Holiday World Show starts today

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

 Ireland’s largest travel and tourism event, Holiday World Show Dublin was opened today by Minister of State, Jack Chambers. Taking place at the RDS Simmonscourt from today, Friday 26th January, to Sunday 28th January, Holiday World 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.


Over 25,000 visitors are expected to visit Holiday World Show in the RDS Simmonscourt this weekend for holiday inspiration as well as expert travel advice. The travel industry is expecting a significant amount of bookings to be made this weekend. From Ireland to Asia, America to Africa, there is an incredibly wide array of options for Irish holidaymakers available.


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.”


The choice for holidays 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.


New destinations at the Holiday World Show Dublin loom large on holiday plans for 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.


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.


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,,, and Cunard.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Further Information

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