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Destination: Destinations!

by | Feb 16, 2015 | Blog

En route to London to Kensington Olympia, newly chosen venue for the Destinations show, I was excited.

“A nice holiday & travel show, how fun”; but it was so much more than that…

Everyone was super busy upon arrival on Wednesday, preparing stands, organising literature, checking furniture and sourcing refreshments

This continued long into the night

The transformation to Thursday morning was remarkable

Last minute finishing touches being applied and the final scramble to make sure the booth decorations were completed to the required standard was no mean feat but the doors opened 10am sharp regardless

Everyone tried to lure you to their stands, everyone determined that their destination was the best…

Many exhibitors dressed up for the occasion

Inspiration was everywhere

Little tents to go inside with trinkets from afar and smelling just like you’re inside a Sultans pyjamas

Travel writers, photography master classes, exotic food tasting samples, cultural performances; all captured by TV crews and journalists

An array of travel essentials, luxury items, and refreshing treats for that sugary afternoon boost

But by far the most outstanding were our own booths and team of highly trained professional individuals who were keen to dish out the latest advice and news from the destinations they know so well by heart: our booths were never quiet

Unprecedented interest from eager show goers who could not wait to get out to New England or to the Rocky Mountains

The exotic Azores Islands also provided infinitely popular

But as the day drew to a close, dreaming of warm beautiful far away locations just seemed too good to be true with the reality of snow in central London and correspondingly delayed trains …