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Austria at the heart of the Holiday World Show in Dublin

26 January 2015

January is the month when the Irish tourism industry kicks off and so it was that two large events took place last week in Dublin - the Irish Travel Awards and the Holiday World Show.  

Once again this year Austria carried away the award for Best Ski Destination beating contenders France, Italy and Andorra. Wilhelm Nest accepted the award during the gala event on 22 January, run by the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA). The President of the Association Martin Skelly presented the award.


The Holiday World Show on the weekend of 23 to 25 January was busier than ever. There were 41,000 visitors this time around, a jump of 15% on last year.

Interest in Austria exceeded all expectations. Visitors to the Advantage Austria stand were interested in a wide range of holidays, from skiing in Tirol and the Zugspitzarena to city breaks in Vienna and Salzburg. Over one thousand people entered the competition for a weekend for two in Vienna, staying at the traditional Austrian Hotel Erzherzog Rainer.

Photos (left to right) :
Photo 1 - Opening Holiday World Show: Wilhelm Nest, Melanie Back (Advantage Austria) Martin Skelly (ITAA President), Maureen Ledwith (Business Exhibitions) and Harald Pitschek (Advantage Austria)
Photo 2 – Best Ski Destination Award Presentation: Onder Gencer (Sales Manager Turkish Airlines), Wilhelm Nest (Advantage Austria), Martin Skelly (ITAA President)
Photo 3 – Nadja Stig from Tirol Tourism at the Austrian Pavilion
Photo 4 - Wilhelm Nest (Advantage Austria), Nadja Stig (Tirol Tourism), Dagmar McGuinness, Melanie Back, Harald Pitschek (Advantage Austria)

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