The International Tourism and Travel Show was this weekend in Montreal, and it was a chance for prospective travelers to get a taste of destinations around the world. Attended by over 33,000 people every year, the show is one of the biggest in Canada, and hosts tourism boards, tour operators and airline from around the world. I traveled from Toronto by train, which I hadn’t done in quite some time, and was pleased at the incredible convenience of the venue.
My spirit was hardly dampened by the rain as I strolled into the Place Bonaventure that hummed with loads of booths exhibiting people, information and treasures from around the world.
Arriving on Friday it was also a chance to experience Airbnb for the first time, but more on that in a later post.
While many of the exhibitors had pamphlets and people to explain the benefits of visiting their part of the world, however some, like the Ethiopian booth allowed participants to experience some of the culture, like a taste of coffee or a tea ceremony.
Saturday turned out to be little younger crowd, and was the real opportunity to connect with people around the world looking to make travel easier.
It was also a chance for Tourism Boards and Tour Operator to sit down with the Airlines and lobby for new routes. For example, in December of 2015 Air China opened a route between Havana and Montreal and now offers a weekly flight with inexpensive fares. Montreal is one of the most important markets for Cuba and Cuba had a substantial presence at the show.
Being there for Vaster it’s clear why we need to build a mobile solution for travelers. The 33,000 attendees were there to answer the vast number of questions they had before they travel. However the need for all those experts’ advice doesn’t stop when the show is over. To help travelers, and the travel industry we will bridge that gap. We know it needs to happen, and we are making that happen.
We take inspiration from the man who is replicated here in wax. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi