The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA ) has expressed concern that a Brexit could lead to increased regulations for Irish travel agents and higher travel costs for Irish consumers travelling to and from the UK and Northern Ireland.
The ITAA believes that a Brexit could jeopardise the strong travel and tourism flows between Ireland and the UK, which has been facilitated by the free movement of goods and services, investment, and people across the EU.
Cormac Meehan, president of the ITAA, commented: “Due to current favourable exchange rates, there are a significant number of people from Northern Ireland who use Dublin and Knock Airports to travel abroad. A Brexit could result in additional border controls for such passengers. These boarder controls could also apply to those travelling from the Republic to airports in Northern Ireland.
“Brexit will also have an impact on travel agents operating across jurisdictions and particularly for those operating in border counties. There is a fear that increased regulation of these agencies will lead to higher consumer travel costs. This referendum will result in either the continuation of a strong and familiar relationship between the UK and Ireland or the unknown position of the UK outside the EU. For ITAA members customer service is a priority and the uncertainty of Brexit and its potential impact on consumer protection issues is unsettling.“
The ITAA represents Ireland's travel industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners.