Durham travel specialist offering a virtual, interactive and live vacation experience

A local travel specialist is looking to innovate when most people still avoid flying.

It does this by launching a live virtual travel experience, hoping to give tourists a glimpse of the Caribbean.

“Even though I can’t put planes back in the sky, I can bring the world to people’s living rooms,” says Tracy Turberfield, who started the service after her business was shut down by the pandemic.

When international travel was cut off, she says it turned her business upside down.

“That moment stopped me dead in my tracks,” she said. “I knew from then on that I had to untangle all the work I had done after several months. “

“I watched my travel business crumble before my eyes. “

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Turberfield, who sells luxury travel experiences, knew she had to do something.

“I realized people were missing out on travel,” Turberfield said.

“I wanted people to stay connected to travel, and thinking it’s not the end of the world, we’re going to travel again.”

From there came the idea of ​​virtual vacation experiences.

Building partnerships with key figures on the ground in the Caribbean over the last 20 years of her career, she now offers an interactive vacation environment, now departing for Antigua.

“They’re arranging to go live from Nelson’s Dockyard and one of the complexes,” she said. “In parallel, we will attend cooking demonstrations and have a live band while watching the sunset in Antigua.”

So far, she has taken her clients on virtual vacations to Saint Lucia.

“It’s about making the destinations known, keeping those particular destinations in people’s minds,” she told Global News.

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“We depend heavily on tourism as a destination,” said Tameka Wharton of the Antigua and Barbudan Tourism Authority. She says it is imperative to have a business like Tracy’s to help them survive, after several months without tourism in the area.

“We appreciate the way Tracy has found to present our destination to the Canadian public,” said Wharton, who is one of the partners helping to put together a virtual “Antiguan” experience.

Turberfield says that in addition to vacation meetings for clients, she also wants to change the look of those Zoom meetings that we’ve all become used to.

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“The experience can get a bit boring after a while,” says Turberfield, describing the sometimes neutral zoom environments.

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“I would like to offer networking events and team building events in trade shows. We could have incentives for companies, so they can organize incentive trips. “

You can find your tickets for a virtual vacation here. Visit http://bit.ly/VirtualVacationAntigua for more information.

The next virtual trip to Antigua is scheduled for next week,

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Perry A. Thomasson