Name: Amanda McCann
Position Title: Head of Sales
Company name: Collette
When and why did you join the industry?
Just over 7 years ago I left a successful career in the media industry to become a European tour manager. I wanted to travel the world and share it with likeminded people.
What do you like the most about your job?
When I was a tour manager I realised I had found what I was meant to be doing – helping people have amazing experiences in a culture different to their own, creating their own unique stories. This is what I still love about my job.
What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career so far?
Working my way up at Busabout from Tour Manager to Acting General Manager is something I am quite proud of.
What’s the best advice ever given to you and who gave it?
‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Originally derived from Gandhi of course, but said to me many times by my Mum.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry?
People in the industry who don’t just care for the business but for the people and community around them also.
What can people expect from your company and what sets it apart from the rest?
As a family-owned company which has been operating for almost 100 years, Collette brings a wealth of experience and care to its tours. Collette offers its clients truly exceptional service and travel experiences, as well as being community-conscious.
Collette Cares is a wonderful example of this, with 11 projects globally that focus on giving back to children in communities around the world.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
I have a bucket list goal to visit all the best wine regions in the world, so San Francisco & the Napa Valley are next up! India, Norway and Iceland are also on the very long list – there are so many incredible places to visit so it’s hard to choose!
What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?
Climbing Mount Sinai, Egypt in the middle of the night. I remember it being extremely cold and there were camels everywhere! Sharing the exquisite sunrise with some of my favourite people made it an unforgettable experience.
What are three things you always take with you when travelling?
Face wipes, a sarong and a multi-country charger.
Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them.
It would have to be my favourite foodie destination, San Sebastian in Spain. Who best to enjoy pintxos with then a charismatic Chef like Manu Feildel.
What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next five to ten years?
With globalisation increasing, making it easier to travel to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, I think we will start to see an increase in demand for more personalised travel experiences and service. There is also a growing trend in responsible tourism with travellers wanting to support the communities and environments they visit.