The Seychelles Tourism Board office in London and some of the Seychelles Trade partners were invited to an event in Dublin recently by the Turkish Airlines Irish Office on the Monday 03rd October 2016
Julienne Curran – Corporate Sales Manager – Turkish Airlines Ireland), Lauren Mills – Avenue Sales (Savoy Seychelles Resort and Spa), Wendy Tan – Berjaya Hotels Seychelles, Ian Griffiths – Ocean Marketing (Denis Island Private & Carana Beach), Ash Behari – Coco De Mer & Black Parrot Suites, Tinaz Wadia – Seychelles Tourism Board – London, Hassan Mutlu – Manager – Turkish Airlines (Ireland), Onur Gul – Marketing and Advertising executive (Ireland), Alper Seasn Kanburoglu – Turkish Airlines (Ireland)
It was a great opportunity for the Seychelles Tourism Board and its trade partners to meet and mingle with the cream of the Irish travel trade selling the Seychelles Islands as well as supporting Turkish Airlines. An event that was well turned out and supported by the Irish travel agents and media alike. It showed us the great support that Turkish Airlines enjoys on this market and with the assistance of the airline, it will eventually allow the Seychelles to forage further into the Irish Market – giving us access to some of the Irish Travel Trade that we have not had the opportunity to work with in the past as they did not feature the destination in their sales portfolios.
‘With this new collaboration between the airline and the trade – it will bid for the development of new business for the Seychelles’, said Miss Tinaz Wadia, the manager of the Seychelles Tourism Office in London, under whom the management of Irish Market also falls. She went on to say further that ‘although the numbers from this region a few years ago was small – it has certainly, progressively, grown year on year and with the help and assistance of all of our airline partners and the travel trade both in Ireland and in the Seychelles – we would hope to grow this market a lot further in the future. The market is currently experiencing a 16% increase compared to last year’
The Irish Travel Trade were invited by Turkish Airlines and the Seychelles Tourism Board office UK to a cocktail reception and mingle – pre a formal sit down – large Screen visual presentation of the Airline, Tourist office and Hotel Partners. The General Manager of Turkish Airlines, Ireland – Mr Hassan Mutlu welcomed the audience and after illustrating an introduction to the airline as well as facts and figures pertaining to their impressive recent growth, he introduced a short movie clip of this impressive airline and their philosophy to the audience.
It was followed thereafter by an in depth presentation of the Seychelles islands and the multitude of reasons why it was considered as ‘another world’- brought to life on the large screen by Miss Wadia – thereafter further full screen presentations of some of the wonderful accommodation that the Seychelles provides – presented by each hotel partner.
In attendance were other members of the Turkish Airlines Team based in Ireland – Onur Gul – Marketing and Advertising executive, Julienne Curran – Corporate Sales Manager, Alper Sean Kanburoglu
Tinaz Wadia from the Seychelles Tourist office, Ash Behari – Hotel Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites , Wendy Tan – Berjaya Hotels Seychelles, Ian Griffiths of Ocean Marketing representing Carana Beach and Denis Island Private as well as and Lauren Hills of Avenue Sales representing the Savoy Seychelles Resort and Spa.
The warm welcome, dedication and commitment as well as enthusiasm offered by Turkish Airlines and the excitement that they have portrayed in anticipation of their inaugural flight to the destination – shows that they are serious about fulfilling their flight capacity to the Seychelles and eventually increasing their frequency accordingly.
The support from the Irish Travel trade for the destination was overwhelming and although being a price sensitive market – we are confident that passenger numbers from this part of the world – to our lovely islands – would grow further.
Established in 1933 with a fleet of 5 aircrafts, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline with a fleet of 332 (passenger and cargo) aircrafts flying to 291 destinations worldwide (242 international and 49 domestic).