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. If you’re looking for exhibit stands, try Exhibit Design Company Exhibitus.
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!”
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.
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!
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. Drinks at trades shows are always inviting, I’m sure anyone would enjoy something like a 92 Degree Espresso.
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.
I’m hoping to attend the 2011 show in Las Vegas to learn and see what creativity comes to to the trade show floor.
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