ONE MORE WEEK TO VOTE for Your Top Suppliers in the 2018 Irish Travel Trade Awards

ONE MORE WEEK TO VOTE for Your Top Suppliers in the 2018 Irish Travel Trade Awards

Irish travel agents have just nine more days to vote for their top suppliers in this year’s Irish Travel Trade Awards – and could win two tickets to next month’s Gala Dinner event.

All staff working for a travel agency anywhere on the island of Ireland are eligible to vote. Your completed Voting Form must be returned directly to auditors Grant Thornton, either online at or by email, fax or post, no later than Friday 2nd November 2018.


Fax:          01 418 2044

Post:        Irish Travel Trade Awards 2018, c/o Stephen Murray, Grant Thornton, Molyneux House, Bride               Street, Dublin 8, D08 C8CN

WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE AWARDS: All fully completed, eligible Voting Forms received will be entered into a prize draw for tickets for two to attend the 2018 Irish Travel Trade Awards on Friday 23rd November 2018 at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin 4, courtesy of Irish Travel Trade News.


You are asked to nominate your ‘Best Supplier’ in each of the following 26 award categories. Please read the award category descriptions carefully and ensure that you enter a vote for all 26 categories, which include the new categories of ‘Best Familiarisation Trip’ and ‘Best Luxury Travel Experience’.


Best Airline to Europe

For Britain and/or Continental Europe, which airline provides your ex-Ireland clients with the best service?

Best Airline to North America

Which airline flying across the Atlantic to North America leads the way from Ireland, either direct or indirect?

Best Long Haul Airline

When the destination is the Middle East, Africa, Asia / Pacific, Central or South America, which airline is top of your class for quality of performance?

Best Business Class Airline

For Business Class, which airline provides your clients with the best airport transfers, lounges, seat/bed, inflight services, cuisine and entertainment?



Best Destination in Europe

Which country in Europe offers the best holiday destinations, visitor attractions, culture, relaxation, sports, entertainment, and shopping?

Best Destination in North America

Which country in North America – Canada, Mexico or which State in the USA – provides your clients with the top holiday experience and value for money?

Best Destination in Asia / Pacific

Whether it’s in Asia, near or far, or down under in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific islands, which country is most worth the long haul?

Best Sun Holiday Destination

Which destination tops your list of recommendations for sun, sea, sand and… sensational value?



Best Ferry Company

Between Ireland and Britain or Continental Europe, which ferry company’s ships and service ride the crest of your wave?

Best River Cruise Company

When an inland cruise is your client’s wish, which river cruise company provides them with the destinations, luxury and value to make their dream come true?

Best Ocean Cruise Company

When an ocean or sea holiday cruise package is your client’s request, which cruise company sails away with the booking?

Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Company

When your client desires personal service on a luxury cruise across the oceans or seas, which company is top of your deck?



Best Car Rental Company

Whatever the destination, which rental company provides your business and leisure clients with the best cars, service and value for money?

Best Rail Company

Almost every country has its rail networks, but which company provides the best trains and ticketing service to set your clients on the right track?



Best National Tourist Office

Which National Tourist Office provides your agency with the best service and destination support?

Best Accommodation Provider

For a worldwide choice of quality hotels, resorts, and other accommodation, with which accommodation group or agency do you check in your clients?

Best Travel Technology Provider

Whether it’s a dynamic packaging system, a GDS, a website, social media, or a back-office system, who provides your agency with the best technology product?



Best Sun Tour Operator

For summer or winter sun, which tour operator is the best for resorts, flights, accommodation, representation, value for money, and service?

Best Ski Tour Operator

For choice of ski resorts and accommodation, convenient flights and transfers, and excellent packages and après ski, who is at the very peak?

Best Adventure Tour Operator

Whether the adventure involves ‘normal’ or extreme activities, experiencing unusual places and cultures, meeting local people, or expedition cruises to polar regions, who offers the most exciting options?

Best Long Haul Tour Operator

When your clients plan to travel beyond Europe, whether for a short stay, long stay, multi-centre or touring holiday, honeymoon, or cultural tour, whom do you call?



Best Use of Social Media Marketing

Which travel industry supplier provides the best marketing support to travel agents via its social media platforms, including Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and WhatsApp?

Best Agency Support / Training Programme

When staff members require training, whether in-house, off-site or online, which supplier or tourist board provides the best agency support?

Best Familiarisation Trip

Which supplier or tourist board has organised the best fam trip for Irish travel agents since January 2017?

Best Agent-Friendly Individual

Who is the most agent-friendly individual, whether in management, sales or back-office service, and be they with a tour operator, an airline, ferry or cruise company, car rental or rail booking company, tourist office, accommodation or travel technology provider?

Best Luxury Travel Experience

When your client asks for sheer luxury, what travel experience do you recommend – is it a private jet, a luxury cruise or rail journey, a paradise island or spa resort, a private safari, helicopter sightseeing tour, or something else spectacular?

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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

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