Travelbiz E-Zine
18
January
2024

All about choice’ as 1000 Travel professionals from 50 countries come to Dublin to help you with your holiday plans.

Take advantage of show-only specials and deals at Ireland’s largest consumer show.

The Holiday World Show Dublin, taking place at the RDS Simmonscourt from 26th to 28th January 2024, is the only show where you can meet over 1,000 travel professionals from 50 countries face to face to plan your dream holiday and take advantage of show-only specials and deals.

Angela Walsh, President of the Irish Travel Agents Association said: “As residents of an island state we are adventurers by nature. Travel is an integral part of our history and development as a nation. It is important to our economy. Ireland travels more per head of population than any other country in the world. Travel broadens the mind. Many years ago, Mark Twain wrote ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindness’ and this applies now more than ever. (You can find out more about Mark Twain’s hometown at the US Pavilion)”.

Maria Hourican, CEO of the Holiday World Show said: “One of the fascinating things about running our annual show has been watching it grow and evolve over the years. In a digital age, when time is short, spending your time wisely is important. What better than a tour around the stands at the Show, getting answers to the questions that your smartphone will not provide and meeting people face to face. Travel professionals who come to exhibit in Dublin say we have the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic people in Europe when it comes to travel. Our exhibitors go home happy each year, as we know from the satisfaction rating in our engagement with them when the show ends. Our visitors go home happy too, judging by the number of holiday bookings arising from the show.”

So Much Choice

The choice has never been greater. There are over 300 direct routes from Dublin and more than 450 direct routes from all of Ireland’s airports in 2024, including 30 new services. The Holiday World Show Dublin is the ideal place to find out how and when to go and to make your euro work harder for those extra comforts. Long haul options include Colombia, Mysteries of India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Exodus Adventure and Seychelles.

Mile High Smiles

New destinations at the Holiday World Show Dublin loom large on holiday plans for 2024. One such is the mile high city, Denver Colorado, which will be served direct from Dublin for the first time in May 2024. In all, there are 41 new exhibitors to the show this year, including Colorado Tourism, Discover New England, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism, Exodus Adventure Travels, Hurtigruten cruises, Latvia Travel, Malaysia Tourism, Puy du Fou France, Sense of Ethiopia Tours, Uganda Adventure Safaris, and Visit Jersey.

Azure Déjà-Vu

Dark January is a good time to be inspired by blue skies, white sand, and azure seas. Antigua & Barbuda Tourism is a new exhibitor at the show, joining Cuba and our traditional favourites in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.

No Place Like Home

It is a big year for home holidays with a dozen new hotel openings, a new greenway, and new and rebooted visitor attractions such as Waterford’s museum of the Irish wake, Westport Estate, the Book of Kells, Rock of Cashel and New Ross’s new Norman Trail, as well as recent upgrades such as the Boyne Valley. Check out counties Antrim, Donegal, Down, Kerry, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford and Westmeath.

Luxury For Less

Discover the best time to travel to make the most of Ireland’s luxury offerings. Harvey’s Point Country Hotel, The Inn at Dromoland, Killeshin Hotel, Meadowlands Hotel , The Talbot Collection, 4* Great Northern Hotel and Glasshouse Hotel.

Bright Stars And Broad Stripes

The 2024 Visit USA Pavilion introduces Irish holidaymakers to travel professionals from right across the US and offers some fantastic show-only deals. Aer Lingus’s transatlantic schedule is back to pre-pandemic levels with the introduction of a new route to Cleveland, bringing their transatlantic offering to 17 routes, many with increased capacity.

Spanish Lullaby

The largest exhibitors at the Holiday World Show, Spain brings 14 exhibitors from different regions. Check out Spain beyond the beach and the country’s 16 national parks. New openings in 2024 include a high-speed train link connecting Murcia and Madrid. There is also the highly anticipated Andalucia Flamenco Museum.

Portuguese Odyssey

Increased flight frequencies to Faro indicate our love affair with the Algarve is growing. More Irish people visited The Algarve in 2023 than came from Germany. Do not forget there are six other provinces to visit: Alentejo, Azores, Centro, Lisbon, Madeira and Porto.

Can-do Cruises

Cruise holidays are now stronger than they were pre-pandemic with ten large cruise ship launches in 2024 adding to the choice of programmes through the eastern and western Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, Norwegian fjords and Greenland, eastern and western Caribbean, Alaska and new Asian itineraries. See Ambassador Cruise Line, Etravel, Hurtigruten, John Galligan Travel, MSC, Silversea Cruises, Princess Cruises, APT Travel Marvel, Sunway, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, JMG Cruises,, Cruiseparadise.ie, and Cunard.

Out of Africa

Ireland’s love affair with the wine and garden routes out of Cape Town knows no bounds, but beyond is an entire continent to check out with a wide choice of transfer options through London, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul and Dubai. See South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Take To The Road

Camper vans are the new kings of the road, with purchase and rental options to load the family for that dream journey. Check out Camperworld, Camping & Caravan Accessories & Dreamer Campervan, Rambling Rover, Swift Motorhomes, Thompson Camper Cars, Charles Camping, and O’Meara Camping.

 

Happy Campers

Camping at home and abroad is well represented at the show. Collect information from Brittany specialists and campsites further south in Perpignan, the Costa Brava and Valencia in Spain, as well as home holiday camping options and camping and camper suppliers. Camping Las Dunas Costa Brava, Camping Village de la Guyonniere, Campings in Girona, Campings Region of Valencia, Campissimo Campings, Irish Camping and Caravan Club, La Sirene Camping Club, Le Bois de Valmarie Camping, Le Pin Parasol Camping., Nolan Camper Supplies, Nore Valley Park Camping & Pet Farm, O’Meara Camping, Outwell -Charles Camping, Senia Campings and Resorts, and Sligo Caravan & Camping.

Sustainable Summers

Holiday World Show promotes responsible and sustainable tourism, and there are specialist exhibitors who will guide holiday makers on their carbon-free and green itineraries. Green Bikes, Green Spain, Hurtigruten, and Wildfoot Travel.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Planning the big day at home or abroad? Check out Love Lee Weddings, Malta Tourism, Thailand Tourism and OOMI Japan. Closer to home there is Castletroy Park Hotel, Charleville Park Hotel, Midleton Park Hotel & Spa, Newbay House, Salthill Hotel Galway and the Talbot Hotel group.

A Seat In The Stand

The sports fan has lots to look forward to in 2024, headlined by the Paris Olympics, Friday July 26 to Sunday August 11. Make sure you check out the Paris RER and Metro options. For getting to and from France, you’ll find offers from Irish Ferries and Stena Line.

A Home in the Sun

Wintering out is not just for the swallows. Check out the property options at the show from companies such as LCPspain, SunMed Estates, Spain Property Specialists, Dream Holiday Home, and Robles Real Estate.

Medical and Dentistry

Get your teeth into the rapidly expanding topic of procedures abroad and medical tourism with Pureada, IRA Clinic, My Nova, Dentist Travel Turkey and Dent KM Kusadasi.

The Paperwork

To help you get your head around those fussy travel and visa requirements, stop by the Passport Services & Consular Directorate.

Further Information

For the most up to date information on Holiday World Show 2024 and a full list of exhibitors visit www.holidayworldshow.com.

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