MARCH 2019 PAGE 08
ITIA AWARDS 2019
Kathryn MacDonnell of The Spanish Tourist Board, category sponsor Stephen Sands of Riviera Travel with Teresa Gancedo and Teresa Gancedo of the Spanish Tourist Board, pain has been Ireland’s leading sun TOURIST BOARD: SPANISH destination for TOURIST BOARD seven decades with a consistent performance of attracting around 1.8m over 7,500 completing to Murcia city and serves visitors since the industry the Camino in 2018. Re- the coastal resorts by bus first moved from pilgrim- member there are other as well as taxis and car ages to more exciting routes apart from the rental. To discover all the holiday escapades in the most well-known French route. adventures and possibil1950s. The Prado Museum ities of joy that our counTeresa Gancedo, who has been director of the celebrates its 200th birth- try can offer see www. day and to commemorate spain.info or contact the Dublin office says “This year sees Spain such a big event it pre- Spanish Tourism Office continuing to be the top sents an exhibition that in Dublin (Dublin@tourleisure tourism destina- will inaugurate an ambi- spain.es) We are honoured to tion for the Irish market tious program of activand we acknowledge the ities for the Bicentennial. receive ITAA awards this The exhibition pro- year for Best Tourist Ofrole of the airlines in poses a chronological fice, Best Winter Destinmaintaining and expanding air access with over journey, articulated in ation for Lanzarote and 30 routes between our eight stages, through the Best European city for countries in the Summer history of the museum, Barcelona. We are humrevealing the evolution bly grateful for this recseason. Our destinations and of the institution and how ognition of our office’s resorts continue to invest it has been a reflection of presence in the market and efforts with the trade. in refurbishing and up- the history of Spain. For tennis fans, Madrid We hope to continue to grading town centres and is hosting the tennis Davis be of service to the agents boardwalks with the exCup in 2019 which will during 2019 and look foramples of the Camino de Ronda in Salou and the see the best international ward to seeing you for nearly completed Malaga players visit and play the ITAA conference in coastal path (which next in the city. Almeria is Cordoba.”. Shortlist: Las year will go from Nerja the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2019 Vegas; New York; to Estepona). In the north of Spain and over 300 events are Portugal; South Africa. Previous winthe Camino de Santi- planned to celebrate it. In Murcia the new air- ners:2012-3-4-5-6-7-8 ago continues to attract many Irish people with port was opened in Janu- Spain. ary. This airport is close
Category sponsor Emma McHale of Hertz with Mary Denton, Jeanette Taylor and Tanya Airey of Sunway, unway won the European tour operator making it 13 EUROPEAN SUN TOUR awards in three categories OPERATOR: SUNWAY in the history of the awards. Tanya Airey commented impressive cliffs and beautiful, intimate “2019 got off to a great start for Sun- sandy coves and so there is something way. We were delighted to win the Best for all the family there. Sun Tour Operator at the ITAA Travel Other Sunway destinations such as Industry Awards and the Irish Independ- Salou, Costa Del Sol and Bulgaria are ent Reader’s Choice Award. still in high demand also – their great It was great to get the affirmation value and lively resorts are gaining from both our travel industry colleagues popularity with our customer base aged and the consumer. under 25. We really appreciate all the support On long haul it was all about flexibiland business from travel agents. Holi- ity. Customers are booking seven-night day World was really good for Sunway Caribbean or Mediterranean cruises and too. Bookings were strong at the show adding a city break to the cruise. and also to our call centre in the days We are getting strong bookings too around the show. on the brand new MSC BELLISSIMA We have seen a definite swing to- with its two Cirque Du Soleil shows and wards the value of a Package holiday its desert themed water park. – with airlines charging for baggage It takes all-inclusive to a new level and other extras now, our packages are and our customers are loving it. Orupfront with price and represent as good lando is popular too as well as flexible value. with hotel and rental home deals around Customers are also interested in the the parks. Another trend we are seeing advice and skill of our sales staff and is that customers are again booking in travel agents in suggesting options in advance. line with holiday wish lists and budgets. Customers like the larger choice There are already definite trends for available earlier. Also if they are look2019. Turkey is great value - the Turk- ing for something specific like a 3 bedish lira has dropped 35 percent over the room apartment, a good hotel on the past year so resorts like Kusadasi and beach or one of the top family properBodrum are great value and have lots of ties with excellent kids facilities, they cultural activity as well as great coast- want to make sure that they have that lines and beach fun. locked down. Cascais and Estoril on the Lisbon Overall, I was delighted with a great coast are booking solidly in larger num- start to 2019 and hopefully, it will conbers than before. tinue to be buoyant for 2019. Cascais owing to its noble history is Shortlist: Classic Collection; Topuncommonly rich in beautiful architec- flight; TUI. Previous winners:2011 ture, free museums and carefully main- Sunworld, 2012 Thomas Cook, 2013-4tained parks, as well as its coastline of 5-6-7-8 Sunway.
Category sponsor Carlota Farrial of Portaventura and Tom Randles of J Barter Travel/Travelnet,
Barter travel in Cork won the best marketing campaign for a travel agency. Shortlist: Tour America; ClickandGo. Previous winners:2018 Cassidy Travel.
MARKETING CAMPAIGN SHOPFRONT: BARTER TRAVEL
Tanya Airey – Managing Director, Sunway - Ireland’s Favourite Travel Agent / Tour Op, at the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards.
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