FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Plan and book your dream vacation at the 5th Annual AAA Travel Marketplace, the biggest and most comprehensive travel show in New England at Gillette Stadium's Fidelity Investments Clubhouse March 7-9, 2008. The AAA Travel Marketplace brings 'all things travel' under one roof, enabling consumers to take 'virtual trips,' obtain expert travel advice from AAA's experienced travel counselors, shop for vacations with the industry's top travel providers -- even take a passport photo. "Our research has shown that what today's cost-conscious and time-pressed consumers want most are value and convenience when planning a trip, and the AAA Travel Marketplace delivers on both in a big way," said William Sutherland, Vice President, Travel, AAA Southern New England. "In a one-stop shopping experience, consumers can book cruises, vacation packages, hotels, car rentals, plan a drive vacation have a passport photo taken and even purchase luggage. And, all of this is offered at discounts that consumers won't find elsewhere. Our Marketplace is like bringing AAA.com to life in a very special 'brick and mortar' setting." With a strong share of the travel agency market, AAA Southern New England has strong relationships with all of the leading travel companies, enabling the organization to bring literally hundreds of the top vendors together under one roof everyday. Over 100 exhibitors will participate in this year's Marketplace including Celebrity Cruises, Disney Destinations, Pleasant Holidays, TNT Vacations, Travel Impressions, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Universal Orlando, to name a few. All AAA preferred, participating vendors will offer outstanding travel packages. In addition, people who book at the show are eligible for Samsonite luggage or an American Express Gift Card. (Minimum booking is required.) "Research shows that today's 'hybrid travelers' prefer a cross-channel approach to vacation planning. They start the planning process by doing research online and then contact a travel provider to actually book the trip," said Sutherland. "This show is absolutely ideal for this new generation of traveler, who can do research in advance of the show and then visit with hundreds of travel providers at the AAA Travel Marketplace to finalize and book the trip. With so many AAA travel counselors available at the show, we also cater to travelers who prefer to plan a trip in its entirety through an agent. And through AAA.com, those who prefer to book completely online are able to do so and still take advantage of their exclusive member benefits." The AAA Travel Marketplace also provides valuable travel information in an educational setting. Consumers can learn about some of the top vacation destinations at conveniently scheduled informative presentations throughout the duration of the AAA Travel Marketplace. Presentation times and locations, along with show maps are available online at http://www.AAA.com and at the door. Additionally, a multi-service, on-site AAA branch will be at the show, providing information on all of AAA's membership benefits-including auto travel services such as maps, TripTiks(R), TourBooks(R), movie and theme park tickets, passport photos, and more. AAA Travel Marketplace Event Details The AAA Travel Marketplace will be open to all Southern New Englanders, both members and non-members. Show parking is free, and admission will be $5 for AAA members, $10 for non-members. Look for a special $2 off coupon in the February issue of AAA Horizons, the club's official member publication, or at one of AAA's 34 branch locations. Log on to http://www.AAA.com for a printable version. Show hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7th; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8th; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 9th. Tickets may be purchased at the door, at any AAA Southern New England branch or at AAA.com. Directions can be found online. Also, this year's AAA Southern New England Travel Marketplace has extended hours opening at 2 p.m. on Friday to accommodate more members' schedules. What's more, exotic animals from around the globe will take center stage as the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks bring their furry, feathered and fanged creatures to the AAA Travel Marketplace. Educators from the parks will share important and entertaining conservation information about animals and their homes with a little help from some of the parks' most popular ambassadors including a two-toed sloth and a laughing kookaburra. Don't miss your chance to check out these feathered and furry creatures at the Worlds of Discovery Seminars on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. and again on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. About AAA Southern New England AAA Southern New England serves more than two million members in Rhode Island and Massachusetts including Greater Boston, Worcester, Berkshire County and Cape Cod. In addition to its roadside assistance programs, AAA also provides its members an array of products and services in the travel, insurance and financial services industries. The Club offers exclusive products and services with special member discounts and value-added programs. For more information about AAA Southern New England, visit http://www.AAA.com.
SOURCE AAA Southern New England