Travelbiz E-Zine
10
February
2023

Congratulations to all Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the year award winners

#Traveltradetogether

Kevin Flanagan (Travel Extra Editor) reports from the event, which took place in Ballsbridge, Dublin, last weekend.

The last weekend in January is always one of the best weekends for the travel industry, filled with awards, networking, and one or two glasses of champagne!

The Travel Extra Journalist of the Year Awards take place to coincide with the annual Holiday World Show in the RDS, and it’s always a fantastic night! The awards took place at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge and it was great to catch up with fellow colleagues and friends in the travel industry, including my friend Tom Sweeney and Isabel Conway who both won awards.

Hector Ó hEochagáin was presented with the Travel Extra Journalist of the Year Award, while nine other winners, each for different holidaying categories, were announced at a delicious awards dinner in Thomas Prior Hall, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge.

The category winners were:

Best Home Market (Ireland) – Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland

Winner: Yvonne Gordon for two pieces featuring Mayo, ‘Ireland’s loneliest wilderness, Wild Nephin National Park’ for BBC Travel and ‘What ancient secrets lie beneath this little-known Irish bog?’ for National Geographic Travel

Best Northern Ireland – Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland

Winner: Deirdre Reynolds for the Sunday World Magazine – ‘River of Dreams’ and a second entry ‘Cliffs side capers.’

Best Long Haul – Sponsored by Cassidy Travel

Winner: Isabel Conway for her two entries – ‘Southern Hospitality in the Birthplace of the Blues’ for the Business Post; and ‘Sands of time that eternally surprise’ for The Sunday Independent.

Best Short Haul (including Sun Holidays & City Breaks) – Sponsored by Sunway & Hotel Fariones

Winner: Jamie Ball for ‘Cycling in Denmark: is this Europe’s most bike-friendly country?’ published in The Irish Times; and ‘Perfect for pedalling’ published in The Sunday Times Ireland Edition.

Best Adventure – Sponsored by UWalk.ie

Winner: Julie Taylor for ‘The climb was like an out of body experience’ published in the Irish Independent Weekend magazine.

Best Skiing – Sponsored by Topflight & Gastein Tourist Board Austria

Winner: Catherine Murphy for ski features she wrote for Irish Daily Mail, Sunday Independent, Business Post Magazine, and Irish Independent Weekend magazine

Best Broadcasting – Sponsored by TUI

Winner: Hector Ó hEochagáin for Hector: Balkans go Baltics which aired on TG4.

Best Digital Media – Sponsored by Click&Go

Winner: Tom Sweeney for his travel blogs ‘Discover the delights of northern Spain’ and ‘Top dishes to try when you visit Spain’. Both published on the blog www.tomsweeneytravelwriter.com.

The Gerry O’Hare Memorial Award for Best Newcomer Journalist – Sponsored by Malta Tourism Authority

Winner: Sarah Pickering for her entries published in NI Travel News.

Travel Extra Journalist of the Year – Sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office and Lanzarote tourism.

Winner: Hector Ó hEochagáin

A unanimous choice with the judges for his engagement, power to draw his audience in and knowledge of the area he was reporting on.

Subscribe to our E-Zine

    More

    from latest edition

    Visit USA Roadshow 22 May 2024
    23rd May 2024

    Visit USA Roadshow 22 May 2024

    The Visit USA Roadshow came to town in style yesterday. Chairperson Tryphavana Cross and Tony Lane, Executive Director Visit USA Committee Ireland, hosted media and travel trade partners to a de...

    Read more
    More From Murcia Tourism Board and the Spanish Tourism Office Media Trip
    22nd May 2024

    More From Murcia Tourism Board and the Spanish Tourism Office Media Trip

    The packed itinerary on our media trip to the Costa Cálida region of Murcia as a guest of the Murcia Tourism Board and the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin brought us to the mountain range of Si...

    Read more
    Aer Lingus brings winter sun, sports, and the world of entertainment of Las Vegas with new direct flights from Dublin starting from €499 return.
    21st May 2024

    Aer Lingus brings winter sun, sports, and the world of entertainment of Las Vegas with new direct flights from Dublin starting from €499 return.

    "Aer Lingus is bringing this iconic destination to Irish customers seeking an escape to the winter sun." said Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to the warm climate...

    Read more
    Dublin Airport Ready To Welcome 30,000 Europa League Fans
    21st May 2024

    Dublin Airport Ready To Welcome 30,000 Europa League Fans

    Dublin Airport is set to welcome up to 30,000 football fans over the next two days ahead of the Europa League Final in Dublin on Wednesday evening.

    Read more
    Murcia Tourism Board and the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin Media Trip
    21st May 2024

    Murcia Tourism Board and the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin Media Trip

    The Murcia Tourism Board and the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin hosted a recent media trip to the beautiful Murcia region of the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean coast. Sara Rivero Lópe...

    Read more
    Viva Las Vegas with Aer Lingus
    21st May 2024

    Viva Las Vegas with Aer Lingus

    Get ready to experience the glitz, glamour, and excitement of Las Vegas as Aer Lingus announces the launch of greatly anticipated inaugural flights from Dublin to the Sports and Entertainment Ca...

    Read more