Freda Lane, Shiela Tracey, Marena Naughton, Catherine Cinnamond
Remembrance to Linda McNamara
Ace Travel remembers its founder and reflects on the year gone by.
As we remember and pay tribute to Linda McNamara on this her first anniversary, we look at what has been a year full of ups and downs for the industry. Linda sadly passed away on the 23rd of January, she left behind her loving family and friends as well as her loyal colleagues in Ace Travel, while the year in itself has been difficult with out her it has also had many high points that are testament to the strong foundations she set when she first opened her doors in 1999.
While the start of the year was hard due to travel restrictions still being in place, when these were lifted people very much got back to business as usual and Marena Naughton and Sheila Treacy were on hand again to help; we had a really busy year overall, we not only survived one of the most difficult periods travel has ever seen but by May we were busy enough to bring a new member to the team, that being Patricia Collins from Tournafulla.
In November at the annual Travel Centres Conference the teams hard work really paid off as we were the proud winners of two awards voted for by Tour Operators and travel suppliers, one for best agency for TUI Holidays and the other for best agency for Royal Caribbean Cruise Holidays. At the same conference Linda was also recognized for her outstanding contribution to the travel industry over the years, and particularly during the pandemic as she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from her peers within the industry. By the end of 2022 we were looking forward to 2023 and beyond, and we saw the need to expand the team further, and we brought Freda Lane from Newcastle West on board just before Christmas.
We are very lucky to have wonderful staff, and we are even more fortunate to have the amazing customers both old and new that we have. We take great joy in being able to offer each customer the stress-free value and experience that comes with booking through a travel agent. Whether it is a family holiday, a sports trip, a cruise, a trip to Disneyland, a once in a lifetime honeymoon to a far flung dream destination, or anything in-between these can all be booked with us and we offer easy payment plans and options to suit each customer. So, Marena, Sheila, Patricia and Freda continue to look forward to helping create new memories and adventures for our valued customers and though we miss Linda and remember her always, we know that with our customers continued support and because of Linda’s legacy we will continue to go from strength to strength.