Bobby Kerr, Chairman, Insomnia Coffee
Security checks and Nairobi Airport are two ‘downsides’ of business travel for Irish entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, but he did get to meet Phil Lynott
Bobby has a variety of business interests in food (including Insomnia Coffee and Bang Restaurant), hospitality, technology, manufacturing and retail. He is also a popular public speaker and business mentor, a ‘Dragon’ on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den, and presents ‘Down to Business’, a Sunday business breakfast show on Newstalk.
On average, how much do you travel each year, and to which countries?
Which frequent flyer cards do you hold – and who gets the flight credits, you personally or the company?
Who normally books your travel – yourself, someone else in-house, or an outside agency?
Do you have preferred airlines?
What are your favourite – and ‘least favourite’ – airports?
In which cabin class do you normally travel for short-haul and for long-haul flights – and what determines the choice?
Do any airlines stand out for their inflight food and wines?
How do you avoid / cope with jet lag?
What annoys you the most about flying? Airline websites? Airport check-in systems? Security checks? Being away?
Do you, or does company policy, give preference to particular international hotel groups – and are hotel star ratings specified?
Similarly, do you or does company policy give preference to particular car rental companies?
If you were allowed to make one change to Dublin Airport, what would it be?
Who is the most interesting person you have ever met on an aircraft?