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Travel Centres 13th annual Conference

25th November 2017 - 11:25am

Velma Kelly from Chicago with Arab Sheikh Rattle and Roll (Bernie and Dominic Burke Travel Centres)

Velma Kelly from Chicago with Arab Sheikh Rattle and Roll (Bernie and Dominic Burke Travel Centres)

Headline Sponsors: Aer Lingus, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Ski, Hertz, Hertz, MSC Cruises, Intrepid Travel, Royal Caribbean, Travelport and Turkish Airlines.


The annual Travel Centres conference returned to the Mullingar Park hotel with an even more innovative and action packed, fun filled agenda for members, trade partners and headline sponsors.  Dominic, Bernie and Jocelyn Burke (Travel Centres) pulled out all the stops once again creating a vibrant networking environment for Travel Centre members and trade partners alike.


This year marked the 13th year of the Travel Centres conference. There was an abundance of lucky prize winners across a host of innovative and exciting events to keep all entertained. This year’s theme was Getting Back to Basics with trade partners from all sectors educating the masses on market updates, key offerings for the next booking season and further training on products across a number of speed dating events, with presentations on the main stage from industry partners, MSC Cruises, Aer Lingus, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.


After the trade and suppliers had packed away their notes and stands, all were ready to let their hair down and enjoy a night of fun, frolics and fancy dress. The crowds checked in and prepared for a night of entertainment. With numerous celebrity look-alikes arriving for the awards ceremony, Dermot Merrigan (Irish Ferries) aka Ferry Mercury stole the show and almost the stage with a personality and persona to match the outfit (winner of best outfit). Other costume highlights included Jennifer Callister (Royal Caribbean) and Teresa Murphy (KLM/Air France) as Princess Fiona from Shrek and of course, the instantly recognisable Virgin/Sunway Airline hostesses strutting their stuff alongside Captain Miles High.


Dominic always manages to source exceptional bands and the masses were treated to “The Legends” who covered the classics from the 80s and 90s which had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along. At the end of the night, the silent disco (sponsored by Celebrity Cruises) turned out to be a massive hit with revellers bopping along with modern hip-hop or classic 80’s party tunes to the small hours. Dominic has already got next year’s conference well under way from a planning and venue side of things. Watch this space!

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Velma Kelly from Chicago with Arab Sheikh Rattle and Roll (Bernie and Dominic Burke Travel Centres)
Martina Dowling (TUI) and the girls strike a pose at the TUI Marella Cruise stand
John Booty (Wendy Wu) explains the wonders of Asia.
Thomas McNally (BedsOnline)
Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) at the Travel Centres conference.
The Platinum Travel Team at the 2017 Travel Centres Conference.
Jane Reddin (Headon Representation) and Paula Scanlon (Globe Hotels)
Mandy Burrie Celebrity Cruises winner.
Rachel Devers (Fly Away Travel) hitches a ride in the Lovely Bubbly MSC prosecco wagon.
Stephen Sands (Riviera Travel)
Jean Cusack (Icon Travel) gets the latest information from Onur and Sean (Turkish Airlines).
Catherine Grennell-Whyte and the team from ATTS
MSC Dee-side! Erica Oglesby and Rebbeca Kelly (MSC Cruises) with Dee Sweeney (Sunway)
Dermot Merrigan and the team from Irish Ferries welcome Bowe Travel aboard.
Dominic Burke watch out, Bernie has her eyes on a new man!
Don't stop us now cos we're having a good time, having a good time!
Celebrity Cruises late night silent disco was a massive hit!
Ferry and Freddie Mercury!
The Fly Away girls.
Gordon Ramsay with Ailish Wall (The Travel Corporation)
Clark Kent aka Superman aka Darren Yeats (Midlands Travel) with Rebecca Kelly (MSC Cruises)
Travel Media spiced up our lives!
The Amadeus Girls, Trish O’Leary and Olwen McKinney with Niall McDonnell (Classic Collection)
Shrek time! Princess Fiona x2.
Holly Best and Captain Miles High with the Sunway Atlantic Girls.

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