Fahy Travel Worldchoice and Cassidy Travel Crowned Travel Agents of the Year at the Irish Travel Industry Awards
22nd January 2016 Fahy Travel Worldchoice and Cassidy Travel were crowned ITAA Travel Agencies of the Year 2016 at the annual Irish Travel Industry Awards in Dublin last night (Thursday 21st January). The prestigious awards gala took place in the elegant surrounds of the Mansion House and was attended by travel and tourism professionals from around the World to celebrate the hard working and skilful travel professionals operating within Ireland.
Cassidy Travel, who are based in Dublin, won the title of ITAA Travel Agency of Year 2016 with over ten employees, whilst Fahy Travel Worldchoice, from Galway, was crowned the ITAA Travel Agency of Year 2016 with under ten employees. Both of the winning agencies were praised for their stand-out customer service, their first-rate expertise and the wide range of travel options available to customers.
Other big winners on the night included, Atlas Travel who won Best ITAA Corporate Travel Agency and ClickandGo.com who won Best ITAA Member Marketing Campaign. The award for Best ITAA Corporate Travel Professional went to Karen Gleeson from FCm Travel Solutions and the award for Best ITAA Leisure Travel Professional went to Liz Wright from Tour America. Eoghan Corry, travel writer and editor of Travel Extra, was this year’s recipient of the ‘Special Contribution to the Irish Travel Industry Award’.
Speaking about the awards, Martin Skelly, President of the ITAA, said “Following a challenging few years, the outlook for Irelands travel trade is improving and this is down to the talented individuals working in our industry who have adapted to the market change and developed their roles. Already, 2016 looks set to be a great year for the Irish travel industry.”
He continued, “I wish to congratulate all of our winners, and thank our sponsors without whom the ITAA Irish Travel Industry Awards would not be possible”.
Speaking about the awards, Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “The Irish Travel Industry Awards are a great way to recognise the innovation and talent that is operating with the Irish travel and tourism sector. I wish to extend my congratulations to all of the winners, especially Fahy Travel Worldchoice and Cassidy Travel who both deservedly won overall titles. ”
The annual event is designed to showcase excellence within the industry and the difficult job of judging the Award Winners fell to a panel of judges, chaired by Tom Lonergan. Supplier Award Winners were voted upon by Irish travel agents. This year’s Master of Ceremonies was none other than the charming presenter and broadcaster, Miriam O’Callaghan
The Irish Travel Industry Awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents Association in association with Amadeus. Award categories are sponsored by American Airlines, British Airways, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Hertz, Turkish Airline, Riviera Travel and The Travel Corporation.