Destinations - The Holiday & Travel Show

Yesterday, I was at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre for the Destinations - Holiday & Travel Show presented by The Times. The entire exhibition hall was full of stands from travel agencies, national tourism bureaus and travel guide/magazine publishers. Some stands were simple affairs while others were elaborate multimedia experiences. Turkey and Argentina produced the most lavish stands. Turkey in particular not only had a massive stand right at the entrance to the hall, but had also laid on a cafe right in the middle selling strong Turkish coffee and cakes.

Everything was being tried to lure in the punters. Russia had an accordion player belting out traditional Russian tunes while Romania was dishing out free wine and bread. New Zealand & Australia had brought with them a camper van, while one of the African tour groups had wheeled in an enormous safari truck, of which you could climb aboard.

There were also plenty of celebrity speakers, wild animal displays, dance and music performances and opportunities to try food from around the world. It was great!

After a few hours, my bag was full of brochures and leaflets and my mind full of inspiration and ideas for where to go next.

Destinations continues today and tomorrow at Earl’s Court. Tickets available on the door.