By Monika Grzesik
Celebrating the people of the travel trade.
Just how important the individuals working within the travel industry are was brought home to me this month during ATN's interview with Ali Abu Monassar.
Monassar has been a pioneering force within the region's travel sector for the past 25 years, first as head of Net Group - the biggest tour operator in the region and now fronting his own DMC The Vision.
Monassar, who must be one of the most passionate and enthusiastic individuals you're ever likely to come across when it comes to talking about regional tourism, puts his success down to the strength of the personal relationships he's managed to build up over the years with people in the industry.
As Monassar puts it: "Our industry is all about people. Their experience, their commitment, their dedication and their promises are the most important element for any company in the travel sector."
It's with this kind of sentiment in mind that here at Arabian Travel News we've decided to launch our very own awards night to celebrate the commitment and dedication, of those who we believe to be the ‘unsung heroes' of the travel industry - the travel agents.
It's not been an easy time in the travel industry of late, what with the financial crisis, commission cuts, and swine flu to deal with, and that's just for starters. And while there are no doubt plenty more challenges on the road ahead, right now we think it's important to take a minute to stop and recognise the individuals still striving to be the very best they can be whatever the hurdles being thrown at them.
So, if you think you, one of your colleagues or your company is worthy of an Arabian Travel News Award, don't miss this chance to gain the recognition you deserve. Maybe your manager should to be recognised for the inspirational leadership he's shown your team throughout the crisis, pulling everyone together to reach targets when times were tough. Or should one of your team members be held up as a shining star for the sheer dedication they've shown to their role?
Have you yourself ever gone beyond the call of duty for a client? Maybe you've pulled out all the stops to ensure that they still made their holiday when flights were cancelled, or do you volunteer for every training course under the sun to ensure your industry knowledge is up to scratch?
The first Arabian Travel News Awards will take place during Arabian Travel Market on May 6th and will no doubt be a night to remember for everyone.
Nominate now by visiting
. This is your time to shine!
Monika Grzesik is the editor of Arabian Travel News.