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The average Irish family spends between €1,000 - €2000 a year on holidays

A survey found Spain and Portugal to be the most popular destinations for families.

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IRISH FAMILIES ARE spending up to €2,000 a year on their family getaway, a new survey has shown.

The report from the the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) found that 36% of families spend between €1,000 and €2,000 every year on a holiday.

Over 70% of travel agents surveyed said they had increased turnover as the ITAA claimed this was a sign people were more confident spending their money.

Nearly one in five agents said their turnover had surged by more than 20%.

Spain, Portugal and the US are the top three destinations for a winter break for the second year in a row.

Cormac Meehan, president of the ITAA, said: “The results of this quarter’s survey are very positive for the Irish travel trade.

The increasing growth of the travel sector is allowing travel agents to include more luxury holidays and niche products in their offerings.

“We are seeing more and more holidaymakers turning to travel agents to book cruises, adventure breaks and bucket list trips, as well as the tried and trusted destinations such as Spain and Portugal.”

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