Q&A with Bianca Smith

1. What is your role at PG Tops?

Overseeing staff, handling HR, banking and consulting.

2. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Creating/ building new and exciting itineraries for clients.

3. What makes PG Tops unique?

The flexibility of our tours, our guides and the speed of replying upon consultation.

4. What is your favourite PG Tops tour and why?

Peninsula! There’s just so much to see and the best part is driving around at Cape Point looking for animals.

5. What is your ultimate travel destination in South Africa?

Narina Lodge, Kruger.

6. What are the top three destinations on your bucket list?

  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Mozambique

7. If you could have dinner with any woman in the world, who would it be?

Kate Hudson – I often hear that I look like her.

8. What women in the travel and tourism industry inspire you?

All my lovely lady colleagues in the office – Imogen, Monade, Danielle & Lauren.

9. What is the best career advice you have been given?

Under promise and over deliver.

10. What is your favourite motivational quote?

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

11. If you could only pack five things for a trip, what would they be?

Underwear, mascara, phone, charger and wallet.

Q&A with Lauren-Lee Isaacs

1. What is your role at PG Tops?

My main role is called Control Tower and it basically means that I’m in charge of the schedule and making sure that all the bookings display the correct information. I make sure that each client has a guide and a vehicle allocated to it. I am also a consultant.

2. What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people I work with; there is not a day that goes by that we don’t have a good laugh. Also, the educationals (experiencing the places we send clients first hand). But my job is very challenging (which I like) and it’s very rewarding when a client gives you a good review because then you know you’ve delivered a great service.

3. What makes PG Tops unique?

Well, I don’t think there is anything specific that makes us unique as there are so many places out there that do what we do. I think the difference though is that we do it better.

4. What is your favourite PG Tops tour and why?

The Cape Canopy Tour. I’d do it again and again and again because it’s just so much fun and I kind of think it’s a good stress reliever. I also love Hermanus and the drive going there. I feel like it’s our own little Hamptons.

5. What is your ultimate travel destination in South Africa?

If I could choose to go anywhere in South Africa, it would have to be Grootbos, Gansbaai, we were recently treated to an overnight educational and it was amazing.

6. What are the top three destinations on your bucket list?

Turkey, Cuba and Chile. Turkey for the Turkish Delight, Cuba for the Cuban Cigars and Chile for the Chinchorro mummies.

7. If you could have dinner with any woman in the world, who would it be?

Ellen Degeneres. I think she’s hilarious but is also a great ambassador for women all over the world.

8. What women in the travel and tourism industry inspire you?

It would have to be one of my tourism lecturers, Lesley Badenhorst. She played a very important role in getting me to where I am today.

9. What is the best career advice you have been given?

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you’ve already done.

10. Who is your role model and why?

My role model is not a woman but my father.

11. What is your favourite motivational quote?

‘’I believe in pink; I believe that laughter is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything else is going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another and day and I believe in miracles.’’ (Audrey Hepburn)

12. If you could only pack five things for a trip, what would they be?

If I were going on an island vacation, I would take a good book, iPod, a camera, sunglasses, flip-flops and suntan lotion.