The 30 thirsty for success
Nowadays, Kate Garraway is more likely to be interviewing celebs on the Good Morning Britain sofa or doing the cha cha cha on Strictly Come Dancing, but the TV presenter earned her stripes doing serious journalism, covering events from the Paddington rail crash to the Kosovo war.
During her entertaining account of her career at the Association of Women Travel Executives Chair's Awards earlier this week, I was particularly struck by how she got started in broadcast journalism. Despite having been warned "don't do weather or travel" if she wanted to be taken seriously, she took a job reporting on traffic and transport regardless. The experience and contacts she gained on her first job proved to be her route into the world of broadcast presenting: "It was down to me to throw myself into it and make as much of that opportunity as I possibly could," she insisted.
This week, we’re thrilled to reveal the next 30 young travel professionals to join TTG’s Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders, and the importance of seizing opportunities is the best piece of advice we can give them.
With more than 150 applications and nominations, it proved tougher than ever to choose just 30 successful candidates in this, the fourth year of the initiative – supported once again by Tui UK and Ireland.
Spanning sectors from tour operating and aviation to cruise and technology, this year’s intake represent some of the smartest, most entrepreneurial, and most ambitious young people in travel.
We’re proud to introduce the 30, and over the next 12 months we’ll be raising their profile in the magazine, online, and at TTG events.
If our lively first meeting at TTG Towers last week is anything to go by, then this year’s bright young things are the keenest and most self-starting yet.
Kate Garraway’s useful advice may not be required!