quickly so we have to be flexible and adapt.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?The travel industry really needs to keep up with the quickly changing demands of the everyday traveller. Everything is moving at warp speed and that includes how quickly a destination becomes popular and then slips into obscurity. We are responsible for providing for the demand but also ensuring that tourism in these areas remains sustainable so that destinations retain the reason we fell in love with them in the first place.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?Environmental travel- people are already looking to reduce plastic waste in their homes and everyday lives and are looking to make sure they’re supporting companies that do the same. Whether it’s having programs that plant trees, clean up waste or in general don’t support cruel animal tourism. It’s a step in the right direction for a more aware traveller to enrich the locals they visit, to do no harm and to also look for sustainable ways to support the countries, cities and villages we explore.Who inspires you most and why?I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to a singular person but anyone that is unapologetically strong and confident in their own self and skills is inspiring to me.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?My nerdy side is going to come out here but I would probably choose Nikola Tesla and just pick his brain about how he saw his inventions shaping the future. I’ve been wanting to go to on our Busabout Ultimate Vietnam trip so I’d definitely spend a day at the beach purely for the laughs of seeing Tesla in an 1890’s bathing suit.Contact Email: Susie.byrd@busabout.comlast_img

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