After a delightful day of exploring South Beach on Sunday there the reality check came quickly with SPTO (South Pacific Tourism Organisation) and SPCA (South Pacific Cruise Alliance) meetings all day Monday.
Tuesday and Sea Trade is all go.. There are well in excess of 2,000 booths..
I'm uncertain how many "suppliers" this entails as we have 2 booths representing a total of 8 countries .. Pitcairn (that's me!) Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Tahiti and the Kingdom of Tonga. Sea Trade covers a vast area, it would be great to explore but I need to be "on station".
First impression this morning was the high standard of dress. Nearly all male visitors are attired in suits, many very expensive looking.. most are wearing ties to complete a very cool look, even the Aussies are looking very sharp. I have seen only one visitor in jeans ! Clearly this is not New Zealand with its casual attire at daytime Expos. Someone said that they thought Europeans but I have to say that the South Americans scrub up rather well also. Our Sth Pacific team as always is dressed mostly in Bula shirts appropriate attire for the region.
I've had some very good meetings with some very interesting people. One of the more bizarre was a proposal !!! hahaha the old bugger did ask if I was married, didn't seem to make a lot of difference, clearly not of sound mind or vision !! Of course he was the one of about " 2 scruffs" in the room !
I am amazed at the numbers who have visited Pitcairn but I guess I'm dealing with shipping people who do sometimes get to go to awesome destinations.
It's just after 6.00 time to get ready for SPTO cocktail party at the Sagamore Hotel.