Irish tourists shun Mauritius islands where Michaela Harte was murdered

Michaela Harte and her husband John McAreavey photographed on honeymoon

Irish honeymooners are continuing to shun the island of Mauritius as a potential destination, since the murder of Michaela Harte eight months ago.

Travel agents in Dublin told the Irish Independent that the level of business at the four star Legends resort has fallen significantly, since the January murder occurred.

“Up until recently, 1,000 couples (a year) travelled to the Legends resort -- in the last five-years, it was one of the big sellers out of Ireland," Brian McCarthy, from We Travel To, a Topflight subsidiary told the Irish Independent. McCarthy now estimates that a mere 100 couples will have travelled to the resort this year.
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Agents also said newly married couples are also opting for lower-cost all-inclusive packages.
Joanne Coll, with Twohigs Worldwide Holidays told the newspaper that the Irish tourists have been turned off the exclusive resort.

"It will bounce back. The Irish market has been the worst affected by the tragedy," Coll told the Irish Independent.

Michaela Harte (27) the daughter of Mickey Harte, the Tyrone GAA manager was murdered in her hotel suite on January 10, when she and her husband John were on honeymoon.

Meanwhile charity efforts for the Michaela Foundation got underway recently when members of Drumragh GAA club,  kicked a ball from their grounds in Omagh overnight to the gates of Croke Park in a bid to raise money for the charity, which supports disadvantages children.
 

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