Holiday bookings up 15% to escape ‘recession talk’

DATE: 7 February 2011

The Irish Examiner wrote an interesting article where it is noted that the country’s travel agents are noticing an increase in advance holiday bookings.  Consumers are reluctant to give up their summer holiday, and some feel that it’s the only time they have to escape the recession talk. In addition, ITAA President, Pat Dawson said,…

Irish Travel Industry Awards – Winners 2011

DATE: 3 February 2011

The ITAA lists the winners of the Irish Travel Industry Awards here: Award Winners: Young Travel Professional of the Year Breda Riordan (Ace Travel) Most Innovative Agency FCm Travel Solutions Best Corporate Travel Agency Carlson Wagonlit Travel Travel Agent of the Year Lee Travel Best European City Destination –  JOINT WINNERS Barcelona Paris Best Worldwide…

26 winners announced at Irish Travel Industry Awards 2011

DATE: 28 January 2011

Friday 28 January 2011 Last night almost 500 guests attended the Irish Travel Industry Awards ceremony at the Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House. Craig Doyle, Master of Ceremonies for the evening revealed the winners of the inaugural awards to both travel agents and  travel industry suppliers at this inaugural Awards Ceremony. Welcoming guests, Irish…

What’s going on between Aer Lingus and the Impact Union?

DATE: 18 January 2011

Update:  Further to our post of this morning, it seems as if the rot is indeed setting in.  There has been much more disruption today and in the last hour the company has stated cancelling European rotations tomorrow (Wednesday).   Customers can not understand how this fiasco has arisen and why contingency plans are not in…

ITAA calls for 3rd party intervention in Aer Lingus dispute

DATE: 18 January 2011

The Irish Travel Agents Association this evening called on Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, to ensure a mediator from the State’s industrial relations apparatus immediately intervenes in the rapidly escalating dispute at Aer Lingus. ITAA Chief Executive, Simon Nugent, said “It is astonishing that a low level dispute about rosters could erupt in such a manner forcing…

Destinations featured in the weekend papers

DATE: 10 January 2011

The weekend papers made for really intesting reading with featured articles on Canada and Cairo in the Irish Times.   The Independent features an exciting article on India. Or check out the Tribune’s Best Honeymoon destinations 2011 here. Why not give us your opinion by leaving a comment here.

No-frill focus for travel show

DATE: 6 January 2011

Need a Holiday but can’t afford it? There will be plenty of great deals to the found at this year’s Holiday World Show opening from 28th – 30th January at the RDS. You will find plenty of ITAA Travel Professionals ready to help you choose the right holiday for you.

Free Digital Seminar – A great success!

DATE: 14 December 2010

Last Friday, 10th December, we ran a lively seminar on how to promote yourself digitally.  Over 60 participants attended from a mix of travel, hospitality and wider industry. We were delighted to welcome Maggie McPartlin and Julian Mueller from Facebook, who  presented with tips on getting the best from Facebook and also, Conor Lynch  of…

EU to drive down costs of mobile data roaming

DATE: 9 December 2010

It’s nice to see an EU Commisisoner call it as she sees it – particularly if it is the same way as our customers see it – and if she has the power to do something about it. Her previous job was as Competition Commissioner so Neelie Kroes knows what to do about it when…

Free seminar – Promote yourself Digitally

DATE: 7 December 2010

Learn how to use Free Software to Promote yourself Online.   Join us on Friday, 10th December, for a FREE 2 hour morning seminar, to learn how to promote your own professional brand online using social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Find out practical tips & case studies on how to build…