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Travel Counsellors ‘Switch On’ in Kilkenny

Travel Counsellors ‘Switch On’ in Kilkenny

Travel Counsellors and supplier sponsors prepared themselves last night for today’s ‘Switch On’ conference at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny with a barn-storming Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo session led by Bob Conway of Today FM.

‘The Winners’ team: John and Mary Foyle, Lorraine Lawless, Bernie Whelan, Sherry Meagle, Neil Steedman, Kay Marshall, and Karen Maloney

‘The Winners’ team: John and Mary Foyle, Lorraine Lawless, Bernie Whelan, Sherry Meagle, Neil Steedman, Kay Marshall, and Karen Maloney

 

The winners of the overall top prize of a magnum of champagne were (we modestly report!) Team 3 comprising Travel Counsellors John and Mary Foyle, Lorraine Lawless, Bernie Whelan, Sherry Meagle, Kay Marshall, Karen Maloney, Etihad Airways, and Neil Steedman, Irish Travel Trade News. At the beginning each team had to give themselves a name and Team 3, with great confidence and foresight, had named themselves ‘The Winners’!

Cork head office team Ciara MacConnell, Sinead Cregan-Hayes, Cathy Burke and Bernie Whelan prepare to invite conference delegates to ‘Switch On’

Cork head office team Ciara MacConnell, Sinead Cregan-Hayes, Cathy Burke and Bernie Whelan prepare to invite conference delegates to ‘Switch On’

The conference is being attended by more than 120 delegates, including 46 Travel Counsellors and 50 representatives from 40 supplier sponsors. The welcome party, which included delicious Thai food, was sponsored by Emirates and Tourism Authority of Thailand, while earlier in the day a welcome lunch was sponsored by Etihad Airways.

Travel Counsellors Kathy O’Sullivan, Jennifer O’Brien, Sue Cahill and Sinead Cregan-Hayes

Travel Counsellors Kathy O’Sullivan, Jennifer O’Brien, Sue Cahill and Sinead Cregan-Hayes

Maria Marino, Bahamas Tourist Office, with Chris Lee, Tourism Authority of Thailand

Maria Marino, Bahamas Tourist Office, with Chris Lee, Tourism Authority of Thailand

Kirsten Hughes, Commercial Director, Travel Counsellors (centre), with Peter Friedrich, TravelCube, and John McKibbin, Getabed

Kirsten Hughes, Commercial Director, Travel Counsellors (centre), with Peter Friedrich, TravelCube, and John McKibbin, Getabed

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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 www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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