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Travel Counsellors ‘Inspire’ at Special 10th Anniversary Conference

Travel Counsellors ‘Inspire’ at Special 10th Anniversary Conference

Travel Counsellors agents, staff and a host of special guests recently joined together at the 5-star Carton House Hotel in Co Kildare for a weekend of inspiration, motivation and exciting announcements at the company’s annual Irish Conference.

The event was underpinned by the theme ‘Be Inspired’ and celebrated Travel Counsellors’ landmark 10th anniversary since launching in Ireland in 2005, highlighting the company’s journey, growth and success over the past 10 years, as well as looking towards the future and all the exciting developments in store.

Martina Hayden and Fidelma Brady

Martina Hayden and Fidelma Brady

The conference saw a record number of the company’s Travel Counsellors from across the country come together to celebrate the special occasion, as well as hearing from a number of key management about the latest news and initiatives to help support them in growing their businesses. Delegates also enjoyed a lavish black-tie awards ceremony and gala dinner, where Travel Counsellors were recognised and rewarded for their hard work and success over the past year.

Cathy Burke, Ireland General Manager, said: “It was fantastic to come together to celebrate our special milestone anniversary and reflect on everything we have achieved. When we launched Travel Counsellors in Ireland in 2005 we welcomed 22 agents in the first year and reached a turnover of €5 million. A decade later and we have trebled the amount of agents and celebrated a €20 million turnover. Together we have built a company based on trust and caring, on building relationships and always going one step further for our customers. Now we can look forward to the next 10 years, taking a renewed enthusiasm and focus away from this truly special conference.”

Lisa Brennan and Sharon Tiernan-Murphy

Lisa Brennan and Sharon Tiernan-Murphy

The event also saw a record number of over 50 of the company’s suppliers exhibiting at the special Pow Wow session, where agents were able to meet directly with representatives from a host of airlines, tourist boards, hotels, tour operators and other key business partners and learn more about their products and destinations.

Galway-based Travel Counsellor Maeve Doherty, who joined the company in November last year, attended her first Travel Counsellors Conference. She said: “It was an amazing couple of days spent with amazing people. I am very glad to be part of this very special company. The help and support is incredible and all the TCs make you feel so welcome. It was so great to meet everyone and become a member of the Travel Counsellors family.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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