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36 TRAVEL TRADE NEWS


March 2017 Travel News


Agents had the opportunity to meet and chat with hotel partners, airlines, destination management companies and tour operators throughout the evening, held at Ten Square, Belfast.


Full house at Thailand Agents’ Event T


HAILAND Tourism, in conjunction with Etihad Airways, hosted an exciting and highly successful workshop for travel agents last week.


The event was held to showcase some of Thailand’s amazing travel offerings directly to agents. Emma Arnott of Thailand Tourism hosted 50 agents at the Belfast workshop while Lisa Hammond of Etihad Airways updated the groups on Etihad Airways' schedules and service for 2017.


The evening, which took the form of workshop in speed dating format, was well received be everyone who attended.


Thailand reported 67,273 visits from Ireland in 2016, up 3.9pc and have overtaken Australia for the first time as Ireland’s most popular long haul destination.


Emma Murphy, Tomagh Barnes, Joanne Robinson, Gemma McAllister from Thomson,Connswater


Keen interest in what Andrew Sharpe, Banyan Tree has to say


Collin Laffin of Laffin Travel, Norma Hill of Norma Hill Travel, Liza Hammond of Etihad and Andrew Adair of Reliable Travel


Anita Skiebal, Dusit Hotels makes her sales pitch to two local travel agents


Trevor Ardies of Rosetta Travel won the evening's top prize. He is pictured with Liza Hammond of Etihad Airways and Emma Arnott of Thailand Tourism


Andrew Adair of Reliable Travel, Simon O’Neill of Oasis Travel, Brendan O’Connor of Travel Max, Liz Dinsmore of Reliable Travel and Bruce Cairns of Travel Counsellors


Three local travel agents listen attentively to June Delaney, Amari Hotels and Resorts


Terence Murphy of Terra Travel, Wendy Kennedy of Travel Solutions, Anita Skibiel of Dusit International and Leah Adams of Travel Solutions


Above: Emma Arnott of Tourism Thailand ad- dresses agents at the successful Thai roadshow in Belfast recently


Rosie McDonald, Anne Moore, Diane Hamilton, Justin Childs of Chaka Travel


June Delaney of Amari Hotels and Resorts


Experiencing a Thai massage


Colin McGettrick and Garth McGuigan of Trailfinders and Mark Reynolds of STA Travel


Lee Ballard, SLC makes a point to agents at the Belfast Thai event


Andrew Sharpe of Banyan Tree Hotel and Resorts, Jenna Donaldson of Qatar Airways and Martin Penrose of If Only Travel


Nicola Wood, Como Hotels with some local agents


Desy Foy, Lyndsey McKeown, Damien Murphy and Sheila Rafferty of Terra Travel


Karen Davidson, Diethelm Travel talking to travel agents


Nicola Wood of Como Hotels


It’s like this.... Jason Bridle, Quedos Marketing at the Thai roadshow in Belfast recently


Liza Hammond of Etihad Airways with local agents


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