For each seasonal issue, we will spotlight a partner in our Travel Trade Community! Let us know if you would like to be our next “spotlight” guest.

This spring, we are starting off with Ceri Chong and Mandy Wilcox-Ko of Tourism Richmond!

Spotlight Questions:

  1. How long have you been with Tourism Richmond?
  2. Who inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
  3. What do you love most about your job?
  4. Where were you born?
  5. What’s something about you (a fun fact) that few people know?
  6. What’s one item you can’t live without?
  7. An item on your bucket list.
  8. Favourite place you have visited?
  9. Tea or coffee?
  10. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who would be
    (could be alive or dead) and why?
Ceri Chong, Director, Destination & Industry Development

Ceri’s answers:

  1. 8 years!
  2. I’ve always had a passion for travelling, visiting new places and learning about different cultures. My career has allowed me to share with others the benefits you get personally from travelling; and the benefits residents get with tourism as an economic driver in their community.
  3. Working with our stakeholders and partners and seeing the positive impact of tourism to their business.
  4. Wales, UK
  5. On my 17th birthday I joined the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) as a volunteer crew member, following in the footsteps of my Grandad, Dad, and Brother. I was the younger female crew member in the UK at the time!
  6. My smart phone
  7. Safari in Africa
  8. I love many places, but I especially love Australia
  9. Tea
Mandy Wilcox-Ko, Trade Trade Representative

Mandy’s answers:

  1. 5 months
  2. A college teacher who I keep in touch with.
  3. The people and the ability to continue to meet new and interesting humans.
  4. England, UK
  5. Huge Coldplay fan!
  6. Music
  7. Northern lights
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Tea
  10. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General – he had a very interesting life and had to push through many life battles.