Visit USA Roadshow Comes to Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

Visit USA Roadshow Comes to Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

You have to hand it to the energetic  Visit USA team of Ciara Foley of Platinum Travel and Clodagh Oxley, Chair and Excutive Director respectively, as they organised three road shows in three cities over three days. First it was off to Cork where Hayfield Manor Hotel was the venue and where the top southern agents were briefed by the seven members presents  on their respective products and destinations.

the Visit USA team of Clodagh  Oxley and Ciara xxxxxxx at the Cork roadshow in Hayfield Manor hotel.

Visit USA team of Clodagh Oxley and Ciara Foley at the Cork roadshow in Hayfield Manor Hotel

The southern trade all showed up and ejoyed the fine cuisine of  Hayfiels Manor Hotel. Ciara Foley said it all in one sentence: “We are here to help you.”

Michael Doorley,Shandon Travel,Matt Bates,Kansas /Oklahoman, and Tom Randles .

Michael Doorley, Shandon Travel; Matt Bates, Kansas /Oklahoma; and Tom Randles ,J Barter Travel in Cork.

Nicholas O'Sullivan < Bantry Travel  with Mary King, Travel Savers .

Nicholas O’Sullivan , Bantry Travel, with Mary King, Travelsavers

Joanna Gomez,Travel Focus,Fiona Ellis,South Carolina,Nora Desmond, Premier Travel and Rosemary O,Connell , Lee Travel wre at Hayfield Manor Hotel.

Joanna Gomez, Travel Focus; Fiona Ellis, South Carolina; Nora Desmond, Premier Travel; and Rosemary O’Connell, Lee Travel; were at Hayfield Manor Hotel

Patricia Purdue , Massachusetts meets Lorna O'Brien from TourAmerica in Cork.

Patricia Purdue, Massachusetts, meets Lorna O’Brien, Tour America

Patricia Purdue said that Massachusetts was up an amazing 25% in visitor numbers from Ireland, with the Boston gateway now having a 29% market share of all Irish US arrivals.

Helena Crowley,Bernard Hayes Travel,Mary O'sullivan,Bantry Travel and Mary Conway,Creation Travel,Limerick .

Helena Crowley, Bernard Hayes Travel; Mary O’Sullivan, Bantry Travel; and Mary Conway, Creation Travel, Limerick

Peter Hannford from Georgia said that 50% of visitors to Savannah went on to visit South Carolina.

John Barrett,Magic Vacations,Ciara Foley,Visit USA, Sean Healy,Lee Travel and Peter Hannaford ,Georgia,

John Barrett, Magic Vacations; Ciara Foley,Visit USA; Sean Healy, Lee Travel; and Peter Hannaford, Georgia

Day two saw the roadshow open for business at the Residence on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, where the seven sponsor members gave the agents an update on their destinations.

The Chair of the Visit USA Committe in Ireland introducing the presentation in Dublin .

The Chair of the Visit USA Committe in Ireland ,Ciara Foley introducing the presentation in Dublin .

The magnificent seven sponsors were Peter Hannaford, Georgia; Laura Goldie, Discover Illinois; Matt Bates, Kansas/Oklahoma; Fiona Ellis, South Carolina; Mellissa Lowe, Kissimee; Patricia Purdue, Massachusetts; and Lee Osborne, BookaBed.

Pat Sharon Jordan ,The Travel Corporatin and Dawson, ITAA, Ciara Folwy Visit USA, and Coldagh POxley in The Residence.

Pat Dawson,ITAA, Sharon Jordan ,The Travel Corporation , Ciara Foley Visit USA, and Clodagh  Oxley Visit USA  in The Residence.

A nice touch by Lee Osborne was the gift of some hand-made Irish chocolates as a take home item  for all the attendees.

Will Walsh,Click and Go, Austin Carroll,Platinum Travel and Lee Osborne Book a Bed .

Will Walsh,Click and Go, Austin Carroll,Platinum Travel and Lee Osborne Book a Bed .


Dave Hennessy,American Sky, Michelle Jackson,John Devereux,American Holidays.

Dave Hennessy,American Sky, Michelle Jackson,and John Devereux,American Holidays.


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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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