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Frank Orman, Managing Director, LeadGeneratorsDigital
Focusing on the positives is our mantra for 2017 – helping clients
grow their reputation and business and developing ourselves as better
Jackie Murphy, Director, Flagship Consulting
Looking forward to the ITT Odyssey Supper at the Groucho Club on 08
February It’s always great to be able to get access to somewhere that
you can’t normally visit, unless you are a member, andvery fashionable
too. Hopefully an opportunity for some star spotting too!! See you
Sue Kavanagh, Regional HR Manager, Europe at Qatar Airways
Doncaster Sheffield Airport: 26 months of consecutive growth
& a record breaking year as 1.2M people use Yorkshire’s fastest
Declan Maguire, Aviation Development Manager, Peel Airports Management
BTM in combat mode for 2017 to counteract strong USD and
weak GBP post BREXIT. Driving demand for our amazing Caribbean &
Peter Grace, Founder & Owner, Bespoke Travel Marketing
Excitement at Traveltek as we secure 2 new sales pro's for
each of our new Dubai & Singapore offices. Next stop Hong Kong then
Kenny Picken, President & Group Managing Director, Traveltek Group
Exciting times at GEC as Hershey & Harrisburg come
onboard to join Philadelphia, Brandywine Valley & Valley Forge as
we continue our promotion of Pennsylvania. Welcome also to Mark White
who joins as my new partner.
Greg Evans, Director, The Greg Evans Consultancy Limited
Bemused by Brexit? Perturbed about the Package Travel
Directive? For all your travel & leisure law needs and queries –
Travlaw LLP Solicitors are your first and last port of call. Call now
for a no obligation chat – 01132 580033.
Matt Gatenby, Partner, Travlaw LLP
Clear and crisp January skies have been great for our
Astronomy from Ancient Places programme, taking visitors into the
historic English landscape and observing the night sky. Our ancient
Chinese astronomy sessions have been particularly popular for their
unique and fascinating insight into Chinese history.
John Swann at The Travelling History Company
Venue arranged, Guest Speaker booked, food choices made,
after party venue is sorted. The first Attraction World Conference is
coming along nicely. Now just to do the important bit and articulate
the amazing plans the company have in to a fun and engaging
Simon Applebaum, Managing Director, Attraction World
Hectic end to 2016 at Railbookers. Joined ABTA, obtained
full ATOL license, launched two new websites, printed two new brochures
and introduced a brand new tour operator, Amtrak Vacations to the UK.
2017 doesn’t look like being any quieter.
Peter Traynor, Managing Director, UK at Yankee Leisure Group
It’s all about promoting how you can travel #OutoftheOrdinary with
Kuoni; showcasing the range of holidays from Safari to Cruise, Premium
Beach to Escorted Touring. In store, selected John Lewis and Travel
Agents. #MorethantheMaldives :) all systems are go!
Dean Harvey, Marketing Director, Kuoni
What a start to the year - our candidate & vacancy
numbers are both up YOY inc new Product, Commercial and Sales roles.
Bodes well for 2017!
Tim Robinson, Sales Manager, C&M Executive Recruitment
A group of 2nd year students from Manchester Met spent a
week in New York City at the end of January researching visitor
Ed Bielinski, Programme Leader Tourism Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
THE CRM and Marketing Automation specialists for the travel
industry. 14 awesome current travel clients and counting. We know
which customer levers to pull to make profit.
Ray Hazeldene, Managing Director, Marketing Radar
Well-known UK travel brands Travelsphere and Just You have
been acquired by G Adventures, adding to the leading small group
operator’s portfolio of brands. They will retain their separate brand
identities and remain based in Market Harborough.
Casey Mead, PR and Communications Manager, EMEA, G Adventures
At DMC World Representatives we have major projects right
now with our DMCs from Morocco, Jordan, Oman, India and Argentina.
Jes Paine, Owner, DMC World Representatives
From #Hertfordshire to #Herefordshire. Having fun as #Airbnb
host in my new home #Pembridge #Black&WhiteVillageTrail. Soon to
#represent fab new chic #hotel!
Andrée Edwards at Oyster Marketing
Botswana Tourism sponsors ITB for 2017. Come and meet the
team to find out about exclusive, luxury safarisin untouched
Dawn Wilson, Representative - UK & Ireland, Botswana Tourism Organisation
The new year has begun. And so have I, with a thought. Have
mothers failed? What happened to what they used to say to their sweet
little children: ‘Don’t fight! Share your toys and play well
Anil Kumar at Citybond Suretravel
What now “the Donald” has arrived? I’m pleased to see more US forward bookings, but is there another message there? Are we really best pals?
Ken McNab, Managing Director, The Travel Company Edinburgh
The Travel Visa Company are delighted to announce that we
now offer both a Tourist and Work/business eVisa for travellers
visiting Myanmar(Burma). 01270 250590 for more information.
Philip Ashwell, Head of Sales, The Travel Visa Company Ltd
New year, new branding, new site, new plans we aren’t doing
things by halves at Holiday Extras and never will. Already prepping for
the summer!!...slow down 2017!!
James Lewis, Sales Partnerships, Holiday Extras
Exciting times ahead for England as plans progress for Mayflower 400
anniversary in 2020. We’re busy developing new itineraries for
overseas tour operators – available online soon!
Emma Tatlow, Mayflower - National Visitor Project Manager, Destination Plymouth
Busy week ahead, UN World Ethics meeting in Madrid Monday,
JAD Lecture with Leading War Correspondents at RGS Kensington Thursday
and fly to Cambodia to see Just a Drop project work Saturday .Life’s
Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chairman, Just a Drop and Non-Executive Director
JEWELS TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY RECRUITMENT - are proud to
announce they have expanded and also recruiting in Europe - with large
brands currently recruiting in Venice, Paris, Germany, Spain, Monaco,
Denmark. We offer discounted recruitment fees to ALL ITT members. Email for TOB/reduced Fees. Look forward to seeing you all at Conference in Italy! Julie Larman, Managing Director, Jewels Travel & Hospitality Recruitment
Exciting start to 2017 for TTC. Several pieces of M&A
work underway, planning next months Travel Luncheon Club, and car
shopping for our debut in this years Travel Trade Crusade. Deals, Meals
Simon Brodie, Director, THE TRAVEL TRADE CONSULTANCY
Currently busy setting up a new online tour operator for
launch in Q2 with a whole new team and new offices. Exciting times
Joanne Colman-Bown ____________________________________________________________
Visit us at CSFS.CO.UK to see just how your staff might
benefit from your employee benefits programme being benchmarked against
your sector. #autoenrolment; #workplacenursery; #improveyourbenefits
Paul McGuckin, CEO, C S Financial Solutions
AllClear Insurance predicts a record breaking 2017. Mr Big
Tick will be back on your screens in mid Feb promoting our specialist
travel insurance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRq9-RJnObc
David Marsh, Chief Operating Officer, AllClear Travel Insurance
Halo’s iCarhireinsurance.com new app feature SNAPs lets you
record the state of your hire car. Join our affiliate programme on
Ernesto Suarez, CEO, Halo Insurance Services Limited
Weeconomy is growing fast in Europe helping to drive
customers back to the High Steet, giving customers cash back,
businesses get cash back to their bottom line a free marketing tool .
Wee will be in the UK this summer. https://wee.com/i/fc/29753382
Nigel Ham, Director, NIJA Ltd
We were delighted to win Silver (very apt!) at the British
Travel Awards for Best Travel Reviews Website, and we’re looking
forward to our own Silver Travel Awards on June 8th at Madame Tussauds where we will be celebrating the best in travel for the over 50s.
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor
SandyBeach International starts 2017 with exciting travel
trips and events ahead. Kicking off with a quick flit over to Dublin
Holiday Show next weekend followed by London events through February
which include BBC Hard Talk at the Royal Geographical Society and ITT
at the Groucho Club leading up to ITB Berlin in March. Then ‘must’
visits to our International clients luxury properties gathering their
updates to relay to our travel partners.
Sandra Bruce, Sales & Marketing Manager, Sandy Beach International
When I travel, I always try to remember a country is not
designed to make me comfortable, its designed to make its own people
Ken McLeod, Director for Industry Affairs, Advantage Travel Partnership
It’s been a busy month looking for adventure travellers and
those looking for corporate fundraising challenges to take to the high
seas this year onboard #WalesTallShip @ChallengeWales
Vicky Williams, Business Development Manager, “Challenge Wales | Wales’ Tall Ship”
A glorious sunny morning on the Hampshire Riviera, made all
the better by my clear-headed smugness from not attending the Business
Travel Awards last evening. It’s the port that gets me every time!
Adrian Williams, Director, Business Travel Direct
Specialist in Group only ground service, we have seen a massive
increase on “European Inbound Tours” and we are now expanding our
Accommodation and Tailor Made Tours to Travel Agents in the UK. email@example.com. 2017 looking to be a very busy year!
Karen Layzell-Cianfini, Owner/ Managing Director, Tour Box Ltd
Exciting times at The Air Travel Consultancy, Anna has
recently joined the company to enable us to continue to provide an
excellent level of service to new and existing ATOL holders, ABTA
members and IATA accredited agents helping them to navigate the
ever-changing licensing and regulatory landscape.
Nick James, Director, The Air Travel Consultancy Limited
CzechTourism is uncovering ‚The Best of Baroque‘ this year - Top sites, UNESCO, Baroque Gardens, Baroque under Your Own Steam: on foot or by bike, Baroque Chateaux, Geniuses of Baroque, Gastronomy and Traditions. Katarina Hobbs, Director - UK & Ireland, Czech Tourism
As our business powers into 2017, Team IP Solutions'
training begins for the London Revolution Cycle ride; 185 miles across 2
days for children's charity 'Shooting Star Chase.' #allaboutthejourney
Caroline Ryder-Huf, Senior Consultant, IP Solutions
It’s 4:00am and I am still thinking - extend our January
Extravaganza or not? Then I thought no, go back to bed, and a note to
self; get a life! Happy January from all at TIS!
Nasser Gerab, Director Product & Marketing, Travelbrands Limited
2017 will see Hotel Rooms and Travel offering career
opportunities to like-minded people who have a genuine desire to see
the World with their work. As we expand our horizons so will they!
Rob Owen, CEO, Hotels Rooms and Travel
Operating an executive twin aircraft out of Bournemouth as an AOC air taxi. And a Cessna spares business, keeping me busy.
Stephen Bath, Managing Director, Skycab Ltd
getabed is delighted to welcome Angela Muir and Paul Hewer
to strengthen the sales team in the UK, Europe and GCC in 2017 and
Tony Quinn, Managing Director Uk, getabed
The year got off to a flying start for Affordable Car Hire,
winner of the Travel Weekly 2017 Globe Award for Best Car Rental
Company - the fourth year in a row Affordable has received this
prestigious accolade. Angela Day and the team would like to thank
everyone who voted! Thrilled to win!!
Angela Day, CEO, Affordable Car Hire
The Sterling is likely to be lower and remain volatile over
the next couple of years, trade becomes interesting. Expecting it to
strengthen slightly over the next few weeks as we are still to see the
full reaction of Dollar to Trump's policies. This would impact the Euro
and with the Dutch elections nearing we could see the Euro edging
towards 1.20 marker. With the Dollar being strong more Americans on
Short-Break are heading our way. With more NFL games to be played in the
UK will see an increase too. Better days ahead for UK Tourism &
Noel Suganthan, Director, Monex International Limited
Just been organising Travel Technology Initiative’s Spring conference on data and personalisation – 14 March in London.
Paul Richer, Senior Partner, Genesys
New Year, New Site for Journeys Travel Insurance. Plans for
a fresh new travel agent facing site are underway, current launch
plans are Spring 17! Watch this space…..
Patrick Chong, Managing Director, Journeys Travel Insurance
Suppliers can now communicate to 75k UK travel
professionals using OTT quick course to announce new destinations,
Julia Feuell, Managing Director, OTT
Finalising media plans (welcome back Tourism Thailand).
Planning Travel Trade Crusade #TTC17 - car needs to be ‘stand-out’
crazy for July.
Kim Romanski, Director, Romanski
At Undiscovered Destinations we are busy planning a range of
exciting new trips for 2017 and beyond. We expect to continue with our
excellent revenue and passenger number growth in the coming year.
Aled Evans, Head of Business Development, Undiscovered Destinations ___________________________________________________________
Complaints are a golden opportunity to reflect and take
action. Be more afraid of not knowing - your customers are your eyes
Jo Sigalov, Troubleshooting & Marketing Expert, Joanna Sigalov & Associates
Malta is in the public eye as it holds the EU presidency
for next six months. Valletta, gears up to be European City of Culture
2018 and is now booming as a city break destination.
Peter Vella, Director UK & Ireland, Malta Tourist Office
Our Travel by Design High Street Agency now advertising our
Window on the World celebrating Northern Belle Charter Train Event
raised £8000 for Local Childrens Charity taking 108 clients to
Edinburgh. Next window Peru showing the breadth of what we
do….interesting and different all around the World, trains boats and
Kristina Hulme, Managing Partner, Travel by Design Group
I just signed up for ITT for 2017. Can’t wait to meet fellow members at Network ITT in London.
Jaklien van Melick, Marketing Manager, Dolphin Dynamics
Lots of news coming up at cosmos tours and cruises. Big
projects underway and all to be communicated in early April. Team
working hard on delivering new products and a new approach for our
business. Very exciting times and agents and travel partners will be
key to our future success.
Giles Hawke, CEO, Cosmos Tours
We’re expanding our trade sales team again to continue to
deliver even more support for our travel industry partners = More
staff, more support and more focus for agents and operators, busy times
ahead at Fred!!”
Neil Herbert, Head of Sales, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
New Year, new opportunities, new challenges. Here at Horncastle
Travel, we welcome the opportunity to become even better at what we do -
to supply first class travel management.
Christina Drummond, Managing Director, Horncastle Executive Travel Ltd
Artemis continue to expand its range of built to live in
apartments and villas, Started in Turkey, then Cyprus now adding the
resorts of Estepona and La Duquesa on the Costa Del Sol, great area and
Nigel Harris, Sales and Operations Director, Artemis Travel
Busiest January we have ever seen – busy identifying and
challenging the fraudulent sickness claims hitting the travel industry
Linda Alliston, Managing Director, The Travel Advice Centre
The Jamaica Tourist Board is posed to announce the highest
visitor numbers to Jamaica from the UK yet, surpassing their 200k
record broken last year
Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director UK/N Europe, Jamaica Tourist Board
We’ve been a bit anxious about the Brexit effects on travel
– but the public don’t seem to be! The thirst for travel remains
strong in Q1 as we see passenger numbers in DIY travel continue to rise
year over year!
Daniel Boardman, Head of SEO, Hoppa
It’s great to know that Enable Holidays is the award-winning
brand for accessible holidays, but the most satisfying part of my job
is helping more disabled people enjoy more of the world.
Lynne Kirby, Managing Director, Enable Holidays
Busy times at Bluesoup. Bedding in new clients like Exodus,
optimising big pushes for current clients, & trying to find
somewhere for 24ft inflatable Eden Easter Egg!
Ben Duhig, Managing Director, Bluesoup
a hectic start to the year with plenty of travel activity,
and a healthy level of acquisition interest across both corporate and
leisure travel. Just finalising the details for this year’s Barclays
Travel Forum in May which will be announced soon.
Chris Lee, Director, Head of Travel and Professional Sports, Hospitality and Leisure, Barclays Bank PLC
Phew, final plans now in place for our Association of Group
Travel Organisers AGM at the Excursions Show onSaturday at Alexandra
Palace. Mike Bugsgang, Chief Executive, AGTO
Currently sandwiched between our two Destinations Travel
Shows. M’chester last week, London next. Thousands of trips booked +
Michael Palin speaking at London!
Stuart Hunter, Portfolio Director, Clarion Events Ltd
Freedom to Fly Updates 2017 - Sky News Appearances /
International Conference Presentation Summer Lisbon - The Sky is no
longer the limit. Nominated for Professional Lifetime Achievement
Elaine Iljon Foreman, Director, Freedom to Fly
Started 2017 very well at Wardle Travel. More and more
clients are booking with traditional agents where they know their money
Doug Wardle, Director, Wardle Travel
Exciting times for Manchester College Studentson work
experienceManchester Airport.... Our students are focused on securing
work experience, 9 students have begun working at the airport and will
continue throughout the year combining both theory and practical
experience, which is fantastic, find out more on
Liam Waddington, Departmental Team Leader (North & South) Travel / Tourism / Aviation, The Manchester College
The Edge Hotel School, at the University of Essex, welcomes
its new February intake on the intensive BA(Hons) Hotel Management
Degree. Next intake, September 2017!
Andrew Boer, Principal, Edge Hotel School
Jamie-Lee Abtar hosts Travel Talk: Managing Your Digital Footprint on the16th March 17in London.Networking, knowledge & 2 course dinner! Jamie- Lee Abtar, CEO & Founder, Be Distinctly Different
Just completed changes to 25 New Zealand itineraries as a result of the earthquake in Kaikoura . Happy Days !
John Lightwood, Director, Silver Fern Holidays
It’s all go @ natgeotraveller.co.uk. You will find the 2017
Cool List, details on NGT Festival in Sept ‘17 and see our 2017 photo
contest finalists. Matthew Jackson, APL Media / Nat Geo Traveller.
Matthew Jackson, Managing Director, APL Media
'Continuing to shake up tourism in Northwest Florida!
Introducing new ideas and new players to the beautiful Panhandle. It's
perfect for incoming UK tourists and companies.
Martin Owen, Owner, Owen Organization LLC
'Supreme Court latest ruling that Parliament must have say
before Brexit Article 50. No doubt Daily Mail preparing more 'enemies
of the people' headlines before the vote. Free Press? Yeah right!
Lord Peter Snape, House of Lords
Exciting times ahead - hot on the heels of Hill Dickinson’s Annual Travel Law Seminar, planning has already begun for November 2017’s seminar and in the interim we have some interesting events lined up including gastric illness – not a subject for the faint hearted! 2017 is off to a flying start! Joanna Kolatsis, Partner - Aviation and Travel, Hill Dickinson LLP
We’re all so excited for our India Fam in May, our tours to
this fascinating part of the world are some of our bestselling, and
we’re offering two new tours for 2017!
Richard Forde, Head of Trade Sales, Newmarket Holidays
'What a start to the year. Vegas, Hawaii, New York State
and Serenity Holidays have recently joined Equator Learning’s agent
e.learning portfolio. Travel Uni has just topped 200,000 users
worldwide. It says a lot about the power of knowledge.
Chris May, Managing Director, Equator Learning and Travel Uni
Working with Variety Cruises, so must try the product -
Seychelles for a week aboard MV Pegasus here we come! Loving part-time
Nigel Lingard, Director, Reader Offers Ltd
While everyone is bemoaning the USA election results and
Brexit for once our $ and euro contracts are proving a higher £sterling
income than this time last year!
Alison Cryer Representation Plus/First PR
After a record number of cab trips in December we're eager to get the new year started with some exciting new travel partnerships coming soon! Barney Hapgood, Partnerships Manager, minicabit
Exciting times here at Carnival Cruise Line – we’ve just gone
on sale with our newest ship Carnival Horizon – joining the fleet in
2018. Europe and the USA here we come!
Erin Johnson, Marketing Director UK & Ireland, Carnival Cruise Line
high net worth individuals travelling to the UK from overseas.
Thrilled at being signed up by AMEX as their Crafted Journeys UK
Manuel Mascarenhas at Travel Bureau
2016 saw major operator failures (Low Cost and All leisure),
political and terrorist upheaval in popular tourist destinations and
extreme weather conditions causing major issues to the UK travel
industry. Affirma has never had so many enquiries about insurance based
risk management solutions. Make sure you protect your company against
the unexpected and get in touch.
David Sharp, Director, Affirma
Looking forward to 2017 and all it brings in innovation and
opportunity in the travel sector. GfK will be continuing to track all
that leisure travellers think&do.
Helen Roberts, UK Head of Travel & Hospitality, GfK
M&A New Year.......international buyers & private
equity circling keen to acquire niche clearly differentiated travel
businesses with loyal customers……busy year ahead.
Deborah Potts, Director, Summit Advisory
Great Singapore trip, in January, to launch new Seabourn
Encore and on return new Holland America ship announced ...how lucky am
Lynn Narraway, Managing Director UK and Ireland, Holland America Line & Seabourn
Forward thinking at Goodlife Florida Villas! Handpicked, individual 3-10 bedroom Villas available to book up till 2019!
Geoff Hartley, Director, Goodlife Florida Villas Ltd
Prepping for a high profile b2b event, promoting freediving
in the Maldives and planning a group press trip to Dubai, 2017 is
looking good so far! #watchthisspace
Gail Palmer, Managing Director, KTA Public Relations
National assemblies are not allowed a say on Brexit, so
triggering Article 50 by the end of March is still on. Theresa May says
this changes nothing.’ Jonathan Delaney, UK Sales Director, AFEX
Busy and exciting times! 2017 has already brought us new
business and we continue to keep fantastic relationships with our
existing clients. #BeInsured Louise Bates, Sales & Partnerships Manager, Rush Insurance Services Limited
Introducing Sherbet Media’s digital elite London taxis with
Wi-Fi and digital screens, allowing the travel & tourism market to
have a brand presence across London.
Asher Moses, CEO, Sherbet London
Looking to forge strong working relationships with all the
other travel & tourism businesses advertising in Best of Norfolk
Matthew Hawkes, Owner, Anglian Chauffeur Service
Busy building cultural itineraries for Visit Hull & East
Yorkshire targeting Dutch and German travel trade and media to promote
Hull City of Culture, Leeds 50th West Indian Carnival, Manchester
International Festival and Liverpool’s 50 Summers of Love.
Helen Palmer, Director, Creative Tourist
2017 off to a flying start, in between responding to
government policy statements over Brexit. Another visit up north to
Leeds to assess a night economy research project. Still mentoring an
interesting business start-up facing challenges from Planning
authority. Too many meetings already, so planning a quick ski trip with
snowboarding mad brother. The diary dates are filling fast with ITT
Events to book, must not miss conference in Italy this June. I’ll need a
Brandon Crimes, Director of Research, Tourism Matters
Exciting news! Travelsphere and Just You have recently been
purchased by G Adventures the world’s leading independent adventure
travel company – the future is looking exceptionally bright for these
Georgia Lewis, Business Development Manager, Travelsphere
Had to buy a new suitcase today, old one's had enough of seeing the world. We haven't. Looking forward to 2017 travels. Anna Hyman, Writer/Editor www.foodytraveller.com____________________________________________________________
Travel Unwrapped introduces DNA Unwrapped, testing your DNA, & travelling to discover the cultures of your ancestors. www.dnaunwrapped.com Rebecca Fielding, Director, Travel Unwrapped
2016 saw Sagittarius nearly double in size with many new
exciting digital transformation projects for some of the UK's largest
Paul Stephen, Managing Director, Sagittarius Marketing (Kent) Limited
MSC UK & Ireland continue their growth apace, we have
now doubled the trade sales team, enjoyed record January sales &
with 2 new ships this year 2017 promises to be ‘The Year of MSC’
Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director UK & ROI, MSC Cruises Ltd
Robots, chat bots and artificial intelligence: the stuff of
science fiction is now reality. That excites me. But regardless of the
mechanics, travel is about connecting people and ideas – and that will
Champa Magesh, Managing Director, Amadeus UK
After starting a new venture in 2016 we relaxed by sailing
the Caribbean at Christmas and drinking rum punch on the beach at New
Year. Perhaps we should all try it?
Bill Howie, Chief Executive, Variation Holdings Ltd
Things are heating up at SprinkledMagic HQ - branded
cupcakes are expanding to chocolate and fondant toppers. Gluten free
cakes are becoming even more popular. Ability to send cupcakes UK wide
is a real hit....and on personal level Sarah got engaged!
Sarah Campus, MD, SprinkledMagic
'Just back from our global virtual payments conference in
sunny San Diego. 2017 has started at a terrific pace and shows no signs
of slowing down. Buckle up people!
Ian Johnson, Commercial Director, WEX
Excited about 2017 as Norwegian Cruise Line welcomes N.
Jade to Southampton for some ex-UK summer cruising, fresh from a
multi-million dollar ship upgrade.
Francis Riley, Senior Vice President International Marketing, Sales & Operations, Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
@RoosterPR is celebrating the Chinese Year of the Rooster:
using PR & digital to drive bookings for China Southern, Tianjin
Airlines & new clients Flight Centre & ABTOT.
Melissa Hobson, Account Director, Rooster PR
Great year ahead for our family business with a fresh new web design and expansion plans, creating for our guests more than a holiday in Croatia. Edita Dolfini, Founder, Istria Holiday Homes
Very strong start to 2017! Lots of activity and much
excitement around Silver Muse, launching in a few months and Silver
Cloud moving over to the Expedition fleet. Still leading the way in
innovation in the ultra-luxury cruise segment…Thanks to everyone for
Lisa McAuley, Commercial Director, Silversea Cruises
Co-creating future Tourism Managers – excitement mounts
@UniofHerts as Tourism graduates prepare for their annual symposium in
conjunction with industry partners @TuiUKJobs @HiltonWorldwide @ABTA
Alethea Bradley, Subject Group Leader Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management, University of Hertfordshire
Amstar DMC was globally recognised as Partner Winner with
BCD Meeting and Events for the Most Impactful Effort Towards Corporate
Social Responsibility(CSR) Part of an Incentive Programme ,at the 2016
SITE Crystal Award Ceremony.
Eugene Rybicki, President, Amstar
2017 off to a fantastic start, 3 TW Globe Awards in the
bag, Travel 2 and Gold Medal teams are exceeding all targets and
#6nations is just around the corner
Andrew Fry, Managing Director, Nova Direct Mail Ltd ____________________________________________________________
At last companies are investing in positive communication
training throughout their business. We have delivered measureable
results in sales, service and employee engagement. Don’t be left
Debbee Dale, Director, Debbee Dale Development ___________________________________________________________
Are you ready to PARTY HARD? Party Hard Travel have launched
a brand new trade platform & are looking agents to sell their
packages. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Cable, Head of Sales & Marketing, Party Hard Travel
Promoting Golf Aberdeen City & Shire this week as part
of the Scotland Home of Golf Team at the PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando.
Hector Emslie, MD, Golfers Scotland Ltd
'The more Ii look back to my working life, the more I
appreciate that knowledge and experience remain fundamental for all my
next decisions'. As Plato said A GOOD DECISION IS BASED ON KNOWLEDGE -
an ITT member since 1994.
Paradise Wildlife Park is now a charity! For more info about
'Zoological Society of Hertfordshire' and the official launch visit www.pwpark.com
Lynn Whitnall, Managing Director, Paradise Wildlife Park
Leeds Beckett University, Centre for Tourism and Hospitality
strengthens its range of expertise following the appointment of a new
international leading academic, appointed as the new Head of School.
Professor Roy Wood, currently working at the University of Macau, has
extensive publications and management experiences across a range of
global educational programmes. Roy will begin his new post in May 2017.
Trish Coll, Senior Lecturer Tourism Marketing, Leeds Beckett University
Fantastic end to the year with Post Office winning Best
Foreign Exchange Provider at the British Travel Awards! Don’t forget to
keep an eye out for our Flash Sales in 2017!
Liam Hodge, Head of Insight, First rate Exchange Services
Princess Cruises has just confirmed another new ship is on
order. That's four to be delivered over the next six years. Exciting
Tony Roberts, Vice President UK & Europe, Princess Cruises
By the time you have read this hackers could have stolen your most
precious information. No one is safe don't let the threat of a Cyber
attack become a headache for your business, let us ease away your
tension. Call Vito Sepe at Arnold Fisher 01923 298435
Jackie Knight, Group Marketing & Media Manager, Seventeen Group
We are very pleased with our strong start to year and the
extra business we have brought in from our newly redesigned websites. We
look forward to opening our new retail shop in Leicester whilst still
on the hunt for new locations for shops.
Sharon Munro, Chief Executive, Barrhead Travel
January is always a busy time in recruitment and this year
is no different – not that I’m complaining! Much demand for digital and
ecommerce roles at the moment.
Gail Kenny, Managing Director at Gail Kenny Executive Search
There are about eight million kids living in orphanages and
residential care facilities around the World. Here’s the thing, though:four out of fiveof
them have a living parent or family member. In Cambodia, the number of
orphanages has grown by 75% over the past decade, yet technically, the
number of orphans has decreased. In 2017, Intrepid Travel will be the first major travel company to Rethink Orphanages and will
place a “deeper focus” on the issue of child protection.https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/why-were-rethinking-orphanage-tourism/
Joy Lacana, Head of Industry Sales, Intrepid Travel Group UK
We’re all excited about our 2017 members conference, which
takes place at Club Med in Provence in May, we’ve some awesome speakers
lined up. Including a true sporting legend, Sir Chris Hoy!
John Sullivan, Head of Commercial, Advantage Travel Centres
Daily Express readers are in for a treat this weekend, as
the company are publishing the first issue of “Let’s Go”. Appearing
inside “Saturday Magazine”, 24 pages jam packed with fantastic holiday
deals and informative editorial from the around the globe.
Mark Bennett, Travel Manager, Northern & Shell Media
Tigerbay is excited to be working with Mark Warner on a
Virtual Reality ski holiday simulation for website integration. To be
showcased on our stand T344 at Travel Technology Europe.
Vicki Tittley, Business Development Manager, Tigerbay Software Ltd
Biggest challenge of 2017 is how to avoid political uncertainty - Brexit, Trump, whatever - distracting from business fundamentals. Still a solid time for the sector and smart companies across the country. Make Travel Great Again! Tim Hames, Deputy Chief Executive, BVCA
Exciting times! We’re busy making travel companies stand
out with their own unique look & feel. In a crowded market, why
look the same?
Keith Worthington, Creative Director, Red Engine Group
It’s been a great 2016 here at LJLA with passengers up
by 11% and a really positive reaction to our terminal and customer
service improvements. The challenge ahead: to better this in 2017.
Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development, Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Busy start to 2017 helping travel companies transition
technology into the cloud, our white paper covering this topic is
released in Feb!
Mark Jordan, Director, Smart Telecom (GB) Ltd
For something new TVTravelmedia is offering the opportunity
for all tour operators to have presence on TV. We will use your video
asset to create a 5 minute promotional broadcast ready piece that we
will air on the Local TV Network. TV is not just for large tour
operators, we make it accessible to all, tourist offices, small tour
ops, hotels in fact any travel product or destination that wants to be
seen by an audience on TV. Please look at our website where you can
download a media pack. Ww.tvtravelmedia.com
Abhi Dighe, Managing Director, Tvtravelmedia Ltd
Finishing our record year this week, Midcounties Co-operative Travel goes from strength to strength and has BIG plans for growth in 2018.
Alistair Rowland, Group General manager - Specialist Retail, The Midcounties Co-operative
On Tuesday 24th January:- morning spent in meetings …. arrived into the Enfield office lunch time with pizza and presentations!! Certificates for Length of Service were awarded to a dozen members of
the team…. As well as, one person being presented with a 15 year’s
certificate another received a 25 year accolade … gold watch. But none
of these loyal team members are unique as 65% of the staff at Jetset
have been with the company for at least 10 years!! Congratulated the
team on a great start to the year not only in terms of booking volume
increasing by 12% on Jan 2016 but on Service Levels being of a very
high nature throughout the month making it easier for the trade to book
flights and packages.
John Bond, Chairman at Jetset Tours, Flights & Tailor-made Holidays
In April we celebrate 10 years of Languages for Life Ltd. With over
4,000 qualified, experienced linguists, specialised in many subject
areas such as legal, technical, medical etc., we support our clients
through translations, interpreting, voice-over services and much more.
Brigitte Peach, Managing Director, Languages for Life Ltd
Having sold my tour operation after 52 years in the sector, I am now
able to look at the industry as an " outsider". Due to the unknowns
and no real Gov specific plans re the future, all within the sector
should review their financial position and adjust accordingly. Forex
and overheads could be the issue for certain companies and type of
packages or marketplace with others. Review now and think of your
clients. Plus keep in mind -- turnover is vanity, profit is sanity.
Ian Kerr F.Inst.TT
Busy and exciting start to 2017, 10 days to the launch of our new flight the Auckland and stopped smoking for 20 days now!
Kieran Farragher, Sales Manager UK & Ireland - Leisure Sales, Qatar Airways
Thanks to generous support from the travel industry, the Family
Holiday Association charity helped 5,184 struggling families enjoy a
day trip or short break in 2016. Happiness for 11,000 children!
Alison Rice, travel journalist & broadcaster
Life outside the box being the travel industry for 30 years plus
running profit centres which are enjoying a good ROI for luxury
longhaul which I setup 3 times historically. A lack of vision closed my
brilliant team within less than a year. Onwards forward
Sam Eliatamby, Ex Product Director (email@example.com)
Our top scoring NPS shows that we are one of the world’s best at
caring. We get customers for life by caring for them and staying in
touch after they booked and travelled.
Paula Emmenegger, Travel Consultant, Travel Counsellors
Alan Pattison heads our TRP team offering a range of in-house
policies for all types of Operators/Agents along with developing new
products to meet the constantly evolving exposures faced by our
Alan Pattison M.Inst.TT, Account Director, Travel Risk Professionals
Ras Al Khaimah's adventure tourism offering soars to new heights with
launch of first commercial via ferrata on UAE's highest mountain.
Thomas Johnson, Account Executive at Tourism Development Authority Government of Ras Al Khaimah
Croatia has seen a 26% increase in overnight stays from UK visitors
in 2016 versus last year. To accommodate this increase in demand for
holidays to Croatia, there will be 19 new flights from various UK to
Croatia in 2017. Ivona Grgan, Director, Croatian Natinal Tourist Office
2017 promises to be an exciting year for Dolphin Dynamics. We’re
starting off with a new product launch in February, which will be
revealed at the Travel Technology Show at Olympia. Come and see us
Roberto Da Re, Founder and CEO, Dolphin Dynamics
Becoming an independent company allows us to invest in our three core
capabilities: technology, innovation and distribution – further
enhancing our portfolio in the fast-growing bedbank sector where we see
strong growth and consolidation opportunities.
Anna Igual, Business Development - EuropE, Hotelbeds
Lonely Planet has lived and breathed travel for over 40 years, today
providing expert advice to our loyal audience of travelers across
digital, print & mobile channels.
Ali Teeman, Director, Client Solutions (EMEA), Lonely Planet
Kenneth Macleod team for the Kilt Walk to raise money for CHAS,
currently celebrating Burns night with our haggis, neeps and tatties.
Elaine Tait, Managing Director, Kenneth Macleod Travel
Promoting Golf Aberdeen City & Shire this week as part of the
Scotland Home of Golf Team at the PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando this
week. Hector Emslie, MD, Golfers Scotland Ltd
Exciting NEW initiative from MBR -Top performing agents during peaks
to be rewarded in style at the new Peaks Performance Awards May 3rd.
Nadine Rankin, Joint CEO, AMG Ltd
Looking forward to meeting more great entrepreneurs this year - our
industry is blessed with many and last year I worked with some of the
best. If only more could be persuaded to take external advice: the
right advice can save time and money, and make a difference between a
critical event happening or not (e.g. investment). Ask your friends and
contacts to recommend someone they trust.
Katya Thomson, Founder, Temerity Consulting
BTA 2017 strategy mtg done. New airline categories and event theme
decided. Nominations open 1 April. More TV and press coverage planned.
Team all fired up!
Lorraine Barnes Burton, CEO, British Travel Awards
Kenneth Macleod team for the Kilt Walk to raise money for CHAS,
currently celebrating Burns night with our haggis, neeps and tatties.
Elaine Tait, Managing Director, Kenneth Macleod Travel
University of Wolverhampton scored 100% overall satisfaction from
our BA Tourism Management students in the latest National Student
Dr Sammy Li, Lecturer of Tourism, University of Wolverhampton
Look out for TIF Group’s new initiative Travel Insurance Explained,
helping the customer understand travel insurance in a fun way.
Richard Smith, Underwriter, Travel Insurance Facilities
New ITT member, the Destination Marketing Group, knows that not
everyone wants or needs a long-term PR contract, so it offers
colleagues a “Pay as You Play” PR service!
Philip Cooke, Managing Director, The Destination Marketing Group
A new year, a new website and a cracking offer from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida – exciting times ahead!
Annabel Cove, Head of Trade Sales and Marketing, DoSomethingDifferent.com
"In 2017 @royalbruneiair will live up to its reputation as one of
2016's Most Loved Airlines by adding 7 new A320neos to the fleet
Aurora Kataroshi, Account Executive – Trade, Royal Brunei Airlines
I started out in the travel industry with nothing….& I have still got most of it left…… All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make you happy. Graham Balmforth, National Sales Manager, Superbreak
I’ve been promoted to Executive Vice President, Customer at Virgin
Atlantic, and will now oversee all 6000 of our customer-facing staff.
Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President, Customer, Virgin Atlantic
‘Sixt looks set for a great 2017 with a new location in Aberdeen,
the introduction of the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XE and XF to the
fleet as well as some more fun surprises coming up.
Per Voegerl, Managing Director Commercial & Administration, Sixt Rent a Car
Our wonderful final students are busy writing their dissertations,
our second years are securing their placement roles for next year and
our first years are starting their Tourism South East Host Gold
course..all go at UoP!
Liz Sharples, University Tutor, University of Portsmouth
“Future looking good at Co-operative Holidays heading towards our
first birthday! Strong sales post Xmas thanks to focus on city &
short breaks. #bringon2017
Chris Smith, General Manager, Co-operative Holidays
Mike Scott, part of Eyewitness Tours & Guild of Battlefield
Guides, author, cruise lecturer and independent Tour Manager Guide.
From Band of Brothers in snow in Bastogne battlefields to wine tours.
Lovin’ all I do in T&T.
Michael Scott, Council Member, Guild of Battlefield Guides
"Flying between the UK and Miami frequently over the coming months,
visiting Fathom Adonia and excited to manage her back into the P&O
Cruises fleet for her first cruise in June.
Tom Driscoll, Onboard Product Delivery Director, Carnival UK
Honoured to be presented with a long standing commitment and service award from ABTA LifeLine.
Bill Maxwell, Treasurer, ITT