Meet MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Member – Tracy King
Family background: Born in Malta, married nearly 10 years.
What did you do before you joined MTA? I have worked in the Tourism Industry for 20 years as a BDM, national product manager, a state marketing manager and have also served on several Queensland state tourism committees.
When and why did you join MTA? November 2015, I started a home-based agency on my own in 2014 while I was working full time, it grew quite quickly so I took the plunge to continue my travel business dream full time with MTA.
What do you like most about working as an MTA Member? The head office team and support we have is unbelievable, I never feel alone.
Do you have a specialised area in travel? USA, Hawaii and cruising.
What’s one of your biggest personal achievements? Being nominated for a Telstra Business Award. I was very humbled.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt since starting as a home-based travel agent? Stay positive and strong. It’s tough working from home trying to ensure your business is successful. If you are not positive in mind, your business will not succeed.
What sets MTA apart from the rest? Forget the rest we are the best! Our service stands out compared to others. This is a key factor and why we continue to grow so fast and enjoy success in the market place.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it? Do your housework during the week so you can enjoy your weekends. An old boss was religious about this, she worked hard and said the weekends were hers to relish.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry? Sir Richard Branson – what’s not to like! An open, honest, charitable man with a passion for tourism and making the world a better place.
What destinations are next on your travel bucket list? Malta is top of the list, but I am off to Panama next and will add in some other stops along the way – Costa Rica and maybe a stopover in New Orleans.
What’s the most memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)? Celebrating my 40th in Las Vegas! Our night started at Top of the World revolving restaurant, fine dining all dressed up and discovering cucumber vodka martinis, followed by a rock concert at Mandalay Bay. A waitress greeted us when we walked in (she happened to be from Adelaide) who sold us an upgrade VIP seat with a bottle of Vodka… the rest of the night… well what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
What three things do you always take with you when travelling? Power adaptors, camera, business cards. The number of new clients I have met on holidays is quite remarkable.
Which famous person would you most like to travel with and where to? Jon Bon Jovi or Keith Urban, who cares where we go.
What do you find yourself doing on your weekends? I work most Saturday mornings, enjoy a date day with my husband or work around the house and our prized vegetable garden. Sundays, we like to slow cook or smoke meat for a feast in the afternoon. In summer, it’s a pool party all weekend.
What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next five to ten years? With more and more airlines, cruise ship prices are decreasing, travelling is a much more affordable option than ever before. we have an abundance of airlines to choose from on. I can only see more growth in the travel industry and ever-more innovative products to sell.