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American Holidays ultimate Christmas shopping breaks – Silvija Travel Tips

The ultimate Christmas shopping breaks with American Holidays

‘Tis the season to start shopping…. Yes, though Halloween may not have even arrived yet, now is the time to start booking that Stateside shopping trip to ensure you’re well stocked up for the festive season!

For some, Christmas shopping is a chore, trying to pick the perfect gifts for loved ones whether naughty or nice. So why not brighten up your shopping spree – while also saving on amazing USA deals and exploring one of America’s wonderful cities while you’re at it?

Nothing beats New York at Christmas. Shopping on 5th Avenue,taking in the extra festive lights of Times Square, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. It literally is a Winter Wonderland! Add in the amazing post-Thanksgiving bargains to the mix and it’s a no-brainer! This is the perfect choice for a girls’ weekend away – shop ’til you drop by day, take in a Broadway show by night and be dazzled by the incredible NYC nightlife! A perfect pre-Christmas treat.

Boston is a city that is beautiful year-round but seeing it under snow really is something special. Out in the crisp air, wrapped up warm in a down jacket as you meander your way through the streets, the city just feels like Christmas! With many shopping outlets to choose from that transform into festive hives where you’ll not only make your purchases but also enjoy the extensive decor, displays and possibly even a touch of snow along the way.

If you’re looking for some serious shopping then look no further than Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – which you can rest assured is aptly named! With a wealth of both international and national brands on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want something more authentic then be sure to check out the markets further downtown where you’ll pick up some truly special handmade gifts.

If you want to add a bit of culture to your trip, or if you’re a bit of a politics buff, then combine your shopping break with a trip to the centre of political power, history and activity in America – Washington DC! Washington DC’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the White House, the Capitol Building and the National Mall. Looking for a gift that will remind you of your time in the nation’s capital? Look no further than the White House Historical Association for their annual Christmas ornament.

Give both your loved ones and yourself an early gift this Christmas with these fantastic value shopping breaks from American Holidays.

New York
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Beacon Hotel from only €609pp.
Price includes: Return direct flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on four adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1582238

Boston
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Midtown Hotel Boston from only €690pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1576863

Chicago
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Felix Hotel Chicago from only €699pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 51228823

Washington
Spend 4 nights in 3* Fairfax at Embassy Row from only €671pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 2007647893

Call American Holidays to book on 01 673 3804 or drop into their office at 18- 19 Duke Street – just off Grafton Street – where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime. For more information visit www.americanholidays.com

Source: Press Release TravelMedia.ieAmerican Holidays

Click&Go Deals of the Week

 

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Deals of the Week

The Algarve is one of our top destinations for summer holidays, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for those who want a slightly warmer climate when Ireland is in the throws of winter.

4*Algarve Sun in December from €199pp
From €199pp for the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in December 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-12-01/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/7976/25401/205?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-12-01/7/2::0//DUB/0

4*Algarve Sun in January from €229pp
From €229pp for the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2019.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura, The Algarve, Portugal
• Classic Room on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-01-26/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/61/66203/229?search=all/The_Algarve/2019-01-26/7/2::0//DUB/0

4*Algarve Sun in November from €269pp
From €269pp for the 4* Estrela do Vau. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Estrela do Vau, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-06/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/2871/25401/267?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-06/7/2::0//DUB/0

5*Algarve Winter Sun in November from €289pp
From €289pp for the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, The Algarve, Portugal
• Double Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-24/7/2::0/BB/DUB/0/1556/66067/288?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-24/7/2::0//DUB/0

Visit www.clickandgo.com today or call (01) 539 7777 to talk to one of our experienced reservation agents today.

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodationand airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Gois fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

NOTE TO EDITORS:
Click&Go is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. They are aone-stop online travel shop making it quick and easy for you to book the holiday you want. Click&Go are holiday partners with Aer Lingus. Click&Go are the home of the €1 holiday deposit – book now and pay later with Ireland’s only genuine €1 deposit for holidays!

For further information contact
Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853
Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Source: Click&Go

Visit Santa

Countdown to Christmas is on with Visit Santa!

With just over 100 days to go now is the time to get booking that trip of a lifetime to see Mr Claus himself in the magical world of Lapland!

A trip to Lapland is a dream for any family – both kids and adults! To give a wishlist to Santa in person is one memory they will never forget!

VisitSanta have released some amazing deals for this Christmas, ranging from one day trips to four day adventures.

Most popular are the three day trips which start from €1,119pp and give families plenty of time to do all the fun activities on offer. Those on a budget or who are tight on time can choose a one or two day trip from only €640pp. All packages includes flights, accommodation, thermal clothing and are jam-packed with exciting activities and, of course, some face time with the man himself!

  VisitSanta are also giving you the chance to win this magical experience for you and your family, with Canterbury Travel! Just click here to enter and you could win a trip for two adults and two children to Lapland where you can explore Santa’s village, go snowmobiling, take a sleigh ride, and meet Santa Claus himself.

Now is the perfect time to start planning and take advantage of these early offers! So book now and avail of fantastic value on these Lapland adventures for you and your little loved ones!

Enchanting Lapland 1 Day Trip
Take this mesmerizing day trip to the mystical resort of Enontekio where igloos, ice sculptures and of course Santa await from only €680 per adult and €640 per child.
Price includes: Return flights incl. taxes, transfers, thermal snow suits and boots, a visit to Snow Igloo, private meeting with Santa and his elves including gift, snowmobile, husky, tobogganing and sleigh rides, lunch, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 16th December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Santa’s Sleepover – 2 Day Trip
A sensational sleepover in Santa’s hometown where you will be taken on whirlwind adventures by his reindeer and elves, and you’ll even get to meet the magical Mr. Santa Claus himself from only €1,097 per adult and €819 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin or Cork, meeting with Santa, free gift for children aged 2-12 years, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, snow and ice fun activities, gingerbread decorating, a trip to Santa’s post office and village, thermal clothing for the duration of your trip and meals.
Travel: Between 7th and 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Sleighbell Spectacular – 3 Day Trip
An activity-filled break to the snowy plains of Lapland, with everything from husky and reindeer sleigh rides to lessons at Elf School and a meeting with a very merry Father Christmas from only €1,309 per adult and €1,119 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Lapland Lullaby – 4 Day Trip
An exhilarating 3 night trip to transport you to a world of magic, this package includes every festive activity you could hope for and more from only €1,575 per adult and €1,475 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, 90 minute husky and reindeer experiences, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, journey to the magical post office, €25 gift allowance, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

All offers subject to change and availability.

For more information or to book visit VisitSanta.ie or call the experts on 01-6111048.

Source: TravelMedia.ie

Make it a stylish September at Mount Juliet Estate with a break for two

Relaxed, luxurious and beautiful, Mount Juliet Estate is a wonderfully picturesque 500-acre country estate. This is where memorable times happen, full of style, fun and magical moments, where everyone is taken care of in the inimitable, thoughtful Mount Juliet Estate way.

Add a stylish sleepover to your Autumn wish list with an escape to Mount Juliet Estate, the cosy country estate, just 20 minutes from Kilkenny city.

As you arrive at Mount Juliet Estate, you’ll leave your busy schedule behind. Check-in and enjoy prosecco in your Manor House room, absorbing all the charm and character of your surroundings, as you melt into a cosy armchair, put your feet up as you flick through your complimentary copy of an Irish glossy magazine and start planning your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Style your own stay at Mount Juliet Estate from spa treatments to afternoon tea, golf to equestrian there is lots to experience onsite.

With lots to explore on the estate, from the intriguing nooks and corners throughout the Manor House, in Hunter’s Yard and dotted through the substantial grounds – fabulous family portraits and historical images, ornate architectural details, fine specimen trees, hundreds of years old, magical stone bridges or tumbling waterfalls, thoroughbred horses grazing in the fields, delicious food and drink in the restaurants and bars – there is so much to inspire at Mount Juliet Estate.

The September Issue package costs from €250 per room and includes an overnight stay for two in the Manor House, a bottle of prosecco, breakfast in the Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant
and a Irish glossy magazine, available midweek this Autumn – an ideal break for fashionistas to indulge and those looking for 24 hours to rejuvenate and inspire.

Polished, cosy, elegant, Mount Juliet Estate is Irish country house living at its very best.

www.mountjuliet.ie

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Dublino Žirgų Šou 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

Vienas iš svarbiausių ir didžiausių vasaros įvykių Airijoje yra Dublino Žirgų Šou (Dublin Horse Show), vykstantis kiekvienų metų rugpjūčio mėnesį. Pirmą kartą Dublino žirgų šou įvyko 1864 metais ir šiemet jau šventė 144 metines. Parodą surengė ir organizavo “Royal Dublin Society” (RDS), šiais metais pritraukdama daugiau nei 100 000 žmonių .

“Dublin horse show” dalyvavo apie 1600 arklių iš viso pasaulio, kurie įspūdingai pasirodė įvairiose žirgų varžybose. Penkių dienų renginyje įvyko 134 konkursai, įskaitant 14 tarptautinių žirgų jojimo varžybas. Jų metu žiūrovai galėjo grožėtis įspūdingais žirgų šuoliais bei mėgautis žirgų grakštumu, žavesiu ir puikiu pasirodymu. Tai didžiausias ir aukščiausio lygio tarptautinis žirginio sporto renginys, vykstantis Airijoje.

Pasaulinės “Jumping Nations Cup” varžybos dėl “Aga Khan Trophy” airiams buvo skausmingos: pirmoji vieta ir trofėjus atiteko Meksikos komandai, kuri pasirodė iš tiesų labai puikiai ir tikrai buvo verta šio puikaus prizo. Airijos komanda finišavo kartu su Prancūzija ir Italija, ir buvo antri.

Viena iš spalvingiausių, madingiausių , gražiausių dienų šiame “Dublin Horse Show” yra “Ladies’ Day “( Damų Diena). Tai ypatinga vieta pademonstruoti savo stilių, kūrybiškumą ir eleganciją. Kiekvienais metais šimtai ponių ir panelių, unikaliai ir originaliai pasipuošusių šiai šventei, pripildo visą RDS . Tokio grožio ir tiek daug stilingų damų vienoje vietoje nėra tekę matyti. Būtinas aksesuaras- skrybėlaitė. O jau jų įvairovė! Stilistai čia turi kur pasireikšti. Visos moterys gali dalyvauti stilingiausios damos rinkimuose , tik reikia užpildyti prašymo formą ir laukti komisijos įvertinimo.

Nugalėtojos laukė puikūs prizai: €10000 vertės dovanų čekis, VIP kelionė keltu į Angliją dviems. Atvykus į Jungtinę Karalystę galimybė pasimėgauti 3 naktimis viešbutyje “5 * Lowry”, Mančesterio centre.Ir dar- “Longines Conquest” šveicariškas laikrodis, kuris yra subtilumo ir elegancijos derinys, apimantis ir pačias sudėtingiausias technines charakteristikas.

“Dublin Horse Show” yra laikomas vienu iš aukščiausio lygio žirgų varžybų visame pasaulyje. Ištisos kartos metų metais dalyvauja šiame kasmetiniame Dublino Žirgų Šou. Žmonės šeimomis, su draugais ir svečiais atvyksta į šį žirgų pasirodymą puikiai praleisti laiko, bendrauti, pamatyti ir save parodyti. Tai ypatinga šventė, kuri tęsėsi ištisas penkias dienas. Ir aš, dalyvaudama šioje šventėje , turiu tikrai unikalią patirtį, kurią gali suteikti tik “Horse Show”.

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USA Summer Soirée 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

At the invitation of TravelMedia.ie I attend the annual USA Summer Soirée 2018 event at The Shelbourne Dublin. Readers of my articles, Silvija Travel Tips online posts and my Twitter tweets will know I have a special place in my heart for the USA. Following a drinks reception the 200 members of the travel trade and media took there places in the ballroom for a fabulous dinner and interesting speeches.

The Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Reece Smyth, opened the event, speaking about the close links Ireland has with the USA. Claire Doherty, Visit USA Committee Ireland spoke about the organisation’s role to promote the USA as a tourist & business destination. Melanie Latham from VisitUSA showcased all America has to offer with a video promo called “America’s Musical Journey,” the film follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he explores the vast U.S. musical landscape.

Vincent Harrison from Dublin Airport spoke about developments at the airport and to the delight of all those present introduced a Brass Band with balloons and Dublin Airport Fast Track passes for everyone in attendance. Dave Cole from Universal Orlando Resort highlighted the new attractions and hotel accommodation at the resort. Kevin A. Dillon A.A.E from Bradley International Airport thanked Aer Lingus for their support with flights to Bradley and went on to outline what the airport has to offer for visitors to the USA. 

Greg Evans from Discover Philadelphia spoke about the city and the flight connections with Ireland. He was excited to announce the ITTA conference 2018 will take place in Philadelphia, USA, at the end of November. Bill Byrne from Aer Lingus gave an entertaining presentation on the airline’s routes to the USA and connectivity to Europe. Congratulations to Dee Burdock who won the prize draw and flights with Aer Lingus.  Once again thank you to TravelMedia.ie brilliant event.

Airija – atsakingos politikos pavyzdys

f Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė antradienį, birželio 19d., susitiko su oficialaus vizito į Lietuvą atvykusiu Airijos Respublikos Prezidentu Michaeliu D. Higginsu. Susitikime aptarti dvišaliai Lietuvos ir Airijos santykiai, bendradarbiavimas Europos Sąjungoje, saugumo klausimai. Į Lietuvą Airijos vadovas atvyko kartu su pirmąja šios šalies ponia Sabina Mary Higgins.

Prezidentės teigimu, Airija – artima Lietuvai. Esame panašūs savo šalių dydžiu, interesais, vertybėmis. Todėl mums Airija yra svarbus atsakingos politikos, sėkmingos ekonominės raidos ir gebėjimo susigrąžinti išvykusius žmones pavyzdys.

Prieš 30 metų Airijos politinės partijos, profesinės sąjungos, darbdavių organizacijos įsipareigojo vieningai vykdyti nacionalines ekonominio atsigavimo ir socialinės pažangos programas. Atsakingai ir laiku įgyvendintos mokesčių ir ekonomikos reformos, kova su socialine atskirtimi užtikrino sėkmingą Airijos raidą. Šiandien tai – pažangi, inovatyvi ir sparčiausiai auganti ES ekonomika.

Didelę emigraciją patyrusi Airija yra pavyzdys, kaip sėkmingai susigrąžinti išvykusius piliečius namo. Šalyje įgyvendinama paramos emigrantams programa, o visame pasaulyje gyvenantys airiai raginami padėti valstybei pritraukti užsienio investicijas. Lietuva taip pat kviečia sugrįžti iš mūsų šalies išvykusius žmones. Tam skirta ir pernai Prezidentės inicijuota programa „Rinkis Lietuvą“, kuri jau duoda pirmuosius rezultatus. Per pirmus 5 šių metų mėnesius į Lietuvą sugrįžo per 10 tūkst. mūsų šalies žmonių – tai daugiau nei per visus praėjusius metus.

Lietuvą ir Airiją glaudžiai sieja ir gausi Airijos lietuvių bendruomenė – trečia didžiausia tautinė bendrija šioje šalyje. Aktyvūs ir pilietiški Airijos lietuviai išsaugojo ryšį su tėvyne: vykdo įvairiais labdaringas iniciatyvas padėdami Lietuvos vaikams, puoselėja lietuviškas tradicijas, kalbą ir kultūrą. Airijoje veikia net 14 lituanistinių mokyklų, o nuo pernai metų lietuvių kalba įtraukta į Airijos bendrojo lavinimo mokyklų programą kaip galima antroji užsienio kalba.

Valstybių bendradarbiavimą dar labiau sustiprins vizito metu pasirašomi trys susitarimai mokslo ir švietimo srityje: tarp Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universiteto ir Airijos nacionalinio universiteto, Kauno ir Korko miestų mokytojų rengimo centrų bei Kauno mokytojų namų ir Korko lietuviškosios mokyklos. Šiuo metu Lietuvos ir Airijos mokslininkai įgyvendina net 75 bendrus ES finansuojamus tyrimų projektus.

Daug potencialo turi ir ekonominis bendradarbiavimas, ypač IT, „Fintech“, gyvybės mokslų srityse. Naujų galimybių teikia ir energetikos sektorius – Airijai ketinant statyti SGD terminalą, Lietuva pasirengusi pasidalyti savo patirtimi. Šiuo metu Airijos investicijos Lietuvoje yra sukūrusios per 2000 darbo vietų.

Susitikime šalių vadovai aptarė ir bendradarbiavimą Europos Sąjungoje. Pasak šalies vadovės, Lietuva ir Airija vienodai supranta ES kylančius migracijos, ekonomikos, saugumo, „Brexit“ iššūkius ir kartu juos sprendžia. „Brexit“ derybose Lietuva ir Airija pasisako už kuo gaudesnių ryšių tarp ES ir Jungtinės Karalystės išsaugojimą. Taip pat palaikome Airijos siekį užtikrinti, kad „Brexit“ nesukurtų naujų sienų Europoje. Sutampa ir abiejų šalių interesai artėjančiose derybose dėl naujo daugiamečio ES biudžeto. Lietuvai ir Airijai aktualu, kad būtų išsaugomas adekvatus finansavimas sanglaudos ir žemės ūkio politikai.

Susitikime pasikeista ir oficialiomis dovanomis. Prezidentė poezija ir filosofija besidominčiam Airijos vadovui padovanojo Lietuvos poetų eilėraščių knygą anglų kalba, taip pat „Lietuvos kultūros gidą“, kuriame pristatoma mūsų šalies architektūra, dizainas, kinas, muzika, teatras, šokis, vizualieji menai. Airijos Prezidento dovana – Airijos menininko sukurtas medinis dubuo.

Vizito metu Airijos Prezidentui taip pat bus suteiktas Kauno Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto garbės daktaro vardas.

Šaltinis: lrp.lt

Vaikai grojantys milžinišku būgnu parke – Silvija Travel Tips

Velykų pirmadienį Dublino gyventojai ir svečiai turėjo puikią galimybę dalyvauti Kūrybinės Airijos festivalyje ( Creative Ireland). Daugybė kultūrinių renginių suaugusiems ir vaikams sukvietė šimtus žiūrovų į St. Stephen’s Green skverą. Čia ant stendų skambėjo įvairiausia muzika iš viso pasaulio, aidėjo dainos ir šokiai. Neįmanoma buvo tiesiog būti vien stebėtoju, visur minios lingavo ir šoko į taktą kartu su atlikėjais. Ypač daug renginių buvo skirta vaikams- nuo teatro, muzikos iki kūrybinių dirbtuvių , kur vaikai buvo mokomi įvairiausių amatų. Didžiulis būgnas tiesiog buvo aplipęs vaikais, kur jie azartiškai mušė į taktą , o jo garsas aidėjo toli už skvero. Visiems norėjosi pašėlti , padūkti. Puiku , kad šio festivalio programa sudaryta 5 metams.Tai bus labai gera galimybė per Velykas pasidžiaugti kultūriniais renginiais ir kūrybine Airija.

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Seattle Is Closer Than Ever! – Direct Flights From Dublin

This summer, Aer Lingus launches four flights a week to and from the super cool city, gateway to the Pacific Northwest.

The city which swept coffee into the 21st century is an addiction like no other. From the iconic Space Needle to the glittering angles of the new Mark Tower, Seattle’s skyline is encircled by snow-capped volcanoes, verdant forests, lakes and sensational seascapes. World-renowned for Hendrix, then grunge 30 years ago, Seattle remains cutting-edge with riveting scenes of Americana, indie rock, hip-hop and electronic music today.

Wilderness adventures are close at hand – see whale watching, salmon leaps, bald eagles, sea otters, or head out on adventures in Washington state’s three national parks: Olympic National Park, Mt Rainier National Park and the North Cascades National Park.

Source: Visit USA

US destinations top the travel polls for 2018

Dublin, 25th January 2018

The USA, Spain and Portugal were the most popular holiday destinations for Irish holiday makers in 2017 according to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey. The results of the survey were announced today at the RDS, in advance of the opening of Holiday World Show Dublin tomorrow.

The US was also voted one of the top three destinations for 2018, after long-time favourites Spain and Portugal.

Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, commented, “The resurgence of US destinations at the top of the poll has been greatly assisted by the extensive transatlantic routes on offer from Ireland. Almost 30 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year and there are now over 3 million transatlantic seats from Ireland on sale. We are very fortunate that we are so well connected to the US with direct routes on offer from Aer Lingus, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Norwegian Airlines and American Airlines.”

He continued, “Aer Lingus will be at Holiday World Show showcasing its new routes to Seattle and Philadelphia, as part of its largest ever transatlantic schedule which also includes services to the US cities of Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington. And this year’s Visit USA Pavilion will be the largest in the show’s 29 year history, with over 40 destinations on offer.”

Looking back at 2017, 40% of travel agents surveyed said that the biggest issue faced by their customers was cancelled flights. However, as the preparations got underway for Holiday World Show, the mood was jubilant; 75% of Irish travel agents saw an increase in their turnover in 2017 compared to 2016.

Cormac Meehan concluded, “This year’s findings show, once again, that the Irish Travel Industry is on an upward trend. Some 75% of agents experienced an increased turnover 2017 – a fantastic result for an industry which has adapted and embraced huge change over the last number of years.”

Contemplating 2018, 85% of travel agents surveyed said that they were optimistic for an increase in turnover on 2017, with 5% anticipating an increase of more than 20%.

The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.

The Holiday World Show takes place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin for three days 26-28 January, 2018. For further information, please see www.holidayworldshow.com

Source: ITAA Quarterly Survey Results