The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese with FiftyFive3’s Tamara Kobiolke

This week, we met FiftyFive3 founder Tamara Kobiolke for a quick coffee or five. Oh, and this interview.

The great thing about my job is…

The people, the diversity, the amazing experiences and emotional connections that you can make. It’s so inspiring and so much fun to create amazing memories that people remember forever.

The challenge for the industry is…

keeping up to date on all the amazing changes and new product that is coming out and keeping one step ahead of your competition.

My greatest achievement is…

Starting up my wee company and moving to the other side of the world, after living away after 20 years and not really knowing the market that well.

I feel so blessed that the market here has been so generous with its time, support and guidance, and so far, everything is working really well and I am loving being home and doing what I’m doing.

The biggest thing in MICE this year will be…

Scotland as an Incentive Destination, it’s still relatively undiscovered and the beauty, the culture, the emotional connections and the value for money is incredible

I try to relax by…

Running, yoga, wine, food! Or getting on a long haul flight and ignoring the fact that wi-fi exists on planes these days!

I don’t understand why…

Time travel doesn’t exist yet!

My favourite venue/destination is…

Edinburgh – the rugged beauty of this magical place stops me in my tracks even after having lived there across almost 20 years!

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

Rwanda to see the Gorillas.

I am scared to death of…

Small heights that will really hurt at the other end.

I can’t live without…

Knowing I’ll get on another plane soon.

I really wish I had…

The ability to travel just with carry on.

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be…

Sir David Attenborough, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sam Heughan, my best friend.

For anyone starting out in the industry one piece of advice I’d give would be….

Stand up tall, trust your instinct, and never sacrifice your integrity.

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