Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts – Mark Twain
The next time you see a cinema usher, a football steward.
Or if you even run into a sports writer, then I trust you’ll pick them up on getting in for free!
Muriel, my pal: With Muriel Bolger
Only you won’t because you’ve got class.
And you know that they’re doing their job.
And that they’re good at what they do or else they wouldn’t get asked.
I ran a gauntlet of abuse on my way to becoming Ireland’s Travel Editor of the Year – and from the very people I was helping, my own staff.
Aer we go: With Paula and Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com
Who would, and to be fair it wasn’t all of them, put me down when I was on my Travels (in my own time).
And snidely refer to my trips which always produced articles, written on time and to the brief I was given, as…
Junkets, Jollies, Beanos, freebies.
Of course it didn’t apply when I sent them.
And they would be the ones who would be late with their copy￼.
Sometimes even embarrassing themselves and a host.
While their articles would often have to rewritten..
Your USA: With www.visitusa.ie
And all because it was a ‘junket’ and not given the same attention as any other article.
I would then have to apologise profusely to the providers who thankfully and very generously considered me worthy of the ultimate accolade…
Their Pleasure To Work With award which was sneered at when I got back to the office.
Back then, and it’s only a year ago, I would call on the services of the finest freelancers who never let me down.
On the other side
Now I’m on the other side of the fence I have been glad to say that the holiday providers I cultivated then and many writers and editors remain the best of friends.
And you always know who your friends are in your time of need.
So that’s why I’ll not rest in promoting our industry which, like Twain, I believe is vital to the human condition.
And that’s why I’ve been sprinkling this polemic with pictures of us around the world.
So join me to support #DontCancelPostpone and #tourismstrong.