Holiday-makers welcome at Hays Travel’s Holiday and Cruise Show in Sunderland

04 April 2024

Experienced and novice travellers seeking inspiration, information, or even to book their next land or cruise holiday are invited to Hays Travel’s Holiday and Cruise Show on Sunday 28 April. Major land and cruise holiday suppliers will gather at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light between 10am and 3pm to meet members of the public.

Throughout the day attendees can chat with holiday suppliers at their exhibition stands, attend free talks on new travel destinations, learn about the latest cruise ships or hotels, and discover brand-new itineraries for 2024 and even 2025. Hays Travel agents and the operators attending will also share practical advice on finding the right holiday to suit travellers’ needs and budget and can even arrange bookings on the day.

Dame Irene Hays said: “We have held similar events for our customers around the UK, so we are excited to be hosting our first holiday and cruise show here in Sunderland, where we are proud to be headquartered.

“We know that new and longstanding customers enjoy meeting suppliers and finding out about the latest holiday destinations and cruise sailings. There is so much choice now that it can seem overwhelming, so this day allows holidaymakers to explore their options and talk to operators and agents, all under one roof. Some of our customers book there and then, while others use the day for research before booking a couple of weeks later in one of our branches.”

Hays Travel is the UK’s largest independent travel agent and was voted the nation’s favourite to win three gold awards at the British Travel Awards 2023: Best National Travel Retailer, Best Travel Agency for Cruise Holidays, and Best Retailer Forex/Travel Money. It has 470 branches across the UK, including six in Sunderland, a further 16 in Tees and Wear, 19 in Tyneside, and 22 in County Durham. Local Hays Travel agents will be on hand to offer expert advice and guidance, as well as help customers to find and book their all-important holiday or dream cruise.

The big-name travel operators attending include: Cruise holidays - AmaWaterways; Ambassador Cruises; Crystal Cruises; Emerald River Cruise; Fred Olsen Cruises; A-ROSA; Marella Cruises; MSC Cruises; Riviera Travel; Royal Caribbean International, and Scenic Cruises. Land holidays - Balkan Holidays; Classic Collection; Disneyland Paris; Goldmedal; Great Little Breaks; Jet2holidays; Newmarket; Sandals; Titan Travel; Travelsphere; TUI; and Wendy Wu.

Customers can register a place at the event and book a presentation slot at