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8th September 2017 - 12:20pm

Martina Coogan (United) Marian Benton (MAP Travel) Patricia Purdue (Massachusetts)

Martina Coogan (United) Marian Benton (MAP Travel) Patricia Purdue (Massachusetts)

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) was onboard Princess Cruises, Caribbean Princess, at Alexandra Basin in Dublin Docks where AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives) held an exclusive breakfast meeting. AWTE is headed up by leading lady travel personnel in Ireland and the Committee comprises Lorraine Quinn (Celebrity Cruises), Clare Dunne (Travel Broker), Yvonne Muldoon (Aer Lingus), Maura Moloney (DAA), Niamh Waters (TravelMedia) and Fiona Foster (Innstant Travel).

 

AWTE is headed up by leading lady travel personnel in Ireland and the committee comprises Lorraine Quinn (Celebrity Cruises), Clare Dunne (Travel Broker), Yvonne Muldoon (Aer Lingus), Maura Moloney (DAA), Niamh Waters (Travelmedia) and Fiona Foster (Innstant Travel). There was a great turnout and the busy dockland just buzzed with passengers disembarking on various excursions around Dublin and Wicklow and a token ‘leprechaun’ to greet the visitors.

 

The trade was represented by airline personnel, travel agents and GSA’s. Our great guide from Princess Cruises, Claire Rose, took us aboard and led us to breakfast.  Well fed and watered, we continued to Club Fusion Theatre for a presentation with guest speaker, Martina Coogan (Country Manager United). Martina spoke passionately about her career in travel and mentioned role models in the industry, including the late Gillian Bowler from Budget Travel, where Martina once worked.

 

Clare Dunne thanked Martina specifically for mentioning how she was mentored in various companies and that the mentoring of individuals in the business was the ethos of AWTE and what it was all about.

 

Clare Rose (Princess Cruises) apprised us of valuable information on the Cruise Line which is 52 years old now with its origins in the US.  Operating to 360 destinations worldwide and with a fleet of 17 ships, Princess Cruises is quietly trading now in euro and is focusing on the Irish and UK market.  Clare Dunne concluded the meeting by advising that the website is fully functional now and AWTE is open for business!


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Princess Cruises in dock at Alexandra basin
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) Tryphavana Cross (Las Vegas) Patricia Purdue (Massachusetts)
Martina Coogan (United) Marian Benton (MAP Travel) Patricia Purdue (Massachusetts)
The Token Leprechaun!
Lorraine Quinn (Royal Caribbean) Niamh Waters (Travelmedia) Clare Dunne (Travel Broker) Roisin Carbery (Tropical Sky)
Susan Maxwell  Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) Charlotte Brenner
Catherine Grennel-White   Tryphavana Cross (Las Vegas)
Saddle Up there! Niamh Waters (Travelmedia)
Pool on board
Colleen Butler (Bookabed) Yvonne Muldoon (Aer Lingus) Beverly Fly (Bookabed) Emma Clynch
AWTE Committee
The Atrium on board

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