Samson Tan on Travel, Global Travel Trends, Water Polo & Golf

Part 1/5 - Experience in the Travel Industry & Global Travel Trends

In this segment, Samson Tan, CEO, GTMC Travel & Chairman, Inbound Committee, National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), shares his insights on the travel industry, especially in Singapore. How the internet boom changed the dynamics across key aspects within the industry; the emergence of an interesting O-to-O trend wherein increasingly for a product promoted online, the transaction takes place offline, displaying a global rise in offline transactions reflecting an increasing preference towards the service component offered.

Part 2/5 – His Fitness Journey from Fat to Fit & Acing Triathlons

In this segment, Rajen takes us through his journey into fitness with his move to Singapore in 2011 as a senior executive with Mastercard. He shares how he chanced upon the concept of triathlons, having casually signed up for one such on a vacation to Phuket in 2013 and though he felt that he would ‘die at various points in the event’ he was hooked on to it at the end and wanted to carry on testing his limits even as he sat in an ice tub trying to help his body recover from the shock of having endured the race.

It was The Metasprint series in Singapore, however, which helped him approach the triathlon in a methodical manner which was key to help him approach the sport systematically and eventually see them as fun. He shares how he loves biking and how he struggled with swimming having learnt it only five- six years ago but persisted anyway. Rajen now looks forward to his training which is engineered seamlessly within his daily schedule. When we recorded our conversation, Rajen was training to undertake the Challenge Roth triathlon event, equivalent of the full IRONMAN event and which he successfully completed this July at Bavaria.

Part 3/5 – On Water Polo: Playing Competitively, Administering Effectively

Samson is an avid water polo player since he was 9 years old and plays in the Chinese Swimming Club, Singapore. He had in his prime years had represented the national team and had played in the South East Asian games, the Asian championships. Tan was also the vice president for water polo Singapore from 2016-18.

Part 4/5 – For the Love of Golf

When Samson isn’t traveling or isn’t enjoying a good meal, he can be found at a golf course! Tan loves to play golf and is doing so for nearly twenty years now. He has won several amateur golf tournaments and holds close to his heart his two wins in the NATAS yearly challenge. Tan believes golf has helped him in honing his decision-making skills.

Part 5/5 – On Work-Life Balance & Importance of Family

In this segment, Samson Tan shares his thoughts on work-life balance and on his firm belief that a happy family is the most important building block for success and fulfillment.

HIGHLIGHTS

This episode comprises the Highlights of the #KeepitAlive conversation with Samson Tan, CEO, GTMC Travel & Chairman, Inbound Committee, National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS).

In this conversation with Manoj Aravindakshan, Samson shares his insights on the travel industry, especially in Singapore, his love for water polo which he began playing when he was 9 years old. Samson had represented the national team and had played in the South East Asian Games, the Asian championships. Tan was also the vice president for water polo Singapore from 2016-18.

Tan also loves to play golf and is doing so for nearly twenty years now and has won several amateur golf tournaments. Samson also shares his thoughts on work-life balance and considers his family the most important factor in his life.

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