Dublin Media Holiday World 2017


For media enquiries regarding Holiday World Show Dublin please contact our PR team in Limelight Communications.

Contact Kathryn Byrne on 01 668 0600, 085 223 6033, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie

Maree Rigney on 01 668 0600, 086 358 7153,  maree.rigney@limelight.ie

John Butterly on john.butterly@limelight.ie


If you are looking to write a feature about a specific exhibitor, destination or type of holiday we would be delighted to assist you in sourcing information, images and interviewees.  We have a range of well-informed and interesting travel experts, available for interviews, guest columns and travel guidance, let us know your requirements and we can arrange something to suit.


If you are an exhibitor and would like to run a competition in the run up to the show with traditional media or through social media please get in touch. If you are planning on running a competition during the show send us the details and we will include it on our prizes page. 

Press Releases






Huge increase in holiday bookings at this year’s show in the RDS Dublin


Dublin, 29th January 2017  The Holiday World Show Dublin, which took place this weekend, saw over 40,000 people make their way to the RDS Simmonscourt for personalised expert travel advice, show-only deals and tips for the bargains of 2017. The increase on numbers from last year indicates the popularity of this award-winning show still holds strong and the continued appetite for budget-conscious holiday options.

Edmund Hourican, Managing Director, Business Exhibitions Ltd., organiser of Holiday World Show Dublin said “Our 2017 show has been more successful than ever before with visitor numbers up 11% on last year.  Exhibitors have seen increases in business as people feel more confident when it comes to booking holidays for the year ahead. The increased attendance figure reflects the new buoyancy the travel trade and the range of new offerings and routes available to Irish consumers.”

Exhibitors noted a surge in holiday bookings, which was echoed in the Irish Travel Agents Association’s recent quarterly survey results that revealed that 95% of Irish travel agents saw an increase in their turnover in 2016 compared with 2015. In an exhibitors’ poll taken this afternoon at the Holiday World Show, 90% of the exhibitors revealed that they plan to exhibit again next year.

The Visit USA Pavilion proved very popular among visitors, with the 49 participating exhibitors showcasing a range of American breaks. The Asian stands also attracted a huge number of interested holidaymakers, with the Japan National Tourist Organisation exhibiting for the first time, and Qatar Airways promoting their new Dublin to Doha service at the show.

The ever popular España stand showcased 18 regions of Spain, the Greek National Tourism Organisation and the Italian State Tourist Board celebrated a successful return to the show for the first time in many years, and the Eastern European countries of Poland and Romania attracted a huge number of interested visitors. For the exhibitors in Home Holiday Pavilion, the Holiday World Show acted as an essential platform in promoting the variety of home holiday products on offer.

The Eoghan Corry Travel Summit in association with Dublin Airport also proved extremely popular with visitors as travel journalist Eoghan Corry interviewed industry leaders on topics such as The Americas, Cruises, Ski and Snow Holidays, Solo Holidays and Exotic Destinations, as well as Home Holidays. Over the weekend, Eoghan Corry also swapped travel stories with TV Presenter Kathryn Thomas and hosted a Q&A with Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport’s Managing Director.

Other Holiday World Show 2017 highlights included Taiko Drum performances by the Experience Japan Taiko Team, courtesy of the Embassy of Japan, and the Kids Zone with Aer Lingus sponsored Art and Colouring Competition.



For further information please contact:


Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600 / 086 358 7153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600 / 085 233 6033



News Release: December 2016



Brighten up your winter with a trip to the Holiday World Show

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 27th to 29th January 2017, is the only show where you can meet over 1,000 travel professionals from around the world to plan your dream holiday and take advantage of show-only specials and deals.

For three days the Holiday World Show will transform the RDS Simmonscourt into a hub of exotic, vibrant, multi-cultural activity; from the Americas to Asia, Africa to Europe and not forgetting Ireland, visitors can literally experience the locations on offer in a way that is not possible on the internet. Whether you’re seeking that once-in-a­lifetime trip, planning a well deserved family holiday or making plans for a romantic getaway, the Holiday World Show is the must-attend event of the year.

2017 sees the return of Aer Lingus, the Greek National Tourism Organisation and the Italian State Tourist Board to the show, for the first time in many years, as well as an array of new exhibitors attending for the very first time, including Argentina, Japan National Tourist Organisation, Grand American Adventures, Pristine Mountain Adventure, Explore St. Louis, Bespoke India Travel and Botswana Tourism Organisation

Eoghan Corry Travel Summit in association with Dublin Airport

The Holiday World Show 2017 will again host the free Eoghan Corry Travel Summit in association with Dublin Airport facilitated by renowned travel journalist Eoghan Corry where leading industry experts will share their expertise and answer visitors’ questions on topics such as The Americas, Cruises, Ski and Snow Holidays, Solo Holidays and Exotic Destinations, as well as Home Holidays. These informative and enjoyable seminars prove hugely popular with visitors every year.

Luxury Travel

Choose from opulent cruises, ultimate adventure breaks and all-inclusive bucket list trips at the Holiday World Show 2017. A number of luxury cruise companies and specialist travel agents will be exhibiting at the show, offering visitors expert travel advice and exclusive holiday experiences. Stay in the most iconic hotels in India with Bespoke India Travel, book an all inclusive cruise of the Arabian Gulf with Celebrity Cruises or experience an escorted tour of New England’s Spectacular Fall Foliage with American Holidays.

Visit USA Pavilion

Following the launch of Aer Lingus’s largest ever transatlantic schedule and the announcement of a number of new US routes, 2017 is set to be a big year for US Travel from Ireland. The 2017 Visit USA Pavilion is the largest ever with 46 exhibitors offering Irish holidaymakers the chance to meet travel professionals from right across the US and take advantage of fantastic show-only deals. From wine tasting in the Napa Valley to hikes in the Hollywood hills, California offers both the celebrity lifestyle and miles of unspoilt national parks. While Orlando, with great year round weather and amazing theme parks, is jam packed full of fun for families. Or why not book the ultimate city break in Las Vegas and experience lavish hotels, ultra cool nightclubs and the world’s largest casinos.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Planning and booking your honeymoon can prove daunting, even for the most experienced of travellers. The honeymoon is a much-needed respite after months of wedding planning and for many couples, it’s also the trip of a lifetime! So, whilst you’re preparing for your big day, rely on the experts at the Holiday World Show to organise a holiday second to none.  The popular honeymoon destinations of Mexico and Jamaica will be present, as well as a host of top cruise companies! Or why not plan a truly romantic wedding abroad in sunny Spain, on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean or up close with Africa’s wildlife.


With the largest exhibition at the Holiday World Show, Spain will be one of this year’s biggest attractions as eighteen Spanish regions represent the highlights of their home country. In 2016 the Spanish Tourism Board celebrated over 1.5 million Irish visitors travelling to Spain, demonstrating the Irish “love affair” with Spain. As Ireland’s number one holiday destination, Spain will be showcasing a variety of stunning destinations at the show from the cities of Barcelona and Valencia, to the beautiful Basque Country and island of Ibiza. 


Whether you’re in search of the adventure of the lifetime or relaxation on the world’s most glorious beaches, then a cruise is the holiday for you! Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, MSC Cruises, Hurtigruten, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and Silversea Cruises are just some of the cruise exhibitors who will be offering their expert advice and show only deals at the Holiday World Show 2017. They can offer you cruises with excellent children’s activities, top class gastronomy from celebrity chefs and award-winning West End shows on board, not to mention the opportunity to wake up in a new destination every day! Whether you are honeymooning, celebrating an anniversary or bringing the whole family along, the Holiday World Show experts will find the right cruise for you.


Italy is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent holiday destinations in the world so it’s not surprising that almost half a million Irish people travelled there in 2015. Famous for its romance, culture and breathtaking scenery, Italy is equally as special for family holidays, beach holidays and stylish city breaks. Meet the passionate team from The Italian State Tourist Board at the Holiday World Show and allow them to introduce you to magnificent historical tours in Rome, the quaint trulli houses of Puglia, the captivating streets of Venice, the beautiful scenery of Tuscany and the best restaurants in Sicily.

Home Holidays

This year’s Home Holiday Pavillion is the biggest one yet with exhibitors coming from all across our beautiful island. Witness the raw beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and explore the rugged west coast from Donegal all the way down to Cork or take a trip along Ireland’s Ancient East where over 5,000 years of history lie buried within the lush meadows, bustling towns and rugged stone monuments. Visit Game of Thrones territory and see the lives, landscapes and culture of Northern Ireland that feature in the popular HBO series or get away from it all with a relaxing break to one of Ireland’s islands, from Achill to Inishbofin.

Fáilte Ireland will also be joining the Home Holiday Pavilion at the 2017 Holiday World Show to showcase their Virtual Reality (VR) headset and allow visitors to experience 360° views of the Wild Atlantic Way live from the show.


The Algarve, Portugal’s premier holiday destination, will be showcasing their largest presence to date at the Holiday Word Show 2017. Coastal Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. Portugal holds the third spot for Irish holidaymakers, and Irish figures to Portugal continue to grow every year with the Algarve remaining Ireland’s favourite destination in Portugal.

Caravan and Motorhome Show

The Caravan and Motorhome Show is Ireland’s number one indoor and outdoor display of luxurious motorhomes, holiday homes, touring caravans, and accessories. Caravanning is now a popular holiday choice for couples, families and groups, giving you the freedom to discover new places without breaking the bank. The exhibitors at this year’s show have ensured that there is something on offer for all tastes and budgets.

Over 55’s Holidays

There will be a multitude of travel offerings specifically tailored to the more seasoned traveller with special over 55’s holiday discounts available at the Holiday World Show. Choose from a variety of holiday deals, from adventurous bucket list trips with The Travel Department to all inclusive luxury cruises with Cruiseparadise.ie or why not book an unforgettable home holiday in Ireland. There’s something for everyone at the Holiday World Show 2017.

Edmund Hourican, Managing Director of the Holiday World Show said, “Now in its 28th year the Holiday World Show is the ideal place to book a holiday and see the world without breaking the bank. For our 2017 show, we have lots of new and exciting exhibitors showcasing the newest holiday offers and value-for-money packages. Over the weekend, there will be 1,000 travel and tourism professionals on hand to offer one-on-one guidance and tips on the best travel trends.”

Pat Dawson, CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) said, “The 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 and the only place to get outstanding show only holiday deals!”

For up to date information on Holiday World Show 2017 and to see the full list of exhibitors visit www.holidayworldshow.com