The new relationship will involve taking over travel arrangements for the team, a function previously managed within the organisation, and for the building of packages for fans to travel in support to venues across Europe, Asia and as far as the Sydney Cricket Ground (pictured) in Australia.
Abbey Travel have a long tradition in and around Irish sport which was a key factor in the new relationship being sealed. They are long time partners of the FAI for both team and supporter travel.
The partnership will allow access to specialist knowledge on flight, facility and transfer arrangements for the team and it will also mean that Irish fans can enjoy the experience by travelling together and being seated together in stadia around the world.
“Abbey Travel are looking forward to developing our relationship with both Cricket Ireland and the Irish fans in 2013,” said Geraldine Armstrong, Abbey Travel Sports Manager. The appointment by Cricket Ireland is a further endorsement of Abbey Travel’s 23 years reputation and experience in the sports travel market. We will be offering fans comprehensive, well-priced Cricket packages.”
Dennis Cousins, Cricket Ireland Head of Commercial welcomed the relationship with Abbey Travel which he believed would provide an invaluable service to Irish cricket’s loyal members and growing band of travelling fans: “Abbey Travel’s great experience and expertise working with sports teams and fans will prove invaluable to Cricket Ireland and our growing numbers of supporters over time.”
“With our national squads participating in so many events and series across the world, the interest in our squads is growing by the year. This agreement with Abbey Travel will allow our supporters to travel with comfort, security and excellent service,” he said.
Abbey Travel joins RSA, O’Neills, Toyota , Johnston, Mooney and O’Brien and Tildenet as commercial partners of Cricket Ireland which also announced yesterday that former Captain Trent Johnstone would take charge of Leinster Lightning in the new inter provincial series taking place in the spring and summer.
Ireland take on Pakistan and England in high profile One Day International matched this year. Over 80 per cent of corporate hospitality sales for the England International at Malahide on September 3rd has already been sold.
Sport for Business will shortly announce details of a special package for members looking to take staff or clients to the match.
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