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Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, two members of our Siren team attended the Mental Health First Aid England Course, a globally recognised course training employers to recognise mental ill health and help people find the support they need to stay well. Through this, we have proudly joined a community of over 350,000 people in England and 2.6million people worldwide, trained to help those in mental health need.  

 

Over the two day course the mental illnesses covered included anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders and psychosis. Through receiving a clear understanding of each illness, its symptoms and how a sufferer may be feeling both mentally and physically we have been provided with a deeper and evidence based understanding of how each illness should be approached. 

 

Whilst extremely overdue, mental health issues have started receiving the attention it needs to ensure those suffering are able to recover and now more than ever, it is becoming the duty of employers to be at hand with the information and tools that can potentially help save lives. 

 

We truly believe that investing in our staff and their wellbeing results enhances client results, on-site efficiency and overall team happiness; and who wouldn’t want that? Here are Siren, we are supporting zero stigma surrounding mental health.

 

You can find more information on: 

–           Mental Health First Aid training here: https://mhfaengland.org

–          How you can support World Mental Health Day here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

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It’s been a busy and exciting time here at Siren Towers as we’ve recently won a trio of new clients across the consumer travel and B2B travel technology sectors. 

We are happy to announce that we are now working with Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, TripBAM and Currensea.

We are proud to be working with Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours as its UK consumer press office. Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, South East Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In August 2019, Scenic introduced the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse, with a sister ship due to launch in 2020.  

We have also been appointed by TripBAM, the award-winning hotel shopping, benchmarking and analytics solution provider. TripBAM enables travel managers to secure the best possible hotel rates and improves clients’ corporate hotel programmes. The initial six-month project will see Siren Comms introduce the brand and its services and build profile among European travel trade media. This appointment adds to Siren’s growing B2B portfolio which includes a raft of travel technology, corporate travel, and industry body and tour operator organisations.
 

Rounding off our trio of recent wins is Currensea. The UK’s first travel money card linked directly to your bank account has opened its waiting list ahead of its launch. Backed by a team of angel investors and advised by Robin Terrell, ex UK MD Amazon and Marc O’Brien ex CEO of Visa UK, the card has been designed to take the stress out of travel money whilst offering an open, honest and simple solution. Siren is working with the travel money card provider on its pre-launch activity, building the waiting list. 

Rachel O’Connor, our founding director and CEO, comments: “It’s been a busy year and these three wins are a testament to the hard work of the Siren Comms team. We’ve expanded our agency offering this year, partnering with digital marketing specialists to offer broader, joined-up communications which is proving popular with existing and potential new clients. We’re already looking forward to growing further in 2020.”

We are always ready for a new challenge, if you’re looking for a new agency, let’s talk.

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Last week 65 travel agents and two journalists from TTG and Travel Biz turned up at Gatwick airport ready to embark on Barbados’ Mega Fam to celebrate the 65 wonderful years that British Airways has safely carried UK travellers to its paradise shores.

In partnership with TTG, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and British Airways ran a competition for travel agents to win a place on the fam trip to explore and experience the island in all its glory. Siren hosted the media along with a group of 20 excited agents, on the trip.

The group was split across three luxury hotels including Turtle Beach, Seabreeze Beach House, and the recently opened The Sands Barbados.

After touching down on the scorching tarmac, the group were straight into their busy itinerary, from the Island Safari, heritage railway tour and cave explorations to site visits of a diverse mix of hotels on island. The trip encompassed all the best bits of Barbados and showcased the plethora of activities available. Barbados is a favourite for winter sun seekers but it has so much more to offer than simply sun, sand, and sea. 

On Friday morning the agents were hosted by Sandals resort where they took part in a mini trade show, this was a great opportunity to meet all the hotel partners, receive all their news and updates and create lasting relationships from which they can move forward and sell the destination in the future.

The Barbados Olympics was one of the highlights of the week, agents and media battled it out in a race of their choice; either taking to the waves for a 100m swim, running a mile on the open road, as well hitting the countryside tracks for a 5k cycle; and for the adrenaline junkies, the obstacle course at the Barbados Ninja Throw Down put them through their paces.

We are happy to say that though our Siren did not win …or even finish the course… she did tackle every obstacle with commitment and enthusiasm… until she fell off the monkey bars and was dunked in the pool #lifeasasiren #goneswimming

The final night saw the agents dancing the night away with rum in hand and soca beats pulsing through the air as they sailed the sea on a catamaran cruise.

By Sunday night no one wanted to leave and our Siren was left knocking on hotel doors and scouring rum shacks for all her wayward sheep.  To the disappointment of the agents, and the relief of our CEO, the trip returned all heads accounted for and not one extra stowed away in a suitcase.

SUCCESS!

Want to know more about Barbados? Visit www.visitbarbados.org

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