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Merina Begg Merina Begg

Merina Begg, Managing director, ARGENTINA TRAVEL PARTNERS DMC, Buenos Aires, Argentina

When and how did you get involved in the tourism industry? I was practically born into the industry. My father [...] ran a very successful travel company in Argentina.

I first worked [...] in London concentrating on the Caribbean and Far East [and later] [...] developed a South America programme. In 1992, I returned to Argentina to join my father’s company [...].

Today, after 10 years, I own and run ARGENTINA TRAVEL PARTNERS DMC, an independent destination management company specialising in the range of unique travel experiences [in] Argentina and Uruguay.

What are the most important attributes of a good travel agent/tour operator?

Listening to the customers and product knowledge. Learn who the client is and what their expectations are. Then impart your knowledge of the destination or product based on the information you have learnt.

What is the most frequently asked question that your company receives from customers?

When is the best time to travel? [Argentina] is very varied and offers great experiences year round [...] from tropical jungles in the north to Antarctic ice in the south.

What are the must-visits and must-dos in Argentina that nobody should miss?

From the glaciers of Patagonia to the highest peak in the Americas, from Antarctica to the bustle of Buenos Aires, there is so much to see in this dynamic and incomparable country.

Which destination is on your bucket-list?

I would love to explore more of Europe, Africa [and the] Far East.

Ultimately, my heart is in South America, particularly Argentina. I continue to discover things [...] so I keep on travelling in my own country.

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