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Stephen McKenna, Maria Hyland, Ben Redmond, Tracy McAuley, Tania Crinion, Eamonn Murray and Gayle Mardell, Atlas/Gohop,


tlas Travel’s Stephen CORPORATE TRAVEL McKenna expressed his immense satisAGENCY (JT): ATLAS faction as joint winner of the evant smart solutions. corporate travel award. We have a diverse suite of specialised “Atlas Travel are delighted to have picked up the Irish Travel Agents As- corporate online tools, mobile solutions sociation “Best Corporate Management and platforms that are aligned with our Company Award” at last nights cere- mission of ‘Enhancing every customer mony at the Mansion House. These experience’ enabling company road awards recognise the contribution of warriors and their travellers fly with all our team and the collective effort comfort, ease and peace of mind while in driving change in Corporate Travel on an organisational level we can ensure Management in Ireland, with innovative travel safety, duty of care, optimal service efficiencies and drive policy comsolutions and servicing concepts. “Atlas Travel is a modern travel com- pliance. A key objective is to target specific pany who have driven change and innovation in travel for over 50 years. We industry verticals such as Pharma, HQ are a next generation corporate travel Ireland Companies and further target management company with a differ- the Aviation sector with targeted sales initiatives.  ence. Atlas Travel are also proud partners The Atlas difference is our ability to deliver smart solutions coupled with our of the American Express Global Busicommitment to deliver the highest qual- ness Travel Partner network. “Atlas ity personalised service while helping Travel is an independently owned and companies transform their travel pro- operated entity which is a licensee of American Express Global Business gramme. We are an Irish-owned and managed Travel (“GBT”). GBT is a joint venture that is not company who have been recognised by Deloitte as a “Best Managed Company wholly-owned by American Express in 2019, 2018 & 2017”, we are the only Company or any of its subsidiaries Corporate Management TMC to have (“American Express”). “American Express Global Business Travel”, achieved this standard. We have over 180 customers operat- “American Express” and the American ing across 18 different markets and we Express logo are trademarks of Amerservice small to medium sized business ican Express, and are used under limited in addition to servicing global multi- license.“ Shortlisted: Corporate; nation clients such as the ESB, Airbus Helicopters & many more across a Club Travel HRG; Fcm. Previous winbroad range of industries and verticals. ners:2011 CWT, 2012-3-4 FCm, 2015-6 On the corporate side of the business Atlas, 2017 CWT, 2018 HRG our primary focus is on driving exceptional service levels coupled with rel-

Category sponsor Emma McHale of Hertz with JJohn Booty and John Warr of Wendy Wu Tours

Category sponsor Carlota Farrial of Portaventura with Mary McKenna, Kathleen Maher and Veronica Flood of Tour America,


ary McKenna’s DIGITAL & AGENCY Tour America won both the MARKETING CAMPAIGNS: agency and the digital marTOUR AMERICA keting award at the ITIAs. Tour America asaid but we’ve also seen growth on Alaska “the awards highlight the commitment of our marketing team to cruises since the introduction of the diralways strive, be different and be innov- ect Aer Lingus flight to Seattle and also ative in what we do. We’re delighted to the direct Miami service has increased have such successful campaigns recog- business to Southern Florida. The Irish have become avid fans of fly/drives nized. In terms of product, the popularity with many hitting the open road to exof the USA has not slowed down as we plore the sights of the USA.  Shortlist Digital: J Barter Travel move into 2019. One key trend which has come through is that many are now Group; Cassidy Travel; Club Travel; visiting the USA on multi-centre holi- ClickandGo. Previous winners:2014 days and are extending the length of Earth’s Edge (website award). 2018 time they are away. Adding on a cruise Clickandgo Shortlist agency: Click & Go. Preto USA holidays has also become even more popular for 2019. This was always vious winners:2011 FCm, 2012 Shana popular option for Florida holidays, don Travel, 2015 Tour America, 2016


endy Wu have established remarkable visibility in Ireland in the four years since John Booty arrived to head up the Irish operation. The China-centred tour operator has expanded into Japan and South America and business has doubled in each of the four years at that they have been working in Ireland. John Booty reports that 65pc of the Irish trade are now booking with Wendy Wu. He says he is looking forward to engaging with the others in the coming twelve months. “To be nominated four times was mind blowing , to win two awards was beyond our expectations and left both John Warr ( Deputy Managing Director UK & Ireland ) and myself totally speech less. It’s an honour to go around Ireland promoting this wonderful product to the trade , these awards are recognition to all the hard work and effort put in by our team in London & overseas who work so hard in delivering this amazing holidays. We would like to thank all of the trade that voted for us and booked with us making January 2019 our most successful month on record since our arrival in Ireland . Wendy Wu Tours had its best ever Holiday World show in Dublin with our stand being busy from

LONG HAUL TOUR OP & SPECIALIST TOUR OP: WENDY WU the moment the show opened on Friday until 5pm on the Sunday. Destinations that topping everybody’s bucket list for 2019 & 20 are China, Japan, Vietnam & South America particularly to Chile & Brazil . People love the fact that we make it a hassle free experience - Guaranteed departures , Include as much as possible with international flights from Ireland, all excursions, meals & more importantly their tourist visa . Book before the end of February through their travel agent they also save €200pp on the brochure price. Shortlist: Classic Resorts; If Only; Sunway; Travel Focus. Previous winners:2011 Sunway, 2012 Classic Resorts/Sunway, 2013 Classic Resorts, 2014-5 Sunway; 2016 Classic Resorts, 2017 Sunway, 2018 Classic Resorts. Specialist Tour Op Shortlist: G Adventures; If Only; Sunway; Travel Focus. Previous winners:2011-2 Discover Travel, 2013 Classic Resorts, 2014 Insight; 2015 Sunway, 2016 Insight, 2017 Sunway, 2018 G Adventures.

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Travel Extra March 2019  

Special awards issue of Ireland's most important source of travel information

Travel Extra March 2019  

Special awards issue of Ireland's most important source of travel information