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ITAA joins Ryanair and IAG in condemning latest round of air traffic strikes
The Irish Travel Agents Association has expressed disappointment at the announcement by French Air Traffic Control of a strike to take place this weekend, June 23 and 24. John Spollen, President of the ITAA, said: “This latest strike follows a 24-hour strike on May 22, causing further disruption to Irish passengers impacting travel to and […]
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Tourists spent €1.3bn on Irish trips this spring – and we spent over €1bn heading abroad
Tourism Ireland has welcomed the latest CSO tourism figures, showing inbound visitors are worth €110m more to the economy in the first four months of this year compared with 2017. Meanwhile, total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 10pc, up from €952m in the first quarter of 2017 to €1,047m now. […]
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Safari tops the list as Travel Counsellors poll Irish holidaymakers for their bucket lists
30pc say South African safari is top of their bucket list 28pc would choose whale watching in Alaska and 27pc the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro 33pc of millennials pick snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef One in three of those aged 65+ choose Carnival in Rio de Janeiro   A South African safari has topped the […]
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Alan Sparling’s ASM Ireland becomes GSA for Caribtours and launches new car hire website
Caribtours has appointed Alan Sparling’s ASM Ireland as its General Sales Agent for Ireland. The luxury tour operator, which recently expanded into Ireland, said “Alan has over 35 years of experience in the Irish travel industry and will bring a wealth of knowledge to this new role. Alan and his team will focus on offering […]
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Holidaymakers are the victims again in French air traffic strike says ITAA
The Irish Travel Agents Association said the latest in a string of French air traffic control strikes will put holidaymakers off from visiting France. ITAA President John Spollen said: “Our members are disappointed by the announcement of the 24-hour strike by French Air Traffic Control which will pose major disruptions to Irish holidaymakers. This action […]
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Jose Ramos has died
Sad news: Jose Ramos has died. He was director of the Portuguese Tourist Board in Dublin 2005-13 and a great friend of the Irish travel trade. Related posts: Clodagh Connolly & Grogan’s Travel win Worldchoice awards Looking for a summer J-1 in the States? Get cracking now, US Embassy warns students ITAA statement: “Strong concern’ […]
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Mary McKenna ‘over the moon’ to be shortlisted for entrepreneur of year award
Mary McKenna of Tour America says she is delighted to have been chosen as one of the 24 Irish finalists in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mary was named in the ‘International category’ along with heavy-hitters from the pharmaceutical, technology, telecom, financial services and industrial sectors. The category winners and an overall […]
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John Spollen kicks off ITAA presidency by opening Irish Travel Trade Show
Cassidy Travel‘s John Spollen cut his teeth as the ITAA President, opening the fourth Irish Travel Trade Show at Dublin’s RDS tomorrow, Thursday. The show kicks off just after the morning’s Irish Travel Agents Association AGM. The show, taking place in Hall 3, opens at 2pm. The show, which is open to all licensed travel agents […]
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Philippines, Eurovision, Croatia and Mexico prizes up for grabs at Irish Travel Trade Show
Registration is still open for this week’s Irish Travel Trade Show at the RDS. The official trade show of the Irish Travel Agents Association, now in its fourth year, is open to all licensed travel agents and tour operators, with free admission. The show, which takes place in Hall 3 of the RDS this Thursday, will […]
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Exclusive: Richard Branson buys Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas
Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels has bought the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Travel Extra can reveal. The property, situated off the Vegas Strip, is set to be rebranded as the Virgin Hotel Vegas. Virgin Hotels already operates one US hotel – in Chicago – but further developments are under way in New York City and Nashville, […]
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Eastern Med revival continues as TUI announces Turkey and Cyprus for Summer 2019
TUI is to fly to Dalaman in Turkey and Paphos in Cyprus direct from Dublin as part of its Summer 2019 programme, which goes on sale on Thursday, April 5. TUI said the new destinations are being added along with additional flights to six existing destinations, bringing a greater choice of 10 and 11-night stays, as […]
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Riona Mc Grath succeeds Sinead Reilly as Ireland Country Manager for Travelport
Riona Mc Grath is succeeding Sinead Reilly as Country manager for Ireland at Travelport.  Ms Reilly held the role for six years before taking on the new role of strategic account director for Travelport in the Northern European region.  The appointment confirms information given to Travel Extra by senior Travelport executives in London, who said […]
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Cassidy Travel’s John Spollen will be new ITAA President
Cassidy Travel’s John Spollen is set to succeed Cormac Meehan as President of the Irish Travel Agents Association. The appointment is set to be ratified at the ITAA annual general meeting on April 12. Mr Spollen, a joint founder of the hugely successful Cassidy Travel along with John Cassidy 31 years ago, said his motto […]
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Center Parcs-Disney holiday park looking to work with Irish trade
Les Villages Nature – a collaboration between Disneyland Paris and Center Parcs – is aiming to enlist Irish tour operators to sell the French holiday park in Ireland. Representatives visited Dublin to update the media and for meetings with the Irish trade for the eco resort, which is currently available as a standalone holiday on […]
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Susana Cordoso is new Dublin director of Turismo de Portugal
Susana Cordoso is new Dublin director of Turismo de Portugal Celina Tavares now based in New York Susana Cordoso is new Dublin director of Turismo de Portugal. She succeeds Celina Tavares who has been promoted to Director of Turismo de Portugal in the USA and is n ow based in New York. Susana was previously director […]
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Tales of a blizzard: Travel agents come to rescue of their customers
Tales of a Blizzard As Blizzard Emma caused the shut-down of Dublin, Cork, and Shannon airports, discommoding 60,000 passengers and causing 550 flights cancellations, Ireland’s travel agents rose with aplomb to a challenging three days as Blizzard Emma closed five of the island’s airports. Some cautionary tales: From ITIA travel agent of the year Joanna […]
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Irish spend €32m in Malta as visitor numbers rise by 9pc
36,177 Irish visited from January-December 2017 33,175 visited the island in 2016 35,382 visited Malta in 2015 Malta welcomed 9pc more visitors from Ireland in 2017. They spent €32,252,000 on the island, an increase of 4.6pc on 2016 while the number of nights spent by Irish visitors in 2017 was 255,471. Total visitor numbers to […]
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Eastern Med and cruising to be star performers this summer as TUI earnings up 58pc
TUI ‘aiming to deliver operating result growth of at least 10pc’ – CEO Fritz Joussen Gross earnings up 57.9pc for autumn and winter 20187 Customer numbers up 4.4pc in first quarter of 2018, with turnover up 9.1pc New-build Mein Schiff 7, on order for TUI Cruises, to launch in 2023 TUI, the world’s biggest tourism […]
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Turkish Airlines looks to growth in Dublin amid resurgence in holiday bookings
As reported by Travel Extra, Turkey has emerged as the comeback kid for Irish holidaymakers. The country is the star performer, Tanya Airey from Sunway told Travel Extra recently, amid strong sales generally in the package holiday market. Latest figures from the Turkish Statistical Institution showed that tourism revenue rebounded by 18.9pc last year. Revenue peaked in 2014 […]
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Greg Evans consultancy lands contract to promote luxury Maldives hotels in Irish market
Greg Evans‘s travel consultancy firm is to handle sales and marketing for a leading luxury hotel operator in the Maldives in the Irish and British markets. The Greg Evans Consultancy will begin working with the Coco Collection Hotels and Resorts, Maldives from March 1 next. It’s the latest addition to its client list, which includes […]

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