TRAVEL agents are optimists by nature and the New Year has given us grounds for optimism with a great start.
Now that Brexit isn’t dominating the headlines, people are able to focus on the Big Holiday they had been planning for 2020 and early indications are that this is going to be a bumper year for the travel industry.
The enquiries we were dealing with before Christmas are now manifesting themselves into bookings and the trend is firmly towards cruises (both Ocean and River), adventure holidays, Caribbean holidays and escorted Tours.
This is the time of year for sales and travel companies are no different especially airlines who announce great deals in the skies if booked January or February.
This year the Cork International Airport Hotel, Cork Airport and Lee Travel are hosting the biggest travel fair in the South of Ireland and you will be able to get all of the options you need for your 2020 holiday.
Travel experts from every brand of travel will be present on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2 at the Cork International Travel Fair at the Cork International Hotel and entrance is free. Each company will give a presentation of their offering and you will be able to meet them after to discuss your own arrangements.
Bookings can be made on the day and there are plenty of special offers exclusive to the show. Prizes will be also be given out regularly throughout the two days.
The easiest decision to make is whether you will go on holidays or not, the hard decision is where to go and with over 20 holiday destinations from Cork alone the choice is enormous.
Spain will always be the most popular destination because of familiarity and ease of access. It has something for everyone from family holidays to golfing holidays, stags, hens and weekend breaks and with year round access and great value on flights and accommodation it is within easy reach of most people.
New to the market from Cork is Malta and when Ryanair decided to feature Malta on a year round basis it was met with a great response from the travelling public. An English speaking country with left hand drive and familiar menus, Malta has proven to be a great addition to the sunshine options from Cork. It is traditionally a popular wedding destination but being an island in the Med it has great sea-based options.
France and Italy are served well from Cork Airport with five French destinations including Paris, Bordeaux with access to the wine region or further beyond to the Camino, Carcassonne, Nice and Rennes. Italy is covered in the North by Milan and Verona and the South with Naples all of which give great holiday options.
New to the fold is Dubrovnik in Croatia and anyone that has been there absolutely raves about the scenery, the great value and the lovely people of the region.
There are great city break options from Cork with the addition of Budapest which is a beautiful city right on the Danube with fantastic nightlife including Beckett’s Irish Bar. The usual city break options which never tire are still there with increased services to Paris and Amsterdam and Polish cities are becoming popular city break options with four Polish cities to choose from.
With great connections to the whole wide world we are fortunate to have such a good service from Cork to London which offers flights to the five continents at some very tempting prices. Excellent connections are also available via Paris and Amsterdam and your Travel Agent can give you the best options at the touch of a button. Travel Agents have computer systems which give non-biased airfares according to price and connectivity and are impartial in their offerings as opposed to an airline’s own website which will, obviously only give you their flights whereas a better flight option could be available on another airline.
The countdown is now on to the Cork International Travel Fair in association with Cork Airport. Thousands of people are expected at the event, which is now in its fourth year. Attendees will learn about new holiday destinations from more than 40 exhibitors. It is estimated that over the last three years €300,000 worth of holidays were booked at the event.
As a special treat people will be in with a chance to win a number of amazing prizes over the weekend. Today the prize of a trip for two to Dubrovnik has been announced. The first prize announced was return flights for two people from Cork to Amsterdam with Aer Lingus.
For anyone who attends the fair they can enter into a draw for a variety of flights, which will be announced over the coming weeks. The Cork International Travel Fair is being run in association with Cork Airport.
The Travel Fair will be open from 11am to 5.30pm every day. The two-day event will see the best travel agents, tour operators, airlines, hotels, tourist attractions and everything anyone could want when preparing to book a holiday. There will be family holidays, action packed adventures, city breaks, cruises and honeymoons on offer over the weekend.
Also, with Ireland playing Scotland in the Six Nations rugby championship on Saturday afternoon, the Cork International Hotel will be showing the game for anyone who would like to combine their passion for rugby with making their holiday plans.