Irish holidaymakers don't like being told that they can't go somewhere, says expert
A LEADING travel expert has said Irish people will continue to holiday in Tunisia.
Eoghan Corry, editor of Travel Extra magazine, said the Irish have a history of continuing to travel despite warnings to avoid a destination.
"Irish people are very resilient on this," he said.
On Friday, just hours after the slaughter in Sousse, about one-third of holidaymakers pulled out of a flight to Tunisia.
"I believe even fewer people will pull out of next week's flight," said Mr Corry.
"Once the initial shock of what has happened passes, I think people will continue to travel to Tunisia.
"We have a history of continuing to travel and being much more resilient when compared to other markets.
"Irish people do not like to be told that they can't travel somewhere."
Two Irish tour operators, Sunway and Justsunshine, currently offer holidays to Tunisia.
Sunway has said it will continue to operate flights there, but will be guided by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The company said it will offer refunds or alternative destinations to people who want to cancel their planned trips to the north African country.
The Department of Foreign Affairs last night kept their warning level at "exercise extreme caution". That is two steps below a blanket ban, and tells people not to travel to a particular country for safety reasons.
Speaking to RTE News in Tunisia last night, ambassador David Cooney said the Government is not advising against travel to the region.
"Unfortunately, in the world we live in there are risks everywhere we go," he said.
"This particular incident was by what even Islamic State has described as a lone wolf - he was clearly not a trained terrorist."
Mr Cooney said consular staff were working alongside local authorities to ensure that Irish citizens in Tunisia remain safe.