Meet MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Kim Newton
How long with MTA: Over eight years
Background: Married to the legendary Todd ‘Hot Toddy’ Newton for 22 years and have three children – 18, 16 and 5 and yes, all planned.
What did you do before you joined MTA? I worked in a retail agency in my local area but I also have wholesale experience.
Do you have a specialised area in travel? I love organising groups – the USA and Canada and ski are my areas of specialisation.
What is the most unusual (or interesting) location you have worked as an MTA Mobile Travel Agent? The labour ward! Yep, I took my laptop into the labour ward. Kept my mind off things for a bit!
What is the weirdest request you have had from a client? I was once asked to put a special ‘no alcohol’ request in for a client across his booking – all part of a trick his travelling companion wanted to play on him.
If you hadn’t become an MTA Mobile Travel Agent, what other career path would you have taken? I originally wanted to be a physiotherapist. My second choice was nursing but given I can’t stand the sight of needles or blood I undertook a travel and tourism diploma and started in my first job before I’d even finished the course.
What’s one of your biggest personal achievements? Well two actually – becoming a mother of three amazing kids is right up there with joining MTA. It was scary jumping out on my own but with the support of Karen and Roy Merricks and basically, everybody at MTA I am proud to say I have been successful in my role as an MTA travel adviser.
Describe your perfect holiday. Family holidays involving sun, surf, good food and wine.
If you had a time machine where would you travel to and why? Back in time. Life is so short, there’s not enough time to do all you want in life. So back in time is where I would go!
If you could choose one, what would your super power be? The power to cure cancer.
What three things do you always take with you when travelling? Phone, lip balm and credit card
Pictured: MTA’s Kim Newton with husband Todd ‘Hot Toddy’ Newton