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ITAA the Show Must Go On!

24th April 2020 - 12:00pm

Pat Dawson (ITTA CEO)

Pat Dawson (ITTA CEO)


The Irish Travel Agents Association, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, has announced provisional new dates for events in Autumn 2020 including the rescheduling of postponed events including the Annual Irish Travel Trade Show has been rescheduled for 2nd Sept at The Imperial Hotel, Cork and 3rd Sept at Hotel Riu Plaza, the Gresham Dublin.


These shows provide travel industry professionals with an opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure to new trends, products and resources. Both events are kindly sponsored by Andalucía Tourism and the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin. These events, organised on behalf of the ITAA by Business Exhibitions Limited, attract over 100 exhibitors from Ireland and abroad, and over 300 travel trade visitors each year made up of licensed travel agents and their staff.


Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO) commented, “We were very disappointed to have to postpone the 6th annual Irish Travel Trade Show in Dublin, and our first show in Cork, however, this was a necessary measure in the interests of safeguarding our members, suppliers and customers. We are delighted to announce that these shows have been rescheduled to go ahead in early September, as we are looking forward to seeing all of our partners again and making new connections too.”


Another popular event scheduled for the autumn is the ITAA Annual Conference, which is taking place this year in Evora, Portugal from 15 - 18 October. The Conference provides travel industry professionals with many valuable opportunities to network and upskill, as well as learning more about the international travel trade. There will also be plenty of entertainment, great food and wonderful cultural experiences. This event has been confirmed with the Portuguese Trade and Tourism Board in Ireland.


The conference will consist of three days in Evora, with an option for golfers to arrive early on 14th October. The itinerary will include delegate transfers to and from Lisbon airport, golf, lunch and dinner venues, as well as a range of other activities. There will be a special dinner for delegates on the day of the Conference, with a Gala Dinner on the last evening of the trip. ITAA is very much looking forward to holding the conference in Evora and working to prepare a successful and enjoyable event for the delegates from all over the world.


These last few months have been incredibly stressful for the Irish Travel Industry, with many businesses under immense pressure due to travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ITAA is delighted that these important events can be rescheduled in order to get out and see old familiar faces, and perhaps a few new ones. ITAA has released these dates for your diary so that we will all have something to look forward to once COVID-19 has subsided.


As this is a fluid situation, there will be regular updates in the coming months, so be sure to check Travelbiz, the ITAA newsletter and websites for information.

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