This month’s sixty seconds is with our Head of Supplier Relations, Nick Wickers joined the DT family just a few months ago. With a wealth of experience and travel anecdotes, naturally we wanted to know more!
What does your job involve?
Alongside my team our primary role is to work with airlines, hotels and rail suppliers to deliver the best in market content for our clients in the humanitarian and academic fields, focusing on delivering the extra flexibility these specialist sectors really demand.
That’s the ‘day job’ if you like, but we also will step in to trouble shoot any problems that arise in reservations, work with our marketing team to put together joint plans, and assist our sales, training and fares colleagues in every aspect that involves our suppliers.
What do you enjoy most about working within the Diversity Travel team?
Well, it can be a cliche but no two days are the same here! The diverse range of our clients mean we deal with suppliers operating in every corner of the globe, and our job is to work closely with our colleagues to manage these smoothly and effectively. I think we’re exceptionally lucky to have such a well travelled and experienced staff who are used to expertly handling literally any request thrown at them and that’s really inspiring to be part of.
If you could give one piece of advice for travellers what would it be?
I’m sure I should say something wise about packing light but I’ll go with: make sure you have a credit card that’s free to use abroad without extra charges (they can really rack up and be an unwelcome surprise on your return!)
What is the best destination you have travelled to?
I’ve been back to South Africa over 40 times! It’s so diverse you can always find something new… and Cape Town has to be my favourite city on Earth. But for the infectious warmth of the people, the jaw dropping landscapes and of course the mountain gorillas, it’s Uganda every time.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would they be?
A wind-up radio so I could listen to the cricket from Lords. A bag of plant seed to grow something to eat and keep me occupied. And finally an album of photos of my loved ones (mainly my dog Archie!)
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