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Dympna Crowley Announced as CEO of Lee Travel Group

29th January 2021 - 12:00pm

Dympna Crowley (CEO Lee Travel Group)

Dympna Crowley (CEO Lee Travel Group)


The news is out and what great news this is for our long-term industry colleagues Dympna Crowley and Declan O’Connell (Lee Travel in Cork) who we interviewed during the week.

Don Shearer ( had a long conversation with both Declan and Dympna this week regarding Declan’s decision to take a steering role as Executive Chairman and promote Dympna Crowley to the role of CEO of the Lee Travel group to guide the business through the existing challenges and massive opportunities that will come over time and build on the 46 years that Declan has put into the business. It’s really encouraging to see this level of succession planning in our industry and belief that owner/managers have in their staff to lead their businesses into the future.


Here is a little history of how Dympna joined Declan and the Lee Travel Team eleven years ago and how it all began.


I began my career in travel, handwriting tickets and making reservations over the phone, however I never remember this causing a single problem with booking mistakes!! Despite the long hours and crazy inquiries, I was bitten by the travel bug, and my career path lead me from Ballincollig Travel to Budget Travel, and finally to Lee Travel in 2010.  Over the years working with Declan, I joined the Ballincollig Business Association, and attended a multitude of travel related workshops and networking meetings. There were also some fabulous trips abroad, where I got to enjoy some awe-inspiring experiences with likeminded agents from all four corners of Ireland.   I took on extra responsibilities over the years in Lee Travel, including the HR Liaison Office duties, and I am also a proud committee member of the very dynamic Associate of Women Travel Executives.


Opportunities to become CEO of a company that you enjoy working for, in an industry you love, are in the “once in a lifetime” spectrum, so I am absolutely delighted with the privilege of leading Lee Travel into the post pandemic era.  We have a great team of talented individuals in the Lee Travel Group, so I am confident we will be ready and able to deal with any challenges that come our way, and we look forward to taking full advantage of the pent-up demand that will exist when borders open again.


It’s a truly great piece of news and a great way to brighten up 2021.

From all the Travelbiz Team, our readers, colleagues, subscribers and trade partners I would like to wish Dympna and Declan all the very best and continued success in their new roles.


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Dympna Crowley (CEO Lee Travel Group)
Declan O’Connell (Executive Chairman Lee Travel Group)

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