The first travel fair for 2016 is finally here. Travel Revolution Fair was kicked off again at the Marina Bay Sands yesterday.
Being a twice a year event, this is the third fair they are organizing and improvement is quite evident.
Besides allocating space for self collection of travel brochures and newspapers like they did in the past, which is a very good idea, space allocation for exhibitors are much better organized this time.
The take up of exhibition space has increased with much lesser space to walk around this year while there were plenty of space and spare rooms to maneuver last year when the fair was first organized after splitting from NATAS.
Exhibition booths were better design like EU Holidays has an European theme which is lovely. CTC Travel has counters for Taiwan with interesting stuff to offer and also staff soliciting survey from visitors to improve travel products from Taiwan.
While travel brochures are self-collected before entering the exhibition hall where visitors can collect brochures that might be of interest to them, there are still some staff giving out brochures inside the hall but not so much of in your face kind of experience to unload all kinds of advertisement on you that weigh you down in the process. This will ultimately lead to wastage and inefficiency and the floor is sometimes littered with unwanted advertisements.
The Thailand Tourism booth is right at the entrance providing a very warm and cordial welcome to visitors. Complimentary massage is also available at the booth. Car rental companies like Hertz and Avis are just on the left of the Thailand Tourism booth.
All the major travel companies have massive exhibition space to provide visitors and enquirers with plenty of space for a friendly discussion on potential travel destinations.
Those who intend to travel to Australia and New Zealand would be happy to know there are tourism booths from these two countries where travel brochures and maps are available with staff answering questions from enquirers.
Mascots are present roaming around greeting visitors and those with children might find them helpful and adorable to provide some relief where the kids might find the exhibition boring with nothing to do. You could take pictures with them too!
It was already getting crowded early yesterday afternoon. Quite a number had already redeemed their gifts from their respective banks happily pulling away free luggage having charged a certain amount on their tour bookings to these banks. Of course not forgetting travel insurance company giving out generous discounts during the travel fair.
From the way things are moving forward, there is only one way this travel fair is moving, that is upward many years down the road. If this travel fair is not bringing in business, many travel companies would not have continued with this new travel fair launched just last year.
So if you are looking for travel packages for the first half of this year, this is the time to head down to Marina Bay Sands for a look. With the recently completed MRT Downtown line, going to Marina Bay Sands is really a breeze. By the way, admission is free.
Happy tour shopping …