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6 HOT consultants: The people behind your holiday

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6 HOT consultants: The people behind your holiday

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Start your 2017 travel plans by talking to a HOT consultant. The best holidays start when ideas and knowledge are shared, so let’s talk travel.

Meet the people shaping your future holiday. For an insight into the workings of a consultant’s mind, we asked six HOT consultants six holiday related questions.


Jim Mallory: ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT - NELSON

Which destination is your top place to visit in 2017?
Japan. Whether you’re a city person or nature lover, year-round there is always something to do.

If Japan had a personality, what would it be like?
Traditional laced with eccentricity.

What is the best travel experience you’ve ever had?
Sunrise over Macchu Picchu. It was a magical moment and one of those places that lived up to - and exceeded the hype.

Tell us something you bet we didn’t know already.
If you’re not grossed out by bones, visit the catacombs in Paris. A very unique experience that relates to the city’s growth.

What's your favourite childhood memory from a family holiday?
The beach in California when I was eight. It was the first time I saw the ocean.

If you built your own hotel, how would you make it brilliant?
In a cold climate I’d install underfloor heating. It’s such a nice feeling to walk barefoot when it’s snowing outside.

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Happy Aquarian: TRAVEL CONSULTANT - HOT NELSON

Which destination is your top place to visit in 2017?
South and Central America.

If South America had a personality, what would it be like?
Down to earth, captivating and adventurous.

What is the best travel experience you’ve ever had?

South East Asia. Washing and feeding the elephants at Elephant Hills was incredible. We stayed in luxury tents on a beautiful lake and kayaked while looking for gibbons.

Tell us something you bet we didn’t know already.
On some tours you can have dinner in the Vatican and the Pope’s own chef will prepare your dinner for you.

What's your favourite childhood memory from a family holiday?
Travelling through the US with my Dad when I was nine. Theme parks and jet skis on the lake!

If you built your own hotel, how would you make it brilliant?
Free Wi-Fi and remote (mobile) controlled room functions so you can set the air-conditioning on your way home (Next Hotel Brisbane and Aloft Hotel in Bangkok both offer this feature).

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Kirsty Stewart: TRAVEL SPECIALIST - HOT HORNBY

Which destination is your top place to visit in 2017?
Japan - vibrant food, friendly people, diversity, safe, true cultural experiences.

If Japan had a personality, what would it be like?
Unique and captivating.

What is the best travel experience you’ve ever had?
Swimming with sharks on a remote reef off the coast of Belize with no land in sight.

Tell us something you bet we didn’t know already.
Tip over-enthusiastically the first night of a cruise, then always return to the same bar (and bartender) for a more personalised service.

What's your favourite childhood memory from a family holiday?
As a child travelling through Mexico in a green VW Kombi van with my parents and siblings.

If you built your own hotel, how would you make it brilliant?
Themed floors to suit all tastes: one level contemporary, one level cultural and one level low-cost.

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Shane Ogg: LEISURE TRAVEL CONSULTANT - HOT PONSONBY

Which destination is your top place to visit in 2017?
South America, particularly Brazil.

If Brazil had a personality, what would it be like?
Two words only – SENSUALLY SEDUCTIVE!

What is the best travel experience you’ve ever had?
Vietnam. From sipping Long Islands beside busy roads to temple prayers for my eight unborn children (that I’m supposed to have in the near future), it blew my mind.

Tell us something you bet we didn’t know already.
Rabbit Island (kunoshima) is smothered in the cute critters. A short ride from Hiroshima Airport and then a quick ferry, just don’t go if you have allergies!

What's your favourite childhood memory from a family holiday?
Taupo. It doesn’t sound flash, but nothing beats the beauty of Aotearoa.

If you built your own hotel, how would you make it brilliant?
Something very similar to the Hotel Metropole in Venice. With spectacular views (both in landscape and staff), it would exude magnificence.


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Melanie SchonewilleLEISURE MANAGER - HOT WHANGAREI

Which destination is your top place to visit in 2017?
Italy.

If Italy had a personality, what would it be like?
Sexy, romantic, loud and chaotic.

What is the best travel experience you’ve ever had?
A little fishing village called Aspra, an hour out of Palermo, Sicily. The most authentic local experience I’ve ever had - not another tourist in sight for the entire four days.

Tell us something you bet we didn’t know already.
Venice’s corner buildings have arrows pointing to San Marco Square, Rialto Bridge or St Lucia Station. You might go the long way but follow the arrows and you will get there.

What's your favourite childhood memory from a family holiday?
My family rented a bach in Hahei. Come nightfall, us kids would head to the estuary armed with torches and homemade spears to catch flounder.

If you built your own hotel, how would you make it brilliant?
My perfect hotel would be on a beautiful beach, with perfect weather. I don’t need much to be happy, but it must have enough loungers for everybody!

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Amanda Ellis: TRAVEL CONSULTANT - HOT BARRINGTON

Which destination is your top place to visit in 2017?
Cambodia. While cruising down the Mekong River you get to see how the locals live in rural areas.

If Cambodia had a personality, what would it be like?
Hard working and resilient, with a kind, friendly nature.

What is the best travel experience you’ve ever had?
Riding a camel through the Sahara Desert at sunset. The night’s sky is so clear you can see the Milky Way.

Tell us something you bet we didn’t know already.
Prague has an award winning underground bar in the Old Town Square, called Black Angel Bar.

What's your favourite childhood memory from a family holiday?
Visiting Australia Zoo - seeing Steve Irwin and chasing him to say hello!

If you built your own hotel, how would you make it brilliant?
It would be in a tranquil location, themed to the country. Standalone rooms with outdoor spas that overlook the view. It would be all-inclusive and have a pool with a swim up bar.

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