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Michael Doorley of Shandon Travel Elected President of the Irish Travel Agents Association

Michael Doorley, Managing Director of Shandon Travel, was elected President of the Irish Travel Agents Association at the Association's AGM, which took place virtually today via Video Conference Call.

Michael Doorley’s company is a long-standing member of the ITAA having attended the very first meeting of the Association. Doorley established Shandon Travel 46 years ago and also owns the Sayit J1 Visa brand and the Vacansoleil mobile home parks brand for Ireland and the UK market. Shandon Travel was awarded Travel Agent of the Year by the Irish Travel Agents Association in 2017.

Michael has served two previous terms as ITAA President, in 1982 to 1983 when the ITAA negotiated with the Department of Transport to introduce legislation to give consumer protection, which is still the cornerstone of travel agents licensing, and again in 2002 to 2003.

Speaking at the AGM, Michael Doorley, incoming President said “I am honoured to be elected as the President of the ITAA. Every industry needs a strong representative body and I believe that the ITAA has been very successful in filling that role for the past 50 years, and will continue to do so.”

He continued, “The ITAA is a well-respected and highly-regarded association that is regarded in all circles as the voice of the Irish travel agency industry. There are challenges facing us over the next two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges however present us with positive opportunities to re-examine ourselves and improve on our significance to our members and our consumers.

Other appointments to the ITAA board were;

- Des Abbott, of Des Abbott Travel, Dublin 7, was re-elected as Treasurer

- Emma McHugh – Atlantic Travel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

- Martin Skelly, Navan Travel, Navan, Co. Meath

- Clare Dunne, The Travel Broker, Clontarf, Dublin 3

- Valerie Metcalfe, FCM, Dublin 2

- Paul Hackett, ClickandGo.com

- Suzanne O’Leary – O’Learys Travel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

- Angela Walsh, FROSCHE CTM, Little Island, Co. Cork

- Alan Lynch – Cruisescapes and Travel Escape -  Tour Operator representative

For the first time in the history of the Association, The ITAA AGM took place virtually via Video Conference Call. The AGM is usually held as part of the Irish Travel Trade Show, however due to COVID-19 safety restrictions the Irish Travel Trade Show has been postponed until the Autumn. For the first time this year, there will be two shows, with the first due to take place in The Imperial Hotel, Cork on the 30th of September, and the second in Hotel Riu Plaza, the Gresham Dublin on the 1st of October.

These shows provide travel industry professionals with an opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure to new trends, products and resources available for their travel agency and associated business. Attendees will also be able to learn more about their industry in order to better support clients and customers by utilizing all the resources the ITAA trade shows offer. Both events are kindly sponsored by Andalucía Tourism and the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin.

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