Meet MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Member Tina Shamimi ·

Meet MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Member Tina Shamimi

Family background: Born in Tehran, emigrated to Australia aged five.

What did you do before you joined MTA? I started my career as a travel agent in Dubai working with various airlines before managing a travel agency at the age of 20.   At 22 I returned to Sydney and joined Flight Centre where I worked for 15 years. 

When and why did you join MTA? I moved to MTA in October 2017.  I wanted to work with ‘grown ups’ and be part of a highly respected company, one which allowed me to be a successful, independent business owner and to make my own choices. 

What do you like most about working as an MTA Member? The flexibility to choose my hours, no KPIs and no one on my back telling me what I should be earning for them instead of for myself.  Since joining I have become aware of how highly respected MTA Members are within the travel industry. 

Do you have a specialised area in travel? The world.

What’s one of your biggest personal achievements? To have been able to travel the world for six months of the year, work the other six months from home and still earn over seven-digits all by working on my lap top. 

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt since starting as a home-based travel agent? Time management and self-motivation, viewing and servicing each client as a gold-clad opportunity and remembering it’s my reputation on show beyond the transaction. 

What sets MTA apart from the rest? The 24/7 head office support and the smiles. Nothing is ever too hard for anyone in head office and my amazing BDM is always available with any advice I may need for both personal and business questions. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it? My mother always said to me if you want to get to know someone, travel with them. 

Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry?   Flight Centre’s Graham Turner, a humble man who has stayed true to his beliefs and principals. I admire his passion for travel and the fact that despite owning a multi-billion-dollar company, he can still sit in at any desk and work alongside other consultants. 

What destinations are next on your travel bucket list? Eastern Europe, the Trans-Siberian Railway and an opportunity to sleep in an igloo and see the northern lights. Magical.

 What’s the most memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)? Travelling to South America, sleeping in hammocks, trekking 12 hours a day, living out of a back pack. 

What three things do you always take with you when travelling? My passport, My credit card and my phone.

Which famous person would you most like to travel with and where to?  Sir Richard Branson, flying with him on his private jet to an exclusive island paradise and letting him share the key to all his successes over a bottle of the finest champagne.

What do you find yourself doing on your weekends? Spending time with friends and family but also enjoying the flexibility to log on and work and take care of client. I am doing what I love and making a living at the same time. 

What direction do you see the industry heading in over the next five to ten years? The online sector is growing day by the day, however, many people still prefer to deal with a ‘real’ travel professional who understands their individual needs.

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