BY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITOR
He spent 17 years travelling the length and breadth of the country for television’s ‘Flog It’ and has also, famously, presented shows such as ‘I Never Knew That About Britain’ and the ‘Countryfile Diaries’ but, this week presenter Paul Martin will turn his steps towards Belfast where he will officially open Belfast Telegraph Holiday World, Northern Ireland’s favourite annual celebration of travel and tourism.
Taking time out from his latest show, ‘Make Me A Dealer’, Paul will cut the ribbon to open the 27thannual show at 1pm on Friday 18 January in the Titanic Exhibition Centre.
He’ll be welcoming hundreds of exhibitors from close to home and from around the world, all set to inspire and excite tens of thousands of winter-weary visitors with everything that’s hot and happening in the world of travel … with enough special offers and incentives to delight even the most determined dealer!
The three day show at Titanic Exhibition Centre will play host to international tourist boards, destinations, airlines and ferry companies, hotels and B&BS, visitor attractions and a vast range of service providers.
Amongst the big new names checking in for a first visit to Belfast will be China’s National Tourist Office, the Great Lakes region of the USA, the Madeira Promotion Bureau and the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board.
They’ll join the diverse cast of travel professionals at the three-in-one show where, in addition to the colourful attractions of the main exhibition, there will also be a 50+ Village, reflecting the continuing growth and buying power of that market sector, and the ever-popular Caravan & Motorhome Show, always a crowd-pleasing centrepiece of the annual event. Special features will include the dedicated Oasis Travel Cruise Pavilion and the Honeymoon & Weddings Destinations Pavilion hosted by Clubworld Travel. This year there will also be a focus on buying property abroad.
Show Director Maureen Ledwith says of the event, “Belfast Telegraph Holiday World offers a fantastic opportunity for people to do their cost comparisons in a lively, fun-filled environment that’s perfectly designed to put them in holiday mood. Everything is right there under one roof and, with so much competition on hand and so many special show-only offers on the go, bargain-hungry visitors know they can secure really keen prices and added value offers. In these tough economic times it’s all about making that holiday pound go further!
“Our savvy travellers are also well aware that January is prime time for new product and destination launches so they’ll be looking for fresh horizons as well as new takes on long-time favourite holiday spots. Buying or browsing, they’ll be tapping into unrivalled global travel expertise concentrated in Belfast over 18-20 January.”
Belfast Telegraph Holiday World is currently on at Titanic Exhibition Centre on situated on Queen’s Road in Titanic Quarter, close to Titanic Belfast. The show will open from 1:00pm – 6:00pm on Friday 18 January and from 11:00am – 5:30pm on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January, tickets cost £5 for adults; £4 for Senior Citizens and £3 for Students. A special family ticket gives admission for two adults and up to four children for £10.
For more go to: www.holidayworldshow.com
First time visitors to the show are: http://www.redvillasales.com/ Red Villa specialise in the sale of new and resale properties in the beautiful area of South Costa Blanca.
This area is fast becoming a sought after area, as it is ideal for the young and not so young alike.
Red Villa Sales are based in the well-known area of Entre Naranjos, Vista Bella Golf, We cover the areas of Vista Bella, Algorfa, Jacarilla, San Miguel, Cuidad Quesada, Playa Flamenca, Punta Prema, Cabo Roig, Villa Martin and La Zenia,Entre Naranjos is in a beautiful setting in the middle of acres & acres of orange groves.
It is secluded enough to be away from all the hustle & bustle while at the same time being walking distance to all amenities. Many shops bars and restaurants are within walking distance including Chemist, general store, supermarket, beauty parlour, hairdressers, 6 bars, Spanish, Chinese, Indian and pizza restaurants, you will find live music on several nights.
Some bars run keep fit and dancing during the day.
There is also within walking distance the Club House with its restaurant, bar with large terraces overlooking the Entre naranjos, Vistabella golf course and not forgetting the Golf Shop which stocks the most up to-date golf fashion in clothing and equipment.
There is a great opportunity to rent out your property to Golfers.
Also at the show are the THE IRISH CAMPING & CARAVAN CLUB
The Irish Camping & Caravan Club www.ICCC.ie is a “Fun for All the Family” All Ireland club established in 1971 when a group of 5 families met and formed a voluntary organisation for those interested in Camping and Caravanning.
The main aims of the club is to represent the interests of campers & caravanners. The ICCC are the fastest growing Camping & Caravanning Club in Ireland.
You will be made most welcome in the ICCC whereby besides the like-minded social aspect of the club & advice with fellow members, you will be able to attend any meet on the Calendar & avail of ICCC Members Only Discounts and Offers etc. (to include Ferry, Insurance, Sales & Service, Accessories & Repairs, Sites, Leisure Activities and Driving Schools).
The ICCC cater for all people to include Singles, Couples, Families and Seniors etc. in all modes of Camper Vans / Motorhomes, Caravans and Tents alike.