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Volume 17. Issue 42. 12th June 2017. View Online
TravelMedia.ie - Annual Media Awards

The cream of the Irish travel and consumer media were in attendance at the TravelMedia.ie annual Media Awards with a large turnout from the trade.

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Charlotte Brenner (Falcon/Thomson) and Enda Corneille (GM Emirates Ireland)
Charlotte Brenner (Falcon/Thomson) and Enda Corneille (GM Emirates Ireland)
The Travel Media Awards - On arrival

On arrival at the Shelbourne a very welcome glass of wine was ‘forced’ upon us!

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Michael Collins (TravelMedia.ie) and Ciaran Mulligan (MD Blue Insurance)
Michael Collins (TravelMedia.ie) and Ciaran Mulligan (MD Blue Insurance)
The Travel Media Awards - Shannon Airport and Amadeus

Both Shannon Airport and Amadeus were the main sponsors of the night, and as always they were faultless.

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Declan Power and Isabel Harrison (both Shannon Airport)
Declan Power and Isabel Harrison (both Shannon Airport)
The Travel Media Awards - Fun Pic 1

“Now look JP, this is how you get three glasses of wine for two,” says Tom Sweeney to JP Thomson.   Well it would take two great press guys to do this!

The Travel Media Awards - The Magician

No the Magician is not a member of the press! 

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The Magician sets up the trick
The Magician sets up the trick
The Travel Media Awards - The Lunch

It was then time to take seats in the Shelbourne Ballroom, where a super lunch of Crab and Smoked Salmon Roulade, Copper Roasted Farmhouse Chicken followed by Cox’s Apple Crumble.   And of course lots of lovely red and white wine.

Enjoying Lunch
Enjoying Lunch
The Travel Media Awards - Fun Pic 2

“Look Diane don’t tickle me,” says Tom Sweeney to Diane Poole OBE (Stena Line)

The Travel Media Awards - Men’s Fashion

The men are always forgotten.   Whilst of course all the guys looked great (have to say that!), one really stood out.

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Onur Gull (Turkish Airlines) looks really smart
Onur Gull (Turkish Airlines) looks really smart
The Travel Media Awards - The Tables

With such a large turnout, several of Irelands main travel companies were hosting tables.   Both Shannon Airport and Amadeus (main sponsors) led the way.   

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The Shannon Airport table
The Shannon Airport table
The Travel Media Awards - Fun Pic 3

Guess who is just back from Washington?

The Travel Media Awards - The Hosts

For the second year in a row, the duo of Fionn Davenport and Deirdre Mullins acted as the hosts for the evening.

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Fionn Davenport and Deirdre Mullins
Fionn Davenport and Deirdre Mullins
The Travel Media Awards - The Ladies Fashion

There was so much glam around from the Ladies that it was not possible to not pick out one super outfit over another.

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Tryphavana Cross (Las Vegas CVB Ireland)
Tryphavana Cross (Las Vegas CVB Ireland)
The Travel Media Awards - Fun Pic 4

“Hey Blue Eyes”...........get it? Well it’s Ciaran Mulligan (Blue Insurance)

The Travel Media Awards - The speech of the night

Only one winner here...not even a runner up!   Yes no other than Declan Power (Shannon Airport) made the speech of the night.

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Declan Power (Shannon Airport)
Declan Power (Shannon Airport)
The Travel Media Awards - Games

Well no one expected games at an awards night, however TravelMedia.ie devised a really fun game which was great craic.

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Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus) holds up Declan and Isabel!
Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus) holds up Declan and Isabel!
The Travel Media Awards - Alex Gibson (DIT)

 Alex Gibson (DIT) outlined how the votes were counted and as always Alex does a great job.

Alex Gibson (DIT)
Alex Gibson (DIT)
The Travel Media Awards - Fun Pic 5

“Lots of balls”...........

The Travel Media Awards - Double Award Winners

Three companies hit the awards wins on the double this year.  

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Stephen McKenna (MD GoHop.ie) won the Amadeus Innovator Award
Stephen McKenna (MD GoHop.ie) won the Amadeus Innovator Award
The Travel Media Awards - The Awards

The presentation of the awards, which were voted on by the press/media.

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Best Tour Operator – Sunway
Best Tour Operator – Sunway
The Travel Media Awards - Pleasure to Work With 2017

One of the most liked guys in the trade won the Pleasure to Work With 2017 Award....

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Onur Gull (Turkish Airlines)
Onur Gull (Turkish Airlines)
The Travel Media Awards - Fun Pic 6

“Separated by lust” (or is it glass in House)

The Travel Media Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Pat Reede (United) who is not just popular but highly respected.

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Pat Reede (United) and Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Pat Reede (United) and Lifetime Achievement Award winner
The Travel Media Awards - Prizes..Prizes..Prizes

Well a travel awards night would not be complete unless there were some great prizes.

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Silvia Montesdeoca won 2 years of home insurance from Blue Insurance
Silvia Montesdeoca won 2 years of home insurance from Blue Insurance
The Travel Media Awards - The Afters

After a really enjoyable day it was off to House in Leeson Street, to finish off the night.

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Olwen McKinney (Amadeus) and Dermot Merrigan (Irish Ferries)
Olwen McKinney (Amadeus) and Dermot Merrigan (Irish Ferries)
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