Paul Hackett (CEO Click&Go) honoured at the annual Travel Centres Conference
Travel Centres’ “outstanding contribution to travel” award goes to Click&Go CEO
Paul Hackett was honoured at the Travel Centres Conference this weekend for his immense contribution to the Travel Industry. As president of the Irish Travel Agents Association during the pandemic he showed great leadership guiding his peers and colleagues through that extremely difficult trading period. He worked tirelessly to argue the case of the travel agent, his voice was heard by politicians, civil servants and other decision makers to save the livelihoods of hundreds of people connected to the travel trade.
Speaking at the Travel Centres Conference, Dominic Burke, Managing Director of Travel Centres, commented, “The Covid pandemic was a monumental wake up call for all of us because it quickly became apparent that our political masters didn’t know what we did; how vital the role that we performed was to the Irish economy or the degree to which our sector had, arguably, been more severely impacted than most other sectors of the economy.”
He continued, “Many people made significant contributions to ensure that the existential threat that our industry faced, was heard loud and clear by the various politicians, senior civil servants and decision-makers so that all the people in this room tonight got the financial supports that they needed to keep their heads above water. One person in particular though, stood at the nexus of those deliberations and their professionalism, tenacity, and selflessness helped to ensure that we achieved the best possible outcome for our industry during those stressful times. I believe that this ‘unsung hero’ has not adequately received the recognition they deserve for the pivotal role that they played during that time and so, this year, Travel Centres’ ‘outstanding contribution to travel’ award goes to recent president of the ITAA: Paul Hackett!”
Paul Hackett, Click&Go ceo commented, “I am honoured to receive this award and I am delighted that I could give something back to the industry I adore. The travel industry has always been kind to me and provided me with amazing opportunities. I am grateful everyday that I get to work in a wonderful trade with wonderful people.”