I'm older than dirt and have been having a ball on radio in Australia, Norfolk Island, (look it up for yourself!!!) , New Zealand, Indiana and on a bunch of stations in Florida.
I could talk the leg off a table, and have (once) been acused of suffering from verbal diaroria! In other word, I am never short of something to say, especially if it has something to do with travel or the travel industry!
During my last year in Australia as National Sales & Marketing Dirsctor of one of the Country's largest Travel Wholesalers, I flew on 230 flights and drove 120,000 KM in my car. I have no idea why I paid rent on an apartment because I was never there!
It was a really ough job, but someone had to do it: I had to travel to every South Pacific Island 3 times a year and then perform at every Travel Show in Australia, whilst I was visiting 80% or the Travel Agencies, wrote, and produced the 5 x 48 page destination brochures we produced and, Oh Bye the Way, I also took most of the photographs included in those publications.
Just in case this all sounds like a lot of work, believe me when I say it was a lot of fun! Because I was doing what I was doing, I was frequenly called upon for radio, TV and newspaper interviews;at which time I discovered my FIRST love in the Travel Industry.
Spreading the word is where it is at, so I became a stringer for a bunch of Newspapers and a regular on Radio in Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Indiana and Florida.
If any of you have larangititus and need some one to interview about the Travel Industry, or even something vaguely related thereto, to save your voice, give me a call and I will "wing it."
By the way, the Aussie Accent is a reall assett for voice overs or add spots that need an Emeril BAMMM!!!
Vanuatu, Fiji, Tasmania, The Solomon Islands, Roatan The Whitsunday Islands, Palau, Tasmania, New Zealand, Queensland, Airlie Beach, Bundaburg Qld, AUS, Denver and Florida. To Name but a few!
My Favorite Foods:
New Zealand Greenlip Mussels, Sushi, Australian Crayfish, Mutton Bird, Meat Pies, Sausage Rolls, Pasties, Grouper, Maine Lobster, Rare Prime Rib, Roast Lamb with mint sauce abd 3 veg, Scotch Eggs, Bangers & Mash, Seafood Chowder, Meatloaf and anthing I cook on the Barbque, Oh, did I mention Oystersany way they can be prepared!! I love food as long as it isn't really hot with spices, because the hot spices and peppers don't like me !
My Favorite Beverages:
Hot, fresh Earl Gray Tea every morning, Fresh squeesed leamonade at lunch, Wolf Blass Chardoney or Cab Sav with dinner, a Bunderburg OP rum and Coke after dinner and a Grandfather's Port with coffee.
My Favorite Sweets:
Creme Caramel and my Mum;s Rice Pudding. However I receintly tried an IHOP Banana Caramel fried something or other and thought I had died and gone to heaven!
My Favorite People:
Too many to mention, but my late father was a major influence.in my life and still pulls me up short if I am about to do something stupid!
My Favorite Sports Team and/or Individual Sports Personalities:
Carlton Football Club in Australia, Notre Dame, the Tampa Bay Rays, The Buckineers and as an individual, the Buck's Coach John Gruden, who is one of the most inspiring motivational guest speakers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting at a one day train the trainer day.
My Favorite Books:
Everyting written by John Grisham! F.Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" a number of Charles Dicken's works, I am avid reader, and in a former life was a proof reader for 3 Publishing Companies. Every time I read another book, be it Fiction or Non Fiction, the author becomes my new favorite author and his book, even if it is only half way decent, it becomes my new favorite book by my new favorite author.
My Favorite Movies:
Splas, What About Bob, Indiana Jones (all) Pretty Woman, City Slickers, Overboard, Who's On First, Christmas Vacation. And a whole bunch more!
My Favorite Television Shows:
The Travel Channel, The News Programs, Survivor, Big Brother, M.A.S.H., Walker Texax Ranger, Mr Ed, Friends, Still Standing, and a whole bunch more!!
My Favorite Music:
Impossible to describe, I still have a turntable on which I listen to many of my 1,500 vinyl albums covering the gambit from classical to rock and everything in between, I also own a smilar collection of cassette tapes and even more C.D.s.
Now, thanks to Spiralfrog.com I am creating a whole new collection of my favorite music! The internet is an amaxing thing!
My School or Alma Mater:
University Of Tasmania
Manager with YUM Corp and Part Time Talk Show Host
Married to my third wife for 15 years and we celebrate or anniversary on september 11th each year!
My really great accomplishments in life have been to have found my soal mate, having brought up a whole bunch of children and having survived 3 heart attacks!
I am guessing that the devil doesn't want my and that God ain't ready for me yet, so I am convinced that He has a lot more me to say down here, so I don't give Him a headache when I finally arrive at the Pearly Gates!
Why I'm Here:
Personal, Professional, To Network, To Make Friends, To Share Ideas, To Learn, To Change the World
To share the wonderful experiences that Travel has to offer with those to whom travel seems to be an unacheivable goal.
It is my hope that through the very generous sponsors of Tilley Talks Travel I will continue to be able to provide prizes offered by my guests and sponsors which will enable some of our financially challenged listeners to take a well earned vacation.
At This piont in time, I have been blessed by my guests and show sponsors (over the last 5 years) to have given away vacations worth in excess of $300,000:00
Hello Marcus, welcome to The People's Lounge!!! I can see your getting around just fine, and LOVE your enthusiasm! Better yet, you're a man or the world— yes indeed, my lovely Wife and I just love to travel and always wish that we could do more.
Please let me know how TPL can support you. I would also like nothing more than to begin to integrate "Travel" here at the Lounge, so i'm open to ideas anytime. :-)
Warm blessings and best wishes to you, and best of luck with your endeavors!!! Wil
Hi Marcus, thanks for the invitation. So you work in Australia. I'm in Sydney, Australia but originally from New Zealand. I've been here for 22 years now so I suppose I could be called an Australian. I don't know too much about the travel industry except that I'd love to travel overseas when I get the chance. Maybe when I do, you can tell me all the best places to go. Great to meet you Marcus.
travel industry now isn't that a prompt from the universe, Lately i have been haing some wonderful opportunities to promote peoples tours and countries thrown my way and then you come along...interesting!
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