Meet the Team

Paul Donnelly - Director

I am lucky to have had a 38 year career in travel.

I have experienced so many wonderful things over these years. Flying to the Dominican Republic on the aptly named Flying Pig, the first charter flight into the country & being on the first flight to Izmir in Turkey with Lancaster Holidays.

The most fascinating country I have visited has to be Vietnam with its history, energy and spirituality. The people are so inspiringly positive after all they have been through.

My most indulgent destination has to be Mauritius – a special place for me as I got married there at the Le Tousserok  Hotel  in 1992, staying in the duchess of York suite. A truly beautiful island.

I have seen so many changes in the travel industry over the years and I am still as passionate about travel as I was when I started as a young man.

Carolyn Heaton

The picture above is the day I got to steer the Lady Sandals Yacht docked in Manchester for the evening.

After leaving school 32 years ago (yikes) I have been in travel ever since, Spain, Greece & Malta are just a few places I have visited.

Mauritius is my favourite place and I have been lucky enough to visit twice,  11 years apart so great to see the contrast over the years.

Shirley Heights was the highlight of my trip to Antigua.

Skiing in Switzerland was amazing and no broken bones a bonus….

As cheesy as it may sound travel is my passion and I am always here & willing to help you pursue your own travel dreams….   

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Vannessa Clarke

Having initially started  my travel career as a ski chalet manager I returned to the UK to work in sales helping clients find their dream holidays.

I take great pride in helping clients plan their travel experiences and with my 16 years’ experience assist in providing great recommendations.

From the ski slopes to warmer climates I have the expertise to help with all your travel requirements.

Maddalena Norio

I started with Welcome Travel in February 2018 & am the newest member of the friendly team. Prior to this I worked 2 years for another travel company as a USA & Caribbean consultant.

I am half Sardinian from a pretty little town called Alghero so that is one of my favourite places to visit to spend time with my family. I also enjoy the Greek Islands having visited Crete & Santorini.

I have been fortunate enough to visit Mexico & Barbados, snorkelling with turtles & drinking rum punch with the locals at Oistin’s is one of my best memories!

My favourite travel experience would have to be my travels around Brazil! From sipping fresh Caipirinha cocktails on Copacabana beach, getting soaked through from the magnificent Iguassu Falls, dancing through the musical streets of Salvador & swimming with wild Pink Dolphins in the Amazon river during my crazy Jungle adventure! That’s really where my love for travel started & when I decided to get into the travel industry…

My bucket list of holiday destinations is rather long; I would love to visit Malaysia & visit the Orphaned Orangutan sanctuaries & also climb Mt Kinabalu, South African Safari, India for the festival of Holi, more of South America, Costa Rica & see more of the Caribbean Islands & would love to do a USA road trip with a mandatory Mustang- basically anywhere that has a good mixture of adventure, wildlife & also some relaxation.

I love helping my clients find their perfect holiday & hearing all about it when they have returned has to be one of the highlights of my job.

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