Justin Sheppard on Big Picture Education, the Advantages of Exploring Passions Early On & Building the Right Foundations

Big Picture Education, the Advantages of Exploring Passions Early On & Building the Right Foundations

Justin Sheppard is a Big Picture Advisor in association with Big Picture Education Australia, offering innovative programs that are revolutionising the education system.  Designed to support passionate high-school students through identifying and exploring what excites them, the program is producing incredible results. I met Justin early on in my career, snapping him and his wife up to work in one of …

Bart Easdown on Working with Family, Social Media Diluting the Human Connection & Understanding Employees

Working with Family, Social Media Diluting the Human Connection & Understanding Employees

This week on the show, I have the pleasure of chatting with a very special guest, Bartholomew Easdown. Bart is the Operations Manager for all four of the holiday parks my wife Casey & I manage, and the youngest of my brothers. A musician at heart, Bart has always felt an underlying pull towards hospitality and tourism-based roles. He has …

Karen Baldwin on Challenges within the Accommodation Industry, Guest Perspective and Prioritising Staff Needs

Challenges within the Accommodation Industry, Guest Perspective and Prioritising Staff Needs

Karen Baldwin is the owner-operator of Best Western Kennedy Drive Airport Motel, in Tweed Heads, NSW. We met at the Best Western Australasia conference, where Karen and her husband Steve won a ‘Quality and Service’ Award. The couple also proudly hold a number one in customer service award. In addition to these impressive accolades, they also boast the third cleanest …

Craig Coughlin on Outsourced Hotel Services, Tapping into Hidden Skills Sets, Eliminating Waste in Guest Accommodation

Outsourced Hotel Services, Tapping into Hidden Skills Sets & Eliminating Waste in Guest Accommodation

Craig Coughlin is the CEO of LUXXE Outsourced Hotel Services, a company that offers outsourced service solutions to hotels. I was keen to chat all things staffing with Craig. In particular, I wanted to get some tips on maintaining a healthy balance when employing a large number of people. Especially in the often-transient hospitality sector. Outsourced Hotel Services LUXXE Outsourced …

Hugh Fitzpatrick on Industry Insights, Caravan & Camping Trends & Rebuilding after a Natural Disaster

Industry Insights, Caravan & Camping Trends & Rebuilding after a Natural Disaster

Hugh Fitzpatrick works with Industry Insights at the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) and is also the chair for the Young Tourism Network. Hugh is passionate about regional Australia and works hard to provide business owners with actionable insights to help them succeed. I was excited to speak with Hugh about stats and data, and the latest on current …

Michael Collins on Eco-Tourism in Indigenous Communities, Made in China & the Importance of a Supportive Family

Eco-Tourism in Indigenous Communities, Made in China & the Importance of a Supportive Family

gap Michael Collins is the principal of CF Global, a procurement company specialising in products used across multiple service-based industries. With a strong background in eco-tourism, Michael shares insights into the emergence of glamping and the impact the sector has on Indigenous Australians. We chat about the quality and demand of products imported from China. We also discuss the importance …

Liz Ward on Training Solutions for Tourism Operators, Co-Founding a Successful Business & Digital Savvy Small Business Owners

Training Solutions for Tourism Operators, Co-Founding a Successful Business & Digital Savvy Small Business Owners

Liz Ward is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tourism Tribe and has worked in technology and tourism for most of her career. Liz started in digital strategy and digital marketing when working for Tourism and Events Queensland. Later, Liz went on to project manage the development of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), subsequently taking the reins as the CEO …

Episode 89. Bruce Harkness on Personalised Customer Experience, Accommodation Based Communalisation & Industry Shaping Millennials

Bruce Harkness on Personalised Customer Experience, Accommodation Based Communalisation & Industry Shaping Millennials

Bruce Harkness is the Senior Vice President of HR and Customer Experience at Wyndham Destinations, Asia Pacific.  Wyndham Destinations is a global company which develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests in approximately 110 countries. I was excited to chat with Bruce for this week’s episode of the ‘That Bad Review’ Podcast series, about providing great customer experience. Personalised Customer …

Bert van Spronsen on Traditional Holiday Parks, Four Key Elements of a Successful Park & Focusing on Existing Guests

Traditional Holiday Parks, Four Key Elements of a Successful Park & Focusing on Existing Guests

Bert van Spronsen is the Founder & Managing Director of Kui Parks, a network of over 80 holiday parks across Australia. Kui Parks are carefully chosen against well-researched criteria, and offer facilities similar to those of traditional holiday parks. Bert bought his first camper trailer when he was twenty, upgrading to a caravan two years later.  He admits to learning …

Katrina McCarter on Marketing to Australia’s Largest Consumer Group, Inter-Generational Travel & the Power of Testimonials

Marketing to Australia’s Largest Consumer Group, Inter-Generational Travel & the Power of Testimonials

Katrina McCarter is an author, speaker & marketing strategist, as well as the founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums. Through her business, Katrina coaches brands in understanding how to sell more effectively to Australia’s biggest consumer market, mums. Katrina is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to marketing. Sharing her insights through her books, keynote speeches and workshops. …