Meet MTA Mobile Travel Agents’ Sue Barton
Family background: Mother of two, grandmother of two.
What did you do before you joined MTA? Travel management with 33 years industry experience. Co-founder of a leisure/corporate branch.
When and why did you join MTA? I joined in 2013 to have more freedom in the way I work and also to help my daughter with my brand new grandson.
What do you like most about working as an MTA Member? I love the support, respectful attitude and collaboration of staff members and other MTA members. Basically your success is their success.
Do you have a specialised area in travel? Leisure/corporate/groups/entertainment.
What’s one of your biggest personal achievements? Recently I put my mobile business to the test and travelled overseas for six months. Being a digital nomad meant I could live my travel dreams while booking my clients from wherever I was travelling. I got to educate myself and pay myself while doing the thing I love the most!
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt since starting as a home-based travel agent? Having a small business means you need to totally back and believe in yourself. Get out there and network! Sell yourself, value your own unique abilities, embrace the industry disruption and adapt!
What sets MTA apart from the rest? The assistance given while travelling.
Best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it? Live life on your terms – my partner!
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry? Karen and Roy Merricks for having the foresight so long ago to think outside the square and create a great family business that has inspired many others to start their own.
What destinations are next on your travel bucket list? Mexico, Lebanon and the Middle East.
What’s the most memorable travel experience you’ve had? Sleeping in a cave in Turkey.
What three things do you always take with you when travelling? Power board connected to my travel converter for all my devices, my laptop and phone – I need to stay connected!
Which famous person would you most like to travel with and where to? Bear Grylls in Alaska – you just know its going to be crazy!
What do you find yourself doing on your weekends? Cooking for friends, swimming, working out.
What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next five to ten years? Technology of course – virtual reality will soon play a part in the booking process, companies are already integrating this technology into the way their customers choose flight and accommodation options.