I have recently returned from the Travel Counsellors conference. There were more than 1200 Travel Counsellors, staff and people from tour operators and travel boards all over the world attending the three day conference at Telford International Centre.
On Friday night we were entertained by the cast from West End hit musical Jersey Boys, before Rob Brydon, comedian and staf of BBC sitcom 'Gavin and Stacey' took to the stage. The main conference itself took place on Saturday before Debra Searle MBE, who rowed across the Atlantic alone in 2002, gave a motivational speed and in the evening, McFly performed their greatest hits. On Sunday it was the turn of West Ham vice-chairman and staff of 'The Apprentice', Karen Brady to take to the stage. It was a fantastic weekend.
The event is the highlight of the year for me. We always get a lot of celebrities and this year was no exception. McFly in particular were absolutely fantastic. We had more than 1200 delegates here from all over the world - people came from Australia and South Africa, such is the high regard it is held in. TV presenter Amanda Lamb was compere throughout the three-day event.
I met new travel professionals and old travel friends. Too many to mention but they included cruise lines, reservation teams from many hotels, airlines and specialist suppliers and travel providers. The weekend was truly inspirational and I can't wait to pass on my experiences.