DENVER, COLORADO. The Travel and Adventure Show held its third annual event at the Colorado Convention Center February 23-34, 2019. Highlighting some of the best experiences in global tourism, hundreds of business and travel destinations provided Colorado residents with a plethora of intriguing opportunities for the upcoming year.
Thousands packed the Center, interacting with representatives from every corner of the world. Represented were Asia, Africa, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. Whether offering cruise vacations, exotic safaris, bicycle trips, or city break getaways, all available options were at hand for this mega-event.
Going beyond the merely typical, this year’s show offered various types of experiential and purpose-driven experiences. For example, one company catering to this niche and exhibited at the show was called My Medical Destination. What is currently known as “Medical Tourism” has become quite popular. My Medical Destination helps you find vetted. quality treatments and treatment options abroad in any number of foreign countries. These offer considerably lower cost structures, first-rate medical personnel and treatment options for a variety of conditions. Medical issues addressed can range from cancer to open heart surgers. But best of all, first-rate treatmentis available at these destinations for a fraction of the price in the U.S.
Expedited passport services were also available at the show, via the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Application program. This program offers a one-stop shop for these services, which, for most people, usually involves a trip to the Post Office or going through the process online or through the U.S. Mail.
Learn from travel experts
Each year, the show regularly hosts a variety of speakers and breakout sessions. For 2019’s Third Annual Show, the staff recruited familiar travel personalities such as Josh Gates, Andrew McCarthy, and Peter Greenberg. Travelers attending the show lined up afterward to get autographs and purchase books from the featured speakers.
The Destination and Savvy Theaters also offered a variety of interesting talks that included packing tips and DNA travel. Also included: How to make money yourself by becoming a home-based travel agent.
Ride a camel or a Segway
If you’ve never had a chance in your life to ride a camel or take a whirl on a Segway, you could have accomplished both objectives at this year’s show. Free camel rides were indeednavailable, courtesy of an animal rescue facility called JoDon Farms. Cheyenne Cañon Segways for their part, let travelers take a test drive on one of their almost magical two-wheeled personal transporter devices. You can explore beautiful Cheyenne Cañon and other venues in Colorado Springs by taking a leisurely spin on one of these intriguing conveyances.
Of course, this year’s show has come and gone. But if you find what’s available at this annual show appeals to you, make your plans now to attend the 2020 event in Denver. To get started with your planning, visit the organization’s website at travelshows.com Here, you’ll also find dates for versions of this show that are held in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
— Headline image: Many foreign tourism offices were represented at the show. Photo: @Ron Stern All rights reserved.