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Meet the NTIA finalists - JAMIE MACLEAN


“We work in the people business,” says Corporate Traveller’s Business Leader Jamie Maclean..  “We just happen to sell travel.” And Jamie must sell it well, given that he’s a National Travel Industry Awards finalist for Best Agency Manager - Corporate.

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR CLIENTS THAT THE INTERNET CAN’T?

Apply common sense, real life expertise and human relationships to any travel transaction. I believe we work in the people business, we just happen to sell travel.

 

WHERE’S THE NEXT ‘HOT’ DESTINATION?

Vietnam continues to grow in popularity with plenty of business opportunities coming out of the country. For leisure travel Vietnam continues to improve it's infrastructure and with some amazing culture and scenery on offer, it's becoming an excellent value destination giving it's South East Asian neighbours a run for their money.  

 

WHAT’S YOUR BEST TRAVEL TIP?  

Pack light if you are a corporate domestic road warrior so you can get in and out of airports quickly with just hand luggage, and of course make sure you understand how to play the airline status game to maximise your status credits and make frequent travel easier with perks such as complimentary lounge access, extra leg room seats and priority boarding.

 

WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST PARTS OF YOUR JOB?

I love building lasting relationships with clients where the mutual respect for the business partnership truly allows us to understand our client's goals and challenge them to procure business travel smarter. In a ever technology-centric world, those days where systems go down and your dependence on them becomes apparent, are the ones that stick in my mind as the worst.  

 

IF YOU WEREN’T A TRAVEL AGENT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

Likely still living in London, probably in recruitment or real estate. The travel industry gave me the opportunities to meet my wife and move to Australia whilst building a career in a company I'm passionate about. Hard to imagine how different it could look.

 

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