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Irish travel agents have reported that bookings for long haul holidays are up significantly for 2017 – making them the top travel trend for the holiday season that’s just begun.

The latest quarterly survey issued by the ITAA (Irish Travel Agents Association) shows that 20% of ITAA member agents named long haul destinations as the top travel trend for the summer. Almost as many reported increased interest in cruise holidays, while 12% said that more and more customers have been looking for adventure experiences in 2017.

Closer to home, Spain, Portugal and the USA were once again named as Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations overall. London was way out in front in terms of short city breaks, followed by Barcelona and Rome.

Overall, the survey results also showed continued growth for the Irish travel trade. 83% of travel agents said they enjoyed an increase in turnover for the first quarter of 2017 (January -March) when compared with the same period in 2016. 75% of travel agents surveyed also experienced an increase in bookings for the first three months of 2017, with a quarter of those surveyed seeing an increase in bookings of more than 10%.

That’s all very positive news, for both travel agents and for holidaymakers themselves. Perhaps the increase in holiday bookings – and specifically, in more expensive options like long haul – is a sign that we really have come out of the recession. Long may it continue!


We hope that you’re one of the many thousands of people who have already booked a holiday for this summer, and that you’re currently counting down the days to your trip.

We ask you to remember though that wherever you’re going – a long haul holiday, a cruise, or even just a city break – it’s important to take out travel insurance for your trip.

It’s your safeguard in the event of things going wrong, whether it’s a relatively minor inconvenience like a baggage delay, or a major emergency like sudden illness or a serious accident. Taking just a few minutes to get a quote now and take out your policy can make all the difference in the end.

Consider single trip travel insurance if this is likely to be your only trip of the year, or annual multi-trip travel insurance if you’re a more frequent flyer. Remember too that we have comprehensive yet cheap travel insurance options for cruise holidays, for family holidays, and for travellers aged over 65, over 70, and over 75.

Whatever your insurance needs, you’ll have the option of our gold or platinum travel insurance plans, with the following great benefits –

Key benefits of our Gold Plan travel insurance

  • Medical Expenses Cover of €5 Million
  • Personal Luggage Cover of €2,000
  • Personal Money and Documents Cover of €1,600
  • Delayed Departure Cover of €200
  • Cancellation or Curtailment Cover of €4,000
  • Abandonment Cover of €4,000
  • Missed Departure Cover of €500
  • Personal Accident Cover of €55,000
  • Personal Liability Cover of €2,000,000
  • Third Party Supplier Insolvency Cover of €2,000
  • Schedule Airline Failure Cover of €1,000
  • Legal Expenses Cover of €10,000
  • Hijack Cover of €1,000
  • Catastrophe Cover of €750
  • Credit or Cash Card Fraud Cover of €300

Key benefits of our Platinum Plan travel insurance

  • Medical Expenses Cover of €10 Million
  • Personal Luggage Cover of €3,000
  • Personal Money and Documents Cover of €2,000
  • Delayed Departure Cover of €400
  • Cancellation or Curtailment Cover of €6,000
  • Abandonment Cover of €6,000
  • Missed Departure Cover of €600
  • Personal Accident Cover of €95,000
  • Personal Liability Cover of €2,000,000
  • Third Party Supplier Insolvency Cover of €2,000
  • Schedule Airline Failure Cover of €2,000
  • Legal Expenses Cover of €20,000
  • Hijack Cover of €2,000
  • Catastrophe Cover of €1,000
  • Credit or Cash Card Fraud Cover of €500

All are as generous or more generous as you will find with any other travel insurance provider, so it all adds up to even more great reasons to choose Insuremyholiday.ie for all your travel insurance needs.

Just get a quote now to see how much you can save!

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