Ennis travel agency owner closes shop to join Travel Counsellors

  • 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.”

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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 ”

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

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