Cheap flights and hot deals on overseas holidays on offer at the Sydney Travel Expo

Cheap flights and hot deals on overseas holidays on offer at the Sydney Travel Expo Feb 2012

The Sydney Travel Expo was advertised as the don’t miss event for exclusive travel deals. Not really knowing what we were in for, we decided to check it out to see if it lived up to the hype.

Organised by Flight Centre Limited, operators of Flight Centre travel agents all around Australia, it was clear from the moment we walked in The Travel Expo was a massive Travel Sale. The 2 exhibition halls at The Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour were packed with about 90 exhibitors ranging from all the major local and international airlines, as well as most of the major tourism boards from Asia and The Pacific and huge number of tour operators.

The more interesting and creative stands were consistently the busiest, with the airlines being the most innovative in their approach to being noticed. Virgin Atlantic’s first class seating and Korean Airlines giving us a glimpse of their in-flight store were among the best.

The biggest buzz was definitely around the cheap flight deals being offered by the airlines. Discounts advertised were around 20% to 30% off the usual fares, quite a substantial saving if you were booking on the day.

Flight Centre had a massive booking counter and consultancy area where you could walk up, talk to a Flight Centre staff member and book your cheap flight, holiday package or tour.

The Travel Expo is not quite up there with the world’s top travel exhibitions, like last month’s Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show, but if you are after a cheap holiday or discounted flights, it’s probably worth a visit. It is worth noting that there were no Hotel or Resort stands or representatives at the show.

There are only a few more stops left for The Travel Expo this year, Newcastle NSW and Cairns QLD on Sunday 26 February, then Darwin NT Sunday 11 March.

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