We made a quick trip to the Travel Revolution Fair during lunch break on the first day. Exiting Bayfront MRT station, it is better to follow the sign to Marina Bay Sands where you will reach the Convention Halls all the way indoor. If you follow the other sign to the Convention Centre, you will need to exit the building and come in again into the Convention Centre.
It was not very crowded yet when we arrived shortly after noon. The fair is very well organized. You may collect the brochures from different travel agents of your choice along the way into the halls on the left. On the right just before the entrance into the hall, you may also get a copy of the special travel sections from the local papers.
The exhibition booths are well spread out with plenty of walking space. Previously during the Natas Fairs, sometimes due to large crowd present, it would take a little effort to navigate around the different booths. You may also have to queue and wait before a staff can attend to you. As it wasn’t crowded yet, it was very pleasant to shop around different travel agents to collect more travel brochures.
Since we still have the Christmas week unplanned, we went to a few major travel agents to enquire about travel packages to China, in particular, Shanghai and surrounding cities just to relax, eat and shop during the tour. The first ten participants enjoy 1 for 1 deals at very attractive prices where a few had already made their bookings even before we enquired.
The staff there were generally very patient and helpful. Only one smaller agency didn’t seem to be very prepared and ready when we approached them. One lady staff was eating her lunch while the other two male staffs were not the right person to handle our enquiries.
So having collected a few itineraries and gotten the pricing from these different travel agents, we are going to make some comparison and serious deliberation whether we should go ahead and book a package tour to occupy our Christmas week instead of staying at home with the children going places on their own.
We also managed to collect very useful information and maps from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The staff was very kind to help us sort out a collection of different maps and gave us a nice carrier to bring home.
As we ran out of time, we didn’t even manage to purchase travel insurance for our upcoming trips in October and November. We could actually purchase the travel insurance with any of those travel agents but we were too busy with our enquiries regarding our packaged tours. Anyway, we could still make our purchase online for travel insurance during this period to enjoy the substantial discounts.
We saw the two car rental companies Avis and Hertz next to each other near the entrance.
By the time we left, more visitors were streaming in. Some might be taking advantage of the lunch break to do a quick survey of the fair and collect some brochures just like us. With the weekend coming, the exhibition halls will no doubt be packed with holidays shoppers trying to secure bookings for their year end vacations.
So if you wish to enjoy great discounts, you need to go early and be among the first ten participants for the planned date of those tours where 1 for 1 deals are available.
Enjoy your tours shopping this weekend …