Don't be concerned with booking your well-earned Summer holiday

While the ash cloud has disrupted some charter flights, passengers who travelled in the last month have been magnanimous in their praise for the way in which they have been looked after by all ITOF member companies.

In fact, members have noticed an increased interest in the package holiday for this reason. If you have not booked that summer holiday yet -- book with a bonded and licensed tour operator for peace of mind.

If you book with one of our members you will be protected for:

Holiday cancellation

If your holiday is cancelled, you will be offered an alternative holiday, or your money back

Whilst on holiday

In the 'unfortunate' event that you are unable to travel home as scheduled, from your chosen destination, you will be provided with care and assistance on the ground, whilst your flight is rescheduled.

During the recent ASH disruptions, ITOF was proud to be recognised as having provided a level of care way beyond some of our European counterparts.

All members of The Irish Tour Operators Federation know the importance of looking after their customers, and applied their obligations to a high degree.

ITOF members account for 90pc of Ireland's total outbound charter market, and last year we carried approximately 750,000 very happy passengers.

Like all industries, 2010 is a tough year, but people always look forward to their Summer holidays, and as such will continue to travel.

In addition to being cared for whilst on holiday, the other major benefit of booking with a tour operator is that of full Government protection, with 100pc bonding, along with the following other clear benefits:

lLow upfront deposit, as opposed to full amount with scheduled airline carriers.

lNo check-in charges

lGenerous baggage allowances with no charges

lAllocated seating on flights

lFree Transfers to resort

lIn resort Rep assistance

lAccess to expert knowledge and advice.

lExcellent choice of destinations.

  • "One Stop Holiday Shop" for all your holiday components.

ITOF represents the major Tour Operators in Ireland, namely American Holidays, Crystal Holidays, Falcon Holidays, Panorama, Sunway, Sunworld Holidays and Topflight.

Members offer a diverse range of holidays, targeting and offering their services to an array of market segments whilst guaranteeing their financial security.

Kevin Nolan is President of The Irish Tour Operators Federation