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Aiming high

Smithson tells me her proudest achievement to date is being named one of the TTG 30 Under 30 for 2018.

 

“I’ve only been at the Travel Vault for one-and-a-half years and it’s my first travel job. It’s so early on in my career that I wasn’t really expecting it – it’s really nice to have that recognition.”

 

Smithson recently moved back to her hometown of Hull, working from home for the Travel Vault and travelling to its offices in London’s Old Street around once a month. She adds that the 30 Under 30 accolade has helped her to network and meet new people.

 

“At the Travel Vault, we’re a small team of five, with three directors and two members of staff,” she says. “The 30 Under 30 meet-ups have allowed me to network with people of a similar age, and with people I might not have had an opportunity to meet otherwise.”

 

The mixture of opinions and backgrounds that the 30 Under 30 candidates represent also appeals to Smithson.

 

“Without diversity, differences of opinion and people having different interests, the travel industry wouldn’t be able to thrive in the way it does,” she says.

 

She adds that she is now looking forward to the next chapter of her career with the company.

 

“The business has grown so much since I first started, and I’d love to grow professionally with it too,” she says.

Nick Hughes, sales director, tour operations – B2B Europe at Gold Medal and Travel 2, says:

 

“Molly’s passion for the industry really shines through from her days studying at university to securing her role at the Travel Vault.

 

“She rightly identifies how diverse the travel industry is, and her enthusiasm for relationship building is infectious.

 

“The most impressive thing about Molly is her in-depth knowledge of the issues affecting our industry. Being able to advise those from a non-travel background on the often confusing regulations is admirable.

 

“It’s this kind of focus that will allow her to really succeed. The TTG 30 under 30 programme can only enhance Molly’s development, and I look forward to seeing that progression in the coming years.”

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