FEBRUARY 2016 – Face to face

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As the holiday business changes rapidly, so does Ireland’s premier travel and holiday fair. This year people are looking at the various new options and value for money propositions being presented to the Irish holiday maker, and there are 1,500 experts all assembled under one roof to tell them how to get it. In recent years the show has a new dimension. The Over-55s Show gives those with more time on their hands the opportunity to check out hotelbased holidays in Ireland, sun holidays at special senior rates, cruise bargains, including over 55s’ only cruises, trekking and walking activity holidays and city breaks. The visitors to the Dublin Holiday World at the RDS this month are more savvy and better prepared customers than previous years. The hunger for information about the 70-odd destinations where Irish people now travel for their holidays has grown with each of the show’s 20 years. “They have access to a great deal of information not just from guide books and the internet but from word of mouth of their friends and family who have also travelled. They come to the show looking for first hand knowledge,” says Maureen Ledwith, sales director of Holiday World. Three times as many people take a longhaul holiday compared to ten years ago and the cruise sector has grown even faster. Adventure and experience are the themes of this year’s Holiday World Show with a new dedicated adventure travel section. The show is also offering impressive good value. The average holiday is cheaper now than they were twenty years ago, even before you consider inflation. In recent years over 50,000 visitors have attended the exhibition annually; market research indicates that most people go to the Holiday World Show to look for ideas and expert advice from assembled travel professionals.

Holiday World show is divided into zones to help information gathering and to help you find experts who answer questions face to face. Exhibitors include tourist boards, tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hotels and their marketing groups, ferries and the fast growing cruise sector. All 32 counties are among home holiday exhibitors.The show is organised on behalf of the Irish Travel Agents Association by Business Exhibitions Ltd.

Holiday World provides a unique opportunity for the consumer to meet, network, negotiate, conduct business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the travel industry. If you have a passion for adventure, culture cruises, city breaks, ecofriendly, beach or safari holidays, or are considering a career break Holiday World 2016 is the ultimate show to get information from some 1,500 travel and tourism professionals who will be ready to give one-to-one advice and information. Over 700 exhibitors representing 70 countries will be available at the show to provide you with face-to-face information on how best to access your dream holiday. The Holiday World Show, now in its 24th year, has become the biggest single event in travel and tourism in Ireland, providing an anticipated 50,000 visitors with the unique opportunity of meeting with over 1,500 industry professionals for personal advice and information.

Staged annually in Dublin under one roof, Holiday World is a must attend travel exhibition for both business and consumer. The show brings together hundreds of exhibitors from all around the world with tour operators,travel agents, hotels, airports, national and international tourism organisations, as well as theme parks, adventure travel, airlines, bus, coach, ferry and cruise companies and more besides. Those seeking the independence of a camping or caravan holiday are also particularly well catered for, with this burgeoning sector very well represented at this year’s event. “Hundreds of special low price deals are available for show visitors for holidays and short breaks.

In addition there are also hundreds of free to enter holiday prize draws throughout the show.” Maureen Ledwith says: “After the economic stresses and strains of the past few years, it’s time everyone turned their attention to planning a well-earned break for 2016. “The Holiday world Show packs expert advice, special offers, notto-be-missed promotions, entertainment and exclusive competitions all under the one roof for a great value-for-money, family day out.”

Edmund Hourican, managing director, Business Exhibitions Ltd., organisers of Holiday World Show said “Our professional market research taken at Holiday World Show indicates that most people go along to the show looking for expert personal advice, and for ideas. They also attend for the opportunity to win one of the many fantastic trips, while at the same time having a good family day out”. “The number and diversity of exhibitors means that visitors are able to gain first hand information to enable them to better plan holidays.
In short, visitors to the show will get advice that is not available from any other source,” he concluded.
“It is the only place in Ireland that you can meet, and take advice from over 1,500 travel and tourism industry professionals to assist you in planning the perfect holiday for you and your family. “As fast as the industry changes, the more the benefit of the show,” Edmund Hourica says. “Many more visitors are now using the internet for research before they visit the show. That mean they can make better use of their time when they are here.”

Pat Dawson, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association said, “The Holiday World Show is a fantastic event for travel agents and consumers alike. The economic downturn has made it difficult for many to afford holidays the last couple of years but our members are planning on showcasing unbeatable holiday offers at the Holiday World Show Dublin. Irish travel agents at the show will be focusing on quality and affordability as well as dispensing invaluable destination advice. Recent market research has indicated that one in two Irish adults will take a foreign holiday In 2016.”

Holiday World Show 2016 will provide the excitement of new places to visit and others to dream about. Visitors will receive a free catalogue, children have free admission, and there are hundred of chances to win free holidays and short breaks in free to enter prize draws on exhibitors’ stands. All you have to do is visit, and you could win the holiday of your dreams.

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