It’s that time of year to choose and book your dream holiday at the NATAS Travel Fair 2010, which opens this Friday, 26 February.
The fair, which comes in two editions each year, brings together travel agents, tour operators, hotels, airlines and national tourism organisations showcasing exciting travel destinations in the region and around the world.
With the economy on the road to recovery and concerns about H1N1 a distant memory, organisers and exhibitors are expecting the event to be significantly bigger this year than in 2009.
Some 60,000 people are expected to check out the 165 exhibitors and their more than 1,000 booths. Sales of at least $50 million dollars are forecast.
A huge selection of holidays is on offer, from culture to adventure and culinary trips, from heavily-discounted package tours to cruises. Travel experts say North Asia, such as Japan and China, as well as Europe are going to be popular destinations this year.
Exhibitors are also offering great cash giveaways and prizes.
Airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qantas, British Airways and Jet Airways are all offering ticket giveaways.
Major travel agents, like Chan Brothers, UOB Travel and JP International Travel, are offering big discounts as well as travel goodies’ bags, while NATAS will also be holding a Grand Draw for visitors who have spent $5,000 at the fair (details of the grand draw can be found at the Redemption Counter outside Hall 5).
You can check out all of the exhibitor deals and discounts at: http://bestvacationdealstoday.com/natas-fair-consolidated.
If you need to take some time out from all the information gathering and booking, the NATAS Fair also offers some wonderful cultural entertainment. This year’s programme includes a Bavarian musical performance, contemporary dance from Bali and Java, a Korean musical dance as well as a magic show and hip hop dance from Taiwan.
But perhaps the biggest highlight will be the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team booth (5H30A, Hall 5) where Singapore’s very own intrepid mountaineers will be sharing the trials and tribulations they encountered when they climbed the world’s tallest mountain in May 2009.
The NATAS Travel fair runs from 26 to 28 February at Singapore Expo Hall 4 & 5, from 10am to 10pm. Admission is $4 dollars per adult, with free entry for children below the age of 12
Judging by recent years, the second edition of the fair in 2010 can be expected in August.