Travel trade awards

TWO Cork travel companies have received recognition at the Irish Travel Trade Awards for 2009.

Travel Focus, based in Cork City and specialising in the Caribbean, South Africa and the Indian Ocean, and Discover Travel based in Midleton who specialise in Thailand, Vietnam and the Far East, shared the award in the ‘best niche tour operator’ category.

The awards are voted for by Irish travel agents and are given as recognition of excellence in each particular area of the travel industry.

Travel Focus, headed by Noel McAuliffe, recently moved to a new headquarters in 7 Anglesea Street, Cork, and have been specialising in South Africa for many years. Discover Travel, part of the East Cork Travel Group headed by Brendan Barry, began a programme to Thailand and Vietnam in 2003, with the production of their first brochure.

Travel Focus can be contacted on or by telephone at 021-4320898; contact Discover Travel at 021-4635440 or,

- INGHAMS has launched its Lakes and Mountains brochure that features a range of new resorts and tours in Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy.

This year, Inghams has added the resorts of Igls, Soll, Bruck, Schwendau, St Gilgen, Niererau and Oberau to its Austrian programme.

New to France are the Alpine resorts of Chamonix and Les Houches. Set against the backdrop of Europe’s highest mountain, these neighbouring resorts offer an array of outdoor activities from rafting and parapenting, to mountain biking and horse riding, as well as summer tobogganing and climbing.

The company offers seven nights self-catering accommodation from about €370 per person. See or contact 1850-929021.

- BRITTANY Ferries has just produced its brochure for gites, villas, apartments and holiday villages throughout France. The company offers the fastest direct crossing from Ireland to France. Further details on

- FRANCE might not be the first destination one thinks of for a beachside holiday, but the country has a diverse coastline which makes it one of the top three blue flag beach destinations in Europe.

Those staying at a Siblu holiday parc along the Côte de Jade (Loire Atlantique), Côte Lumière (Vendée) or Côte Sauvage (Charente Maritime), will find small secret coves, golden sands at the edge of rolling forests and town beaches.

Siblu is France’s biggest holiday-parc group, comprising 14 family holiday parcs in Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Vendée, Charente Maritime, Aquitaine, Languedoc and Côte d’Azur.

Siblu also sells holidays to 10 parcs in France, Spain and Italy.

Further details on, or call 0818-274-097.

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