February 16 – 25, 2018 INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Expanded Travel & Tourism Pavilion returns for 58th Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show

Expanded Travel & Tourism Pavilion returns for 58th Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show


              Travel.  Vacation.  Few other words lend more to a family’s spirit.  Whether a trip to an unexplored, in-state destination or a more exotic journey, a vacation refreshes our day-to-day lives and causes the world to spin slightly more slowly – if only for seven or ten days.

This year’s 58th installment of the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show offers vacation-hungry visitors more options, information and resources than ever before in its expansive Travel and Tourism Pavilion – a 50,000 square-foot exhibition of over 160 private, local, state and national tourism professionals representing exciting destinations in 24 different states, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. 

              With so many potential destinations to choose from, visitors are sure to find multiple vacation options that meet their own unique interests and budgets.

Vacation trends come and go, but value remains a key consideration of most Americans when planning leisure travel in these lackluster economic times.  There are a million ways to spend a buck, so savvy travelers look for ways to save without cutting corners.  And one of the best ways to save money on a quality vacation experience is to deal direct.

Lodge and resort owner-operators employ vastly different marketing strategies.  The ones who cut out the middlemen by meeting and booking potential guests directly at sport shows can often pass their savings on to their customers.  It is a marketing model embraced by Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show co-owner, Kevin Renfro.  “One of the great things about the Travel and Tourism Pavilion is the fact that so many of the exhibitors are actual owners or operators of the lodges, resorts, camps or facilities they represent,” he says.  “Let’s face it.  When you plop down your hard-earned dollars for any kind of trip, it is nice to meet and chat with the actual folks in charge… and the fact that you’re dealing direct means more of your money stays in your pocket.”

According to the U.S. Travel Association, outdoor recreation-related travel – the core sector represented at the Travel and Tourism Pavilion — attracts a growing percentage of overall domestic leisure travel.  And while the more traditional fishing and hunting-type lodge and resort destinations are well represented at the Indianapolis show, an ever-increasing variety of vacation destinations are showcased as well.  Unexplored sunny beaches, manicured greens and fairways, caves, mountains peaks and even houseboats; visitors will find all of these at this year’s Travel and Tourism Pavilion.  And there’s much more.

“We’ve incorporated a variety of unique bonus features and attractions to the Travel and Tourism pavilion in recent years,” says Renfro.  And this year is special.  Visitors to the Travel and Tourism Pavilion can take in “The Canadian Experience” – an incredible display featuring some of the most unique and defining elements of the Canadian wilderness lodge vacation.  A Canadian cabin, a black bear hunting scenario and a traditional shore lunch scene will all be part of the “The Canadian Experience”.   If you have ever wondered if a Canadian wilderness or resort vacation is right for you or your family, come to the Travel and Tourism Pavilion and check out “The Canadian Experience”.  You won’t forget it, eh.

Located in the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Travel and Tourism Pavilion will remain open all ten days of the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, February 17-26.  For more detailed information on specific Travel and Tourism Pavilion exhibitors, features, show hours and more, visit www.indysportshow.com.


Media Contact:  Dan Forst, Renfro Productions and Management, 6405 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Anderson, IN  46013.  317-441-7106,  dan.forst@yahoo.com


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