A group of Travellers Choice members have banded together to launch a Solo Traveller Expo in Canberra!
It’s never been easier for people to travel alone but finding a singles-friendly deal isn’t always so straightforward.
Jamison Travel’s Michelle Everson said the Traveller’s Choice agencies worked hard to bring the expo together, but feared nobody would show up – especially given it was a first-time event.
Little did they know a whopping 800 people would be attending the four-hour expo.
“The crowd just about knocked the doors down, so it was an amazing relief,” said Everson, who conceived of the event in late 2017 after a ‘singles’ evening at her agency quickly booked out and customers clamoured to be on the waiting list.
“We had been seeing growing interest in solo travel, which was not surprising given that we serve an older demographic and unfortunately sometimes people’s partners are unable to travel or have passed away,” she said.
“But we were still surprised at the level of demand, and how frustrated people were at the lack of options and the extra costs they face when travelling alone.”
The Solo Traveller Expo was supported by 25 leading suppliers – including APT, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Avalon Waterways, Back-Roads Touring Company and Norfolk Select Marketing – each of which offered information and tactical deals specifically for solo travellers.
The Travellers Choice marketing team and the group’s Business Development Manager for NSW/ACT Paula Moylan also helped promote the event.
Everson says the participating agencies – which along with Jamison Travel included Maria Slater Travel, Queanbeyan City Travel & Cruise, Travel Makers and Weston Cruise & Travel – have already started planning a 2019 Solo Traveller Expo.