(27 April 2017)  The latest Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) quarterly survey has revealed that Long Haul and Adventure Holidays are the emerging travel trends among Irish holidaymakers for Summer 2017. In the survey, 20% of ITAA member agents named Long Haul destinations as the top travel trend for the summer, with another 20% naming Cruises and 12% of travel agents revealed that more and more customers were looking for Adventure Experiences in 2017.

The survey results also showed continued growth for the Irish travel trade with 83% of travel agents experiencing an increase in turnover for the first quarter of 2017 (Jan-Mar) when compared with the same period in 2016. This figure is a 13% increase on the previous year. 75% of travel agents surveyed also experienced an increase in bookings for the first 3 months of 2017, with a quarter of those surveyed seeing an increase in bookings of more than 10%.

Commenting on the findings, Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, said, “This quarter’s survey shows, once again, that the Irish travel industry is continuing to prosper. The results also reveal the changing tastes of Irish market. Consumers are now spending more on their holidays and are looking to travel agents for personalised holiday experiences, expert advice and financial protection.”

In the survey, Spain, Portugal and the USA were once again named as Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations for summer 2017, while European cities topped the poll of city break destinations. London was voted the most popular city break of the year so far, followed by Barcelona and Rome.

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.

 Unravel Travel TV www.unraveltravel.eu

The vide featured in this post is Ben Fogle Adventure In The Azores produced by Unravel Travel TV

Ben Fogle travels to The Azores to explore the islands and takes on different challenges in each. On Faial he hikes along trails on a lunar landscape as well as along crater rims and finds out how volcanos have changes the island and the lives of its people. In the harbour town of Horta Ben displays his artistic abilities to leave his own landmark before a ferry ride to Pico where he climbs the highest mountain in Portugal to enjoy breathtaking views. On the island he also visits the vineyards growing among the lava stones and the underground lava tunnels. The island of St Jorges is ideal for more extreme adventure and here Ben’s skills in coasteering, canyoning and abseiling along this rugged terrain are tested. Finally, Ben travels to the largest island, San Miguel and to the historic centre of Ponta Delgada to discover the island’s rich heritage and culture. He travels to the most popular attraction on the island, Furnas and its spectacular geological feature of bubbling water and steaming vents and it’s here where he cooks his own geo-thermal meal. Closeby, he takes a dip in the thermal lake which is renowned for its healing properties. The Lakes of Sete Cidades are examples of the dramatic scenery which form the backdrop to his journey and especially while he kayaks in one of the crater lakes and jumps onto a mountain bike to seek adventure further afield.

Official Tourism Website of the Azores www.visitazores.com