It's been quite the busy few days here at TravelAgentCentral. In addition to delivering the latest in travel industry news that takes place daily, we've also been at full throttle in our coverage of the Luxury Travel Expo.
We've been getting images of the show floor, as well as first looks at Vdara, and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas hotels, from Ruthanne Terrero, as well as one report after the other from Joe Pike on everything from first-time exhibitors to breaking news about WestAfrica cruises. But as fantastic as the two are at reporting, they are only human and cannot share every single detail from the event.
So, we turned to Twitter, and looked up the #LTE and #LTE2009 hash tags and found a variety of humorous and informative tweets, ranging from travel aphorisms to industry stats. We learned that stay-at-home dads are an alluring market for online and, apparently, travel agents love doing the electric slide (if you read Kirk Cassels' report on the Hyatt Travel Agent Awards in Aruba you may have already known that after watching his video).
If you are at the show and want to share something with us directly, send us a tweet (@travelagentmag) or shoot us an e-mail at [email protected]. Until then, check out some of our favorite tweets on the event below.
The baby kangaroo and me! #LTE2009 http://yfrog.com/auxjgdj
A&K reports that website traffic has not declined a bit. Changes: more family trips, more diverse adventures. #LTE2009
Ignacio Maza at #lte2009 - "Taking a bus to Chichen Itza from a cruise ship is like eating a hot dog on Coney Island and saying u saw NYC"
"Latin America is for curious luxury travelers, not just those who dress to impress."
Tauck says direct mail more effective than e-mail, especially with older customers. Last prospect mailing got huge response
"98% of accidents happen in the home - it's safer to take a vacation!"Insight Vacations #LTE
Torgesten Hagen, @Viking River Cruises: "The good thing about a river cruise? No "sea sickness" - no such thing as "river sickness..."
Crystal Cruises will call on new ports in 2010 - Iran, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait City. #LTE
Pamela Connover, @Seabourn: "Excess is out; Excellence is in." Genius! #LTE #LTE2009
Room full of travel agents doing the electric slide at XS and open bar...priceless!! Time to join the fun
Terry dale (CLIA) is tweeting his first tweet at the luxury travel expo #LTE #LTE2009 #xmnrtrvl
#LTE #LTE2009 now in tapping n2 technology 2 grow travel business. Technology seems to b the hottest interest about
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken #lte #lte2009
Fastest growing segment of Facebook is women aged 40-55 #lte #lte2009
Your words only account for 7% of what people think of you. #lte #lte2009 about
50% of what people think of u comes from the physical. 10 seconds it takes for someone to make this judgment #lte #lte2009
Convention fun for all. Lots of great buzz on the bus to the hall. #LTE2009
I am on the lookout for the "new luxury" tourism market. What does that evoke? #LTE2009
People remember how you made them feel....technology has a hard time doing this #lte #lte2009
McDonalds CMO said, Hispanic, Asian and African Americans are setting the trends. Know your audience #lte #lte2009
stay at home dads is a major trends....they stay online #lte #lte2009
Major trends....longevity, multicultural, and technology across all ages and genders. #lte #lte2009
Does travel biz understand need for soc media? Room full for FB & LinkedIn session, turning people away #lte2009
95% of the most affluent americans (24 million) are online. #lte #lte2009
Had the opportunity to sit in on the Yokoso! Japan seminar and it was very informative. #LTE2009