More than 1,000 travel professionals from over 55 countries will be attending this year’s Holiday World Show at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, from the Friday, January 26 to Sunday the 28th. Here’s a rundown of this year’s highlights:
Adventure Holidays: The show features African safaris, South Pacific snorkelling and trekking. Travel experts include Explore Worldwide, Bike’N Ride Holidays, Ridge Trail Trekking Nepal and Mayo The Adventure Capital.
Let’s Talk Travel with Eoghan Corry: The award winning travel journalist will present his newly formatted series of talks called ‘Let’s Talk Travel with Eoghan Corry’. Eoghan will interview leading industry experts from around the world and answer visitors’ questions on topics such as trends, Africa, solo holidays, visas and passports, Irish attractions and cruises.
Visit USA Pavilion: The largest in the show’s 29-year history, showcasing over 40 destinations, from wine tasting in the Napa Valley to theme park adventures in Orlando and shopping breaks in the Big Apple. Atlantic City is one of the new US destinations for 2018.
French Camping Pavilion: Campissimo will be the largest French Camping Exhibitor at this year’s show, introducing a new range of camping holiday options to the Irish market.
Italy: The Italian State Tourist Board is bringing its biggest ever stand to Holiday World Show 2018, showcasing a variety of holidays from historical tours in Rome, the scenery of Tuscany and the best restaurants in Sicily.
Spain: In 2017 the Spanish Tourism Board is expected to hit a milestone of 2m and will show off destinations at the show from the cities of Barcelona and Valencia, to the Basque Country and more.
Asia: Book your Asian adventure at Holiday World Show and choose from countries as diverse as Thailand, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and more.
Airline Pavilion: Aer Lingus will feature its new routes to Seattle and Philadelphia, as part of its largest ever transatlantic schedule. Turkish Airlines will highlights its schedule of flights to 302 destinations in 120 countries. Ethiopian Airlines will form part of the new African Pavilion. Qatar Airways, which recently opened its Dublin to Doha route, will also be exhibiting its routes while Air Canada will be displaying its new direct services between Dublin and Montreal and Shannon and Toronto, beginning in June 2018.
Cruises: Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, MSC Cruises, Hurtigruten, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Silversea Cruises are just some of the cruise exhibitors who will be offering their expert advice and show-only deals.
Home Holidays: The biggest one ever with exhibitors with a new Northern Ireland Tourism Village while Donegal Tourism, voted ‘the coolest place on the planet in 2017’ by the National Geographic, will host the largest Home Holiday stand.
Caravan and Motorhome Show: The Caravan and Motorhome Show at Holiday World Show 2018 is Ireland’s number one indoor and outdoor display of luxurious motorhomes, touring caravans, and accessories.
Over 55’s Holidays: The show will have travel offerings specifically tailored to the more seasoned travellers with special over 55’s holiday discounts available.
Edmund Hourican, Managing Director of the Holiday World Show, said: “Now in its 29th year, Holiday World Show Dublin is bigger and better than ever. With over 1,000 travel professionals on hand to offer one-on-one guidance and tips on the best travel trends, it is the best place to book a holiday. For our 2018 show, we have lots of new and exciting exhibitors showcasing the newest holiday offers and value-for-money packages.”
Pat Dawson, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association said: “Holiday World Show is a fantastic event for travel agents and consumers alike. It is a great opportunity for our members to display their holiday products while offering invaluable travel advice to members of the public. Every year there’s such an array of culture, vibrancy and excitement packed into the RDS Simmonscourt, it is the perfect place to be inspired.”
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