TTG Digital: Who are the next travel leaders of tomorrow?

TTL 2013

Nominate a colleague – or yourself – for TTG and Tui’s new 30 Under 30 today.

TTG and Tui are launching a new hunt to identify the young people in travel most likely to be the highest fliers in the industry tomorrow.

Following the huge success of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders year one, launched at the ITT conference in Barbados last year, we want to identify a new 30 Under 30 in the travel industry – to raise their profile, to celebrate them, to give them the opportunity to meet some of the senior leaders in travel today, and to network among themselves.

With the heavyweight backing of Tui Travel now behind the project, the exercise will have an even higher profile in travel than before. Some of last year’s leaders have already been promoted within their organisations, while many have been featured in TTG.

The group have enjoyed a series of dinners featuring some of the biggest names in travel – including Tui Travel chief executive Peter Long.
Long said he was delighted to get behind Tomorrow’s Travel Leadersin 2013, adding that it was essential to encourage bright young talent in the industry.

“The more we can grow our talent in the industry the better, and we are excited to be participating,” he declared.

“It’s something we are focused on within our own organisation but we are happy to participate at an industry level as well. With the pace of change, the young people are the ones who are going to make a difference in understanding the changes, particularly in terms of technology.”

Growing Talent

Long, who was 30 himself when he came into the travel industry as financial director of Intasun in 1984, said the key challenge was for travel businesses to retain talented young people in this industry.

“We are an organisation that develops its own talent and we have a huge number of successes who have joined us as graduates and come through the business.

“It was terrific to see the enthusiasm of the young people I met at the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders dinner this year. Ultimately they are the future and what the more serious leaders have got to do is to facilitate the development of the bright young talent.”

TTG Media brand director Daniel Pearce urged today’s travel leaders to put forward their best young people for the initiative. “All of our first 30 Under 30 have got excellent value from being part of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders in year one – not least in sparking up some fruitful business relationships among themselves, which are bound to be invaluable as they continue their careers in travel,” he said.

“It’s brilliant to get the full support of the market leader behind the project now and as we enter year two our initiative can’t help but
gain momentum.

“As the long-standing bible of the industry it’s right that TTG should be at the forefront of developing young people in travel. I look forward to seeing which bright young talents from travel will put themselves forward in 2013.”

Invaluable platform

John-Christian Moquette, founder of villa specialist IAVRA, one of last year’s intake, said: “Being one of the partners at a young start-up has many challenges. One of the most difficult things is getting face time with big industry players.

“As one of the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders group I have been given the opportunity to meet with and learn from many of the industry’s most dynamic trailblazers, often in an intimate environment.

“The 30 Under 30 honour has without a doubt given us an invaluable platform.”

Another of last year’s group, Josh Gregory, product and commercial executive, Cosmos, said he had gained a huge amount from attending last year’s events.

“Being one of TTG’s 30 Under 30 gave me a really comprehensive insight into what the travel industry is all about. The intimate speeches from such high achievers within the industry connected with us all. Each of the guest speakers had very different stories to tell but one point remained consistent: if you know what you want to achieve, and devote the necessary time and effort to it, you will end up being where you want to be. This really resonated with me.

“I could genuinely list pages of what I have learned and gained!”