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Claire Somers Wins Trip to Australia

Claire Somers Wins Trip to Australia

Having won a trip to Washington DC with United the previous week, last week Claire Somers of American Holidays did it again by winning the top prize at the Australia on Tour workshop in Dublin!

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Prize-winner Claire Somers of American Holidays (second left) with Lucy Havercroft, Tourism Australia; Hazel Young, Qantas; and Glen Davis, Tourism Australia.

Claire won a return Economy Class ticket to Australia with Qantas, two nights accommodation in Adelaide and a three-day/two-night Kangaroo Island Tour with South Australia, and two nights in Darwin and a three-day/two-night Kakadu National Park Tour with Northern Territory.

The five finalists included both Tom and Susan Kiernan and so expectations were raised that the coveted prize would be going to Ask Susan Travel – and were raised still further when Susan made it through to the semi-finals. However, Claire was (just) closer to guessing the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and swept away with the prize.

A total of 42 agents attended the workshop in Dublin.

On the following day, another 37 agents took part in the roadshow in Cork, where Siobhan Doyle of Trailfinders won the prize of a fridge full of Aussie beer, wine and chocolate.

Australia on Tour 2

Tom Kiernan gets the start-up year of Qantas wrong (he went for the earlier date of the Northern Territory start-up), but Susan gets it right!

Australia on Tour 3

Finalists Claire Somers and Susan Kiernan ponder over the height of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Cork prize-winner Siobhan Doyle of Trailfinders (centre) with Glen Davis and Lucy Havercroft of Tourism Australia

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At the Cork roadshow were (back row): Sarah Junker, Tourism Queensland; Lucy Havercroft, Tourism Australia; Ella Frater, Destination New South Wales; Tommy Davies, Gold Coast Tourism / QueenslandRail Travel; Gemma Brown and Robert Hardless, Tourism Northern Territory; Ashley Hale, Hamilton Island; (front row): Amy Thomas, South Australian Tourism Commission; Glen Davis, Tourism Australia; and Hazel Young, Qantas Airways

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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