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The Irish Are Spending Big on Vacation

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 02, 2016

The Irish Are Spending Big on Vacation

PHOTO: Malaysia is proving popular with Irish tourists. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

Luxury vacations are selling big with Irish holidaymakers. According to The Independent, travelers are splurging on five-star holidays — especially young people — even though securing and paying for a mortgage remains a hardship. 

While bargain vacations were the norm during Ireland’s recession, the luxury market has bounced back this year and, in particular newlyweds and honeymooners are willing to spend big on trips to far-off destinations such as South Africa, Saint Lucia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand and Canada. 

Pat Dawson, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association, said in the Independent that it is now the "norm" for honeymoon couples to spend up to three weeks overseas.

"This market is very, very strong, with an average spend of between €3,000 and €4,000,” Dawson noted. “People are getting married a lot later in life. Even a couple of decades ago, it was at 24 or 25 years, but now it's the other side of 30, and many are fairly established in their jobs at this stage."

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For more on this growing trend, read up on what travel agents have to say on the matter here.

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