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Volume 17. Issue 91. 31st October 2017. View Online
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Flying on Virgin.

Holly Best (Account Manager Consumer Affairs Virgin Atlantic Airways), Thomas McNally (Sales Manager Bedsonline Ireland) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Commercial Manager Worldchoice Ireland) led a lucky group of eight Worldchoice travel agents on a Fam trip to California

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Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice) snuggle up
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice) snuggle up
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Arrives on time into LAX

Following the on time arrival of our Virgin Atlantic flight at LAX we were transferred to top-notch Newport Beach, California

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The waffle girl Michelle Lyons (Fahy Travel).
The waffle girl Michelle Lyons (Fahy Travel).
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Newport Beach

By eleven o’clock in the morning the sun was bathing the coastal city of Newport Beach in southern California

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The girls who shop Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice), Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel), Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel) and Michelle Lyons (Fahy Travel).
The girls who shop Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice), Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel), Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel) and Michelle Lyons (Fahy Travel).
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Hard–Hat tour of Lido House

Our itinerary stated, “Please wear closed toe shoes for hard-hat tour of Lido House”, so we had little idea what was planned for the next item on our programme.

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Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic) checks out the wardrobe space
Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic) checks out the wardrobe space
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Newport at your feet harbour tour

Newport is the largest recreational boat harbour on the west coast of the USA and is a popular destination for all water activities

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Lorraine Crowley (Shandon Travel) swigs a bottle of champers as there were no glasses on board the boat!
Lorraine Crowley (Shandon Travel) swigs a bottle of champers as there were no glasses on board the boat!
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Distinctive shopping and dining at Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Directly across the road from our Newport Beach Island Hotel base is Fashion Island, Orange County’s premier coastal shopping destination

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Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel), Michelle Lyons (Fahy Travel) and Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel) out shopping.
Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel), Michelle Lyons (Fahy Travel) and Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel) out shopping.
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Hotel site inspections and electric bike tour of Newport Beach

After a site inspection of the Island Hotel -our host hotel, we walked to the nearby Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa for breakfast al fresco on the outdoor terrace

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Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) relaxes on the ferry
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) relaxes on the ferry
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Los Angeles isn’t just a destination, it’s an experience

The next stop on our visit to California was L.A., the entertainment capital of the world where we were generously hosted by Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.

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Regina Curran (Club Travel) tastes a special Hollywood cocktail.
Regina Curran (Club Travel) tastes a special Hollywood cocktail.
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Visit to Universal Studios Hollywood

The Fam travelled by Metro to Universal Studios Hollywood and had great fun meeting many of the movie characters, visiting the various attractions and going on the numerous rides.

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Dracula and birthday girl Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel).
Dracula and birthday girl Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel).
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Final day in Los Angeles packed with activities

Our final day in Los Angeles was packed with places to see and things to do. The first downtown stop was Skyspace, which opened last year

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Carol Ann O’Neill (Worldchoice) shows no fear.
Carol Ann O’Neill (Worldchoice) shows no fear.
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Home sweet home on Virgin

Finally our very enjoyable four day Fam trip to California comes to an end and it’s time to head to LAX to catch our Virgin Atlantic flight to LHR.

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Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) presents the Worldchoice Fam Trip ‘ Stunt Woman of the Tour’ award to Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel)
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) presents the Worldchoice Fam Trip ‘ Stunt Woman of the Tour’ award to Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel)
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