50pc of travel agents report increased business & other new from the travel trade

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Picture 5[1]Pictured at the launch of the inaugural flight for Falcon and Thomson‘s new weekly sun service to Costa Dorada from Ireland West Airport Knock were Aine O’Brien from Ballaghadereen and Charlotte Brenner of Falcon Holidays.

According to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey, 50pc of Irish travel agents have seen an increase in bookings compared to the same period in 2015. 70pc of travel agents surveyed saw an increase in turnover for the Q2 2016. Unsurprisingly, Spain, Portugal and the USA are the most popular summer destinations.

James Lavin 001James Lavin is the new sales manager for Contiki in Ireland. Contiki the 18-35 year old specialist has grown 140pc this year. Bookings are by free phone 1800 989898.

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Brian Hynes is joining The Travel Corporation from Trailfinders as Senior Sales Manager from July. Brian will visit Irish travel agents nationwide where he will put a strong focus on Insight Vacations & Uniworld Boutique River Cruise products.

Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year, Dublin Airport, Terminal 1 (pic 2) copyThe 24 finalist photographs in the inaugural Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 are on display in Dublin Airport on the Mezzanine level in Terminal 1.

CWT new appointments include: Andrew Jordan as end-to-end product delivery lifecycle and innovation. Kelly Kuhn as Chief Customer Officer, Patrick Andersen as Chief Strategy & Commerce Officer, Scott Brennan as President Hotels, David Moran as Chief Human Resources Officer. See website.

Susanne Svensson and Nessa McAuliffe at the Expedia 20 Years Celebration eventPicture shows Susanne Svensson and Nessa McAuliffe at the Expedia 20 year celebration event.

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Declan Hughes US Jeep in VietnamThe Sustainable Tourism Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam learned that every day for the last 40 years of so since the Vietnam war, up to four men, women and children are killed or seriously maimed by landmines left behind by the US army. Declan Hughes of Flycruisestay is pictured with an abandoned US army jeep.

Travel-Trade_Cormac-Meehan-2ITAA President Cormac Meehan says the Irish Travel Agents Association planned to work with ABTA members in the north to ensure that their customers rights are protected and their obligations are met across the Irish border. Meehan, who is based in Bundoran, 9km from the border said, “I can assure you that we will endeavour to influence government decisions to the benefit of our members and through them, the travelling public.”

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