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Stacey: So Jamie, shall we call you Jamie or Pudsey? Jamie/ Pudsey: Pudsey's cool, I was given the nickname out in Malia as I was forced to wear an eye patch for the first two months due to a severe eye infection. Stacey: Ok great! So, Pudsey tell us a little bit about your experiences out in Malia. What was your daily routine? Pudsey: I didn't really have a set routine as my day-to-day activities would differ so much. I was basically the guy who greeted groups of guys/ girls at the airport and ensured they had a great holiday. I would usually look after 5/6 different groups a week, collecting them from the airport, helping them check-in and then ensure they knew the best places to go for cheap food and drink. Stacey: Sounds like a great job in the sunshine! Pudsey: It was great, I’d advise it to anybody who's looking to experience something a bit different. If you love living in the sun, working with holiday makers who always have a smile on their face and are up for a good time then this is the job for you. Stacey: What was it like behind closed doors, away from the tourists? Pudsey: We would have a lot of meetings, ensuring that we were meeting criteria and that the tourists were having the best time possible. Stacey: What were the downsides to the job? Pudsey: The main thing for me was getting to know people (mainly the girls), and then having to say goodbye at the end of 7/14 days. Customer complaints weren't my favourite part of the job either. Most of the complaints would come in the morning after the guests had been out on the lash the night before. Fighting, breakages and the usual throwing up on hotel property were usual occurrences that we had to learn to deal with. Stacey: I'll be honest, I was expecting a lot worse. If you were going out to do another season, which resort would you pick and would you do anything differently. Pudsey: I'd definitely go back to Malia. Sure, it's not the classiest resort in the world but it sure pulls in the punters and there is always something different going on, no day is the same when you're out in Malia. If I was to do something different, i'd try not to get as close to the guests as I maybe have done in the past. Stacey: And finally, any tips for people from the UK wanting to go out and work as a holiday rep? Pudsey: Show that you're outgoing in the interviews, I can honestly say I’ve never met a shy holiday rep. Stacey: Thanks for your time Pudsey. If you're looking to work a season abroad like Pudsey, head over to Travel Job Search where you'll find 1000s of the latest travel jobs all over Europe.
Industry statisticians noticed an uplift in world travel during 2013 with international trips rising by 4% in 2013, and forecast to grow by 5% this year. Emerging markets such as China and Russia were the big success stories, as ever more people from these regions chose to venture abroad, shop, eat and drink while experiencing new places. According to ITB World Travel Trends Report 2013/14 Asia and Europe performed particularly well as tourist destinations. “The outlook for 2014 is rosy,” says the report. “Emerging markets will remain the main growth drivers, but both Europe and North America are expected to show solid growth as well.”
Tourism spending in the UK reached record levels between January and August 2013 - a massive £13.7 billion - according to the Office for National Statistics. And this year will be even bigger, industry analysts predict.
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