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Brits' appetite for holiday inspiration 'remains strong'

Brits' appetite for holiday inspiration 'remains strong'
14 Feb 2014

British consumers' appetite for holiday and travel inspiration 'remains strong', the organisers of a leading travel show have said. 

'Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show' saw 61,071 visitors attend its recent events in London and Manchester, up more than 15% on 2013 - in spite of inclement weather conditions and a Tube strike in the capital on the opening day of the event. 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the London show welcomed 2% more visitors (37,485 over four days) and its exhibitors reported record sales, as holidaymakers looked to book an escape from the stormy weather lashing the UK this winter.

However, it was the Manchester event that saw the biggest increase in attendance, up 17% year on year, with 23,586 visitors turning up at EventCity.

'We are delighted to see that … the UK consumer's appetite for holiday and travel inspiration remains strong,' commented Sam North, Clarion show director.

'Visitors not only came to both London and Manchester in record numbers, but were ready to commit their hard earned money. Exhibitors reported excellent sales, with over 75% already rebooked for both Manchester and London 2015.' 

The biggest draws of the events - alongside hundreds of leading brands, performers and food from around the world - were the talks given by celebrities from the travel industry, including BBC documentary presenter Simon Reeve, Middle East-based journalist Jeremy Bowen and Countryfile's Julia Bradbury. 

Those who missed out this time around should put the following dates for 2015 in their diaries: EventCity, Manchester from 15 to 18 January and Olympia London from 29 January to 1 February.

Next year marks the first away from Earl's Court in London, as the Destinations Show London moves to Kensington Olympia.

'Olympia London is in the most affluent area of the country and, as the only venue with dedicated rail and tube stations, has fantastic transport links to our core catchment regions,' North explained.ADNFCR-408-ID-801693804-ADNFCR

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