IRISH HELP BREAK EU WIDE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT UNDERTAKEN FOR THE WORLD’S HIGHEST DATE

IRISH HELP BREAK EU WIDE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT UNDERTAKEN FOR THE WORLD’S HIGHEST DATE

 

Expedia turns cupid to send Irish on first ever ‘Holidate’ as over halfof Irish believe they’re more likely to find love on holiday than at home

 

Love was literally in the air last week asdaters from across Ireland and Europe set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s highest ever speed date at an altitude of  35,000 feet, as they flew to the capital of romance, Venice, on the inaugural Expedia ‘Holidate’.

 

The Guinness World Record was part of Expedia’s ‘Holidate’, a social experiment designed to prove the link between travel and love, with daters taking part in a series of different dates over 24 hours on their way to Venice. 60 male and female singletons, including six daters from Ireland, signed up for the dating experiment through Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company.  

 

Andy Washington, Managing Director of Expedia Ireland said, “At Expedia we know first-hand that travel plays a key role when it comes to love,  whether it’s a topic of conversation on a first date or the defining moment in a long-term relationship. We’re really excited to hold this new world record and prove the old adage that love really ‘is in the air’.”

 

Expedia launched the ‘Holidate’ after research into the clear links between romance and travel. According to their research, over half (56%) of Irish believe they’re more likely to find love on holiday than at home. And perhaps because of this belief, we’re also more likely to take holiday romance into our own hands and are flirtier on flights than the Brits, Germans, French, and even the Italians!

 

Over half (55%) of Irish also use travel stories as the main way to appear interesting to the opposite sex on a first date, again more than the Brits, Italians, French and Germans. Our traditional travel story-telling also extends to the modern discourse of internet dating. Over half (54%) of Irish internet daters include travel details and stories in their profile, to woo potential lovers.

Other Irish can also experience the Venice ‘Holidate’ themselves. The ‘Holidate’ Package can be booked on Expedia.ie, with flights to Venice, accommodation for two and activities including wine tasting, boat tours, and traditional Venetian shopping. Visit www.expedia.ie for more information.

 

 

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Notes to editors:

 

Expedia Ireland received over 100 applications for the Holidate. Participants were selected on the basis of availability and preference of activity. For more information on the Holidate please go to Inside Expedia Ireland here.

For more information and images contact:

Ellen Ryan, Fleishman-Hillard, T: 01 6188413, E: ellen.ryan@fleishmaneurope.com

About Expedia

Expedia is the world’s leading online travel agent offering access to 150,000 hotels around the world (including boutique hotels as well as major hotel brand names),over 300 airlines along. By combining choice with specialist tools to help refine these options, Expedia.ie helps travellers to find and create the trip that best matches their individual requirements. Expedia.ie is part of the Expedia Inc. brand portfolio. The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market travel consumers through Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world's leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network. Expedia, Expedia.ie and the Airplane logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the European Union and certain other  jurisdictions. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2012 Expedia, Inc.
 

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