Orlagh Hogan of Travelmood Joins Six Incentive Winners on DTCM / Etihad Ireland Fam Visit to Dubai

Orlagh Hogan of Travelmood Joins Six Incentive Winners on DTCM / Etihad Ireland Fam Visit to Dubai

Etihad Airways, Definitely Dubai and Jebel Ali International hosted an interesting and informative evening for travel agents who had completed the Dubai Expert training programme at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin last week. Ingrid Aagesen from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) presented the latest that Dubai has to offer, including gastronomic delights, family fun, water parks, and shopping – with gold and spices to the fore, and international sport, with golf, rugby and cricket all attracting top stars to the Emirate. Ingrid emphasised that Dubai ticks all the boxes for a very different experience and a holiday of a lifetime.

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Orlagh Hogan of Travelmood, winner of the prize draw (second left), with Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways; Ingrid Aagesen, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; and Ross Park, Jebel Ali International Hotels

Informative presentations were also made by Karen Maloney, Leisure Sales Manager, Etihad Airways, and Ross Park, Sales Manager – Travel Trade, Jebel Ali International Hotels (see Featured Video on

Karen confirmed the commitment of the airline to the Irish market, with sponsorship continuing with the GAA for a further five years, and thanked the agents for their support during Etihad’s first five years in the Irish market. She emphasised the ease of access to Dubai from Abu Dhabi International Airport and the new terminal, which is undergoing a major expansion.

Ross wowed the attending agents with the great value offered by the Jebel Ali portofolio, including two exceptional hotels in one great resort. Situated on its own private 800-metre palm-lined beach overlooking the golden shores of the Arabian Gulf is the multiple awrd-winning Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. This 52-hectare beach resort in Dubai is renowned for its relaxed holiday atmosphere with the option to stay in one of two beachfront hotels – Jebel Ali Hotel as the iconic property and the Palm Tree Court & Spa as a deluxe option for families.

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Fiona Dobbyn, Cassidy Travel, and Dave Hayeems, Trailfinders, with Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways.

Fam Visit Participants

Six lucky retail agents had won places on next month’s DTCM / Etihad Ireland ‘Dubai for Families’ familiarisation visit to Dubai through a booking incentive in which they had to book a DBX package with Etihad flights to qualify. The lucky winners were:

Pamela Kelly, Newbridge Travel

Jennifer Dineen, Abbey Travel

Siobhan Geraghty, Cavan Travel

Clodagh Connolly, Fahy Travel

Orla Barcoe, Manning Travel

Majella Greene, O’Callaghan Travel

In addition, a prize draw was held on the night for a seventh place on the familiarisation visit and the lucky winner was Orlagh Hogan of Travelmood.

Ingrid Aagesen from DTCM and Fiona Lawless from Etihad Airways will be escorting the agents from 7th – 11th June to Dubai, where they will be hosted by Jebel Ali International Hotels at the fabulous Oasis Beach Tower. Highlights of the visit will include Jebel Ali Resort, Bateaux Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque Tour, Desert Safari, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and Aquaventura.

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Deirdre Sweeny, Sunway, and Dominic Burke, Travel Centres

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Ciara Mooney and Emma Taaffe from Freedom Travel

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Ingrid Aagesen of DTCM (second right) with Orlagh Hogan, Denise Breen and Tracey Crowley, all from Travelmood

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Monica Rossi and Niamh Carbery from Abbey Travel

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Nivin James and Soni Kodakkat of Eurasia Travel

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Lorraine Dunne and Kathy Cashe from Sunway

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Caroline Gallagher, The Travel Department; Theresa Lambe and Ali Haboosh, Etihad Airways; Catherine Bookle and Peter Murphy, The Travel Department

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Sorcha Flynn and Blanca Suarez from Global Teamwork

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Tatiana Sukhanova, Skytours; Joanne Coll, World Travel Centre; and Sharon Jordan, One Stop Touring Shop

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at

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