Ebookers, is closing its flagship store on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre on May 31, with the loss of about 20 jobs. The closure of the shop means that Ebookers will become an exclusively online travel agent, supported by a call centre.

The move follows a strategic review of the Irish business, which was bought in March last year by US multinational Cendant Corporation. The 25 staff at the Dublin shop, which includes ten sales consultants, can avail of a voluntary redundancy scheme.

There will be no compulsory redundancies - staff will be offered opportunities to work elsewhere in the company, said Ciaran Lally, the group’s managing director in Ireland and Britain. ‘‘There has been a dramatic shift to online booking, while our offline business has not grown since 2000. Our shop accounted for over 60 per cent of our business 15 months ago,” said Lally.

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