A ‘Goodie Grabber’ … giveaways galore … and a walk-in by a tv celeb made the Belfast International Airport stand at the Holiday World Show in Belfast a must visit by thousands who thronged the event at the weekend.
For the first time, the cavernous Titanic Exhibition Centre in Queen’s Island was the venue for the showcase weekend event.
Numbers are set to exceed the 25,000 who attended last year’s Holiday World at the King’s Hall with attendances on Saturday proving the busiest ever.
This was only the third major event at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, and the airport was one of 216 exhibitors who filled the venue.
The ‘Goodie Grabber’ saw scores of lucky visitors winning the chance of a top prize including flights, priority security, Business Lounge Passes, half-price car parking and a host of spot prizes.
Lauren Deegan, PR Assistant, said the stand, which also featured Thomas Cook, was a big attraction with the public.
Lauren said: “We were inundated. Thousands of people came to visit us and, of course, the ‘Goodie Grabber’ was one of the busiest attractions in the entire show.
“If Saturday was busy, then Sunday afternoon was standing room only. The centre was easily accessed with ample parking and visitor facilities.
“One of the high points was a visit by the tv celebrity, Ferne McCann, of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and the reality show, ‘The Only Way Is Essex’. She had a go in our ‘Goodie Grabber’ and really got into the spirit of it all. Incidentally, Ferne has 737,800 followers on Twitter, and we uploaded a few photos of her time on our stand.” Ferne is pictured above with Lauren.
No stranger to such events, Uel Hoey, Business Development Director, said the new, eye-catching stand was a real winner with visitors.
Uel added: “We featured all of our airlines on the stand including Ryanair which commences operations with us in March. We’ve a loyal support base here with many people saying they’d prefer to fly from their local airport than travel to Dublin or elsewhere.
“We were flying the flag not just for the airport, but for Northern Ireland and overall, I have to say the weekend was an outstanding success.”