Aside from the various low-fare or package deals being offered; that are totally jaw dropping… I also liked how other countries joined this expo that gave this “little” event more life and color.
China, Angola, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are one of the few countries which showcased their own beautiful places. They have their own styles and gimmick to stand out from the rest— this made the experience much more livelier.
Malaysia had a cultural show where they showcased their traditional dances. The dancers were wrapped with vibrant clothing which I think is Malaysia’s traditional dress. The viewers were amazed and cheered for the dancers–And I’m one happy spectator, I didn’t see something like this the last year I went there…. Even if you haven’t been in Malaysia, Seeing this kind of presentation can definitely give you a glimpse on the tradition and the beautiful culture of this thriving country.
On the other side of the expo, is where the Japan booth is located, each and every employees of this booth were wearing the Japanese traditional clothing “kimono”, the women wearing them looks so glamorous and gentle, I don’t know why but I was staring gladly at those women– they just looked so poised and graceful–which I envy, since I’m always accident prone.. However, in the photo I’ve taken they looked clumsy like me 🙂 hehe..
Moreover, they also had a guessing game where the questions revolves around Japan’s trivias, such as What is Japan’s national sport, What is not a holiday in Japan and so on… and the winner will take homes a gift pack from an Airline Company called ANA.
Japan also has this Make-up booth; the make up is from a leading brand in Japan called Majolica Majorca– which brand I really love! If only stealing is legal, I have stolen some mascara or any other kind of make-up there! But since I’m a law student at that, I need to follow the law! 🙂
Macau, on the other hand had this St. Paul Ruins as a backdrop, where people like me can take pictures. Moreover, they have these hats which you can use while taking your photos, and some women employees were dressed as— I don’t know– Chinese empress maybe…but the guys were dressed as the gondolier (the ones who rows the classy looking boats in Venice)— Maybe, this is because of the Venetian Hotel in Macau 🙂
Guam also had this photo-booth section where guests can have their pictures taken. And just like Macau they can have their photos taken with their models– which are hunks by the way! I didn’t take the photos (with their gorgeous models) since there are a lot of people who blocked my way! I only got this:
Philippines on the other hand has its own booth where people from young and old can ask questions regarding some beautiful scenic spots in the country, and also Local Tourism of Provinces or cities have their own booths where people can also see what this specific province or city can provide– they also provide maps–which I looovvee!
There I noticed the beautiful caves of Cagayan Valley and the scenic spots in Samar, which I totally haven’t heard of. My eyes set on how beautiful the photos are and how scenic the Philippines can be.. Upon seeing the pictures, I immediately promised myself that I’ll be visiting those wonderful places!
Anyway, not all countries participated with much amour and clamor than other countries and cities did, nonetheless, most of the booths were decorated nicely..and most of all, you can ask them anything under the sun!! Any questions regarding visas, places to visit, hotels and other questions like what makes this country different from others and so on… AND Lastly, (This part I really really really really LOVE is that) they can give you lots and lots of maps, travel guide books, hotel lists, and other written information for FREE!
So, aside from the jaw-dropping sales, I think the booths of the different countries that have participated is really something to look forward to… Not only that you can get a low priced deal, you can also have a glimpse on some countries’ culture and gave you an idea of how scenic the world can be.
I hope the next travel expo can induce embassies to make their booths livelier like what the countries/cities I mentioned above. This is not only amazingly entertaining but also it makes people learn something incredible— It is like seeing the world in one day 🙂
Overall, I applaud the PTAA for organizing such a wonderful event and thank you for the various embassies that joined this expo which made this one memorable event not only for travel junkies but also for ordinary people. All I can say is GREAT JOB! You will probably see me next year, and I will write again a review about it 🙂