RTO Summit South Testimonials
Connect Travel organized the RTO Summit in Orlando at the Universal Orlando Resort Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It was the first time for me to be actually face to face with our partners and suppliers in many months and I have to say that this was very, very well organized and safe. I have to admit I was apprehensive at first, especially as we have been in our own “bubble” for some time now to protect ourselves and our loved ones but how can we ask people to travel if we don’t. So the decision was quickly and easily made to attend this event. It felt great to be able to support our industry.
At the entrance to the hotel, your temperature was taken every day and a wristband was provided which you would have to show every time you moved from area to area. During the tradeshow we were all provided our areas which consisted of a L shape setup where we would be able to conduct our meetings with 6 feet social distancing. We were provided with wipes and hand sanitizers on each desk each day and at the end of the night the entire area was sanitized by the hotel. The appointments ran smooth and everyone respected the rules of having their masks on and keeping a safe distance. The hotel had security personnel enforcing the rules and would politely ask to put masks back on if this was necessary.
Lunches were held in large rooms where there were only 4 people allowed at a 10 Top table and limited number of tables per room. Lunch was provided in souvenir To Go bags and drinks could be picked up from fridges which were located all over the room. All servers were wearing masks and gloves and were super attentive. Masks were to be worn at all times, except when seated at the table while you were eating/drinking.
Connect Travel did a great job in keeping us all safe and making sure that all rules were followed. It was good to be back amongst “our” people, to be able to support each other in this travel space and talk about a future with travel at the center of it all.