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John Cassidy & Eileen Penrose win Amadeus golf event
John Cassidy of Cassidy Travel and Eileen Penrose of APG Airline Business were the winners at Amadeus annual golf and spa event at Knightsbrook, Co Meath, one of the highlights of the travel trade social calendar. Greg Evans led the growing English delegation who attend the event and the shebeen provided on course entertainment for […]
ITAA statement: “Strong concern’ over cancellation of flights by Ryanair
The Irish Travel Agents Association expressed strong concern over the cancellation of flights by Ryanair at short notice. Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, said, ‘Given the dominant position of Ryanair in the Irish aviation market place, this action has caused severe problems for thousands of travellers travelling to and from Ireland. For many, holiday […]
Click&Go enlists an expert – a teenager – to launch Leaving Cert holidays
Click&Go has launched a new website for Leaving Cert holidays with some insider knowledge in the form of 18-year-old entrepreneur Mikey Wylde. The travel company said its new website,, will enable students to book holidays for after their Leaving Cert, but it will also provide support and assistance to both youngsters and their parents. Mikey […]
Martin Dempsey & Fionnuala MacCurtain win at TIGS captain’s day
Martin Dempsey of Dempsey Travel Navan and Fionnuala MacCurtain of Munster Sports Travel/Killester Travel won the overall prizes at the Travel Industry Golf Society captain’s day, hosted by Martin Skelly at Headfort Golf Club, Trim. The event attracted 60 golfers to the scenic new course. It was Fionnnuala’s first time to participate in TIGS, a […]
Ethiopian Airlines ushers in a new year and a new Ireland boss at airport hotel event
Ethiopian Airlines celebrated two major occasions as it hosted trade and media at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport. September 11 marked the country’s new year and also the passing of the baton from Ireland head Michael Yohannes to Meseret Tekalign. The team from the airline here in Dublin and the Ethiopian Embassy in Dublin celebrated […]
Aer Lingus comes onboard as title sponsors of expanded Irish Travel Industry Awards
 Aer Lingus has become the title sponsor of the Irish Travel Industry Awards 2018, which take in the Round Room at the Mansion House Dublin on Thursday, January 25. More than 500 travel professionals will attend and the MC for the night will be broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan. Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales at Aer Lingus, said: “Aer […]
Aer Lingus Miami flight leaves 2 hours 30 minutes early to beat IRMA landfall
Airports across Florida will begin closing today, with operations at most ceasing until at least Monday. Aer Lingus Miami flight EI141@12:30 today will be 2 hrs 30 mins earlier than the originally scheduled 15.00. It will arrive in Miami at 16:45. Return flight also leaves two hours and 4o minutes early EI140@18.30 instead of 21:10 and […]
ITAA issues Hurricane Irma advice as it works with operators for Florida or Caribbean-bound holidaymakers
With Hurricane Irma looming, the Irish Travel Agents Association says it is working with operators to support Irish holidaymakers and has travel advice for those travelling to the Caribbean and Florida. Hurricane Irma, a powerful category 5 hurricane, is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the Caribbean in the next 36-48 […]
Winner snaps up holiday and camera in Topflight and Canon Ireland competition
A picture of a Hindu holy man has won Kilkenny man Rue Ahmed top prize in this year’s Topflight and Canon Ireland Travel Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its second year, the competition searched for months for Ireland’s best images from aspiring snappers. The judges narrowed the entries down to a final 24, and […]
Early booking the big trend as travel agents set for 15-20pc rise in business this year – ITAA
Travel agents are benefiting from the upturn in the economy, with almost three-quarters saying bookings for April to June are up on last year. The latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey found that a quarter of agents reported an increase of more than 10-15pc in bookings. “We’re looking at a year-on-year increase of about 15 to 20pc,” ITAA […]
Beatrix Haun named new director for Ireland at German National Tourist Office
German tourism has a new head of the Irish market, with Beatrix Haun replacing Klaus Lohmann as the director of the German National Tourist Office for Britain and Ireland. Haun, who was previously director of the The German National Tourist Board in France, began her career with the GNTB in Frankfurt as an apprentice travel trade […]
ITAA advises three-hour check-in to combat summer airport delays
The Irish Travel Agents Association is advising passengers to get to the airport earlier as European holidaymakers face longer delays at key resorts. The advice comes amid reports of serious congestion at airports on the continent, particularly in Spain and Portugal. The delays are being blamed on tighter passport and security checks following terror attacks over […]
Number of travel trade licences up – but CAR to examine holiday protection schemes
Commission for Aviation Regulation currently licenses 14 Irish-based air carriers 5,199 queries received from the public on passenger rights with €327,503 obtained for passengers with disrupted flights Cap set on charges at Dublin Airport. 2017 provisional charge of €9.86 per passenger 290 Travel firms licensed and bonded 45 ground-handling approvals in issue A total of 290 travel […]
An early arrival so Aer Lingus’ Ivan delivers his baby daughter
At Aer Lingus, Ivan Beacom is used to delivering passengers and sales – but it was a first for the Business Manager as he delivered his own baby daughter. The baby was due, but arrived early – with Ivan forced to deliver the child himself with the help of paramedics on the other end of […]
ITAA confirm Porto as conference venue Oct 13 2017
The Irish Travel Agents Association confirmed that its 2017 conference will take place in Porto, Portugal, from 12th – 15th October 2017. As first reported by Travel Extra, 150 travel professionals are expected to travel to Porto for the conference, where they will stay in the Solverde Spa & Wellness Hotel. The conference meetings take place […]
Teletext Holidays, England’s longest established digital travel agency, launch in Ireland
  Teletext Holidays launch in Ireland Holiday options now available to Irish holiday consumers Fast, user friendly site to offer thousands of worldwide holiday options CAR Licence No TA 0771 Teletext Holidays, the longest established digital travel agency in England has launched an Irish operation. The ‘bucket and spade, cheap and cheerful’ holiday company, which also […]
Volker Lorenz to depart Amadeus at end of June
Volker Lorenz, the German born General Manager for Amadeus in ireland, is to depart the company at the end of June after twelve years in the role. Volker Lorenz said: this hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but I know you’ll be well looked after by  the highly experienced local team as well as thanks […]
Travel company is reading your mind – and says Chernobyl is hot this year
Brochures still have their place, but trends have moved on from simply leafing through glossy pages and choosing a holiday based on what looks nice or affordable. British adventure specialists Explore! were in Dublin to showcase technology that reads your mind and offers you a destination country based on the mood of your brainwaves. Would-be […]
Cracking Krakow – Click&Go to open Polish operation as it celebrates seventh birthday
Turnover tipped to hit €40m this year Employs 50 people from 12 nationalities Holidays arranged for more than 200,000 people Click&Go will open an office in Poland next year, and is also looking to expand into Britain and elsewhere in Europe, said boss Paul Hackett as the online travel provider celebrated its seventh birthday.   […]
Irish families now booking holidays well in advance says Cassidy Travel at it launches 2018 brochure
Cassidy Travel has echoed sentiment around the trade that consumers with cash to spare are booking much further in advance to secure their choice of sun holiday. Launching the summer 2018 brochure, Director John Spollen told Travel Extra: “There’s much greater confidence in the people booking holidays than there was this time last year and […]

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John Cassidy & Eileen Penrose win Amadeus golf event

John Cassidy & Eileen Penrose win Amadeus golf event

John Cassidy of Cassidy Travel and Eileen Penrose of APG Airline Business were the winners at Amadeus annual golf and spa event at Knightsbrook, Co Meath, one of the highlights of the travel trade social calendar. Greg Evans led the growing English delegation who...

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