Travel Partners Dunedin is owned and operated by long-time travel professional and ardent traveller, Denise Holmes. Denise has made a career out of turning travel dreams into reality. In a time when international travel can be bought with the click of a mouse, Denise has a philosophy about travel that sets her apart. She knows that the quality of the experience will remain long after the cost has been forgotten. GTN caught up with Denise and Sarah to find out more.
What do you like about being part of GTN?
GTN has amazing support. It’s great being part of a group of independent agents and getting to know them and finding out how they operate. I also like the GTN dedicated famils.
How do you define a great travel experience?
Something new. Well organised. Seamless. Smooth. Exciting. Business Class.
What do you think will change about travel and your business in the next five years?
I think fares will get more complicated, and changes will be harder to make. I also think with more people booking online, people are starting to have bad experiences and more people will be coming back to travel agents.
How did you get into the travel industry?
Denise: when I came back from London I got offered a job at Thomas Cook as a temp – because of my knowledge of geography.
Sarah: left high school and wanted to study something that I found interesting, so I did a NZ Travel & Tourism course.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Denise: I’ve been a Rotarian for 20 plus years.
Sarah: I left high school at 16 to study travel and tourism.