travelmob chief executive and co-founder Turochas ‘T’ Fuad

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Turochas 'T' Fuad.
   

When and why did you join the industry?
I’m a big fan of travelling – my wife and I are active scuba divers – and after 20 years of experience in the technology industry I realised I could combine my talents with my passion.

What do you like most about your job?
I think it’s interesting to be in a space that is completely new, untapped and still evolving. There’s a lot of stuff that’s not proven yet and there’s plenty that isn’t solved. It’s a great challenge for me to leave a very comfortable job to go and prove something to myself.

What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career thus far?
I think the ability to jump from one industry to another. I started off in a very tech-centred environment – corporate enterprise software – and moved onto different industries such as mobile, internet, VOIP. The biggest achievement for me is that there’s some commonality that I’ve brought along the way from all these different industries that I think is worth talking about.

Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel industry?
I look up to the guys at Priceline. They have a good grasp and understanding of the entire industry and entire ecosystem as a whole. If you look at it from end-to-end, they do have at least one company or a solution that provides that kind of service.

What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
Mongolia is someplace that I’ve always wanted to go. I’m a huge history buff and I’m forever trying to understand how empires fall. I’d love to go there to experience that.

What do you want to see improve in the industry?
It comes down to the basics of travel. There are a lot of folks focused on optimising numbers and maximising profit – which is fine, it’s part of business – but sometimes you forget what the guest wants. The guest, at the end of the day, wants a nice experience that they can come back and talk about and you can translate that into good business.

What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?
I took my wife on our honeymoon to Tanzania. I can’t believe I convinced my wife to do that! It was a good and bad experience, the bad being that when we arrived I found out that my bags had been cut up and our jackets stolen, so we were freezing – the good being that we stayed in this moveable camp and we awoke one morning, surrounded by a herd of 30 elephants and were offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness nature, so vividly and so close. It was amazing!

What are three things you always take with you when travelling?
My camera, my power adapter and my kindle.

Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them (dead or alive).
Steve Jobs. I’d like to corner him and ask him a lot of questions about how he became successful.

Thank you for your time!

 
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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