Travel Trade News January 17 2016

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A strong opening week of January for holiday bookings has continued into the second week.Sunway say most sales are ahead and some are on par depending on the destination. Falcon Holidays say that sales of 10 to 14 night hoidays are the best since the recession. American Holidays say that sales are very strong considering the exchange rate with trading ahead o last year and lots of Multi centre USA , Cruise and Stay also big demand on Mexico.. Cassidy have had what they describe as a fabulous start to new year across travel shops and online, families are back booking summer sun and Easter  with big increases in bookings  across all sections including cruise . all inclusive,  long haul, bookings are ahead year on year with Holiday World  and end of month payday still to come .Irish Travel Industry awards supplier nominees 2016 sized
The shortlists for more of Thursday’s Irish Travel Industry Awards at the Mansion House were announced; Most Innovative ITAA Member Marketing Campaign Sponsored by American Airlines, Tour America, Cassidy Travel, ClickandGo.com Best ITAA Corporate Travel AgencySponsored by British Airways , Atlas Travel, Carlson Wagonlit, FCm Travel Solutions. ITAA TravelAgency of the Year (Under 10 Employees) Sponsored by British Airways, Corrib Travel, Fahy Travel Worldchoice, Grenham Travel, Hannon Travel Services, Navan Travel, ITAA Travel Agency of the Year (Over 10 Employees) Sponsored by British Airways: Best4Travel, Cassidy Travel, Corporate Travel Management, J Barter Travel, Tour America. The supplier of the year nominees announced last week are Holly Best and Brian Hughes join Rebecca KellyThomas McNally and Lee Osborne.

Topflight and Crystal both report strong ski and snow sales as snow continues to fall across the Alps. Base depths have increased dramatically across the region as a result, and conditions both on and off the piste are improving daily as snow falls all the way down the village level in many resorts. Avalanche danger remains high (currently 4 out of 5 across much of Europe. A light dusting of fresh snow has fallen in the Pyrenees, which has been doing less well. The Rocky Mountains are continuing a terrific start to the season.

Lowcostholidays reports that 40pc of bookings to date have been for 4 and 5 star properties with 18pc of customers opting for all inclusive options. Lowcostholidays launched its #letsgetouttahere social media competition, offering €1,000 vouchers up for grabs. Entrants have to send a picture of themselves getting ready to go on holiday, using the hashtag. See the current gallery of entries here. All entrants will receive a promo code worth €50.

Travel app developer MTT is recruiting 70 staff for its Grand Canal Dock headquarters over the next six months, with roles in software development, product management, marketing and other areas.

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