Destinations returns

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Earls Court

Opening tomorrow at London’s Earls Court is the popular travel show, Destinations, which is run in connection with The Times. As usual it runs through the weekend and combines the popular mix of travel “experts” who will talk of their travels or particular aspects of travel and a variety of stands representing countries, areas and tour operators.

Increasingly popular with travellers, both the Manchester event (held a fortnight ago) and the London one are attracting record number of visitors. Some 50,000 of us visit these shows, which – to put it into perspective – is twice as many attend the New York Times Travel Show. The champ, however, is still Holiday World which was held in Dublin last weekend. That draws a huge percentage of people given the small population it has to pull from.

So why go to Destinations this year? Jonathan Dimbleby is there on Thursday, Ben Fogle on Friday and Saturday sees Chris Packham and Matthew Teller. On Sunday, John McCarthy and John Sergeant talk of their travels. But all of this is just on the celebrity side. There is a strand running throughout the show of practical advice and another that inspires you to look at different destinations. You can see the list by clicking here. Generally they run each day from about 10.30-16.30.

In the exhibition there are representative from over 275 organisations at stands waiting to talk to us about exotic holidays, local ones, environmental ones and adventurous ones. You can buy the clothes to travel in, how to take better photographs and be advised of whether you need any jabs for the places you were thinking of going to.

On each day there is also a greet the world via its food theme as well (again, click here if you want the list) including the odd little tipple that might be available for you to sample as, for example, you stroll across to the world stage and catch up with some of the dancing displays.

Who says exhibitions are hard work?


For more general information on Destinations, click here

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