At the end of January when everyone has had it with winter, John Kelly, Martha Fernald, and I spent our weekend as exhibitors at the New York Times Travel Show. It was quite a worthwhile extravaganza. Shoreline Aviation’s booth offered information on our seaplane services in the Bahamas and Caribbean, as well as our summer seaplane service between New York City and The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, etc.
This was a three-day event with the first day dedicated to seminars for travel professionals related to destinations, social media, blogging, photography, and marketing. It offered a great opportunity to mix and meet with other exhibitors. This was followed by two days where the public could peruse the possibilities. Over 560 exhibitors representing 170 countries interacted with more than 30,000 attendees.
Many people visit in an attempt to choose the perfect vacation destination. There was a lot to choose from! They had cooking classes presented by chefs from several countries; music and dance performances; costumes, and contests where winners won free vacations. We were situated in the festive Caribbean area where the rum was free flowing at times and the steel drums played calypso music continuously. Both had the effect of keeping everybody in the area lively and upbeat.
Sometimes planning a vacation and imagining yourself at the destination is as much fun as being there. I found myself wandering around picking up brochures on trips to Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Chile. Cuba had a big presence this year with a couple of booths, which was nice to see after years of travel restrictions for Americans. There was a section dedicated to medical travel. Apparently you can recuperate from surgery in some beautiful spots and get some great resort deals in the process.
Travel professionals offered all-inclusive package deals for all sorts of resorts and cruises. We met with many individuals, as well as resort managers, some who have used our seaplane services in the past and others who could clearly benefit from chartering seaplanes as part of their upcoming adventures.
The focus this year was mainly on family travel and we feel we have a lot to offer in that area. We talked with family groups about the day trip excursions we offer in The Bahamas and the Caribbean where our seaplanes can take you snorkeling off the floats or just land on a beach for a family picnic, a swim, and a hike. I promise you this is an event that families will relive and talk about for years to come.
If you want to find your dream vacation, keep your eye out for next year’s New York Times Travel Show. We’ll see you there.
Happy travels –
Shoreline Aviation – Seaplane Charter Services since 1980