Biting Questions with Dan Prior, Sales Manager Ontario & Atlantic Canada, Transat Tours

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Where were you born?  In Scarborough, Ont.

How long have you been in the business? About 18 years now, starting on board RCCL working in the kids’ program. I’ve since worked for Contiki, AAT Kings, Exotic and Boomerang Tours and now coming up to five years with Transat. 

How many people work for you?  Seven.

What’s the best part of the job?   The people – and of course the travel!

What did you want to be as a kid?  A police officer. My dad was a police detective -  which is why he talked my brother and me out of it. 

What was your first ever job? Bagging groceries at IGA.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done? The Edgewalk at the CN Tower. I’m not good with heights.

Any guilty pleasures?  I collect vintage (70’s and 80’s) action figures. The most I’ve ever paid for one? $50. Trust me, my wife doesn’t allow me to collect too many of them.

What’s your favourite airline? Transat, of course – or sked: Cathay Pacific. And Air New Zealand.

Favourite hotel?  Hey, that’s like asking me to choose my favourite child! I guess of all our product choices, any hotel that falls under the Transat Collections properties would be pretty good for me.

What’s on your iPad? Apps, notes and music. A lot of Grateful Dead.

What do people not know about you?   That I’m 40 years old.

Any hobbies or interests?   Playing the guitar and travel, of course.

What skill or talent do you admire in someone? People who can play the guitar really well.  I’m in awe.

Is there anything you won’t eat? Liver. I have eaten some crazy stuff – ants, spiders, you name it. I’ll eat anything but liver.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? An Antarctic expedition cruise with Lindblad Expeditions.

Ever had a brush with fame?  I once sat beside actor-director Kevin Smith on a flight back from L.A.

What keeps you awake at night?  Marvel’s Puzzle Quest game on my phone.

How do you spend your frequent flyer points? Flying my wife to join me on weekend layovers.

What was your greatest extravagance?  We got married in the Maldives. Extravagant for sure.

How do you stay fit when you travel? Walking.

If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be? Consumers’ perceived cost of an airline ticket. Changing the mentality that you get what you pay for and it’s not just about the cheapest price.

If you could sit next to anyone on a long-haul flight, who would it be? [Chef and author] Anthony Bourdain. We could talk about food, travel drink – all my favourite things.

What kind of car do you drive? A Subaru Forester

Do you have a favourite charity? SOS Children’s Villages.

What will be the biggest challenge for the industry in the next 12 months? People’s urge to hunker down and not travel in the face of terrorism.

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