Meet the Boss: Mike Collins of Tropical Sky

Here at 101 Holidays, we like to get to know the people behind the world’s finest travel companies. This week we talk to Mike Collins, managing director of Tropical Sky.

* Where did you go on holiday this year, and why? Any plans for 2012?

Skiing in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It has fantastic facilities for the kids and for me it’s a great escape from work. When heading down the slope all my concentration is on getting down in one piece so there is no room for work thoughts!

“In 2012 we will be taking a safari in Kenya. My youngest is finally old enough to appreciate the wildlife rather than waste all that money on a bumpy ride whilst playing on her DS.”

* If you could spend a long weekend in any city abroad, which would you pick, and why?

Miami. What better way to combine good food, luxury accommodation, shopping and sunshine?

* Please tell us three items that are always found in your luggage.

Paracetamol (no guesses why), a pack of cards for those airport delays and a laptop – I need to stay in touch.

* What one thing would most improve people’s overall holiday experience?

Airports! No matter how good we make the customer experience we cannot control the attitudes and queues in airports for security and imigration. British Airways has made inroads at T5, vastly improving the route from check in to aircraft and Virgin’s fastrack to the ClubHouse at Heathrow is the best (if you are lucky enough to be in Upper Class).

* What has been your worst holiday experience?

Getting lost in Chicago, diving off the freeway when we had a rearview mirror full of mac truck and finding ourselves in the most grim suburb – something out of a film set!

* What is the most exciting project your company is working on right now?

We are in the process of launching Latin America which is really opening up with more airlift at better prices. South American countries are generally bucking the worldwide trends for economic success and the range and quality of hotels and experiences for tourists are accelerating, making it a must-go destination for the adventurous traveller who needs an element of luxury to really enjoy their exploring.”

* Thanks, Mike.

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