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Morocco Here We Come

Morocco Here We Come

Morocco came to Dublin and, at the Gresham Hotel, threw one of the best trade evenings, seen in the city for quite a while. The evening was attended by HE Anes Khales, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Ireland.

The belly dancers at the Morocco event.

Belly dancers at the Morocco event

The evening commenced with a supplier workshop for one-on-one meetings with the agents, then it was a full Moroccan dinner, with entertainment provided by a Moroccan band followed by a traditional musical trio with a troupe of belly dancers who really got the audience in the mood for a trip to Morocco.

Aer Lingus will fly you to Agadir, as John Keogh briefs Nicky Kelly and Niamh Smyth fro Surf Holidays.

Aer Lingus will fly you to Agadir, as John Keogh (centre) briefs Nicky Kelly and Niamh Smyth from Surf Holidays

There were  prizes galore as Graham Hawkins who compered the event outlined how to win a trip to Morocco. All the  agents were given an electronic voting device and had to answer 30 questions on the destination. Believe it or not the result was a tie between Monica Rossi from Abbey Travel  and Tom Scott from Trailfinders. So a tiebreaker question was asked and Monica Rossi gave the winning answer and won a really great prize of two tickets with Aer Lingus, with superb accommodation, to Morocco.

Monica Rossi receives her tickets from John Keogh of Aer Lingus.

Monica Rossi receives her tickets from John Keogh of Aer Lingus

However, in a truly generous gesture, the Moroccan Tourist Board then donated another all-in trip to the runner up, Tom Scott from Trailfinders.

Tom Scott,Trailfinders receives his prize from Majida Chtioui.

Tom Scott, Trailfinders, receives his prize from Majida Chtioui

Sunway Holidays also contributed to the prize draw with an all-inclusive holiday to Morocco and the lucky winner was Colette Pearson from Abbey Travel. There were also prizes from the Moroccan suppliers who attended.

Colette Pearson really got lucky at the Morocco evening winning an all inclsive trip from Suunway's Barbara McKenna.

Colette Pearson really got lucky at the Morocco evening, winning an all-inclusive trip from Sunway’s Barbara McKenna

They obviously keep the really good news to the last in Morocco – because just as the evening was coming to the end they announced that 12 of the agents who had attended the evening had won a place on an agents fam trip to Morocco.

The happy agents who won a place on the upcoming fam trip to Morocco.

The happy agents who won a place on the upcoming fam trip to Morocco

The winners were Barry McElligot, Cassidy Golf; James Moran, Cassidy Golf; Marek Maslowiec, Classic Resorts; Andre Migliarina, GoHop.ie; Paddy Baird, Killester Travel; Stephen Fuery, PAB Travel; Maria Fuery, PAB Travel; Paula McCarthy, Sunway Holidays; Shelly Osbourne, Sunway Holidays; Danielle Farrell, Travel Department; Emma Slattery, Travel Department; and Derek Dunne, Travel Counsellors.

HE Anas Khales,Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morrocco and Amine Boughaleb, Moroccan National Tourist Board.

H.E. Anas Khales, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morrocco, and Amine Boughaleb, Moroccan National Tourist Board

Anita Kelly,Hilary Mahon and Mary Denton , Sunway Holidays  enjoyed the Morocco evening.

Anita Kelly, Hilary Mahon and Mary Denton, Sunway Holidays, enjoyed the Morocco evening

This was one of the most professional travel trade events, in that it was informative, educational and entertaining. Morocco should get more Irish visitors as a consequence.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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