18 Jun Meet the Team: Graeme Descoteaux
This month on Meet the Team, we sit down with Graeme Decoteaux, Head of LateRooms.com Business, to find out all about his role and what made him pursue a career in the travel industry.
What made you want to get into the Travel Industry?
I have always had a passion for travel and the hunger to experience new cultures and cuisines.
It really stared after University when I went on a 3-month trip (with my now wife) taking in USA, FIJI, New Zealand and Australia. Eventually when it was time to come home there was recession happening in the UK, so I decided to stay and live and work in Australia and New Zealand for a year and a half. During this time, I managed to explore these amazing countries as well as visit parts of Asia. When I eventually came back to the UK, I really wanted to turn other people’s dream trips into a reality and to my luck got a job at STA Travel doing just that.
When did you join Late rooms Business?
On a day to day basis what does your job involve?
My job can be quite varied at times but ultimately my role involves driving the LateRooms.com Business product into the SME market. Overseeing an Accounts and Sales team and making sure we are catering for current customer needs but also seeking out new opportunities in the marketplace.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the autonomy both myself and the team get with our brand. Since joining the business back in September 2016, we have changed and developed the product so much it’s hard to remember what it was like. It is great to have the opportunity to implement both mine and the team’s ideas and making them a reality.
What previous experience do you have that got you here today?
I have worked in travel for almost 10 years now and have had a lot of experience managing sales teams as well as running my own travel stores around the country. For me it is about the people, both internal and external that are always key.
Where is the best place you’ve ever travelled to?
This is a tricky one. I would have to say either Japan on Fiji.
And where is on the bucket list?
South America and Africa
What is the best advice you would give to someone looking to join the Travel Industry?
Go for it. It’s one of the best industry’s to be involved in and there are so many diverse roles you can do. People are very like-minded and generally down to earth.