One of Sure Etnique Travel’s senior travel consultants, Tessa Hattingh, has been nominated for the prestigious ASATA Diners Club Awards. This event is the biggest Travel award ceremony in South Africa. With only 8 categories in the awards programme, Tessa is nominated for best leisure consultant and is a finalist with only 6 other competitors from the whole country. The selection process was strict with various criteria and shortlisting processes. Tessa and Dr Renee Haarhof of the Central University of the Free State who was nominated in the Exceptional Commitment in the Tourism Industry category, are the only nominees from the Free Sate who will attend the Award National Event. The prestigious final gala evening will take place on 28 February 2015 at Montecasino in Johannesburg. The Objective of the awards are as follow:
The ASATA Diners Club Awards honour travel agents who are consistently improving on their service by upgrading their skills, keeping pace with current trends and ensuring that travellers are informed of any changes in everything from government legislation and health issues to the best time of the year to travel to chosen destinations. – Otto de Vries CEO of ASATA
We did a quick interview with Tessa to introduce this super consultant to you all:
- What are your goals regarding your career in the travel industry and how long have you been in the industry?
30 plus years .To keep learning and embracing the changes in the Industry
- Give any highlights of your position?
Continual highlight is repeat clients who are now friends, over the many years
- Family life – children? Ages of children? Married? Home life? Anything they would like to add about your personal/home life?
Single Mom, Daughter Gabriella now 18, in Matric at Eunice High School and she is fabulous! She would like to study B Accounting after she has completed her schooling
- Hobbies – are these linked to your career or vastly different?
Camping in the Bush and Wildlife.
- Favourite travel destination – locally and internationally?
Greece and the African Bush
- Most important piece of travel advice?
As a consultant, remember nothing is a given as there are changes almost every day
- Why do you love working in travel?
The awesome and happy clients and my interaction with them
- Why do you think the ASATA Diners Club Awards are a good initiative?
I think the travel industry does not have the public’s attention and recognition for the professional business it is – and possibly by media coverage for the Awards, it will assist in bringing this to their attention. It is also so very NICE to be recognised, and appreciated for the work you do in the Industry To find out more information on ASATA (Association of South African Travel agents) and the Dinersclub awards click below