Cathy celebrates four decades of excellence
29th June 2018 - 5:00pm
Cathy Burke (General Manager Travel Counsellors Ireland) celebrates 40 years of travel industry excellence this June. This year marks the important milestone for Cathy, who is also Director of International Business Development at Travel Counsellors, reflecting her hard-work and dedication to the travel industry over the last four decades.
Cathy first began her career in the travel industry in 1978 with Noel Martin Travel in Dublin. From there, Cathy went on to work at a host of other travel agencies and tour operators including Hickson Holidays and Tara Travel, where she gained a plethora of hands-on experience. In 2000, she set up her own business providing training and consultancy to travel agents across Ireland. She also served on several Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) committees and was co-ordinator of the Worldchoice Group. Notable achievements also include training travel industry personnel on the introduction of Service Fees, when airlines eliminated commission.
On this milestone, Cathy said: “I have been in the travel industry for 40 years and while there have been ups and down along the journey, it has been an exciting and satisfying career for me. I still have the job confirmation letter from Noel Martin Travel dating back to 1978 framed on my home-office wall and that piece of paper changed my life in ways I never thought possible.”
Speaking on the evolution of travel over the past 40 years, Cathy added: “The travel industry has changed so much - where we once relied solely on phones and faxes to book flights, now we have fast modern digital technology. It is almost worth celebrating that alone. Every year it has been so interesting to see the shifts in the industry, and I have enjoyed tailoring my work to welcome these changes as they come.”
Congratulating Cathy on 40 years in the travel industry, Steve Byrne (CEO Travel Counsellors) said; “Cathy Burke is a hugely talented, very special leader and person, and we are privileged to have her as part of the Travel Counsellors family.
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