EASIA is TCI’s Business Partner of the Year

EASIA is TCI’s Business Partner of the Year

One of Travel Counsellors Ireland’s newest partners, destination management company EASIA, was declared TCI’s Business Partner of the Year at its 10th anniversary conference, while Sarah McCarthy was nominated Best Travel Counsellor.

Admiring the TCI 10th anniversary cake baked by Donna Olohan is Mary Foyle, winner of the Best Phenix Award with 76% of her bookings made on the Phenix system


The conference, with the theme ‘Be Inspired’, was held at the 4-star Carton House Hotel & Spa in Lucan, Co Dublin, and attended by nine head office staff, 51 Travel Counsellors with 26 partners, 56 suppliers representing 48 companies, and two travel media.

Cake maker Donna Olohan with her creation

The business sessions included a motivational presentation by Caroline Casey, the blind author of ‘Becoming Forever Conscious’, which brought tears to many faces.

We suspect this might be Brenda Murray-Flynn!

Other award-winning Travel Counsellors on the night were Rosemary Chawke, Best TC Package Sales; Mary Foyle, Best Phenix; Jennifer O’Brien, Best Margin; Blaithin Watson, Best Newcomer; Lynne Keane, Best Business Increase; and Jennifer O’Brien, Best Corporate Sales.

Deirdre Sweeny, Sunway, and Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises

Peter Friedrich, TravelCube, with Ann Marie Dalton and Onur Gul, Turkish Airlines

Niall McDonnell, Red Sea Holidays, ‘sharms’ Glenda Heery

Sarah McCarthy, winner of the Best Travel Counsellor Award, with Ann Marie Dalton and Onur Gul, Turkish Airlines

Chris Lee, Tourism Authority of Thailand, maps out Thailand’s attractions for Siobhan Power

Chris Ryan looks for an accommodation with Grainne Caffrey, Lowcostbeds

Lisa Brennan discusses luxury cruising with Luke Clarke, Silversea

Eamon Flanagan, Air Canada / Premair, gets down to business travel with Sherry Meagle

Kathy O’Sullivan says ’Hello Tomorrow’ to Filippo Rocchi, Emirates

Cara Hunter sees seashells by the seashore with Eloise Vidot, Seychelles Tourist Office

David Conlon, Travelport, redefines travel commerce for Mandy Walsh

Fidelma Brady looks (middle) east with Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways

Rachael Higgins is a celebrity with Andrew Bolton and Lorraine Quinn, Celebrity Cruises

Ian Walsh looks to North America with Ivan Beacom, Aer Lingus

Jenny Rafter, Royal Caribbean International, wows Richard Harbourne

Sue Cahill looks for a way to catch the sun with Deirdre Sweeny, Mary Denton and Jeanette Corkery, Sunway

Antoinette O’Connor has the entire world in her sights with Teresa Murphy, Air France/KLM/Delta


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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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