I got back from the UK yesterday where Sam Andres and myself had been to exhibit at the Inntravel Discovery day whilst Joe stayed in Spain and opened the hotel during the Spanish holiday week. Inntravel is the major travel agent with whom we work and specialise in independent holidays, with a bias towards people who are interested in walking, good food and authentic accommodation.
Every 3 to 4 years they organise a travel fair where all their suppliers (destinations and hotels) are invited to exhibit their products. This year they celebrated it at the Mercedes Benz World near Weybridge in Surrey on Saturday the 3rd.
It wasnt all work; the gala dinner in the evening
In total there were about 60 stands (including ourselves) and it was attended by over 1,400 people, not bad considering entrance is by invitation only. The hotels supply information about what they have to offer; the accommodation, destination, activities etc. and normally have some products for the people to sample. This year we took our own apple juice and some local cheese and home made apple jelly for people to try. We served over 400 glasses of Apple juice in less than 6 hours! Sebastian had prepared some very good posters and leaflets especially for the occasion which were much appreciated
Dancing after the dinner!
All in all I think it was a very successful event, with lots of interest being shown by people about Asturias and what we are doing. In the evening there was a gala dinner with dancing for the suppliers and all in all we had an enjoyable, if not tiring, time.