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20 August 2020   |   Blog   |   

Booking with a Tour Operator. Protect Your Money & Guarantee Your Experience in 2021!

“Travel agents are amazing professionals who have an expertise, and that’s why I want to use them.[They are] a really good way to maximise your protection [when things go wrong].” 

Popular television host and celebrated journalist Eamonn Holmes, is among the countless faces coming forward to speak out in favour of the travel industry, as we face this challenging and uncertain time. The broadcaster commented the additional financial protections offered when booking through an agent or official tour operator, as well as the confidence and convenience that he enjoys, when he knows that an agency have made all of his travel arrangements for him.

“I feel safe and sound and content in the knowledge that a travel agent has done the footwork [and] the groundwork for me.”

But what exactly are these extra financial protections? How can you KNOW you are protected when you book to travel with Sports Travel International?

For more information on the ways you’re protected, when you book with Sports Travel International, please see here.

Holmes went on to comment of tour operators and travel agents that;

” These guys are the experts in that field, so why not use them?”

This is something we have always been passionate about at Sports Travel International. After after more than 30 years as ‘IRELAND’S SPORTS TRAVEL EXPERTS’, we are still as dedicated as ever to unforgettable experiences alongside second to none customer service.

The past few months have been difficult and testing times for us.  We have sorely missed seeing you fulfill your dreams at Marathon Majors, conquer the worlds great climbs and cols by bike, or enjoy unforgettable VIP Experiences at some of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. We have loved sharing YOUR inspiring stories and looking forward, with you, to the good times returning, which they will, bigger and better than ever before!

However, we believe in our personal approach. In timely, clear, and open communications at every turn; all the little things that make the experience  of booking with a Tour Operator so valuable, even when things are not going to plan.

Rather than spending hours waiting on the phone, or sending hundreds of emails, trying to chase down the relevant party, to deal with the refund for your self booked trip; when you book with us you know you have someone ‘ in your corner’, who’s just a click or a phone call away…

“I appreciate all the hard work you the team have had to do on all these races and to get nothing out of it.

Hopefully I’ll be doing many events with you in the future ! 

“Thank you very much for your efforts. I’m looking forward to 2021.”
Thanks for your excellent support in extremely difficult circumstances as a direct result of the cancellation of the major marathons this year” 

Thanks very much for your help and communication throughout the past few months.  Very much appreciated.

“Thanks for that. I will be booking again in the future with you company. “

…and talking of 2021 ….

Many events have seen a high number of entry roll overs and deferrals, from 2020 to 2021. This has come as a result of the widespread event cancellations and postponements, and the devastating impact of the global COVID -19 pandemic. there will be an enormous scarcity of entries and tickets available for 2021 events. For example, Haute Route Alps, the flag ship Haute Route event and only remaining 7 day challenge SOLD OUT through Haute Route within days of going on sale. Other events, such as Challenge Roth, and the New York Marathon, usually sell out in minutes when operating at full capacity, so the chance of securing a 2021 entry, given the high percentage of rollovers, is likely to be very slim indeed.



In many cases, trusting an experienced, official travel partner or tour operator, may be your only means of entry for the biggest and best events in 2021. 

We can not wait to be back doing what we do best. Helping you have the time of your life, at the best events, all over the world. But, we’ll leave it to Mr Holmes to have the last word…

“For me the past, the present and the future is travel agencies.”

To read Holmes’s interview in full, visit HERE.

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