Organisers of the annual Holiday World Show in Dublin have cancelled the event that was scheduled for January 2021, because of the pandemic.

Instead, Business Exhibitions Ltd will hold the consumer show in the Irish capital on January 21-23, 2022.

The company has also been forced to postpone the Holiday World Show Belfast, The Holiday Show in association with Shannon Airport and the Caravan & Motorhome shows in Belfast and Dublin.

The Irish Travel Industry Awards and The TRAVEL Extra Journalist of the Year Awards will also be postponed until 2022.

Maureen Ledwith, sales director of Holiday World Show, said the “difficult decision” to reschedule the shows was made with “a very heavy heart”.

“With the rising cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and throughout the world, we as organisers have a duty of care to all our visitors, exhibitors and staff,” she said.

“We understand this will be a huge disappointment to many of our frequent attendees, exhibitors and partners alike, but on balance we consider rescheduling the events to be the best course of action at this time.

“These events will take place in 2022 and have the ability to showcase all aspects of the travel industry, both domestic and international.”

Pat Dawson, chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents’ Association, added: “The annual Holiday World Shows and the Irish Travel Industry Awards are highlights of the travel trade and press calendars in Ireland.

“These last few months have been incredibly stressful for the Irish travel industry, with many businesses under immense pressure due to travel restrictions.

“We are looking forward to rescheduling these events in 2022, so that we can come together as an industry once again.”

The new dates for the Holiday Show in association with Shannon Airport will be January 8-9, 2022; Holiday World Show Belfast will be January 14-16, 2022; Irish Travel Industry Awards will be on January 20, 2022, and TRAVEL Extra Journalist of the Year Awards on January 21, 2022.

The 2022 dates for the Caravan & Motorhome shows will January 14-16 for Belfast and January 21-23 for Dublin.