Capture Conference

Torbin Bullock will be the keynote speaker for the Inaugural ‘Capture Conference’ being launched in Belfast.

The new conference, which hopes to enhance collaborative efforts and skill-sharing among Northern Ireland’s creative industries, has been launched and Torbin Bullock, a California-based Film Editor at Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc and Finding Dory will be its keynote speaker. The inaugural Capture Conference, launched by Belfast Photo Festival to coincide with the 2018 Belfast Photo Festival Compact, will take place at the Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) on Friday, June 8. The day-long conference will include speakers from industries right across the creative spectrum exploring the use of photography in visual effects (VFX), virtual reality (VR), film, animation, gaming and more.

Keynote speaker, Torbin Bullock will take part in a panel discussion on the use of photography in animation alongside Colin Williams, Creative Director at Sixteen South, and Ruth Ducker, Brown Bag Films. He will also deliver a keynote talk about his experiences working in the golden age of 3D animation on countless classic and record-breaking box office hits. Having worked in animation since the early 1990s, Torbin is known for his work on films such as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc, Cars, Brave and Finding Dory where he also voiced hapless sea lion, Gerald.

Other conference speakers include Kris Kelly, Managing Director at Enter Yes, Phil Morrow, CEO at Retinize and James Busby, Director at Ten24 who will participate in panel discussion covering the use of photography in gaming and VR. Stills photographers, David James and Joanne Mullin will also be joined by Andrew Reid, Head of Production at NI Screen to explore how photography is used in film and TV. As one of the world’s leading stills photographers, David has photographed from the set of major motion pictures including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission Impossible, Batman Begins and Saving Private Ryan to name but a few.

Conference founder and Festival Director of Belfast Photo Festival, Michael Weir said:“Northern Ireland has a rich history of creative export. From people and place to product, our celebrated creative output spans the globe. We have state-of-the-art film studios used for blockbuster film and TV production, we have award-winning visual artists of all kind that hail from our shores and act as global ambassadors, shining a light on our homegrown creative industries and calibre of work. “The inaugural conference will act as a forum for creative professionals in all fields across Northern Ireland to collaborate and skill-share to further enhance our excellent creative output. The conference will bring with it leading creative minds from across various industries to share their story and insights, but we have a rich pool of creative minds in Northern Ireland too. So, alongside global names and brands will be keynote addresses by some of the best minds in creative professions across Northern Ireland. “Photography is universal and industries across the creative spectrum rely on it. The conference will bring to light the growing application of photography in so many creative fields.”

Belfast Photo Festival returns from June 7 – 30 with Belfast Photo Festival Compact, in association with Quilter Cheviot Investment Management. A condensed festival format, Belfast Photo Festival Compact will include the inaugural Capture Conference as well as a programme of workshops, seminars and exhibitions staged throughout greater Belfast. Highlight exhibitions include the work of Brian Griffin, best known for his album photography with artists such as Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello. The grounds of Belfast City Hall will also be the home for an engaging, large format exhibition – entitled ‘The Disciples’ – by James Mollison which showcases musicians’ fans photographed outside gigs emulating the unique style of their idols.

  The conference takes place on Friday, June 8 and tickets are available from the Belfast Photo Festival website

For more information on this year’s festival or the inaugural Capture Conference, visit www.belfastphotofestival.com and keep up to date on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Get Down To Tayto Park This Weekend

Looking for something to do this St. Patrick’s weekend?  Tayto Park, Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, has recently announced that it will reopen its gates for the 2018 season on Sunday 18th March. The County Meath park is gearing up for its biggest season yet with over 100 attractions on site and the promise of more exciting new rides this year. To celebrate its opening weekend on Sunday 18th March and Monday 19th March, Tayto Park is offering a special ‘all in’ €20 ticket which includes entry and wristbands for opened attractions.  To find out more go to www.taytopark.ie, call 00 353 1 835 1999 or follow @TaytoPark on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Owner and founder Raymond Coyle visited Belfast recently to launch the new season, accompanied by a selection of birds of prey from the World of Raptors display – one of the Park’s major success stories of last year. He noted that Northern Ireland visitors account for more than a quarter of all visitors. Last year the park opened the new World of Raptors and Viking Voyage attractions and this year will also see a number of new attractions including Ireland’s first ever driving school for kid, which opens on March 24, and a new spinning coaster which is due to open in June. The park has easy access from Northern Ireland and free parking for cars and buses, there is something for visitors of all ages, whether they be families, couples, groups of friends, schools, birthday parties, or even companies hosting a corporate event. The new attractions will complement existing favourites such as the Viking Voyage water flume ride, the gravity-defying Rotator, the Power Surge and The Cú Chulainn Coaster, Ireland’s first rollercoaster and Europe’s first wooden rollercoaster with an inversion.

Tayto Park Zoo is home to an exceptional and diverse animal collection, from meerkats to big cats like the Amur Tiger, and a growing primate collection which includes the Squirrel monkey, Red-bellied tamarins and the Geoldi’s monkey. The Park also hosts a selection of beautiful and colourful birds from around the globe, as well as the extremely popular World of Raptors birds of prey demonstration. And for kids wanting to travel back in time, Dinosaurs Alive, Ireland’s only life-size animatronic dinosaur exhibition, features the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus.

There are also hopes to build a 32,000 square-metre, 250 bedroom family hotel that will offer accommodation, spa and leisure facilities for up to 1,000 guests. The seven-storey hotel will be built from wood to match the look and feel of the Park and will be in a parkland setting.

 

Could You Be The Next Miss NI?

Aspiring beauty queens from Northern Ireland are encouraged to join the quest for the 2018 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland. The first heat of the contest will take place at Tipsy Bird, Belfast on Thursday 1st March and the second heat of the contest will take place at Spice, Templepatrick on Sunday 4th March.

The event, which is organised by top modelling agency ACA Models, seeks ambitious young women aged between 17 and 24 to take over the crown from current Miss Northern Ireland, Anna Henry. There are 13 regional heats scheduled to take place across Northern Ireland, including Antrim, Strabane, Banbridge, Cookstown, Ballymena, Portstewart, Maghera, Dungannon, Bangor, Enniskillen and L’Derry. Two finalists from each heat will be chosen to take part in the grand finale at the historic Europa Hotel, Belfast on 28th May, 2018. The glamorous black tie event will be hosted by the former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter Zoe Salmon.

Contest organiser Alison Clarke said, “We are looking forward to meeting lots of new talent at the upcoming regional heats. Our talent scouts have been out and about over the last few weeks and, so far, we have had great response.”

The contest is about more than just superficial beauty; it’s about finding talented young women, who will be judged not only on their appearance but also on their personality, poise, presence and intelligence. The winner will become an ambassador for Northern Ireland and will be given support and guidance throughout her reign and beyond. Over the year’s they have nurtured many young women who have gone on to achieve high profile careers in modelling, the media and business. The contest really is an opportunity of a life time!

Current title holder Anna Henry said, “Being crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2017 was a watershed event in my life. From getting to wear the most beautiful crown, to being an ambassador for the NI Children’s Hospice and representing Northern Ireland on a world stage in China, it has all been incredible.”

“Spending 5 weeks in China with 120 beautiful, caring and intelligent ladies from all across the world was a once in a lifetime experience. It was outstanding to live in the Chinese culture! Being Miss Northern Ireland, I really do appreciate that regardless of our very small country, we have so much to offer and the contest is something I’m very proud to be associated with.”

Joe McGlinchey & Gerry McBride, joint MD’s of Bronze Direct and producers of Insanity Tan commented that “Everyone at Insanity Tan is delighted to be returning as title sponsors of the iconic Miss Northern Ireland contest. We will still be sponsoring a category with our salon chain Bronze Tanning & Beauty and we’ll be at every regional heat, sitting in one of the judge’s chairs; plus we’ll be running a range of fantastic competitions up until the final. It’s a perfect brand fit for both Insanity Tan and Bronze Tanning & Beauty, and we are excited to be involved again in this amazing contest.” All the very best of luck to this year’s contestants, let the competition commence!”

Entrants should send a photograph with their name and address to, Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland Contest, 381 Beersbridge Road, Belfast, BT5 5DT or email missni@acamodels.com. Entrants can also enter online via the Bronze Tanning & Beauty website or the Miss Northern Ireland website.

Heats are as follows:

Tipsy Bird, Belfast – Thursday 1st March

Spice, Templepatrick – Sunday 4th March

Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane – Saturday 10th March

Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera – Friday 16th March

Horatio Todd’s, East Belfast – Tuesday 20th March

Coach, Banbridge – Friday 6th April

Gillies Galgorm, Ballymena – Wednesday 11th April

Granny Annie’s, Enniskillen – Friday 13th April

Anchor Bar, Portstewart – Friday 20th April

Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown – Sunday 22nd April

Granny Annie’s, L’Derry – Thursday 26th April

Cafe Ceol, Bangor – Friday 27th April

McAleers, Dungannon – Friday 4th May

 

Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland Prizes 2018

All expenses paid trip to the Miss World Competition

1 years beauty treatments from Bronze Tanning & Beauty at any of their salons based in Belfast, Lisburn, Ballymena, Armagh, Portadown and Strabane.

Comprehensive use of a stylish Fiat 500 from Donnelly Group Fiat for 1 year*

Wardrobe of designer dresses for Miss World from Rosie’s Closet

Bespoke personal training package with Think Fit

1 years Spray Tanning Treatments from the premium Insanity Tan available at salons across Northern Ireland.

Ulster Tatler front cover Photoshoot

1 years hairdressing treatments from Michele International

Sunglasses from Jonathan Keys

Modelling contract with ACA Models

Model portfolio from Brendan Gallagher Photography

Make Up Hamper to the value of £500 by ‘Make Up Studio’, exclusive to Northern Ireland at Make Up Pro Store, Paddy McGurgan Ltd and a personalised make up lesson with Paddy.

Flowers from Leckey & Golden

 

Prizes for 2nd and  3rd Place

Modelling contract with ACA Models

1 years Spray Tanning Treatments from the premium Insanity Tan available at salons across Northern Ireland

1 years hairdressing from Michele International

Model portfolio from Brendan Gallagher Photography

Sunglasses from Jonathan Keys

Flowers from Leckey & Golden

 

All Finalists

Insanity Tan gift set.

One hour Make up lesson at the Make Up Pro Store located in Belfast, Newry or L’Derry.

 

*For full terms and conditions of prizes please visit: www.missnorthernireland.co.uk/prizes2018.php

Visit Belfast becomes ‘China Ready’

The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre scores an island-wide first to secure global China Ready status.

Visit Belfast has been recognised for being ‘China Ready’, another major accomplishment in the tourism agency’s efforts to maximise on the city’s growing popularity with Chinese tourists. As Belfast and NI’s flagship visitor information centre, it is the first on the island of Ireland to secure this market status. The new China Ready accreditation, which helps identify global services that Chinese visitors can trust, recognises the measures Visit Belfast has taken to cater for the increasing Chinese visitor market, a key growth market for the UK and Ireland.

Tourist trips from China to the UK and Ireland have doubled in the past decade, with Europe being a major global destination for Chinese tourists who tend to stay longer and are also among the biggest tourist spenders. Everyone in Belfast can benefit from a thriving and prosperous economy.  The strengthening relationship with China stands in helping to achieve that aim.

 

Young Musicians and Actors Wanted for Paperboy Auditions

Youth Music Theatre UK are looking for young actors and musicians from Falls and Shankill Road for the 2018 production of Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy,

Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT), the leading UK music theatre for young people, that has helped shape the careers of many including Grammy award winners Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, is now searching for Northern Ireland’s next big musical theatre star!

The brand-new musical adaption for Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy will be performed in Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in July 2018. Special auditions will take place on the Falls Road at Falls Leisure Centre and Shankill Road at Spectrum Centre on the 16th February 2018.

Shankill Road is the location where the novel has taken place and is where author and peace wall builder Tony Macaulay grew up. Auditions are open to anyone aged between 11-21 years of age and no previous experience is required. Auditions for all eight productions of the YMT’s UK-wide 15th season of new musical theatre, including Paperboy, will take place at Dance Ireland Dublin on the 21st January, The Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry on the 3rd February and Lyric Theatre Belfast on the 4th February. The wide popularity of Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy has led to its success across the world; the book has been published in the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Tony Macaulay has said that he believes the arts can break down barriers and build peace, bringing people together, which is why they are looking for some strong singers, actors, dancers and musicians from Ireland who will have the opportunity to work along side some of the most talented and best in the industry.

Belfast-born, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Duke Special and Derry born stand up comedian Andrew Boyle, will join renowned director Steven Dexter and choreographer Jennifer Rooney to bring Paperboy to life on the stage. Youth Music Theatre UK’s Executive Producer, Jon Bromwich, said that Paperboy is a flagship show of the YMT’s 2018 summer season and that it is also their 15th anniversary season, making it a special one.

IRELAND’S FIRST EVER INDOOR SKYDIVING CENTRE TAKES FLIGHT

 

Vertigo Indoor Skydiving, the first and only indoor skydiving simulator on the island of Ireland, has officially opened its doors in the former T13 building in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The £1.5 million state-of-the-art facility, which has created 20 new jobs, is the newest venture from Belfast-based adventure centre, We Are Vertigo, bringing the company’s total investment in Northern Ireland’s leisure industry to £5 million.

Developed using world leading Aerodium technology, the indoor skydiving centre allows adrenalin junkies to experience freefall conditions with speeds of up to 200km per hour. The innovative skydiving technology has been used by the movie industry to film stunts for award-winning blockbusters, including the final fight scene in Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac, and has become an increasingly popular sport in recent years, with more and more individuals and teams taking part in bodyflight competitions around the world, including the Indoor Skydiving World Championships.

The adventure activity has also sparked the interest of first-time flyers and novices, with an increasing number of indoor skydiving facilities opening in the UK attracting adrenaline junkies to simple fun seekers. Indoor skydiving is already popular world-wide. We are vertigo have invested heavily in the location, technology, equipment and the training of the centre’s instructors to make this a world-class facility based right in the heart of Belfast.

Indoor skydiving is suitable for those aged 4 and upwards. The facilities can also be used by professionals to train for skydiving qualifications. An indoor skydiving session starts from £45.   For further information on bookings and terms and conditions for use visit, www.wearevertigo.com/skydiving or www.facebook.com/VertigoBelfast.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Charles Hurst raising Awareness

Charles Hurst Motorcycle Village joined forces with BBB Motorcycle Club and leading mental health charity, AWARE recently for the chance to have won a superbike. The giveaway which took place at the NI Motorcycle Festive ran on Friday 2nd of February to Sunday the 4th February.

Attendees had their chance to chance their luck at guessing the winning combination at the Charles Hurst Motorcycle Village’s ‘Break the Safe’ stand to be in with a chance of winning a superbike with £15,000. All funds raised over the weekend went to Northern Ireland’s leading mental health charity, AWARE, who provide support groups, information outreach sessions and deliver mental health programmes to communities, schools, colleges and workplaces.

David White, Head of Business for Charles Hurst Motorcycle Village said that they were delighted to partner with such a worthwhile and active charity as AWARE provide such essential services around and right across Northern Ireland through education and supporting people affected by depression. He also added that not only was it such a fantastic opportunity to win a superbike but it was also a chance to learn more about the work that AWARE does and also a chance to raise essential funds for the charity.

Lesley Wright, Community and Events Fundraising Officer for AWARE, said that they were encouraging everyone to take part and that not only was the event an amazing time for everyone, but everyone also had a chance to help out with raising money for AWARE, the only charity in Northern Ireland that works exclusively for those with depression and bipolar disorder.

Those who were keen had a go at cracking the safe were asked for a small donation for taking part in the competition, most gave a recommended donation of £3 to be in with the chance to have won the £19,500 bike. Whoever cracked the code had the opportunity to drive away on any one of the top three bikes available: a ‘Yamaha YZF-R1’, ‘BMW S 1000RR’ or ‘Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP’.

NI’s young people initiative to career success

 

A new initiative is now set to support to more than 4,000 young people in Belfast on getting on the road to career success over the next two years. Belfast City Council’s Career Development Programme will provide post-primary pupils with opportunities to experience the world of work, support them to making informed and important career choices and will help enable them in developing skills in innovation, creativity and enterprising.

Councillor Mairéad O’Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said that they are focused on creating quality employment for young people through their Belfast Agenda and that they want pupils, parents and teachers to be better informed about the growth sectors in Belfast, where employment opportunities exist and about the best career opportunities that exist, along with the best career pathways to take. She also spoke about how she feels the educational attainment is important for career success and how awareness of the world of work, real life work experience and the opportunity to engage with employers is important also.

The Career Development Program will give young people who are at risk of not attaining their five GCSE grades, additional support and mentoring. There will also be a range of workshops and an enterprise competition, which will help to develop businesses, creative skills and will also help young people find other routes such as self-employment with apprenticeships. Darren Nixon, who is the Senior Education Consultant and Partner with the eye4education programme, has stated that they are contacting various Belfast schools to offer their pupils the chance to register for the Career Development Programme that is in place. They are excited to welcome the first intake of students to help give them the level of support, motivation and encouragement that they need at this stage of development.

 

For more information on the Career Development Programme, go to: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/employability

 

CIPR Taking The Industry Global

Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Northern Ireland recently held their AGM at Clifton House Belfast, welcoming over 50 PR professionals to the event. CIPR’s new committee chair of Northern Ireland, Chris Pollock, Senior account manager at LK communications in Holywood, spoke at the AGM about how the professional body is committed to the goal of having the local industry hold its head high on the global stage and become a vibrant world class communications sector.

Northern Ireland already boasts the highest concentration of chartered practitioners in the UK with an ever growing membership. This included the large number of students graduating in PR, Marketing and related degrees. CIPR committee chair, Chris Pollock aims to ensure that these new recruits are welcomed, nurtured and encouraged as they find their place in the small yet thriving industry.

During the AGM outgoing chair Sinead Doyle of MCE peformed her final duties, presenting Rachel Burgoyne, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Cancer Fund for Children, and CIPR NI committee member, with the Chair’s Award, in recognition of her unwavering dedication and enthusiasm to her duties.Elected as new committee members were Haley Adams, Smarts Communicate; Lisa Rice, Navigator Blue; Clare Hiles, ASG and Conán Meehan from the Ulster University.

Tribute was paid to Sinead for her tireless efforts and to Seona McGrath of Smarts, Jane Williams of JComms and Sara McCracken of the Controlled Schools Support Council, as they step down from the committee. Chris added, “It goes without saying that I am delighted and honoured to accept the role of Committee Chair for the CIPR in Northern Ireland and I look forward to driving home the importance of a team approach with a focused calendar of engaging, informative and inspiring events. We all need to ensure that knowledge transfer and theory is brought back into the workplace and realised in the form of ideas, content, creativity and clearly defined strategy that will ultimately bolster bottom lines.”

For further information about CIPR Northern Ireland, visit www.ciprni.co.uk Connect with CIPR NI on twitter @CIPR_NI and Facebook www.facebook.com/CIPRNI/

Gradam Ceoil Awards – The Oscars Of Traditional Music

TG4’s Gradam Ceoil music awards, know as the Oscars of traditional music, is set to bring stars from the stage and the screen to Belfast Waterfront on the 4th February 2018. For the first time since the trad music extravaganza began, it will be held in Belfast City with the two hour concert being broadcast live on TG4 and worldwide on www.tg4.ie. A total of seven awards will be given out on the night, with live performances from:

Musician of the Year: Frankie Gavin with guests Alec Finn, Colm Murphy & Máirtín O’Connor, original members of De Danna. Frankie  is legendary fiddle player and has played and recorded around the world, collaborating with everyone from Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

Young Musician of the Year: Clare Friel with sisters, presented by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan. Clare is from Glasgow and has emerged as one of the most exciting young traditional musicians on the scene today. Her family background has a shared heritage between Donegal and Scotland with her songs reflecting the history of migration and the cultural traffic.

 

Singer of the Year: Máire Ní Chéileachair, presented by Nell Ní Chróinín and Conchubhar Ó Luasa. Maire from Cork is known as one of the sweetest voices in Irish music. She is both a singer and teacher and has been teaching sean-nós singing in her native area for many years in the Aisling Gheal scheme.

Special Contribution Award: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, presented by Stephen Rea. Pádragín will perform with guests, The Voice Squad. Pádraigín is a  local recipient. The acclaimed singer, researcher, poet and composer is based in South Armagh.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Patsy Hanly, presented by and featuring a guest performance with Matt Molloy, The Chieftains. Patsy is from Co. Roscommon, who has taught and performed at festivals worldwide.

Musical Collaboration: CONCERT created by Colin Dunne with Sinéad Rushe and Mel Mercier.

Special Award: The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. They will open the show with a special montage filmed in iconic locations around Belfast, ahead of their performance.  Widely considered at the pinnacle of their game on a global scale, The FMM have brought Irish traditional music to audiences and peers across the world, and have set standards of excellence that others aspire to.

Showcasing the very best of Irish music and song, Gradam Ceoil celebrates musicians from Ireland and across the world. The award winners who are world-class musicians, will perform on the night, alongside many well-known faces.

Tickets for TG4’s Gradam Ceoil 2018 are available from www.waterfront.co.uk 

Visit www.gradam.ie for further information or connect with Gradam Ceoil on Facebook, facebook.com/gradamceoil, Twitter, @GradamCeoil or search the #Gradam hashtag.

Starting 2018 in Style

Here at Ulster Tatler we started 2018 in style with our striking January front cover from the wonderful Aesthetic Skin Clinic, Belfast.

Their first clinic opened in 2001 and soon after marked the start of the clinics 15 years (so far) of working with the Ulster Tatler, starting with a feature in our ‘new kids on the block’ article and progressing to our front cover. The relationship is not all that has grown over the years. At the time aesthetic medicine was a new specialty and John, a Belfast boy, was at the forefront. The ASC has gone from being one of the first clinics in Belfast to offer  anti wrinkle injections and fillers to become a group of clinics in both Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands with award winning doctors offering a vast range of cutting edge treatments and technologies.

Dr John Curran is widely recognised by the profession as a master in the field of cosmetic dermatology.  At the Aesthetics awards last year in London he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for services to aesthetic medicine as well as being named in the top 30 doctors in the UK delivering ‘state of the art’ results in skin rejuvenation.

The Belfast Clinic has recently undergone a transformation to refurbish the interior to reflect the clean aesthetic lines of the flagship clinic in Guernsey. The Clinic offers a fab range of treatments that are definitley worth checking out. Details of all their treatments available can be found here: https://www.askinclinic.co.uk

See the January issue of Ulster Tatler for the Aesthetic Skin Clinic’s feature on the new power facials creating a buzz in 2018.

 

Swap The Winter Blues for Blue Skies This January

Forget the January blues and get yourself down to the Holiday World Show this month!

Now in it’s 26th year the show will transform Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre into a lively celebration of all things travel-related from Friday January 19 – Sunday January 21, with many major companies and destinations coming to Belfast to answer Northern Ireland’s insatiable demand to travel.

Anthea Turner is headed to open the Belfast Telegraph Holiday World show which will open the doors of opportunity for hundreds of travel-related businesses, showcasing deals and destinations to an expected audience of 20,000+ potential travellers.

 

The event, firmly established as one of Northern Ireland’s largest and best-attended annual public exhibitions,  is a rich global marketplace for deals and destinations, featuring exhibitors from close to home and from all four corners of the world, presenting just about every style of vacation experience alongside an array of travel-themed entertainment, complimented by competitions, attractions and special show-only offers. The three-day show provides opportunities to discover what’s new, to chat with the industry professionals, gather expert information, check out destinations and compare prices … all under one roof. Whether you’re there to buy or to browse, it’s also a favourite family outing as audiences prepare to shake off the winter blues and think about blue skies ahead.

Specialist pavilions will be available,  including The Cruise Pavilion, the Honeymoon & Wedding Destinations Pavilion, and the popular Caravan & Motorhome Show, along with the return of the 50+Village. Amongst the desirable destinations set to tempt show-goers in 2018 will be family favourites such as Spain and France. Air Canada will be at the Belfast show for the first time, while America will have a major presence at the show. Florida and New York holidays have retained their popularity with local audiences but this year there will be opportunities to explore further with new representations from Alabama, Atlantic City, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Tennessee. For those with an appetite for far-flung destinations, the choice has never been broader or more exciting. There will be national tourism organisations for countries as diverse as Cyprus, Malta, Tunisia and Thailand ready to tempt travelers to new horizons.

Holiday World will be staged at Titanic Exhibition Centre, situated on Queen’s Road in Titanic Quarter, close to Titanic Belfast and just opposite the Titanic Studios where the global hit fantasy series Game of Thrones is filmed.

The Belfast Telegraph Holiday World show will be open from 1:00pm – 6:00pm on Friday 19 January and from 11:00am – 5:30pm on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January. Tickets are £5 for adults; £4 for Senior Citizens and £3 for Students. A £10 family ticket admits two adults and up to four children.

Here at Ulster Talter we have teamed up with the Belfast Telegraph Holiday World to offer readers the chance to win one of 15 Family Passes (admits 2 adults and up to 4 children under 16) to this year’s Holiday World Show.

Check out the competition on our website: www.ulstertatler.com/competitions/

To find out more visit holidayworldshow.com.