Mary McKenna Wins Business Woman of the Year
1st December 2017 - 5:00pm
Senior figures in the UK’s travel industry gathered for the announcement of the winners of the inaugural everywoman in Travel Awards. The ceremony, which celebrated the enormous contribution that women make to the multi-billion-pound industry, took place at East Wintergarden, located between the iconic towers of Canary Wharf in London.
The overall Woman of the Year Award, which recognises an extraordinary woman whose passion, success and accessibility makes her an exceptional role model and a great industry ambassador, was awarded to Mary McKenna, Managing Director at Tour America, from Dublin. She was singled out by the judges for her outstanding business acumen and dedication to inspiring other female entrepreneurs. After starting the business in 1995 in her sitting room, Mary persevered in the face of adversity and built Tour America in to what is now recognised as one of the best-run companies in Ireland with a turnover of over 20million Euros. As the only female entrepreneur in Ireland to run a tour operator, she has successfully grown her business over the last 22 years, employing 50 people, delivering 58% repeat business and opening offices in Dublin and Cork. Outside her day job, she is a true advocate for encouraging female entrepreneurs to create and develop their own businesses through various mentorship programmes.
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