Mass Tourism — is it a good or a bad thing?

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Mass Tourism — is it a good or a bad thing?

I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro a few weeks ago. I had first visited the stunning medieval town nine years ago and was captivated by its stunning location at the end of a deep inlet and the well-preserved condition of much of its buildings. Indeed, it was so … Continued


Speed Networking Tips

Every year we hold a special speed dating workshop for all members and suppliers and this year is no different. To help you plan for the perfect date with a supplier here are some tips. Have a plan and try to stick to it Bring business cards Ask relevant questions Don’t talk too much, get … Continued


Hollywood Glam Gala Inspiration

This years Annual Travel Centres Conference gala will have a Hollywood Glam theme. Think old school glamorous! If you have seen the Great Gatsby then you will have a good idea of the style involved. We are talking champagne, bling and oscars. Hollywood Glam Style Inspiration We are stepping back in time to the Golden … Continued


15th Annual Travel Centres Conference Speakers

We have a line up of inspirational speakers for the 2019 Annual Travel Centres Conference! From insights into the new EU Travel directive to start up success to creative thinking, each of these speakers will provide an opportunity to learn more about the travel industry and take away something new from the conference. Juan Bueso … Continued


Washington, DC — Brain City USA!

Washington, DC is synonymous with many things, but higher learning is probably not one of them. Being the centre of government and federal administration for the most powerful country on the face of the planet, you would expect it to be populated with a lot of smart people — whether they be politicians, lobbyists or … Continued


The world is beating a path to Bangkok

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, ‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’. No one is quite sure who the originator of those words was, but it is often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, who was British Prime Minister between 1874 and 1880. The famous phrase which is often used to discredit the persuasive power of numbers to … Continued


Are you buying or shopping?

Is there a difference you ask? Apparently, there is, according to the latest retail research. You would assume, because of the tremendous success of companies such as Amazon and Ryanair that all your typical consumer is interested in is priced and whilst that may to true to a certain degree, the reality is a lot … Continued


Traveling is good for your health!

It’s now official — travelling is good for your health and lowers your risk of experiencing cardiovascular problems! OK, now that I’ve gotten your attention, let’s back up a little! The actual chore of travelling itself — i.e. the flying, the queuing up at airport security etc. — is probably not, as we know that … Continued


Jamaica — Ireland’s Caribbean next-of-kin

It is just over 30 years since I first visited Jamaica and fell in love with the island, its people and its music. I’ve only been back there once since then and am due to visit the Caribbean nation for a third time next year and I’m already looking forward to it. The thing that … Continued


Welcome to Veggie Heaven!

People travel around the world to specific destinations for all sorts of reasons. It may be to experience the natural wonders of a country; its history, architecture, culture or even its people. Some people travel specifically to enjoy the food — whether it be Indian, Mexican, Chinese, French or any one of dozens of other … Continued


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