ITAA Quarterly Survey Results Spain, Portugal & the USA revealed as hotspots for Winter 2015
Dublin, 9th November 2015 The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) have revealed the results of their latest quarterly members survey showing that Spain, Portugal and the USA are the hotspots for Irish holidaymakers this Winter.
The USA is rising again in popularity as increasing numbers of Irish holidaymakers plan trips to Florida, New York and Las Vegas this winter. With new routes to the US announced by Aer Lingus and Icelandic airline WOW in recent days, this is a trend that looks set to grow. Other popular destinations that appear in this quarter’s survey findings include Mexico, Dubai and Cuba.
Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “The USA has knocked Italy out of the top three destinations for this quarter, revealing that Irish people are now prepared to spend more and travel further for their holidays. However, Irish people are also expecting a lot more for their money, they want high quality accommodation and they are looking for all inclusive packages.”
The survey findings also revealed that 76% of agents reported an increase in bookings compared to the same period last year; another 10% said that bookings remained the same, meaning only 14% of agents saw a decrease.
Pat Dawson commented, “I’m delighted to see that agents are continuing to see growth as the industry picks up again following the downturn. I hope that in the coming years more people will continue to discover the great value and service that Irish travel agents are offering.”
The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 member companies covering 161 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. ITAA members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.