Ennis travel agency owner closes shop to join Travel Counsellors

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  • Gearóid Mannion joins Travel Counsellors
  • Ennis based travel agency founded by his father has closed after 52 years
  • Travel Counsellors describe move as “franchise”
Gearóid Mannion

Gearóid Mannion

Following the closure of Tom Mannion Travel in Ennis Gearóid Mannion is now operating as a franchise of Travel Counsellors.

Gearóid listed the advantages of working with Travel Counsellors as the Travel Counselors in-house booking system Phenix, a global presence in seven different markets, a 24/7 Duty Office providing real-life travel advice and information, and the support of Head Office. He commented: “I am operating business as usual, but now with the additional benefits that this leading, global, independent travel company can offer myself and my loyal customers.”

Recent updates to Phenix include access to more pricing options, live updates on wholesale prices and live availability for the cruise line operators and low-cost flights operated by no-frills airlines.

The 60 Irish-based Travel Counsellors are headed up by Cathy Burke and operate seven other markets across the globe: England, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, UAE, and most recently, Belgium. Global sales for the financial year end (October 31 2015) reached €526m with Ireland contributing €24m.

Cathy Burke, General Manager Ireland and Director of Global Business Development at Travel Counsellors said: “Gearóid brings four decades of travel experience, and a whole community of loyal business travel and leisure customers from Ennis and beyond. Gearóid is building on this legacy through Travel Counsellors, a company with a similar family ethos and a personal, caring approach. The franchisee support model is also a significantly more cost-effective way of operating, and enables customers to access a far greater breadth of choice and the best deals available ”

Ennis travel agency Tom Mannion Travel was founded in 1964 by Gearoid’s father.

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