Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts – Mark Twain
Cathy’s clown: DC Easy DC and www.washington.org
The next time you see a cinema usher, a football steward.
Ave Maria: www.CanariaWays.com In defence of Travel people
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.
King Louis: Friends of racing in Tobago, Louis, Nadine and Clem. www.visittobago.gov.tt Ready, steady GOAT… racing in Tobago
And you know that they’re doing their job.
Kythera: My Greek odyssey www.athensattica.com
And that they’re good at what they do or else they wouldn’t get asked.
Herr for the beer: Hamburgers and ships and www.hamburg.com
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).
Oo Es of Eh: www.visitusa.ie and www.kennedyspacecenter.com
And snidely refer to my trips which always produced articles, written on time and to the brief I was given, as…
Wooah. Barbados: www.visitbarbados.org Let’s rumba in Barbados My kiss with Rihanna
Junkets, Jollies, Beanos, freebies.
Of course it didn’t apply when I sent them.
Fab Four: With Maria www.spain.info/en Eoghan www.travelextra.ie and Sharon www.ttc.com
And they would be the ones who would be late with their copy￼.
Petra time: With Zuhair… www.vistjordan.com and The water of life, Petra, and the sands of time
Sometimes even embarrassing themselves and a host.
Your Onur: And www.turkishairlines.com and Wham bam, thank you Hamam
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…
Your South Africa www.southafrica.net: With Siseko in Dublin What’s new pussycat?
Their Pleasure To Work With award which was sneered at when I got back to the office.
LA story: Universal Studios’ www.universalstudioshollywood.comJon, The Scottish Sun’s Heather and Tickets Direct’s www.ticketsdirect.com Kate. And My Weekend With Marilyn and Stair Wars.
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.
Zach the lad: My old pal Zach from my Deep South The Promised Land, The story of the Blues and The King of Kings odyssey www.deep-south-usa.com,
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.