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John Devereux Re-elected as ITOF President in Palma

John Devereux Re-elected as ITOF President in Palma

The Irish Tour Operators Federation chose Palma de Majorca as the venue for its annual general meeting this year – and President John Devereux from SHGI was re-elected for the coming year. In a media briefing he stated that it had been a tough year with a downturn in July/August bookings; however, this had been somewhat mitigated by early bookings.

John Deveraux, President of I.T.O.F.

John Devereux, President of ITOF

Spain is still the number one destination from Ireland, with Majorca doing particularly well. In fact the numbers opting for hotel stays is up 8.7% for the period from January to August, said Gonzalo Ceballos, Director of Turspana in Ireland.

A delegation from the ITAA headed by President Clare Dunne also travelled to Palma to meet with the ITOF board. Following the meeting it was agreed that the two organisations would work together on issues that were common to both organisations. These would include the high level of bonding, currently at 10% for tour operators and 4% for travel agents, by making representations to the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Other areas for future discussions could include changes in legislation and training within the industry. Clare Dunne said that they welcomed this opportunity to sit down and address matters of mutual interest, as the interests of the members of both organisations were important.

In response to recent media speculation about a merger of the two bodies, the President of ITOF stated clearly that this was not on the agenda.

The ITOF /ITAA group plus media in Palma.

Some of the ITOF/ITAA group and media in Palma

No visit to Palma would be complete without some golf – and Con Horgan of Abbey Travel was the overall winner here.

Con Horgan receives his Golf prize frpm Gonzalo Ceballas and xxxxx in Palma.

Con Horgan (right) receives his golf prize from Gonzalo Ceballos and Phillip Salva, Director, Real Golf de Beninat, in Palma

Turespana’s Gonzalo Ceballos organised the programme and the excellent ground arrangements, while John Keogh from Aer Lingus sponsored the flights. Aer Lingus flies three times rising to four flights a week to Palma from Dublin, twice weekly from Cork, and from Belfast City Airport twice per week, all during the summer season.

Palma by night

Palma by night

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