TravelBug

Welcome to TravelBug

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

Taking the sting out of travel

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

Taj Mahal, India

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*Asian Proverb

Elephant safari at Kilimanjaro

Not all those who wander are lost*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*J.R.R. Tolkien

TRopical Beach at Bora Bora

Your time is limited, so don’t waste time living someone else’s life*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*Steve Jobs

Patagonia

I haven’t been everyplace, but it’s on my list

Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!
– Susan Sontag

Welcome to TravelBug

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

TravelBug aims to provide online shoppers with the best of both worlds: The 24/7 convenience of the Net with the vast accumulated knowledge of dozens of travel consultants who, between them, have already visited many of the countries that you may wish to travel to. And if they haven’t, they certainly know of someone who has so you’re never more than one degree of separation away from such hands-on knowledge. More importantly though, unlike many online web sites, you can be safe in the knowledge that any monies that you pay out for travel products or services are 100% fully insured against loss as every single agent providing you with services via this site is both government licensed and bonded!


Travel Bug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country. To find an agent located near to you, either click on one of the pins in the map or scroll down through the alphabetical listing of agents below it. Read more


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Think that the Internet is the greatest thing since sliced bread or that the best deals can only be found online? There are numerous reasons why the ‘smart money’ continues to favour the travel agent. Read more

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Mass Tourism — is it a good or a bad thing?

I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro a few weeks ago. I had first visited the stunning medieval town nine years ago and was captivated by its stunning location at the end of a deep inlet and the well-preserved condition of much of its buildings. Indeed, it was so perfect that it almost looked fake — like a recently constructed film set. On both occasions, I visited the town from a cruise ship. In 2010, I was aboard Azamara Cruises as part of a week-long itinerary from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice. On my recent trip, I was sailing on the newly launched Sky Princess from Trieste to Athens and the solitary stop on the four-day sea journey was at Kotor.

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Speed Networking Tips

Speed Networking Tips

Every year we hold a special speed dating workshop for all members and suppliers and this year is no different. To help you plan for the perfect date with a supplier here are some tips.

  1. Have a plan and try to stick to it
  2. Bring business cards
  3. Ask relevant questions
  4. Don’t talk too much, get to know the person.
  5. Open up about yourself.
  6. Listen and learn
  7. Split up and meet as many people as possible
  8. Follow up and make connection

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Hollywood Glam Gala Inspiration

This years Annual Travel Centres Conference gala will have a Hollywood Glam theme. Think old school glamorous! If you have seen the Great Gatsby then you will have a good idea of the style involved. We are talking champagne, bling and oscars.

Hollywood Glam Style Inspiration

We are stepping back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood and we can look to Frank Sinatra, Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe for inspiration.

Ladies, think of vintage designs, big hair, pops of colour and neck scarves. For hair think of retro, sleek waves or curls. This was all the rage. For beauty, red lipstick was a must.

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Men, think of Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and Marlyn Brando. Sleek suits, top hats and smoking pipes were just a few staple style items we saw on the silver screen. And lots of extra shiny gel in the hair please. The male style icons of this time loved the wet look.

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If you find yourself stuck for some inspiration try watching The Great Gatsby to get you in the mood.

With Brass & Co as our entertainment we are ready to dance the night away.

Let’s roll out the red carpet and bring on the Paparazzi, we are ready to party into the early hours!

SEE THE FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME HERE

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15th Annual Travel Centres Conference Speakers

15th Annual Travel Centres Conference Speakers

We have a line up of inspirational speakers for the 2019 Annual Travel Centres Conference! From insights into the new EU Travel directive to start up success to creative thinking, each of these speakers will provide an opportunity to learn more about the travel industry and take away something new from the conference.

Juan Bueso Biography

‘Juan Bueso is a Spanish lawyer, registered with the Law Society of Ireland. He is also a business analyst and a data protection practitioner. He has worked in the field of consumer protection for over 15 years, having served as the Legal Adviser to the European Consumer Centre in Ireland since 2007, where he leads a small but committed team of advisers providing information and support to the public in relation to cross-border consumer transactions. He specialises in subjects such as e-commerce, alternative dispute resolution and travel law. Having participated in a number of expert and advisory groups at national and EU level (including on the review of package travel legislation), he has also worked, on a secondment basis, with the European Commission, where he contributed to the development and implementation of a case management system to facilitate the handling of consumer complaints within the EU/EEA.’

Grainne Kelly Biography

CEO & Founder of Bubblebum

Grainne Kelly is the Inventor, Founder and CEO of BubbleBum UK Ltd, the manufacturer of the world’s first inflatable car booster seat which has revolutionised the child travel industry.

A multi-award winning entrepreneur, Grainne founded BubbleBum in December 2009 and the company now exports to 27 countries globally and the BubbleBum is stocked by major retailers such as Amazon, Halfords, Target, Migros and Boots.

The product won the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Best Bet Booster 2011, which resulted in major media exposure including the front page of USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. It has continued to win many awards over the years including the latest Family Choice Award, Parent Choice Award, Made for Mums Award and National Parenting Product Award. In 2019, it won the most innovative product award at the CBME in Shanghai.

Since setting up the business, her husband has become the COO and her two sons have been involved with the design of all BubbleBum products, as well as being part of promotional literature and advertising. Grainne appeared on Dragons Den in 2014 and famously turned down an offer from the dragons.

Grainne left school to study art and maths but veered into the construction industry, and then into commercial radio, followed by a long time in the travel industry. She has won several awards including Belfast Telegraph Business Woman of the Year, Ulster Bank All Ireland Business Achievers Award, Wonga Future 50 Disruptors Award, Runner Up Amazon Growing Business Awards as well as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the European Business Awards not to mention several other awards including her most recent win in 2018 for British American Business – Woman in Business Award in the Transatlantic Growth Awards. In 2019 Grainne was invited to join the UK Prime Minister’s Counsel for Entrepreneurs.

 

Charlie Tuxworth Biography

Charlie Tuxworth is an experienced Business Leader with expertise in Innovation, Enterprise Software, & Business Development. Charlie headed the Software Solutions team in a large Belfast IT company, leading a team of 150 team in the delivery of complex business solutions into Financial Services, Public & Private sector customers.

The company was acquired by a UK PLC and in 2013 Charlie took responsibility for Group Innovation. This coincided with Charlie becoming involved with start-ups and early stage companies – supporting them in Queens University’s Cyber Security Innovation Lab; acting as an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ for Catalyst Inc; and as a board member of SpecialisterneNI (supporting people on the Autistic Spectrum to gain employment in IT).

Inspired by the start-up culture, and tiring of the constraints of large enterprise, Charlie co-founded InnovateXL, enabling him to support a wider range of businesses looking to challenge the way they operate, and wanting to implement and enhance their own innovation programmes.

Mr Dermott Jewell Biography

Mr Jewell (B.Sc. (Mgmt.) Law (TCD)) is Policy & Council Advisor to the Consumers’
Association of Ireland. A recognised advocate, trainer and advisor in consumer rights and protection he has written and commented extensively across national and local newspaper, radio and television. He has lectured in financial, project and change management to consumer organisation advocates from across the EU through the EC Trace project and in consumer law through the EC Consumer Law Ready project in Ireland.
His representations include:
Chairperson/Director of the European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland; Chairperson of the
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Certification Oversight Committee. Director
of the Investor Compensation Company Limited (ICCL) at the Central Bank of Ireland.
Member – Legal Services Regulatory Authority; Member of the Financial Services & Pensions
Ombudsman Council and Member of the European Banking Authority (EBA) – Banking
Stakeholder Group and Member of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Consultative
Council.
He was elected President of ANEC – The European Consumer Voice in Standardisation in
June 2019. Mr Jewell is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Irish Branch) CIArb with
accreditations in Employment Investigation and Mediation. He is a Member of the Irish Institute of Mediation and the Institute of Directors. He was recently awarded the IPA-UCD Professional Certificate in Governance.

SEE THE FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME HERE

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Washington, DC — Brain City USA!

Washington, DC is synonymous with many things, but higher learning is probably not one of them. Being the centre of government and federal administration for the most powerful country on the face of the planet, you would expect it to be populated with a lot of smart people — whether they be politicians, lobbyists or senior civil servants but the statistic that took me aback, I have to say is the revelation that Washington, DC, is the home to around 100,000 PhD’s — roughly the same as Los Angeles, a city with more than twice its population!

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Wanting to fit in one last trip before we say sayonara to 2019?

From now until the 10th of December we have some amazing trips to be booked departing before the end of the year with 30% off!!

Almost 150 trips that include cycling, sailing and adventure tours in destinations such as South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, New Zealand, USA, Cuba, Japan, Sri Lanka & Nepal!

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here for more info:
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Wanting to fit in one last trip before we say sayonara to 2019?

From now until the 10th of December we have some amazing trips to be booked departing before the end of the year with 30% off!!

Almost 150 trips that include cycling, sailing and adventure tours in destinations such as South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, New Zealand, USA, Cuba, Japan, Sri Lanka & Nepal!

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here for more info:
http://travelbug.ie/find-agent/

(book by 10th December 2019)

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Meet your Travel Agent: Sheila Treacy.

GAA fanatic Sheila loves to indulge her other passion of travel at every chance and is on hand to advise you how to have the most memorable holiday ever!

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Meet your Travel Agent: Sheila Treacy. 

GAA fanatic Sheila loves to indulge her other passion of travel at every chance and is on hand to advise you how to have the most memorable holiday ever!

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#WednesdayWisdom #meettheagent #travel

 

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🎊 The newest addition to the MSC fleet arrives in Southampton today for her launch party! 🎊

We have some incredible deals for the newest ship on the high Seas:

🚢Family offer from €3,556 per family of 4 in Oct 2020

or, if you are not yet sure about a cruise, why not sample one on a:

🚢4 day mini cruise from just €399pp in Nov 2020!

#TravelTuesday

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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🎊 The newest addition to the MSC fleet arrives in Southampton today for her launch party! 🎊

We have some incredible deals for the newest ship on the high Seas:

🚢Family offer from €3,556 per family of 4 in Oct 2020

or, if you are not yet sure about a cruise, why not sample one on a:

🚢4 day mini cruise from just €399pp in Nov 2020!

#TravelTuesday

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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