US astronaut Nicole Stott kicked off a new series of talks by inspirational speakers for Travel Counsellors.

The first TC Talks event at the company’s Manchester base was attended by 100 Travel Counsellors, support team and their families.

Stott discussed her career and the introduction of new training at the Kennedy Space Centre.

She has spent more than 100 days in space, having served as a flight engineer on two international space station expeditions, and mission specialist on a further two journeys.

Stott and her colleagues participated in the first live Twitter discussion from space in 2009.

During her visit to the UK this week she has appeared across a range of national TV and media.

The launch event coincided this with a ‘TC Kids’ initiative to support and involve children of its Travel Counsellors and employees during school holidays.

Stott met with Travel Counsellors, partners, head office staff and children and got involved with a range of space themed activities.

This was followed by a live broadcast from the company’s TCTV studio, where she and her team were interviewed by global sales director Jim Eastwood, as well as answering a host of questions from the audience and TC Kids.

Eastwood said” “The launch of our TC Talks initiative is designed to inspire and motivate each of our Travel Counsellors and support team, and give another dimension to the way in which we support our people.

“We plan to cover a wide range of themes from travel to technology to health and wellbeing, and will invite inspiring people to share their stories and experiences with a global audience.

“We wanted to offer this opportunity to every member of the TC family, so it is extremely pleasing to be able to coincide the event with our TC Kids activity too.

“Throughout her career, Nicole has shown a remarkable level of innovation and drive to succeed, and this is a perfect blueprint for success within our own organisation. She was the ideal spokesperson to launch the series, showing that with the right amount of determination, our future really does have no limits.”