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Press release of 2018-03-19
Abbey Ireland & UK

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Since 1978
Campalto Mylène for Abbey Ireland & UK
City Gate
22 Bridge Street Lower
Dublin DW30
Ireland

Interview DITEX 2018

DMCmag.com - 2018 marks Abbey’s 40th anniversary. Tell us about the major changes the company went through.

Mylène Campalto : 2018 is indeed a special year for Abbey as it marks its 40th anniversary. The company was created in 2018 and has become today one of the major DMC in Ireland and UK.

The company development was ponctuated by highlights such as :

  • The creation of our Conference and Events department in the 1980s in order to take care of professional events and congresses organization.
  • The redemption of Irish DMC O’Mara Travel in 2000 which helped us increase our visibility in certain markets.
  • The opening of an office in Edinburgh in 2008.
  • Our recent opening of an office in downtown London.

DMGmag.com - What’s new for this 40th anniversary?

M.C  : Abbey will organize special events throughout the year to celabrate its 40th anniversary. On February 9th, Dublin, Edinburgh and London offices celebrated Abbey’s 40th anniversary. In July, the group will launch a big party for the whole company in Dublin : An opportunity to gather everybody, to remember great stories and to thank everyone. Abbey staff will also take part in several charity works. They will support associations in Ireland and in UK such as Focus Ireland, Trocaire, CanCare4Living and Shelter.

As for our business, in 2017 Abbey Group was nominated for the 8th consecutive year : « One of the best companies in Ireland » by Deloitte society. We are also very proud we’ve been designated for the 2nd time « International Tour Operator of the Year » by Scotland’s Heritage. 2018 is definitely a good year for Abbey !

I’d also like to stress that this year, Abbey is the official sponsor of the World Meeting of Families. Dublin has been chosen by Pope François to host this big international event, held every three years, August 21-26 2018. Families from around the world gather to celebrate, pray and think. The Pope and 20 000 persons are expected to attend.

DMCmag.com - On March 29 2018, Cécile Laburthe from Visit Britain will join you on the DITEX.

What does this association on the exhibit mean for your companies ?

M.C  : Abbey group regularly partners with tourism offices to promote destinations. We are happy to have Cécile Laburthe from Visit Britain with us on our stand on Thursday March 29. We work closely together in creating new products, in holding fam trips and in training my marketing teams on destinations.

Abbey group regularly partners with tourism offices to promote destinations. We are happy to have Cécile Laburthe from Visit Britain with us on our stand on Thursday March 29. We work closely together in creating new products, in holding fam trips and in training my marketing teams on destinations.

Projects are rich and varied : « The Great West Way » highlights the tourist trail that takes you from London to Bristol. « The Manchester Gateway » enhances Mancester through it cultural, music and sport heritage and makes the city the gate to Northern England. « Gourmet and Gardens Trails of England » mix cuisine and beautiful landscaped gardens discovery.

Cécile Laburthe, Visit Britain  : This year, Great Britain has yet a rich program to offer : Glasgow will celebrate artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150 anniversary.
Wales celebrates the Year of the Sea by promoting its coastline.
Liverpool showcases its cultural richness with 2018 Liverpool Culture : this event will be an opportunity to celebrate Liverpool’s 10th anniversary as the 2008 European Capital of Culture and the 30th anniversary of the Tate Liverpool.
Bristol has so much to show : Visit its latest museum dedicated to revolutionary engineer Brunel.
As for London, the city vibrates with new exhibits, street arts tours in atypical neighbourhoods such as Hackney and Shoredicth and much happening in green Greenwich and Richmond neighbourhoods.

 

 
 
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