Guild member Gerry Benson has won Ireland’s prestigious Travel Media Lifetime Achievement Award. Dublin based Gerry is a former travel agent turned publisher and editor of Travelbiz, the country’s most widely read travel trade publication, which he founded in 2000. He is also a three times past president of the Irish Travel Agents Association. Winners of the annual awards are voted for by members of the media. Receiving the accolade at a lunch at Dublin’s Westbury Hotel, Gerry said he was Thrilled. In almost a half century in and around the travel trade he had “seen the most amazing changes”.