Visitor numbers are up 3pc as more than 7,000 attended Europe’s largest specialised business travel conference.
Held at London’s Olympia exhibition centre on Wednesday and Thursday, The Business Travel Show brought together business travel buyers, managers and suppliers for the 23rd year running.
Irish interests were represented, with Aer Lingus represented by Head of Corporate Sales Alan Molloy, Keith Tenn, Business Development Manager in Britain, and Business Development Executive Graham Forrest as the team showed off the airline’s Business Class offering to the United States while Norwegian Air International was unveiling its US plans across the water in Cork.
Ireland’s biggest hotel group – Dalata – was represented by marketers Madeleine Greenhalgh of the Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport and Holly Shackleton, Clayton Hotel Leeds, as they highlighted both the Clayton and Maldron brands in the Hotel Village at the show.
Clayton Hotels now has a 1.3pc share of the British market, and highlighted upcoming openings at the show which included Dublin’s Charlemont Hotel (2018), plus new Maldrons in Newcastle in England, plus Dublin and Belfast next year.
The Doyle Collection, showcasing the company’s investment in product in its hotel portfolio in Ireland, England and the United States, had a strong contingent at the event: Ciara Buckley, Business Development Manager for Corporate and Consortia; Muireann King, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Croke Park hotel; Fabian van den Bongard, Global Account Manager; Marilina Fourtolaki, Sales Manager at The Bloomsbury; and Paula Cogan, Director of Sales & Marketing, River Lee Hotel.
Other exhibitors at this year’s event included American Airlines, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Star Alliance, American Express Global Business Travel, Egencia, Uber, Airbnb, Amadeus, Travelport, Sabre, EasyJet, Etihad, Priority Pass, Premier Inn, Capita, FCm Travel Solutions, Flybe, HRG, MasterCard, Avis, Heathrow Express, Eurostar and an entire floor of travel tech companies.
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