Over 125 exhibitors set course for 2019 Irish Travel Trade Show

Ireland’s largest travel trade show takes place in the RDS on Thursday 21st March

The Official Irish Travel Trade Show takes place in Hall 3 of RDS Main Hall Complex, Dublin 4, next Thursday, 21st March 2019. The official trade show of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA), now in its fifth year, is open to all licensed travel agents and tour operators and promises to be a fantastic day out with over 125 exhibitors, prize giveaways throughout the day and a schedule of social events. The show is FREE to register for all Irish travel professionals.


This one-day event is Ireland’s largest ever travel trade show and an unrivalled opportunity for travel professionals to connect face-to-face with over 125 of the world’s best-know and most exciting brands including airlines, National and Regional Tourist Organisations, Bedbanks, Car Hire and Rail companies, Ocean and River Cruise companies, Technology companies, Theme and Leisure Parks, Ferry companies, International Hotels and Travel Insurance companies.

There will be lots of exciting exhibitor competitions running on the day including the chance to win a week for two in Lanzarote with return flights and tickets to Art, Culture and Tourism centre included, a weekend for two in the Algarve with return flights, return flights for 2 from Dublin to Zagreb with accommodation in the ne 4 star Lyra Plitvice, a four night stay in a 4 star hotel in Paphos, Cyrpus and lots more!


Following Travel Centres and Worldchoice management meetings, and the ITAA AGM sponsored by Travelport in the morning, the Spanish Tourist Board and Lanzarote Tourist Board will host a luncheon for invited guests from 12.30pm. At 2pm the Irish Travel Trade Show will be officially opened by ITAA President, John Spollen. A café and social hub, sponsored by Shannon Airport, will be serving free teas and coffee to visitors and exhibitors from 2pm to 7pm. The trade show will close at 7pm and guests are then invited to attend the BBQ and networking event, sponsored by Visit Portugal and TAP Air Portugal. Other sponsors of the event include Dublin Airport.


Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, said, “Having witnessed the Trade Show grow each year, we’re expecting this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever before. We’re looking forward to welcoming professionals from all levels of the travel trade, with more exhibitors to meet and more opportunities for up-skilling and networking this year. There is no other place where you can source new suppliers and strengthen current business relationships, while staying up to date with the emerging trends in travel innovation, product demonstrations and new customer experiences.”


Dawson continued, “For the second time, we have decided extended the show hours to 7pm on Thursday to better accommodate counter staff and ensure that they too reap the benefits of the annual event. Organised on behalf of the ITAA, by Business Exhibitions, the show is the most important trade event in our calendar as it is specifically designed to benefit members.”


Registration to attend The Official Irish Travel Trade Show is FREE and open to all licensed travel agents and tour operators. To register your attendance and to find out more information visit: www.irishtraveltradeshow.com


Schedule for Thursday 21st March:

11.00am:             Travel Centres and Worldchoice management meetings

11.30am:             ITAA AGM – Sponsored by Travelport

12.30-2pm:         Spanish Tourist Board & Lanzarote Tourist Board sponsored lunch for invited Travel Agents/Tour Operators

2 pm:                    Opening of Irish Travel Trade Show

2 – 7pm                Shannon Airport Café & Social Hub

7pm:                     BBQ and networking event sponsored by Portuguese Tourist Board and TAP Air Portugal.