Meet Music Travel Consultants Tour Director Pam BrittonMark Ferrell
If the unpredictable happens on your performance trip, your dedicated Music Travel Consultants Tour Director is at your side to tackle problems and keep the trip on track. Music Travel Consultants Tour Directors like Pam Britton flatten the bumps to make sure that no one misses out on trip features they worked so hard to reach.
A true southern girl with a warm smile and loads of charm, Pam Britton loves to travel. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi into an Air Force officer’s family, Pam caught the travel bug at a very young age. Moving every three or four years, as dad’s assignments changed, she lived in Japan, Hawaii, and Nebraska before ending up in Texas. Her fun beginnings, followed by years of teaching and work as a school administrator, prepared Pam to lead groups anywhere!
Her father hailed from Southern Illinois, so Pam attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. There, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After graduation, she moved back to Texas, where she began teaching and earned a Masters degree in School Administration. As Assistant Principal at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas, Pam really enjoyed mentoring students and watching them turn into productive citizens.
“Pam is a blast! She is funny and gets along with parents really well (since she worked with them for so long). But, she also knows how to interact with students. Pam often tour directs with Anne Anderson. They make a great team, because their talents complement each other!”
Music Travel Consultants ran its popular MTC Tour Director questions by a cheerful Pam Britton. Enjoy her responses!
How long have you been a Tour Director for Music Travel Consultants?
Pam: I have been tour directing since the fall of 2012, so six years.
Do you have any background in music/music education?
Pam: I don’t have a background in music but as an Assistant Principal, I was involved with all of the school’s fine arts programs.
How did you get started tour directing?
Pam: I traveled with our band and dance team to BOA and other competitions and we always used Music Travel Consultants. That’s when I met Mark Ferrell. He suggested that I tour direct for Music Travel Consultants when I retired, so I took him up on the suggestion! I love it!
How many total trips have you tour directed?
Pam: I usually direct three or four trips a year, so about 17 so far.
What is the hardest part of being a successful MTC Tour Director?
Pam: Trying to answer any questions that the travelers may have, and realizing that you are the facilitator, and not actually running the show, but helping to keep things on track.
What is the largest group you have tour directed for?
Pam: I think around 300+, but with another tour director.
Is there something you wish travelers knew before the trip departs?
Pam: Yes, that the bus and driver aren’t available 24 hours a day. They have strict regulations on the amount of time they can drive.
What’s your proudest moment, or a time when you being there made a difference/impact?
Pam: I always feel good at the end of a trip, if everyone seems to have had a great time and got some new experiences. And hopefully, there were very few hiccups or problems.
What is your favorite place to travel/visit with and without groups?
Pam: We have a place in Aruba, so we travel there every year. But, I love taking groups to the Rose Bowl Parade and to New York City, because it’s such an impressive place.
What does it take to be a successful MTC Tour Director?
Pam: Being calm and patient.
What are the benefits of having an MTC Tour Director at your side?
Pam: Usually, we have visited the place we are going, so we have some knowledge of how to make things smoother and more enjoyable. Also, if any issues arise, we are there to handle the problems, so the clients can just enjoy the trip and be spared any hassles. Also, our Operations Department has arranged everything including meals, tickets etc.
Any advice or things you want to share with groups considering performance travel?
Pam: The main thing is to have fun! Experience everything you can and enjoy and cherish the memories you are making.
Do you think you have what it takes to wear the cape and be an MTC Tour Director like Pam?
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