Wendy Wu and Emirates Host the Trade in Dublin and Cork

Wendy Wu and Emirates Host the Trade in Dublin and Cork

More than 20 top  travel agents were welcomed to the Morgan Hotel in Dublin by John Booty of Wendy Wu Tours. Once everyone had arrived, they all dined and, having been fed and watered, we moved to a conference room for a presentation, reports Hilary Drumm.

Emirates and Wendy Wu have partnered together to focus on destinations such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in China, Taipei in Taiwan, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Delhi in India, and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Sharon Harney and Kelly O’Connor, Cassidy Travel

Philippo Rocchi, Emirates, spoke about the Boeing 777 and what is available in the different classes:

First Class: The Game Changer: True luxury with your own private hotel room in the sky with a 32″ screen.   Game Changing Technology includes temperature controls and mood lighting, virtual windows and soft leather seating reminiscent of a Mercedes Benz S Class.

Business Class: Each seat has access to its own private bar and now has 23” screens.

Economy Class: provide strollers between one gate and another and have access to ICE: Information Communication Entertainment, which has over 4,500 channels of music and films and is available in different languages.

Free drinks and free food are available with 24-26 choices of vegetarian meals.  All food is catered within three hours.

Emirates fly 70% of Wendy Wu’s business from Ireland.

The Abbey Travel team: Elyse Horan, Lisa Keating, and Karen O’Neill with Philippo Rocchi, Emirates

John Booty, Sales Manager Ireland and Isle of Man, Wendy Wu Tours, gave the background of Wendy Wu.  She took her first group to China in 1994 and now has 70 group itineraries to almost all countries in Asia.  Wendy Wu headquarters are in London and are the UK and Ireland’s number one Asia tour operator.

They provide fully inclusive packages: flights, accommodation, meals, touring, trains, cruises, cultural shows, guides who are fluent in English and have at least five years’ experience and are on hand 24 hours a day.

Suzanne Barry and Caitriona Duffy, Cassidy Travel

Wendy Wu are the only tour operator to provide visa services and have been awarded consumer and trade awards.

The Skytours trio of Tatiana Sukhamrua, Melissa Rugg and Louise Monahan

They provide 103 different tours across Asia and Latin America, 735 group departures across 35 countries, and 1,500 seats a day to Asia from Ireland – 720 of which are with Emirates.

Some 10,000 new Wendy Wu 2020-2021 brochures have been delivered to Ireland and they have already run out. Business is up 27% on last year – which is not surprising when their Cherry Blossom tours (March – April) are sold out one year in advance.

Karen Whyte and Ciara Kilpatrick, Classic Resorts

Wendy Wu have a variety of tours, including:

Classic: fully inclusive tours for groups of maximum size 28

Flexible: for those who want more choice in what they do and some free time, group size 18

Solo: customers travelling solo, group size 18

Go Beyond: this is a new tour providing off the beaten track destinations and more cultural experiences, maximum group size 24

Active: more energetic pursuits which include hiking and biking, maximum group size 18

Exclusive: 5-star accommodation with exclusive experiences, maximum group size 18


The presentation was followed by a quiz and a prize draw was held.

Dublin Prize Winners:

  • Tatiana Soukhanova, Skytours: Winner of the Victoria Mekong Cruise (cruise only) for two adults
  • Debbie Durnin, TUI Clare Hall: Winner of the fam trip place
  • Karen O’Neil, Abbey Travel: Winner of the agent self-fam trip to India (land only)

Prize winners at a similar event in Cork:

  • Katarina Trnikova, J Barter Travel: Winner of the Victoria Mekong Cruise (cruise only) for two adults
  • Mary Lee Johnson, Lee Travel: Winner of the fam trip place
  • Stephanie Finn, Dawson Travel: Winner of the agent self-fam trip to India

A very relaxed and informative evening was enjoyed by all and whatever your clients want to experience in Asia and Latin America, Wendy Wu Tours provide it all.



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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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