I had a fun time at the first day of the New York Times Travel Show- Travel Industry Day.
There were lots of countries, states & cities represented as well as some travel and tour companies. I found it kind of funny that many of the booths I spoke to did not have much information to share. However, I was offered brochures from pretty much all of them.
I spent the most time chatting at the booth for Japan. They had a pretty large set up and the representatives seemed knowledgeable and willing to help. I was talking about itinerary ideas since Kim, Lucas and I will be heading to Japan at the end of June! (More on that another time.)
At the booth I also filled out a survey which entered me into a raffle to win a flight to Japan. Another nice touch was the opportunity to dress up in a samurai suit!
I was looking around for a New Orleans booth since we will be heading there in May but all I could find was a booth for Louisiana. When I asked about New Orleans they didn’t seem to be of much help so I moved on.
Another fun stop was at the booth for Russia. I attempted to ask some questions but all the rep did was point to a brochure for Sochi, home of the 2014 Summer Olympics. I asked him if he was from the tourism board and he said no, he was from Russia. OK, thanks for the help!
With Russia having such a large set- up I expected to get some information!
While wandering around, I noticed a large crowd by the booth for Taiwan. Many people had their cameras set up, ready to take photos. I was wondering what the photo-op was for and it turned out that the Taiwan Ambassador was there.This sounded kind of cool so I decided to join in and take a few photos too. (If you’re curious, the ambassador is the tall guy in the middle.)
|Black and White Tegu|
One of my favorite stops was at the Sea World booth. They had one of the largest booths at the show including a huge iceberg- like structure. There were a lot of animals being held by Sea World employees who were happy to share info about them. Too bad we weren’t allowed to hold or touch them. A trip to Sea World is not in the plans right now but visiting the booth definitely made me think about it for when Lucas is a bit older!
There was also a long line waiting to get a turn at a really cool Coke machine. The machine allows you to pick and mix lots of flavors.
|Two- Toed Sloth|
While walking around the show, I picked up swag from a handful of booths. The giveaways were a bit better than last year’s show but there still wasn’t much to get excited about.
Here are some photos of what I got.
At last year’s travel show I wrote about a giveaway that really stood out. It was a unique luggage tag from airberlin. This time around airberlin did not have the luggage tags but a company that represents various airlines had the same roll aboard tags. I was able to get one of each- three total. All came in a different color and had a different airline logo on it.
ANA gave away a few items that were reminders that they fly Twice Daily, New York- Tokyo.
The pad has a picture of business class seats and the little airplane is a nice fridge magnet.
I was able to find a few things for Lucas. The little foam boat was from the Port Canaveral Tourism booth. I also got him a little foam globe (which I might have to keep for myself) some Sesame Street stickers and a really cute panda. When I showed him the boat, he seemed to really like it!
I’ll be heading back to the Travel Show today and will write a little update about the seminars that I attend & about anything else that stands out.