Published on 07-01-10
Travelling to Ireland? Then be sure to read this handy
leaflet on travel tips to help save money and make the trip a good one.
It's full of information and tips, such as:
- best way of changing your £ into €
- car rentals
- finding accommodation
- restaurants and service charges
- entertainment info
- car parking and taxis
Another more comprehensive leaflet -
Cross-border shopping in the EU - provides guidance for consumers
about shopping online, buying goods, internet auctions, timeshare, holiday
clubs, air travel, car hire and scans is also available.
Copies of both are also available by post. To order call 08456 04
The "Travelling to Ireland" leaflet is the work of the UK and Irish
ECCs (European Consumer Centre) produced to coincide with the off-peak season,
a favourite time for holidaymakers to visit Ireland. Brits are actually
the most likely holidaymakers during this time, accounting for some 47% of
visitors between October and April.
A similar leaflet has been produced for Irish visitors travelling to the
Jed Mayatt, UK European Consumer
Centre Manager, said:
“Sometimes it is the ‘cultural differences’ between a consumer’s home
country and where they are visiting that can lead to them becoming disgruntled
and generally unhappy with their experiences abroad. So we decided that we
would do what we could to give them tips to enhance their visit to Ireland.
“Consumers generally complain several weeks after they return from holiday,
so we analysed the number of complaints the UK ECC handled from January to
October 2009. The number of complaints on behalf of UK consumers in dispute
with traders based in Ireland rose by four per cent over this period in 2009,
compared to the same period in 2008.
“As holidaymakers are the most likely visitors to visit Ireland during the
off-peak season, we decided that this is the most appropriate time to give a
helping hand – after all, well-informed consumers are likely to be happy
“The UK is still in recession and consumers are often at their most
vulnerable during recessions and whilst on holiday. Any difficulties can be
multiplied when consumers make a purchase abroad. Consumers should feel as
happy and confident about shopping anywhere in the EU as they do at home.”