Travel agents report continued growth

Irish travel agents have reported continued growth in the sector in the second quarter of 2017. An ITAA (Irish Travel Agents Association) survey shows that 73% of members surveyed said that bookings between April and June of this year were up on bookings during the same months last year.

The ITAA puts the increase down to two main factors:

  • More people going on holiday as the economy continues to recover
  • More people switching back to travel agents, instead of arranging DIY holidays online.


Spain is still tops

Spain was once again named as Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations for summer 2017, followed by Portugal and the USA. Meanwhile, many travel agents pointed out the growing trend of holidaying in countries that are seen as ‘safe’.

Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, commented, ‘Recent terrorist incidents have not deterred Irish people from travelling, but our customers are sticking to the popular destinations of Spain and Portugal. These are seen as safe and secure options following unrest in other parts of Europe and in North Africa. Spain has been Ireland’s number one destination for many years. This is down to its excellent tourist facilities, year-round sunshine and fantastic cultural attractions.’

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Emerging trends

The survey also asked travel agents to name the emerging travel trends of 2017. The top response was that Irish holidaymakers are booking earlier this year.

Meehan said, ‘Many of the travel agents surveyed revealed that customers are booking much earlier, particularly for those booking cruises. Cruises are also growing increasingly popular with our European counterparts so we are advising Irish travellers to start thinking about their 2018 holiday options now, to get a good value package in this competitive market.’


Returning customers

The survey also revealed that more than 70% of travel agent customers were returning customers. The ITAA says this is due to the personalised service provided by travel agents. Families and the over 50s market are the largest demographics booking with travel agents.


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