Rajoo, owner of Discover Travel and Tours, who obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Westville, Durban (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal), was an unlikely entrant into the tourism industry, after holding multiple positions in financial divisions of the corporate world. Rajoo was one of several entrepreneurs who were given the chance to exhibit their businesses at Africa’s Travel Indaba, in Durban, recently.
He worked in finance for Smith and Nephew, Unilever, Clover and, finally, Thompson’s Travel, before stepping out of the mould to join the latter’s core business services, where he worked as a consultant and was later promoted to touring manager in charge of tour guides. He worked for the firm for 15 years.
“Just after the Soccer World Cup in 2010, I was retrenched and I was left without a job, and all the commitments to fulfil and a bond to pay,” Rajoo said.
Rajoo said he had taken a course in tour guiding, just to learn more about the day-to-day experiences of his staff, not long before he was retrenched, a move he now views, in hindsight, as divine providence. As a result he became a qualified, registered tour guide.