All-Amer­i­can road trip

Selling Travel - - Visit Usa Roadshow -

Visit USA rolled into Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don this Oc­to­ber, with 30 sup­pli­ers wait­ing to meet al­most 300 agents amongst a host of retro Amer­i­cana rang­ing from a yel­low NYC taxi to a statue of Un­cle Sam.

The host for all evenings was Jon Briggs, a man you may not rec­o­gise from pho­tos but his voice – the voice of Siri and many other ads and TV shows – is leg­endary.

Agents em­barked on a swift round of net­work­ing, meeting ex­hibitors in­clud­ing air­lines Aer Lin­gus and United, des­ti­na­tions Colorado, North Carolina and Texas, at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­ity sup­pli­ers such as the Kennedy Space Cen­ter and Papil­lion Grand Canyon He­li­copters and tour and ticket providers in­clud­ing Broad­way In­bound and USAir­tours.

CEO of Visit USA, Tracey Spuy­man, said: “We're de­lighted to have such a strong turnout of agents this year - both in terms of num­ber and qual­ity. This shows our con­tin­ual pro­gramme of de­vel­op­ment for Visit USA events are meeting the ex­pec­ta­tions of our at­ten­dees.”

The Visit USA Road­show has since re­ceived a Highly Com­mended ac­co­lade in the 2018 Sell­ing Travel Agents Choice Awards.

Prizes ga­lore

Agents had the chance to play an in­ter­ac­tive com­puter game, State of Play, an­swer­ing spe­cial ques­tions posed by the ex­hibitors for the chance to win a goody bag stuffed with treats.

A hol­i­day to the US was up for grabs each evening plus a bonus prize to Texas for any agent who at­tended one of the three road­shows. A Manch­ester agent won a hol­i­day to Cal­i­for­nia, in Birm­ing­ham a hol­i­day to Florida was up for grabs and at the Lon­don event a six-night trip to Bos­ton was the star prize.

Mary Laturner, Unique Scenic Travel said: “I’ve trav­elled to the states many times but tonight I’ve learnt so much! It’s great to make di­rect con­tacts for so many sup­pli­ers.”

Jane Walsh from Ex­plorer Travel added: “It’s been a re­ally in­for­ma­tive night and I’ve met lots of sup­pli­ers I didn’t know. As a home­worker I find events like these are in­valu­able.”

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