Stella is ITTN’s Budding Travel Writer of the Year

Stella is ITTN’s Budding Travel Writer of the Year

Stella Grant, O’Hanrahan Travel, Monaghan Town, was last night declared the winner of this year’s inaugural Irish Travel Trade News Budding Travel Writer of the Year Award. Stella, who reported on her recent fam trip with MSC Cruises, Turkish Airlines and TravelCube, was presented with a cheque for €1,000.00 by the competition’s sponsor, Cathy Burke, General Manager, Travel Counsellors Ireland. 

Stella Grant, O’Hanrahan Travel, Monaghan Town (centre), winner of the ITTN Budding Travel Writer of the Year Award, received her cheque for €1,000.00 from Cathy Burke, General Manager, Travel Counsellors Ireland, and her certificate from Neil Steedman, News & Features Editor, Irish Travel Trade News

The judging panel comprised Ronan Flood, Managing Editor, and Neil Steedman, News & Features Editor, of Irish Travel Trade News; and Cathy Burke, General Manager, and Bernie Whelan, Business Development Executive, of Travel Counsellors Ireland.

Judges for the ITTN Budding Travel Writer of the Year Award were Neil Steedman, Irish Travel Trade News; Bernie Whelan and Cathy Burke, Travel Counsellors Ireland; and Ronan Flood, Irish Travel Trade News

Each month from July to November all entries were independently assessed by the four judges – three of whom did not know the identities of the authors – and the winner was presented with a €100 One4All voucher and an invitation to the Irish Travel Trade Awards. In December the five winning entries were independently re-assessed and the overall winner determined.

Budding Travel Writer of the Year finalists Bernie Roche, Shane Cullen, Sarah Slattery, Claire Rochford and Stella Grant wonder whose name will be on Travel Counsellors’ cheque for €1,000!

July’s winner was Bernie Roche of Club Travel / HRG Worldwide, who reported on her fam trip to Chicago with United.

August’s winner was Shane Cullen of Killiney Travel, who wrote about his fam trip with the Spanish Tourism Office to Cambrils.

September’s winner was Sarah Slattery of Skytours, who described her first visit to Benidorm on a fam trip with Lowcostbeds and the Spanish Tourism Office.

October’s winner was Claire Rochford of FCm Travel Solutions, who visited the Golden Triangle in India with and KLM.

November’s winner was Stella Grant of O’Hanrahan Travel, who visited Istanbul and sailed on the MSC Divina from Istanbul to Venice on a fam trip with MSC Cruises and Turkish Airlines.

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  1. Tony Bond

    December 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I know this young lady can weave a tale that spellbinds her clients into traveling on amazing itineraries. Not surprised that she won this award. Congrats Stella, well done.

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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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