Business travel rebounds strongly
THE country's biggest business travel agency has emerged as a winner in the recovery.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel saw bookings between Dublin and Brussels soar by more than 900 per cent between 2011 and 2013, new data from the agency shows, as Irish officials suddenly found themselves at the beck and call of the Troika.
Carlson won the contract to handle Government travel arrangements in 2011.
The increase in bookings for trips between Dublin and Brussels far exceeded growth on any of its other routes, even those where new flights were added.
But San Francisco was still the most popular destination among the agency's clients, as one tech company after another came to Ireland. Travel between Dublin and IT hub Seattle also soared, up six-fold.
"We have a couple of tech companies headquartered on the US west coast on our books and they often send their new Irish recruits to the US for induction," explained director Lisa Whelan.
The Irish division of travel giant Carlson Wagonlit has grown by about 40 per cent since 2011. This reflects well, says Ms Whelan, on the economy.
"Travel is a great barometer for the state of the economy. Taking our traveller statistics into consideration, the Irish market is heading in a positive direction."