Name: Julia McLean
Position title: Business Partnership Manager NSW South & ACT
Company name: TravelManagers Australia
When and why did you join the industry?
1990 as a fresh-faced teenager who just loved travel consulting after completing work experience at the local Harvey World Travel.
What do you like most about your job?
I love helping agents start their own businesses and watching them succeed as personal travel managers.
What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career so far?
Getting this job and transitioning from being a home-based agent to Business coach and mentor to our personal travel managers
What’s the best advice ever given to you and who gave it?
“Give it a try – if you don’t you will never know” – my ever-encouraging mother who has always instilled the belief in me that you never fail you learn lessons and move forward
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry?
I admire the women leading the way taking management & board positions in many of our large travel corporations.
As a largely female demographic industry, it is great to see the number of women in management and board positions is increasing.
What can people expect from your company and what sets it apart from the rest?
TravelManagers prides itself on the high level of support offered to personal travel managers. We not only have a fantastic support team in our National Partnership Office, we are the only mobile agency group that provide on the ground business support with business coaching and mentoring provided by our Business Partnership team across the country.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
New York is my number 1!
After 27 years I can’t believe I still haven’t made it there.
What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?
A cranky teenage elephant charging our vehicle when on a game drive in Botswana – it certainly raised the heart rate.
What are three things you always take with you when travelling?
Sunglasses, passport & wallet
Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them.
George Clooney as a personal guide around Lake Como & Northern Italy
What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next five to ten years?
Mobile – Home based agents are the future of the travel Industry. I expect we will see a large number of agents changing to operating their own businesses so they can offer their clients a more personalised and tailored travel experience.