Prior to founding HTS, Richard developed his business, sales and marketing skills in the retail travel sector owning and operating both regional and national chains. He enjoys sharing his experience with the nuances of selling and promoting in the diverse Canadian market.
Richard’s background in retail travel spans a lifetime of achievements with respected companies such as; BCAA Travel, Hagen’s Travel, Holiday Travel Consultants and Canada 3000 Tickets, which achieved the award of distinction as being the ‘Best Managed Private Companies’ Western Canada. His extensive knowledge of the travel business has been sought in consulting roles with major airlines and tour operators.
His latest venture is in email marketing where he has been assisting travel suppliers and tourist boards to connect with Canadian & US retail travel professionals utilizing Holiday Travel Solution's extensive database and powerful email platform.
Similarly, the division, Travelista Marketing helps travel professionals keep the relationship with their clients alive by providing an extensive library of destination newsletters that inform and inspire and that are branded with the individual travel agent's photo, logo and contact information.
“My life-long career in the travel industry has given me the opportunity to travel to six continents and sail the seven seas. I have had the privilege to lead terrific teams of Travel Consultants who have helped me build some of the most successful retail companies in Canada.
My varied career has given me unique insights to all aspects of the travel industry – retail travel, tour operations, cruise lines and destination management. I continue to learn about the business of travel and our wonderful world. And, there are still many exciting destinations on my ‘ bucket list’.
My partner and I created Travelista Marketing so that we could use our skills to help travel counsellors and to give back to the industry and professionals that have been so very helpful in the development of our careers”.
We look forward to working with you.
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