◗ Travel Weekly has promoted Flora Ioannou to the new position of art director, overseeing design across the

publication’s portfolio. Ioannou has worked for Travel Weekly for over 20 years and overseen a range of design projects, most recently leading the redesign of luxury travel magazine Aspire.

◗ Lisa McAuley, managing director of B2B tour operations at dnata Travel Europe, has become a non-executive

director at Silver Travel Advisor. The former UK boss of Silversea Cruises has also held senior positions at Avis Budget Group.

◗ Uniworld has appointed Angela Sloan as UK key account manager. Sloan will take up the newly created role

next week, reporting to national sales manager Rachel Healey. Sloan joins from World Travel Holdings UK, where she was head of product and commercial.

◗ Exsus Travel has appointed former agent Tom Cloherty (left) as senior account manager for worldwide and

Neil Sutton as senior account manager for Europe. Both will be based at the luxury tailor- made operator’s Norwich office.

Last chance to enter and vote for this year’s AAAs

Robin Searle

Agents and suppliers have just one week left to ensure their entries and votes are counted for this year’s new-look Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards (AAAs).

The 2019 AAAs feature a range

of new awards, including for the UK’s best leisure travel apprentice, agencies specialising in touring and adventure holidays and those that have been operating for no more than two years. New regional categories

have been introduced in the supplier-voted awards, with agents in the Republic of Ireland and the East Midlands and East Anglia receiving standalone honours for the first time. A special Roll of Honour will also be published to thank all suppliers who submit votes to reward their best agency partners. The Agent Achievement Awards

celebrates its 24th anniversary in 2019 and will take place at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel on Thursday, July 11. The deadline for entries and

votes is Thursday, April 11, after which shortlists will be drawn up for those categories that are decided by panels of expert judges

Barrhead attracts enquiries from Cook agents set to lose jobs

Barrhead Travel has reported a wave of job enquiries from Thomas Cook staff facing redundancy. Thomas Cook has put 320 shop staff under consultation and announced plans to close 21 stores following a retail performance

NEW LOOK: The AAAs has new awards and regional categories

“I would urge suppliers to reciprocate the support they receive from valued agents”

from across the industry. The new and improved AAAs

form part of a year of celebration for Travel Weekly, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a range of activities and enhancements throughout 2019. Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief

of Travel Weekly Group, said: “We have been delighted by the

PYLE: ‘We’ve had a lot of enquiries’ 8 4 April 2019

review. Just under 220 network-wide sales consultant roles are set to go plus a further 102 due to the shop closures. Scotland-based Barrhead, and its Brilliant Travel division, said it was working through calls it received over the weekend and was contacting enquirers. Since the start of the year, Brilliant has recruited 18 homeworkers and managed

positive response to our new-look Agent Achievement Awards and our inclusion of new categories to ensure the AAAs continues to represent the absolute pinnacle of success for travel agents in the UK and Ireland. “I would urge all agents to

put themselves forward in the self-nominated awards, and also encourage all suppliers to make sure they reciprocate the support they receive from their valued

agents by casting their votes.” › For more information and to enter and vote, head to

partners, who run their own businesses. Director Linda Pyle said the agency was keen to reassure agents under consultation that there is “life after redundancy”. She said: “We’ve all been there and it is daunting. We’ve had a lot of enquiries over the weekend, which we are following up. We continue to recruit; there are some very good travel people out there.”

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