Lads, we’ve made it. January is finally behind us.
Though it’s still bitter out, we can finally start to think about summer holidays. But where are Cork jet-setters choosing to get away from it all this year?
Malta is proving extremely popular for 2020, according to the experts. The Mediterranean country has been opened up to Leesiders thanks to a direct route from Cork Airport introduced last year.
While you might think that visitors are drawn by its rugged coastal vistas or the fact that English is widely spoken there, its popularity among Corkonians is down to more practical reasons.
“The appeal for Cork people is that they can fly from Cork,” says Maria Dilworth of Blackpool Travel.
Dawson Travel’s Paul Dawson agrees. “Any time there is a new sun destination out of Cork, there is a surge in booking to this area,” he tells us.
Both Paul and Maria also mention Zadar in Croatia as a major growth destination. Ryanair launched direct flights to the stunning historic city just this year.
But Cork people are interested in more than just cheap and easy flights.
Dawson Travel has seen a 40 percent increase in bookings for cruises in 2020 compared to 2019. No longer just for retirees, cruise companies are now working hard to attract families and couples, says Paul Dawson.
“Cruises are such great value when you consider that all meals, entertainment, gratuities and, for a little extra, the drinks packages are all included so you don’t have any surprises on board.
“Also for families, the newest ships have great kids’ entertainment so parents know their loved ones are safe and having a ball while they lay by the pool or pop into the spa.
“Where else can you wake up in one city one day, lay by the pool, eat amazing food and watch a world-class show that night, then the next day open your blinds and you’re in a completely new city with a tour bus waiting for you?”
Already checking the latest deals, Paul.