Member Profile – Mandy Mare, Thompsons Travel

  1. Mandy-MareWhat is the name of your business and what is your role?  Thompsons Travel – New Business Manager
  2.  Describe your business in two sentences. The Thompsons Travel Group is one of the most, well established travel groups in South Africa. We specialise in both Business & Leisure Travel.
  3.  How long have you been in business? I have been at Thompsons Travel for 2 years and have been in the travel industry for 12 years.
  4.  How did you get into this business? After my studies, I travelled extensively and worked on cruise ships. It was then that I fell in love with travel & have been involved ever since.
  5.  What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? Cold Calling is the biggest challenge that I face on a daily basis, however, I use creative marketing strategies to keep me positive and ahead of the game.
  6.  What single trait/skill could you not have succeeded without?  People Skills, being able to communicate with people on all levels.
  7. What is the best business advice you’ve received?  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
  8.  Your secret to business success is?  Remain humble, always stay true to yourself and believe that miracles do happen.
  9.  What is your business goal for 2014?  To secure as much new business as possible.
  10.  Tell us one thing that not many people know about you? Completely random but I love watching Binneland on KYKNET even though I don’t understand anything without the subtitles.