Celebrating Over 30 Years in Business
In 2019, we celebrate our 30 years in business in Ireland. Over those years, we have served many, many satisfied clients and started lots of young Irish people on their careers in the travel business, a number of whom are still with us today. We are hugely proud to be a 100% Irish owned, independent business and are dogged in the provision of the high-end quality of our service. In short, we are nice people to do business with.
Throughout those 30 years, we have always strived to be the best in the business. We may not have always made it but, boy, did we try. We have enjoyed meeting and looking after many lovely people (and a few not so nice) but overall it has been a blast. The time flew and it is hard to believe we are ageing so well. The travel business has changed utterly over that period and we have evolved with it, always staying at the front of the curve in technology, consumer trends, product innovation but always retaining the core service ethos.
We have learned a lot, matured a bit but mostly, we have honed our skills and consider ourselves an oasis of client care and consideration, in an industry blighted by low-cost and low-client-esteem operators. We may be a “dinoasour” in an online world (we actually talk to our clients and help them when they need help – how mad is that?) but our clients don’t seem to agree and as long as courtesy, respect, value and efficiency are appreciated, we’ll be around.
We started in a very small office in Earlsfort Terrace in 1989, then moved a few times before settling down in Sandyford. The recession has seen the number of travel agents in Ireland decimated but we are proud to have prospered, despite the best efforts of bankers, builders, politicians and other “chancers”. We continue to provide levels of consumer protection (though licensing and bonding), that is not offered by our online and airline competitors. We comply with all the laws and regulations of the land and our bonding ensures that once you hand over your money to us, it is protected and safe. The exact opposite, in fact, of what happens online.
If you are one of the many people who have worked with us or have been a client, in the past 30 years, we would like to say “Thanks”. We hope to hear from you again sometime soon.
Airlines do not pay commissions, so our remunerations comes in the form of fees we charge for booking flights. These are:
Flights in Europe/Short Haul: €40 pp
Flights to the rest of the World: €100 pp
For other services, we will quote you a fee at the time of making an offer. All clients who book with us must pay a mandatory Consumer Protection Levy of €10 pp. This is to cover the enormous costs and time it takes to provide bonding to protect your money, once you hand it to us, licensing and all of the enormous burden of compliance, reporting etc. that goes with being a small travel agent.
JOHN GALLIGAN TRAVEL ARE LICENSED BY THE COMMISSION FOR AVIATION REGULATION. LICENSE NUMBER TA 275