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Getaway Waterloo Whispers


Gossip, competitions, fun photos and more! What’s tickled TTG Towers this week?


when Derek gently voiced his chagrin on social media, his plight was met with a photoshopped photo of himself with no hair, and he even received a wig in the post from an anonymous sender (sported, right, alongside photographer Steve Dunlop). Come on people… that’s no way to treat an industry bigwig like Degsy.


WIG ISSUE: As Twitter hullabaloos go, TTG found itself involved in a rather “hairy” one this week with UK Kuoni boss and TTG columnist Derek Jones. It seems our design department had perhaps been a tad over-zealous when cropping his headshot in the magazine, resulting in poor Degsy appearing a little less follicley endowed than he is in person. To make matters worse,


FEELING BLUE: When it comes to eco-activism, you can’t go too far wrong can you? With that in mind, spare a thought for Quartz Travel in York. The Sun reports that inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II and its message about the harm plastic pollution can cause, the agency planned to release 500 biodegradable balloons to raise awareness. Though the plan, the newspaper reports, deflated fast, after online commentators questioned the stunt, highlighting how the balloons “take longer to biodegrade than you think”. The event was axed “after consultation with Greenpeace”.


Diary dates Tell us your gossip at getaway@ttgmedia.com


Forthcoming agent events


TTG LGBT Debate March 1: Southwark Cathedral


Brand USA pub quiz night March 5: Planet Hollywood, London March 6: Revolution Parsonage Gardens, Manchester March 7: Sloans, Glasgow March 8: The Trinity Inn, Dublin


The Travel Marketing Awards 2018 March 12: London Hilton Park Lane


For more events, go to ttgmedia.com/events


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TTG’s Big Night Out Tour 1 March 19: Birmingham March 20: Manchester March 21: Middlesbrough March 22: Glasgow


TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies 2018 April 26: The Vox, Birmingham


Brand USA MegaFam 2018 April 26 to May 4: Various locations


TTG LGBT networking drinks May 2: Island Bar, Birmingham


LIKE A DIAMOND: Lauren Tearle from Tui


Dunstable won P&O Cruises’ 5,000-point cheque after selling a 14-night Norway, Iceland and Ireland


honeymoon cruise – her first booking registered on the Shine Rewards Club. Way to go, Lauren!


Send your photos of agent events, fam trips, charity efforts


PUPPY LOVE: To mark the sixth anniversary of Flybe at Manchester airport, senior management from both parties attended a Valentine’s Day cake-cutting ceremony at the airport. The star guest, however, was Lola the labradoodle, who was on hand to spread some love by offering passengers purple roses.


CLOSED CASE: Dave Kneale, national sales manager, Premier Holidays, presented Emma Dyson at Stamford Independent Travel with a Steven Brown Art cabin case for winning the operator’s peaks campaign.


GRAN Wendy bottles


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