Representing Fresh Tracks Canada in the Bay Area of California, Bill Boden has over 30 years’ experience in the tourism industry with a proven track record for increasing exposure and sales for Tour Wholesalers and Travel Agents. Operating Boden Travel Marketing Assoc. Inc, for the past 24 years, Bill has represented numerous international travel brands, his passion for Canada stemming from his previous work with BC Rail.
What drew you to work in the travel industry?
I wanted to see the world and loved to travel, so I applied to work for Aeromexico Airlines in Sales & Marketing and was selected to represent them full time in Northern California. This opened so many opportunities for me to see the world with my family.
What do you like most about your job?
Apart from the fact that I am constantly learning about new destinations, I also have met and formed so many wonderful business relationships with travel agents who are also passionate about travel and discovering the world.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel industry?
Mahen Sanghrajka, owner of Big Five Tours and Expeditions, who not only is passionate about worldwide destinations, but wants all of his tours to be inspiring to those who travel with his company. He has 40 years in customizing tours.
What do you want to see improve in the industry?
As the internet travel companies move forward in creating more opportunities for consumers to travel, my hope is that the consumers who shop on-line will also be influenced to contact the home-based as well as brick and mortar travel agents that have the knowledge and experience in customizing tours, and setting up every detail of a tour to perfection.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
Although I have travelled worldwide to so many destinations, I still have on my bucket list to visit Argentina, Fiji, Japan, & Holland. And there are many more.
What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had?
Visiting the Normandy Coast of France with family, and seeing the landing sites for World War II gave me a greater appreciation for our U.S. soldiers who gave their lives to liberate France and Europe as a whole.
What are three things you must always take with you when you travel?
Umbrella, sunscreen, and toothbrush.
Name someone famous with whom you’d like to travel and where you’d to take them.
I think it would be fun to travel with Woody Allen and take him to see the Polar Bears on a Fresh Tracks Canada tour to Churchhill, Manitoba.