Tony Collins Honoured by Austria for Services to Tourism

Tony Collins Honoured by Austria for Services to Tourism

At a ceremony in Dublin, at the Austrian Embassy Residence in Ballsbridge, Tony Collins, Chairman of the Topflight Travel Group, was presented with ‘The Decoration of Honour in Gold’ by Austrian Ambassador Thomas Nader.


Tony Collins, Topflight; Ambassador Thomas Nader; and Wilhelm Nest, Austrian Trade Commission


The Award was given to Tony Collins for his services to Austrian tourism. It is one of the highest Austrian decorations and is bestowed by the Federal President of Austria to honour people who have rendered meritorious services to the country.

The Award is a well deserved tribute to Tony’s continued commitment to Austria with the Topflight Group. That commitment, in terms of investment in marketing, training and customer service, has manifested itself in Topflight being voted Ireland’s Best Ski Tour Operator for the past 20 years at the Irish Travel Trade Awards, the Irish travel industry’s ‘Oscars’, and for the past 12 years at the Northern Ireland Travel Awards.Group Pic with Tony Collins Award 6th November

It is also a testament to Tony’s loyalty and respect for Austria as a holiday destination and to his many business colleagues and partners within Austria, many of whom attended the ceremony last Thursday evening.

From an Irish perspective, the travel trade, the press and ultimately consumers continue to experience the best of all that Austria has to offer, winter and summer, in what is a growing market again.

Chairman of the Topflight Travel Group, which consists of Topflight,, Topflight Sports for Schools, Ski Beat and Ski McNeil, Tony Collins has been in the travel business in Ireland for over 40 years. The Topflight brand itself has been synonymous with ski, lakes and mountains, and activity holidays and, of course, with Austria, with many success stories.

Now, with nearly 25 years’ business under Tony’s stewardship, Topflight, a wholly Irish-owned company, has expanded successfully into worldwide holidays, as well as being the recognised Austrian and Italian specialists.

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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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