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Thailand Tourism Roadshow Visits Belfast, Cork and Limerick

Thailand Tourism Roadshow Visits Belfast, Cork and Limerick

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s 2015 Irish Roadshow visited three cities from 24th – 26th February, including Belfast for the first time, where a great attendance of 52 travel agents from 16 agencies came to the Merchant Hotel to meet 16 Friends of Thailand.

Travel Counsellor Stephanie Rea (centre) receives her top prize of a place on a TAT/Etihad fam trip from Teerasil Tapen, Director, UK, Ireland & South Africa, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Lisa Hammond, Etihad Airways

Travel Counsellor Stephanie Rea (centre) receives her top prize of a place on a TAT/Etihad fam trip from Teerasil Tapen, Director, UK, Ireland & South Africa, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Lisa Hammond, Etihad Airways

 

The Friends represented three airlines (British Airways, Etihad Airways and Bangkok Airways), one tour operator (If Only), two DMCs (Exo Travel and ICS Travel Group), and 10 hotel groups or collections (Anand Collection, Anantara, Banyan Tree, Dusit, Eastern Favourites, Far East Collection, Hills Balfour, LJR Consultancy, Sandra Leach Company, and Wattana Collection). Irish Travel Trade News also accompanied the Roadshow to all three cities (Belfast, Cork and Limerick).

Coleen Matovu, Travel Counsellors; Jas Anand, Anand Collection; and Mark Davidson, Oasis Travel, who won the prize of two nights at the Furama Silom Hotel in Bangkok and three nights at the Vijitt Resort in Phuket

Coleen Matovu, Travel Counsellors; Jas Anand, Anand Collection; and Mark Davidson, Oasis Travel, who won the prize of two nights at the Furama Silom Hotel in Bangkok and three nights at the Vijitt Resort in Phuket

Hosting the Roadshow were Teerasil Tapen, Director, UK, Ireland & South Africa; Chris Lee, Trade Marketing Manager; and Kannika Mac, Marketing Executive, Leisure, UK & Ireland, of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Trevor Ardies, Rosetta Travel, and Eric Patterson, Barrhead Travel, ‘Discover Thainess’ means traditional Thai head and shoulder massage

Trevor Ardies, Rosetta Travel, and Eric Patterson, Barrhead Travel, ‘Discover Thainess’ means traditional Thai head and shoulder massage

TAT’s theme for 2015 is ‘Discover Thainess’ and Chris Lee highlighted Thailand’s culture, food, traditional massage, hospitality and, most of all, the people and their smile, as top reasons to visit. Some 65% are return visitors, Thailand attracts 63,000 Irish visitors a year, and Irish citizens get a free visa on arrival (by air) for up to 30 days. Three top target audiences (in order) are post-family couples of 50+, pre-family couples 18-35, and families with teenagers.

Will Taylor, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts; Sam Dance, Exo Travel; Kayleigh Hunt, LJR Consultancy; and Lucy Dinwiddie, Hills Balfour

Will Taylor, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts; Sam Dance, Exo Travel; Kayleigh Hunt, LJR Consultancy; and Lucy Dinwiddie, Hills Balfour

In a prize draw at the end of the evening, Mark Richardson of Oasis Travel was presented with two nights at the Furama Silom Hotel in Bangkok and three nights at the Vijitt Resort in Phuket by Jas Anand of the Anand Collection, while the top prize of a place on a forthcoming fam trip to Thailand with Tourism Authority of Thailand and Etihad Airways was won by Stephanie Rea, Travel Counsellors.

Jenny Carmichael, Clubworld Travel, gets the Thai shoulder treatment

Jenny Carmichael, Clubworld Travel, gets the Thai shoulder treatment

Travel consultants can avail of Thailand Tourism’s modular online training programme on Travel Uni at www.training.tourismthailand.co.uk

Lindsey Best, Pauline McGowan and Aaron Bolt, Selective Travel Management

Lindsey Best, Pauline McGowan and Aaron Bolt, Selective Travel Management

Brenda Morgan, British Airways, meets Bruce Cairns, Travel Counsellors

Brenda Morgan, British Airways, meets Bruce Cairns, Travel Counsellors

Cork Roadshow

The Roadshow moved on from Belfast to Cork, where 53 travel agents from 12 agencies attended at the River Lee Hotel. Here the Friends of Thailand who had taken part in the Belfast Roadshow were joined by five others: Centara, Discover Travel, Malaysia Airlines, Sunway and Topflight, with Teerasil Tapen, Chris Lee and Kannika Mac of the Tourism Authority of Thailand again hosting the event.

TAT/Etihad fam trip prize winner Imelda McCarthy, Discover Travel (right), receives her prize from Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

TAT/Etihad fam trip prize winner Imelda McCarthy, Discover Travel (right), receives her prize from Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

The tour operator and DMC representatives in particular emphasised the value in travel consultants with clients thinking of visiting Thailand offering a combination of Thailand with one or more other countries in the Mekong region, such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and/or Vietnam. This not only offers clients an added-value experience but also a holiday that they will not easily find on the Internet.

Travel Counsellor Kate Moore, on behalf of winner Ciara MacConnell, receives the prize of two nights at the Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok, and three nights at the Layana Resort, Koh Lanta, from Jas Anand

Travel Counsellor Kate Moore, on behalf of winner Ciara MacConnell, receives the prize of two nights at the Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok, and three nights at the Layana Resort, Koh Lanta, from Jas Anand

In the prize draw, Imelda McCarthy, Discover Travel, won the place on the forthcoming TAT/Etihad fam trip to Thailand, while Ciara MacConnell, Travel Counsellors, won two nights at the Pathumwan Princess Hotel in Bangkok and three nights at the Layana Resort in Koh Lanta from the Anand Collection.

Travel Counsellors Nessa Hurley, Ciara MacConnell and Sharon Tiernan-Murphy with Ken Masterson, Malaysia Airlines

Travel Counsellors Nessa Hurley, Ciara MacConnell and Sharon Tiernan-Murphy with Ken Masterson, Malaysia Airlines

Will Taylor, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, with Travel Counsellors Suzanne Collins and Mary Foyle

Will Taylor, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, with Travel Counsellors Suzanne Collins and Mary Foyle

Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways, with Deirdre O’Mahony, Sue Power and Bernie Fenton, Heffernan’s Travel

Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways, with Deirdre O’Mahony, Sue Power and Bernie Fenton, Heffernan’s Travel

Simon Daly, Topflight; Chris Lee, Tourism Authority of Thailand; and Graham Aldren, British Airways

Simon Daly, Topflight; Chris Lee, Tourism Authority of Thailand; and Graham Aldren, British Airways

Martin Penrose, If Only, with Travel Counsellors Matt Hollands, Kate Moore and Sarah McCarthy

Martin Penrose, If Only, with Travel Counsellors Matt Hollands, Kate Moore and Sarah McCarthy

Mary and Nicholas O’Sullivan, Bantry Travel, with Andrew Hoskins, Aviareps/ Bangkok Airways

Mary and Nicholas O’Sullivan, Bantry Travel, with Andrew Hoskins, Aviareps/ Bangkok Airways

Limerick Roadshow

From Cork the Roadshow travelled to Limerick, where 30 agents from 10 agencies dined at the Kaya Thai Restaurant.

Caroline Byrne, Trailfinders (centre) receives her prize of a TAT/Etihad fam trip to Thailand from Teerasil Tapen, Director, UK, Ireland & South Africa, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

Caroline Byrne, Trailfinders (centre) receives her prize of a TAT/Etihad fam trip to Thailand from Teerasil Tapen, Director, UK, Ireland & South Africa, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

In the Limerick prize draw, Caroline Byrne, Trailfinders, won the place on the forthcoming TAT/Etihad fam trip to Thailand, while Chris Bowen, Trailfinders, won a dinner for two at the Kaya Thai Restaurant.

Chris Bowen, Trailfinders, receives his prize of a dinner for two at the Kaya Thai Restaurant from Teerasil Tapen, TAT

Chris Bowen, Trailfinders, receives his prize of a dinner for two at the Kaya Thai Restaurant from Teerasil Tapen, TAT

Anne Dynan, JustSplit.com; Mary Conway, Creation Travel; and Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

Anne Dynan, JustSplit.com; Mary Conway, Creation Travel; and Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

Jas Anand, Anand Collection, with Moyra O’Donoghue, Roscrea Travel

Jas Anand, Anand Collection, with Moyra O’Donoghue, Roscrea Travel

Sharon Berry, Centara Hotels & Resorts, and Andrew Hoskins, Bangkok Airways, ‘Discover Thainess’ with Siam Day Spa

Sharon Berry, Centara Hotels & Resorts, and Andrew Hoskins, Bangkok Airways, ‘Discover Thainess’ with Siam Day Spa

Jim Vaughan, JustSplit.com, with Lee Ballard, Sandra Leach Company

Jim Vaughan, JustSplit.com, with Lee Ballard, Sandra Leach Company

Rita Gaughan-Hough, Susan Ryan-Troy and Jayne O’Shea, Limerick Travel

Rita Gaughan-Hough, Susan Ryan-Troy and Jayne O’Shea, Limerick Travel

Travel Counsellors Claudia Lane and Nicola Grillo

Travel Counsellors Claudia Lane and Nicola Grillo

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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