Meet The Team
Yvonne Colucci Managing Director
Born in Switzerland, raised in France, of Italian blood and converted to everything that is Irish for the last 30 years, Yvonne is not confused at all about her identity! Her love story with Irish Tourism and Ireland started in 1995 when she stepped on to a coach as a guide and set sail around the country for over 6 years. From there, Yvonne worked in a tour operator, DMC and even dipped her toes in sales for a 5* resort hotel but eventually found her home in Odyssey where she became a Company director in 2006, focusing on Operations and in January 2020 was promoted to Managing Director. Yvonne was a member of the ITOA Executive committee and also represented ITOA at the Failte Ireland Business Tourism Group for a number of years.
All she wants is a problem to solve; the more complicated the logistics, the happier she is and attention to detail is her middle name! Above all anticipating client’s expectations, ensuring they are always happy, driving the team to new heights and making it fun for everybody involved are some of her goals!
Loves: Travelling, the more remote the better, always in search of a desert. Cinema, cooking and drinking Champagne or a French Martini, interior design and gardening.
Languages: English, French, Italian and understands Pugliese!
Favourite Incentive moment?
The highlight of my career was operating the largest Incentive ever to come to Ireland with 2700 participants, over 5 nights, staying in 14 different Dublin hotels, using more than 65 coaches on some days, repurposing a concert venue into a gala dinner for the first time ever … the list could go on... What kept me sane was the knowledge that if the Egyptians could build the pyramids of Giza, Odyssey could handle this programme… And very proud to say delivered with enormous success! A life changing experience, both professionally and personally!