The Guild’s new Yearbook is out. It’s a must have source for anyone involved in travel and can be ordered on this website. Want to find a writer who’s expert on a particular country, knows everything there is to know about holiday activities from archaeology to skiing – or a photographer who takes stunning travel images? The 2015 – 16 edition has it all. It’s packed with profiles of our 267 members, essential information on their areas of expertise, lists media contacts and includes details of hundreds of key travel industry players.
The Yearbook was launched at London’s Coliseum, home of the English National Opera (ENO). Over 200 members and guests were greeted by music from the Capital String Quartet. Elsewhere in the huge theatre – unseen and unheard – cast rehearsed Mike Leigh’s hugely anticipated production of the Pirates of Penzance, which was scheduled to open a few days later.
The event was sponsored by the English National Opera who were represented at the event by Jonathan Mountford, of made, their tourism marketing, representation and PR company.
Following tradition, a range of tasty prizes was raffled in a good cause – raising £1170 for Variety, the Children’s Charity. Its head of corporate funding Mike Haszko explained the work it does, to lighten the lives of disabled children. This includes paying for customised wheelchairs, and providing Sunshine Coaches – 5250 over the charity’s 65 years – which give the children the opportunity to enjoy educational visits and trips to theme parks or the seaside which they might not otherwise get.
The Lithuanian Tourist Board and its PR Alison Cryer of Representation Plus – a guide to the country’s cooking with a traditional linen apron and cook book.
Tim Turnbull of Aquapac – a waterproof 40 litre trailproof duffel dry bag.
Travel & Tourism Marketing, which represents Louisiana, New Orleans, Dallas, North Carolina and Massachusetts – A Fortnum and Mason champagne afternoon tea hamper.
Pays de La Loire, represented by Sarah Manser of Red Lemon PR – 12 bottles of Loire wine.
Sheila Manzano of Three Little Birds PR and Business Development – afternoon tea for two people including a glass of Fantinel Prosecco for each at Good
Godfrey’s Bar in the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Covent Garden.
The Delicious Dining hotel and restaurant group and Annaliese Hughes. represented by Jane Cain of Lee Peck Media – B&B for one night at Ennio’s Boutique Hotel.
Railbookers.com – trip to Avignon including two nights hotel accommodation at the four star De l’Horloge Hotel.
P&O Ferries and Pas de Calais – a ferry trip for two to Pas de Calais plus dinner with two nights B&B .
Faversham Creek Hotel – a two night break for two.
The Metropolitan Opera, Hotel Beacon and Made – four nights for two at the Hotel Beacon, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, plus tickets to New York’s Metropolitan Opera.