I always like to go to Luxury Travel Fair at London’s Olympia and I am usually fortunate enough as a previous visitor to get at least a couple of free tickets in the post. There are normally a few stands that do not have a presence at World Travel Market and of course I enter all the competitions.
Visually the exhibition looked very well presented and tidy
For some reason, maybe the stand prices have gone up? Many of the usual attendees were missing, most notably Caribbean who usually have a whole corner of the exhibition but this year totally absent. Far East, Africa and South America were very much scaled down as well. Another notable absence was a Travel Book section, usually Lonely Planet, DK or Footprint. Only Europe seemed to have about the usual quota of stands This year I needed to speak to Silversea who always have a stand but this year they didn’t
I did manage to speak to John Petch of GLA who looks after Cotton House Mustique between his hectic round the World Travels. I also caught up with Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus a beautiful hotel which I was lucky enough to stay in a couple of years ago and with African Pride a company I always use as my first choice for Africa. Also present were Cox & Kings, Abercrombie & Kent, Viking River cruises, Elegant Resorts all companies that I use regularly
Last year trade visitors were welcomed but this year we were not and consequently visitor numbers were down. We enjoyed the couple of hours at the exhibition but we are baffled as to why it was so much smaller than usual