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5 minutes with… Ari Priester, VP of Samsonite Australia and New Zealand

The executive leading luggage company Samsonite in Australia and New Zealand shares his travel tips, plus why he’s so passionate about his role.

Ari Priester, Vice-President of Samsonite Australia and New Zealand

Ari Priester certainly knows a thing or two about business travel, staying connected and relaxing in style.

You travel a lot for business, what are your top tips for a successful trip?

Be prepared for anything and, where possible, pack light. My favorite carry-on at the moment is the Cosmolite 3.0 – our lightest hardside. I suggest using a small travel pack where you keep your accessories like travel adaptors, chargers and USBs in little compartments.

Be prepared for anything and, where possible, pack light.

How do you stay connected with your team when you’re on the road?

In addition to email, I use Skype and WhatsApp. We have also started to use the Workplace Facebook app.

What are your favourite destinations for relaxing?

Anywhere with a nice pool or beach such as Bali and resort areas around Thailand. I would like to get to Bora Bora some day.

What is the best thing about your job?

Having the opportunity to travel and seeing the best and most diverse countries around the world, as well as being able to connect with a global network throughout our organisation, which has locations in North America, Asia–Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

What can we expect from Samsonite in the next 12 months?

We’ll continue to roll out a catalogue of new and exciting product across our brands – Samsonite, American Tourister (we have recently signed a leading sports star as the global ambassador, which is going to take the brand to the next level), Lipault Paris, High Sierra and Hartmann. We’re always focused on innovation to ensure we maintain our position as the global leader in the travel sector.

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