The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has expressed concern over the closure of Thomas Cook’s Irish office and the termination of chartered holidays from Ireland from 30th April 2014.
Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “This move by Thomas Cook will impact Irish consumers as there will now be between 60,000 and 80,000 less chartered seats leaving Ireland. Whilst this will impact consumers due to a reduction in capacity and an increase in demand, there are still over 300,000 airline seats available with plenty of destinations and good choice. Our advice would be to consult with your local ITAA travel agent and book early to ensure the best price.”
Pat continued, “Similar to last year January has seen our members report a high level of enquiries and bookings, we expect for this to continue through the month with many of our members exhibiting at the Holiday World Show taking place in the RDS Simmonscourt from the 24th – 26th January.”
Clare Dunne, President of the ITAA said, “We are extremely upset for our 44 fellow travel professionals who have been impacted by this decision by Thomas Cook and we hope, based on their experience and skills that they will have no trouble finding new positions very soon.”
The Irish Travel Agents Association represents Ireland’s travel industry and was founded in 1971. The Association brings together 100 member companies covering 161 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. ITAA members are licensed by the Commisson for Aviation Regulation and fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.