During the ASTA World Travel Congress in Glasgow, comedian and
actor Robert Klein was among the guests at Glasgow's Moat House
Hotel who had to evacuate owing to a fire alarm. Later, as master
of ceremonies for the Travel and Tourism Awards, Klein noted that
the alarm was set off by steam from a shower being used by one of
the guests. "If a fire starts, does the water alarm go off?" Klein
They may call the new auditorium at Glasgow's exhibition center
"the Armadillo," because that's what it looks like from the
outside, but Klein saw something different. This is the first event
ever held in the auditorium, which was completed just a few weeks
before the start of the Congress. Klein described the new structure
as "a beehive, a Slinky, a horn of plenty, a cornucopia."
Insider shared a shuttle bus with a number of ASTA World Travel
Congress delegates on their way from Glasgow Airport to their
downtown hotels. As we entered the downtown area, one agent seemed
taken aback by a big sign on top of one of the hotels, with a huge
reindeer and the message "Book now for Christmas." "I just finished
with Christmas," she said.
J. W. "Bill" Marriott was inducted into ASTA's Travel Hall of
Fame at the Society's World Travel Congress, and he seemed
particularly pleased about the honor given the list of sponsors for
the awards speech. In his acceptance speech, Marriott said, "I'm
particularly proud to be standing here at an event sponsored by
Hilton." Then he added, referring to the Hilton Hotels Corp.
president and CEO, "I don't think Steve Bollenbach knows I'm here."
It should be noted that the awards ceremony also was sponsored by
Visa, Royal Caribbean, Alamo and Cameron Mackintosh
The ubiquitous Hard Rock Cafe doesn't seem to have a presence in
Glasgow yet, but, downtown, Insider did pass by a Solid Rock