Profession: Tourism Consultant
Experience: 20 years
Location: Germany, Düsseldorf
I started my career in tourism as a tour guide in Kenya, Spain, Croatia, and Tunisia. I then worked as product manager for a German tour operator.
As of 1992, I led the German office of Destination Canada, the National Tourism Office of Canada as Managing Director for Germany and Switzerland.
In 2011, I set up my Agency KHL Tourism & Lifestyle Consulting to represent international destinations and luxury hotels.
The Hard part I feel about this profession as per my experience till now is :
Travel can be tiring. Sometimes it is hard to consider the different interests of many various players. Clients can also be demanding and do not want to spend a lot of money for services you render.
Things one might find interesting or feel “happy” about this profession are :
Lots of interesting travel, nice places, and wonderful hotels!
Biggest Con which I feel about this profession is :
I am my own time master but have to work a lot.
What my personal experience says about this profession :
All in all, it is wonderful. Never boring, always challenging since the world of tourism is changing rapidly.
I love to work with people from different countries and cultures.
My best travel destinations :
That`s a tough one! I have traveled to over 50 countries so far. Italy, Spain, and Canada are definitely among my favorites.
Any adventurous incident/experience which you come across in your profession.
Oh yes, many! I was working in Kenya when a coup d`etat happened and I had a group of 15 German tourists with me. That tour turned into a little nightmare but I survived.🙂.
Working as a tour guide is great and a good school for life. You have to deal with all kinds of people and have challenges almost every day.
What inspired you to start your own blog www.khllifestyle.com ?
I thought to share my travel experiences with interested people from all over the world. I like to write and take photos so this was almost a natural decision.
Also, I am very interested in subjects like fitness and nutrition so I am trying to combine this with travel as part of my blog.
I really feel great about this interview since it provides an excellent opportunity for me to share my thoughts.
Thank you so much!