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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
MD for Britain and Ireland Nick Longman to depart from TUI
Nick Longman, the Managing Director of TUI in the British and Irish markets, is to leave the travel group after 20 years to pursue new business challenges. The world’s biggest travel group has seen huge change in Ireland and Britain, notably the change here from Falcon and Thomson to TUI in a major rebranding camaig […]
Trafalgar’s Ruth Hilton to take over from Insight Vacations’ Paul Melinis
The Travel Corporation said Trafalgar and CostSaver sales and business development director Ruth Hilton is to replace Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold sales boss Paul Melinis in a new expanded sales role. One of Melinis’s last acts in his role was to attend the Irish Travel Industry Awards at the Mansion House, where sister company […]
Worldchoice conference set for Saturday Nov 3 at Lyrath, Kilkenny
Worldchoice conference now an annual event Conference at Lyrath near Kilkenny Saturday November 3 Worldchoice Ireland consortium, which recently sub aimed the Travelsavers Ireland members,announced that registration is now open for members and preferred trade partners for their annual conference. Worldchoice previously staged conferences in the Radisson in Galway in 2017, Seafield near Gorey in 2016, […]
Tour America’s Mary McKenna runs for election to Dublin Chamber council
Tour American Managing Director Mary McKenna is to run for election to the council of Dublin Chamber, the business organisation which advocates for commerce in the capital. “I don’t know what my chances are, but I’ve been asked to go for it, so I thought ‘why not’?” Mary McKenna told Travel Extra. She has already […]
Joanna Gomez is travel agent of the year
MSC defeat Royal Caribbean for cruise line award First time awards for G Adventures and Wendy Wu Joanna Gomez, Louise Dunne and Karen Ray win agent awards Tour America and Manning Travel win agency awards Joanna Gomez of Travel Focus won the Travel Agent of the year at the annual Irish Travel Industry Awards in the […]
US, Spain and Portugal were the most-booked destinations in 2017 say travel agents
The US, Spain and Portugal were the most popular holiday destinations for Irish holidaymakers in 2017, the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey found. The results of the survey were announced at the RDS, in advance of the opening of Holiday World Show Dublin tomorrow. The US is set to continue in popularity, given […]
Exclusive Barcelona holiday competition for Holiday World Show
The golden sands and dramatic coasts of Costa Brava have been welcoming generations of Irish holidaymakers for decades, while Barcelona is one of Europe’s buzziest cities. The Catalan area will be well represented at this year’s Holiday World Show in Dublin. Offering the chic cosmopolitan style of Barcelona to the history of Girona’s Old Quarter – […]
Munster agents lined up for Cork Airport-backed travel fair
Leading travel agents and operators are lined up for this year’s Cork Travel Fair in association with Cork Airport, which was launched on January 16. The event, taking place at the Cork International Hotel on February 3 and 4, is now in its second year. Full album from the launch here. Last year’s fair was […]
Countdown on for Holiday World Show 2018
More than 1,000 travel professionals from over 55 countries will be attending this year’s Holiday World Show at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, from the Friday, January 26 to Sunday the 28th. Here’s a rundown of this year’s highlights: Adventure Holidays: The show features African safaris, South Pacific snorkelling and trekking. Travel experts include Explore Worldwide, Bike’N […]
Audrey Headon to represent Concezio Natale’s Discover Puglia & Best Holidays in Italy
Audrey Headon to represent Discover Puglia Discover Puglia  (founded in 2008) and Best Holidays in Italy (founded in 2014),  have appointed Headon Representation to work with the Irish Trade Trade on their behalf. Concezio Natale, Managing Director said “Audrey has many years’ experience working directly with agents and I feel that she is best placed […]
Travel agent of the year shortlist revealed: Joanna Gomez, Georgina Kelly & Leslie Marshall
Joanna Gomez, Georgina Kelly & Leslie Marshall shortlist for agent of the year Audrey Headon , Rebecca Kelly, Thomas McNally, Lee Osborne & Martin Penrose shortlisted for supplier for ht year The Irish Travel Agents Association has announced its shortlist for the Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with Aer Lingus. The winners will be announced […]’Connell-of-Lee-Travel-celebratied-his-60th-birthday-at-Everest-base-camp-002.jpg
Everest Base Camp with Declan O’Connell of Lee Travel
Declan O’Connell of Lee Travel spent his 60th birthday at Everest base Camp. See extended blog here. Day 1: Fabulous views on the flight from Kathmandu from Lukla where we began our 12 day trek to Everest Base Camp. Day 1 completed with and overnighting in Phakding. Day 2: Toughest day with 8 hours trekking […]
Irish Travel Agents Association and European colleagues call for bonding shake-up for airlines
The Irish Travel Agents Association has joined with European counterparts to call for a level playing field in holiday bonding and introduce measures to protect passengers against airline insolvencies. The ITAA and The European Travel Agent’s and Tour Operators’ Association argue that after “a record number of airline failures in 2017”. the European Commission must introduce an efficient mechanism to protect […]
Insight Vacations’ Paul Melinis to leave Travel Corporation for APT
Insight Vacations‘ Director of Sales, Paul Melinis, is to leave the Travel Corporation brand to join APT as its new regional managing director. The move is being seen as a push by escorted touring and river cruise operator APT to bolster its commitment to the British market. Melinis, who spent 17 years in senior sales roles […]
Cormac Barry joins CarTrawler from Australian gambling firm to succeed Mike McGearty as CEO
Cormac Barry joins from Sportsbet Previously with Paddy Power Cormac Barry is to succeed Mike McGearty as CEO of Dublin-based CarTrawler, having joined from Australian gambling firm while David Cotter is the travel technology company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Cormac Barry was previously the CEO of Sportsbet, the Australian division of Paddy Power Betfair, and […]
Got the write stuff? Deadline approaching for Travel Extra Travel Journalist entries
The deadline to get entries in for the TRAVEL EXTRA Travel Journalist of the Year Awards 2017 is midnight this coming Thursday, January 11. Journalists are invited to enter and editors are also invited to nominate or submit entries on behalf of their contributors. The winners will be announced to coincide with the Holiday World Show […]

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Irish spend €32m in Malta as visitor numbers rise by 9pc

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...

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