Frequently Asked Holiday and Travel Show Questions

Welcome to our Visitor FAQ area, where we have tried to answer as many questions about visiting the show as we could. If you have any other questions that have not been answered, please do not hesitate to contact destinationsshow@clarionevents.com and a member of the team will gladly assist.

What is Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show Manchester about?

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times, is the UK’s biggest event for travel inspiration taking place at Manchester’s EventCity from 17- 20 January 2019. The show is packed with over 170 leading and independent tour operators, over 30 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more.

The show also includes over 25 hours of free talks and panel sessions in our Meet the Experts Theatre, and even learn to master your camera skills and improve your travel photos in our in-depth Travel Photography Masterclasses.

Our 2019 line-up includes: Glyn Thorneloe: Asia Product Manager, Explore Worldwide Ltd, Verena Meraldi: Hurtigruten Expedition Team Member, Cathy Harlow: Tour Guide and Travel Specialist, Discover the World, Harji Singh: The India Travel Company London, Beat Germann: Bespoke India Travel Ltd and Malcolm Peasnall from the Independent Traveller.

More information and a full schedule of events can be found here.

Why should you attend Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show Manchester?

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show in association with The Times & The Sunday Times is the North's largest travel event and is packed with over 170 leading and independent tour operators, over 30 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more. From activity and adventure to culture, cruise and safari, be inspired with the fantastic choice of exhibitors offering a huge variety of holiday and travel options.  Tap into the experts’ in-depth knowledge of destinations and experiences near and far, then tailor-make your ideal trip taking advantage of the great offers available when booking at Destinations.

You can also enjoy over 25 hours of free talks and panel sessions in our Meet the Experts Theatre, and even learn to master your camera skills and improve your travel photos in our in-depth Travel Photography Masterclasses.

Wherever your next journey leads, make sure it begins with Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show at Manchester's EventCity.

When and where is it taking place?

DATES: 17th – 20th January 2019

LOCATION: EventCity, Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Rd, M17 8AS

TIMES: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Where can I purchase tickets for Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show Manchester EventCity from 17-20 January 2019

Tickets are available for Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show here. Standard Advanced Tickets are priced at £8.50 and are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Children under 12 can attend for free by filling in a ‘kids go free’ form at the event. You can also book over the phone by calling 0844 412 4627. Calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras.

Tickets for the Travel Photography Masterclass with professional photographer Steve Davey are also available to purchase for the following sessions: An Introduction To Photography, Advanced DSLR Skills, Telling A Story With Composition and Shooting Travel Portraits. For any queries relating to advance purchase tickets please contact See Tickets here.  

Which celebrity TV speakers and travellers are attending the show in 2019?

Destinations will be hosting a huge range of travel historians, explorers, adventurers, novelists and TV personalities. Headliners this year on our Meet the Experts Theatre will be playing host to expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure with more than 25 hours of free talks.

Discover the hidden places of Borneo and Indonesia that tourists never see, learn about 5,000 years of Pakistan's history and culture and go on a journey to some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic scenery in Patagonia with our experts. From the wilderness of Alaska to the tropical paradise that is Sri Lanka, there really is something for everyone at Destinations.

Our 2019 line-up includes: Glyn Thorneloe: Asia Product Manager, Explore Worldwide Ltd, Verena Meraldi: Hurtigruten Expedition Team Member, Cathy Harlow: Tour Guide and Travel Specialist, Discover the World, Harji Singh: The India Travel Company London, Beat Germann: Bespoke India Travel Ltd and Malcolm Peasnall from the Independent Traveller.

Click here for the full stage line-up.

When will my tickets arrive?

If you bought your tickets in advance of the show either online or by phone, in most cases you will have defined whether you wanted your tickets posted or emailed to you. If you selected that you would like your tickets posted, they will normally arrive with you 1 to 2 weeks before the show. If you selected that you would like your tickets emailed, they will have been sent to the booker's email address straight after the purchase was completed. If you have any more questions about your tickets please contact destinationsshow@clarionevents.com.

Is my ticket valid for any day of the show?

Yes, you may use your standard adult ticket on any day of the show. Please note that one ticket does not grant you access to the show over multiple days. If you intend to visit for multiple days, you will need to buy additional tickets.

I have lost my ticket, what do I do?

Not to worry, we can help you get a new one. Please contact destinationsshow@clarionevents.com for help with this.

Can I get a free ticket for my carer?

Yes. Carers accompanying a Blue Badge holder can get free entry. Your carer will need to complete a 'Carers Go Free' form when they arrive at the show. Please ensure you present a Blue Badge to qualify.

Can I bring my children for free?

Yes. Children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult can get free entry to the show. You might be required to show proof of your child's age. To qualify, simply fill out a 'Kids Go Free' form when you arrive at the show.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are strictly forbidden by EventCity's animal admission policy. The only exceptions where animals may enter the venue are for Assistance Animals. You may be required to prove your animal is able to qualify.

Is there parking?

Yes. Car parking is free and there are thousands of spaces at EventCity and the adjacent Trafford Centre. Please note there is no overnight parking for caravans and motorhomes. The nearest camp site is Burrs Country Park Caravan Club Site.

Which celebrity TV speakers and travellers are attending the show in 2019?

Destinations will be hosting a huge range of travel historians, explorers, adventurers, novelists and TV personalities. Headliners this year on our Meet the Experts Theatre will be playing host to expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure with more than 25 hours of free talks.

Discover the hidden places of Borneo and Indonesia that tourists never see, learn about 5,000 years of Pakistan's history and culture and go on a journey to some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic scenery in Patagonia with our experts. From the wilderness of Alaska to the tropical paradise that is Sri Lanka, there really is something for everyone at Destinations.

Our 2019 line-up includes: Glyn Thorneloe: Asia Product Manager, Explore Worldwide Ltd, Verena Meraldi: Hurtigruten Expedition Team Member, Cathy Harlow: Tour Guide and Travel Specialist, Discover the World, Harji Singh: The India Travel Company London, Beat Germann: Bespoke India Travel Ltd and Malcolm Peasnall from the Independent Traveller.

Click here for the full stage line-up.

Can I book my next Holiday Adventure direct at The Holiday and Travel Show?

Yes you can book a number of adventure holidays and expeditions at The Holiday and Travel Show. A number of operators will also be offering exclusive show discounts and offers.

Will there be Winter Sun Holidays, Summer Holidays and off the beaten track adventures available to review at the Show?

There will be holiday and adventure operators attending who offer travel to worldwide destinations. If you are looking for inspiration, why not check out the following show areas. The Food & Travel Stage brought to you by Viking. Bringing together expert cooks and TV's best known travel personalities you'll learn to prepare and cook their favourite campside meals as well as international delicacies. You'll also enjoy exotic cultural displays and performances to inspire your next holiday adventures. The Meet the Experts Theatre is also well worth a visit, filled with over 25 hours of inspirational talks and panels, you’re sure to be find inspiration for your next trip.

Which Holiday Destinations will be represented at the Show?

Holiday destinations from around the globe will be available under one roof. Specific areas within the show are also dedicated to areas of the world, including: The Visit USA Pavilion which includes largest ever selection of North American tourist boards and tour operators and Meet the Experts Theatre which is guaranteed to highlight unique areas of the world.