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Irish Minister for Transport Shane Ross welcomes GPN as they celebrate its 10th Anniversary, welcome four new members, and discuss plans for 2017.

(DUBLIN, IRE) – EI Travel hosted a conference for the Global Passenger Network from Nov. 1 – Nov. 3. The three-day affair was an integral event as it introduced members from over 35 different countries to Ireland and allowed an open discussion about what’s to come for GPN.

The GPN provides quality coach hire. Founded in 2006, it was the brainchild of a group of elite motor coach operators form 10 countries, who met in Bologna, Italy to explore ways to connect and partner with other coach operators, who shared the same principles.

While its members were in Dublin, Clontarf Castle Hotel provided the accommodation and the Viking Suite for the day-to-day agenda. On Nov. 2, Luis A Pedrero, Chairman, called the meeting to order. This was followed with a speech by the Minister for Transport + Tourism Mr Shane Ross welcoming the members.

The GPN added four new members to its network – Czech Republic’s Umbrella Group, Hungary’s GTH Coaches, Slovenia’s Faniani, India’s Prasanna Group. It also introduced a new GPN International Sales Director, Per Schmultz.

The goal of the conference was to re-connect members, welcome new partnerships, and re-affirm the values and core commitments of this network. EI Travel introduced all the members to Dublin with an Irish Whiskey Museum tour and a Gaelic Games Experience.

Participants took home a Donegal pen, made of Irish Maple, and inscribed with EI Travel along with a Whiskey Tasting journal and glass, and a coffee mug handmade by Stephen Pierce, an Irish designer.