Belfast Telegraph

New Falcon boss relishes challenge ahead

Falcon Holidays’ new Director of Ireland Helen Caron has spoken about taking over the reins at one of Ireland’s biggest tour operators.

With a hectic eight weeks now under her belt, Helen revealed that she is settling into her new role well and looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“It’s been a really busy couple of months but I’m delighted to be here and enjoying every minute,” she said.

“Falcon Holidays has been one of the biggest names in the Irish holiday industry for well over 20 years so it’s a real honour to take over as the company’s Director of Ireland and I must say a big thank you to everyone in the company and indeed the whole travel trade who have been very welcoming and helped me to settle in to my new role.

“It is of course a big challenge, taking over at such an iconic company as Falcon, especially during one of its busiest periods of the year. In this regard, I’m pleased to say that our turn of year campaign has been very successful and January performed ahead of our expectations,” she added.

“The key now is to keep this momentum going for the rest of the year and that’s a challenge that myself and the rest of the team are looking forward to.

“With a growing product range which now includes our increasingly popular holiday villages, splash resorts, all inclusive holidays and free kids clubs, we feel we have the right holiday for every customer."

Ms Caron started her travel career in sales for tour operator Page & Moy, followed by a stint at Festival Cruises, joining First Choice in 2000 as Retail Commercial Manager and subsequently Head of Integration for Distribution. Since 2008 Helen has been Commercial and Trading Director for Thomson and First Choice with responsibility for in-house and third party trade sales for the company’s mainstream business, as well as cruise distribution strategy and commercial relationships with all tour operators and other travel related suppliers.

Christine Donnelly was one of four founding directors of Falcon Holidays and worked with the company for 24 years, most recently as Head of Ireland.

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