Thursday, June 05, 2008

Pow Wow 2008: Favorite Booth Display

OK, so it's occurred to me that some of you out there don't know what "Pow Wow" is. Well, it's the largest International Travel Show in the U.S. with nearly 5,000 delegates from across the globe and the U.S. attending.

It's an appointment show where U.S. suppliers, such as destinations, hotels, resorts, attractions, car rental companies, etc. have booths and the buyers, usually international tour operators, run to booths for the appointments. Capish? If not, follow this link.

Now back to my post...

Some companies/destinations go all out in decorating their booths but my favorite two this year were somewhat simple.

See who's riding a mountain bike? That's Elvis representing the state of Nevada. Can you read what it says? "Yes, this is actually Nevada. Thank you very much."

I love it and think it's brilliant! Nevada has tied in the glitz of Las Vegas, Reno and any other gambling town with the rugged outdoors of the state and therefore, appealing to the tree huggers and gamblers. Rock on, Nevada!

The next booth I loved, and I admit to being biased (because I worked for them one point in my career), was Wyoming, specifically Xanterra Parks & Resorts and the old fashioned yellow motor coach. Isn't it cool!? Rick, the Director of Sales, was conducting his appointments in the backseat of the coach. They brought a second coach and used it to shuttle clients to evening events.

And who said riding in a motor coach is uncool? Not I.

Pow Wow 2008: Opening Night at Mandalay Bay

Sunday evening was the opening night for the 2008 Pow Wow and Las Vegas restaurants came out to play at Mandalay Bay. A big beach bash was held around Mandalay Bay's fabulous pool and the best restaurants kept the international and domestic delegates fed and hydrated with adult beverages.

Upon entering the pool area, delegates were given a single white glove. Was Michael Jackson making an appearance and we were to wear the glove in a, uh, tribute (?) to the Gloved One? No. The glove was to keep the drinking hand warm, the next stop was an ice bar with glasses carved from ice holding crisp and refreshing martinis.

Pockets of entertainment were seeded around the pool, including the freak show area with the snake lady and some "freak" putting hooks and other pointy stuff in his face.

Seeing I flew in that day and was running on Eastern Time, I called it an early night and headed back to the hotel around 10 p.m.

So what happened the next night?

Wait for the next post...