Attendance at Travel 2013 and Holiday 2013, both organised by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), saw their deepest drops in the last three years of 15 per cent and five per cent respectively. Sales volumes at each show also declined by about S$10 million (US$7.9 million) in 2013, compared with 2012. Tudor Coman, CEO of Flocations, a Singapore-based meta-search for travel packages, charged that the NATAS fairs are “no longer effective” and are not giving the ROI they used to. And while large players such as Chan Brothers and Dynasty Travel can still afford to participate, the small- and medium-sized agencies “just don’t see the value” and are finding new channels to acquire customers, he said. He asked: “Why would a consumer go through the headache of a travel fair when he can search the same deals online?” Get the full story at TTG Asia