John Spollen elected President of the Irish Travel Agents Association

John Spollen, Director of Cassidy Travel, was elected President of the Irish Travel Agents Association at the Association’s AGM, which took place as part of the Irish Travel Trade Show in Dublin today.

John Spollen is one of Ireland’s leading travel experts and a long-time activist within the ITAA. As director and shareholder of Cassidy Travel, Ireland’s leading independent travel agency group which has been in business 32 years, John is responsible for Marketing Strategy and Direction. He believes in the continued role of the travel agent within the travel trade, based on their ability to invest, adapt and deliver cost effective solutions to clients.

Des Abbott, of Des Abbott Travel, Dublin 7, was re-elected as Treasurer.


Other appointments to the board were;

  • Pearse Keller, Keller Travel, Ballinasloe, Galway
  • Martin Skelly, Navan Travel, Meath
  • Clare Dunne, The Travel Broker, Clontarf, Dublin
  • Valerie Metcalfe, FCM, Dublin
  • Paul Hackett,
  • Joe Tully, Tullys Travel, Carlow
  • Angela Walsh, Corporate Travel Management, Cork


Speaking at the AGM today, John Spollen, incoming President said “I am honoured to be elected as the President of the ITAA. In taking up this position I believe that I can continue to grow the ITAA, by bringing more top level travel agents into the fold and developing the credibility and reputation of the Irish travel industry.”


He continued, “The continued success of our industry has been down to travel agents collective ability to evolve and meet the changing market place. There are a number of challenges facing us over the next 2 years including GDPR, the EU package holiday directive and of course Brexit. However, there are also big opportunities for the travel trade as more destinations and products come on stream, the economy continues to grow and consumers take more and more holidays each year.”


The ITAA AGM took place in the RDS today as part of the Irish Travel Trade Show. This one-day event is the official trade show of the ITAA and Ireland’s largest ever travel trade show with over 120 exhibitors from the world’s best-known and most exciting travel brands.