5 Best Exhibits at The Trade Show, Sept. 2010

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Employed in the travel industry and as a travel blogger, I attend trade shows to connect with new people and reconnect with those I already work with. In September I attended The Trade Show as a travel blogger for The Travel Bloggers Show in Orlando. Walking the trade show floor, there were a handful of companies who caught my eye and here’s a list of the five best exhibits during The Trade Show travel expo.

Sabre Red – Travel Candy Shoppe
The product wasn’t relative to me, Sabre Red offers a workplace for travel agents, but the booth radiated with bright pops of color in the form of candies. There were groups of green, red, blue and yellow candies of different shapes displayed in eye-catching groups. Simply, to sum up the booth, “yum!”

Pop of Color at the Sabre Booth

Sabre Red - One of the 5 Best Exhibits at The Trade Show, Orlando, Sept. 2010

ShoreTrips – Getting Trippy
3-D movies are all the rage right now and 3-D television is suppose to be the next greatest thing. Well, I thought it was pretty groovy ShoreTrips‘s booth display was in 3-D. To experience the display, you put on a pair of 3-D glasses to get the full effect. They even handed out boxes of cookies with 3-D images and a brochure. Very clever and definitely eye-catching. ShoreTrips organizes shore excursions for cruise passengers and sells them to travel agents.

ShoreTrips 3-D Booth

ShoreTrips - One of the 5 Best Exhibits at The Trade Show, Orlando, Sept. 2010

AirTran – It’s Okay to Throw Paper Airplanes
I like to play and although theirs was a simple concept, the AirTran exhibit was fun and I’m guessing every show attendee stopped to try their hand at tossing a paper airplane into one of the map’s holes. I mean, it doesn’t look difficult! Not sure how much the exhibit cost but I’m guessing this was a low-cost display. Good going, AirTran!

Paper Airplanes at the AirTran Booth

AirTran - One of the 5 Best Exhibits at The Trade Show, Orlando, Sept. 2010

Puerto Rico – Mojitos & Music
Anyone who gives me a mojito (and free is even better) has my attention. Such was the case at the Puerto Rico tourism booth. In addition to a potent and refreshing beverage, the booth had fantastic live music. I imagine those who indulged in more than one mojito were doing the salsa or some other cha-cha-cha dancing.

Puerto Rico Tourism Board's Mojitos

Puerto Rico Tourism Company - One of the 5 Best Exhibits at The Trade Show, Orlando, Sept. 2010

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment – Furry, Feathered and Scaly Friends
The folks with Sea World and Busch Gardens brought along and shared some of their favorite theme park residents including a roseate spoonbill, ornate uromastyx and lesser anteater (pictured below). They made brief appearances and their human handlers discussed the animal’s habits. Show attendees could pet most of the animals and get up close and personal.

Lesser Anteater in the Sea World Booth

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment - One of the 5 Best Exhibits at The Trade Show, Orlando, Sept. 2010

I’m hoping to attend the 2011 show in Las Vegas to learn and see what creativity comes to to the trade show floor.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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