Declan Power and Isabel Harrison of Shannon Airport look forward to the show
THE Fly Shannon Holiday Show returns later this month after a nine-year hiatus, with organisers expecting crowds of 10,000 to attend the two-day event.
The event, taking place in UL Arena on February 20 and 21, is set to be the biggest ever holiday event staged outside Dublin, with exhibitors including some of the world’s leading airlines and travel agents, according to organisers.
Due to the poor recent spell of poor weather, Edmund Hourican, managing director of the organisers of the event, said that “many travel agents are inundated with enquiries”.
“This could be the biggest year for foreign and even domestic holidays in over a decade if January is anything to go by. With wind and rain almost relentless for three months now, almost everyone you meet is talking about going on holiday already. Bookings and enquiries in January with travel agents are not far off being double what they were 12 months ago,” he said.
Prospective holiday makers will be able to book holidays – including those at discounted prices – at the event, with all holiday tastes represented. The show, including car parking, is a free event and will also include prize draws for holidays and entertainment across the weekend.
Declan Power, Shannon Airport’s head of aviation development, said: “We are hearing very positive things back from travel agents and know anecdotally ourselves that this is going to be one of the busiest years ever for foreign holidays.
“The other side of the coin is that the domestic market is going to have a great year also between inbound tourists and people holidaying at home.
“We have 33 destinations alone at Shannon this year, including dedicated sun holiday destinations across Europe. However, beyond that we have services this summer to six international hubs that will pretty much guarantee holidays makers one-stop connectivity to the vast bulk of global holiday destinations.
“The holiday show is going to be a fantastic and easy way for the public to find out everything they need to about what’s available for 2016,” he added.