Friday 25 May 2018

Dreams of foreign climes as 38,000 flock to Holiday World Show

Evan Furlong, from Taiwan, with Japanese taiko drummers
Laoise O’Connor and Hanako O’Donnell at the Holiday World
Show at the RDS. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Evan Furlong, from Taiwan, with Japanese taiko drummers Laoise O’Connor and Hanako O’Donnell at the Holiday World Show at the RDS. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ian Begley

Exhibitors drummed up interest in travel as more than 38,000 people visited the Holiday World Show in Dublin.

The expo in the RDS enjoyed another bumper year as people flocked to hear expert travel advice and tips on the best places to visit this year.

The increase in numbers from last year indicates the popularity of this award-winning show is on the rise.

Edmund Hourican, of organiser Business Exhibitions Ltd, said: "Our 2018 show has been more successful than ever before, with visitor numbers up 9pc on last year.

"Exhibitors have reported a considerable increase in business as consumers plan and book their holidays for the year ahead."

The Visit USA Pavilion proved particularly popular among visitors over the weekend.

There were more than 40 participating exhibitors, who were showcasing a wide range of American breaks.

Tryphavana Cross, PR and marketing director at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said: "We had a very busy show this weekend, with a significant increase in bookings. One of the agents on our stand reported bookings up threefold on last year."

The Asian stands of Thailand, China and Japan were also a big attraction at the event.

While exotic destinations were all the rage, there was also a significant boost in the number of exhibitors promoting domestic holidays.

Irish Independent

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