Belfast Sees Crowds

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When the doors opened yesterday to the Holiday World Show in Belfast, the queues surged in. Hopefully they were drawn by the 3 travel related shows rather than the chance of meeting Corrie star, Julia Haworth, who opened the show or to escape the heavy frost that hardly moved all day in Belfast yesterday. The visitors headed to those stands, after autographs, where there were competitions but after that they got down to the serious work of finding holidays.
The cruise pavilion, the ferry stand and the travel agency were where the people went. Out side the holiday section, there was demand in the motorhome area. One seller was looking happy since he was getting a signature on a £89,000 motor home. The profit on that must have paid his exhibition fees a few times over! Hardcore fisherman were up on the balcony
Does this mean that we haven’t lost our interest in holidays and that there will be a upsurge this year. The organisers say that bookings for the show are up over last year (indeed it looks like being their best Friday ever) which suggests all is well. In all between 30 and 35,000 people are expected which, given the size of the population of Northern Ireland is an indication of how important this show is as a fixed event (20 years old this year.) And half way through the first day, the exhibitors I spoke to seemed pretty happy with the interest they were getting. Some like the South West Wales and India had been coming for years and saw no reason not to come. This show moves onto Dublin next weekend. Will the high levels of interest continue. And what about Destinations coming up in London and Birmingham? And Adventure Live? And the holidays shows in Manchester and Glasgow. Will they also attract good numbers as well?

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