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32 THE BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT 2021


This year’s BIG Travel Trade Event was widely welcomed by the travel trade after a tough year for the industry...


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HE BIG Travel Trade Event took place on August 24-25 in the sunshine… bringing the trade together over two days, the event saw 40+ travel companies take part and hundreds of local travel agents attend the exhibition, Supplier presentations, sponsored lunches & outdoor evening events.


The two days saw a jam-packed schedule for agents that incorporated networking, re-engagement, education and above all a lot of fun! Both days kicked off with informative supplier presentations with 16 top travel companies taking part and 60+ travel agents attending. Day one saw the Travel Solutions team host a ‘Thank You’ & a ‘Taste of Italy’ trade lunch.


Day one supplier meeting hub – agents were welcomed by the Loganair Scottish Piper and the exhibition was a hive of activity with suppliers hailing it as one of the most engaged sessions they have had – updating agents and networking with key selling partners. Day one was finished with one of the most amazing events the NI Travel Trade has seen to date – The Jet2holidays Festival – Outdoors, with amazing music, hospitality and the sun shining – it made for the perfect evening.


Day two’s 5 star lunch was sponsored by Silversea


Cruises – with Amanda Middler hosting 80+ agents and updating them on all things Silversea luxury! Key associations held meetings throughout both days including Advantage Travel Partnership, ABTA, ANITA, SPAA and ITAA – talking about the major issues facing our industry today and coming together to move forward with key strategic planning for the future. The ever popular Golf Classic was headline sponsored by Gran Canaria Golf this year – with a record turn out, the sunny weather and amazing prizes from Gran Canaria and their hotel partners it proved to be a great day for all the travel trade golf enthusiasts. The NI Travel & Tourism Awards in association


with Blue Insurance was also launched on the afternoon of the second day – with Jonathan Adair outlining the voting criteria for 2021 with voting going LIVE on the day… companies keen to take part in the evening can email paula@nitravelnews.com Day two finished with The glittering Palladium White Party – where everyone dressed in white and experienced an Ibiza chilled vibe with great music, great Spanish Tapas and each others company. It was a relaxing end to a very productive two days. Jonathan Adair of NI Travel News said: ‘We were absolutely delighted to finally bring together our industry partners in a safe environment at The Big Travel Trade Event, all feedback that we have received has been very positive and I am delighted that the team at NI Travel News did such a fantastic job’ Here are a few things some of our sponsors had to say about the 2 days …


‘The NITN BIG Event was fabulous it was so well organised and very safe. The weather was so fab which made all the difference as we could be outside more. It’s a credit to you all for taking a leap of faith and going ahead with this event after multiple cancellations. We were delighted to be able to participate’ – Jennifer Callister – Royal Caribbean.


‘Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to promote Gran Canaria and Gran Canaria Golf. Just wanted to say that it was fantastic event, it was our first live event and I was delighted to be there. Lovely to be back.’ – Katerina Bomshtein – Gran Canaria ‘Thank you for hosting a wonderful event. So much planning and organising when into this and we could see how well this paid off, it was seamless. It was a great first reintroduction to trade events and it was lovely to see you all again in person and to reconnect with the NI Travel Trade’ – Martina Coogan – United Airlines ‘Thank you for an amazing event. It was the first large event I have attended since March 2020 and it was a great one. It felt safe and it was so good to see both agents and suppliers face to face rather than on Zoom’ – Kelly Cookes – Advantage Travel


Right: Scott Harman from H10 Hotels is pictured in the Supplier Hub. The Supplier Hub offered suppliers and agents the chance to interact one-on-one and catch up with all the latest updates of post- Covid recovery


Chris Swaine of Louis Hotels and Penny Moschidou of Celestyal Cruises


Right: Danielle Radford of


Cosmos on her stand in the Supplier Hub at this year’s BIG Travel Trade Event in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick


Darren Eade from Las Terrazaz De Abama Suites, Tenerife on his stand in the Supplier Hub at The BIG Travel Trade Event


Left: Bláithín O’Donnell from Air Canada is pictured on her stand in the Supplier Hub at this year’s BIG Travel Trade Event


Geraldine McFadden of Aqua Suites pictured at this year’s BIG Event


Nicola McCready and Sarah Penn representing Bedsonline in the Supplier Hub


Left: Audrey Thompson of Classic Collection is pictured at the Supplier Hub at this year’s BIG Travel Trade Event


Suzanne Warren of Constantinou Bros Hotels with Maxine and Savannah Bracewel from Travel Max


Danny Waine and Den Ashby representaing ABTA at this year’s BIG Event


Liza Hammond from Aer Lingus and Jason Calvin from Thompson Travel


Sept/Oct 2021 Travel News THE BIG TRAVEL TRADE EVENT BRINGS


Craig Davidson of Flexi Reps representing Virgin Voyages, JTA Holidays and Cruise, Riveira Travel


Graham Hennessy of Do Something Different pictured chatting to travel agents


Nick Hindle from Explore


Allison Graham of Fred Olsen is pictured in the Supplier Hub


Katerina Bomshtein of Gran Canaria Tourism


Above: Lawrence Peachey representing Hotel Jardantacina is pictured in the Supplier Hub at The BIG Travel Trade Event in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick


Graham Jowers of Icelandair


Aishling McLoughin of Iberostar is pictured on her stand in th eSupplier Hub at The BIG Travel Trade Event 2021


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