Niagara Gazette

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October 9, 2012

Delta employees get kick out of Falls

Niagara Gazette — A group of Delta Airlines sales representatives are in Niagara Falls this week for a business conference. But given the opportunity to get outside Tuesday and have a little fun, business was the last thing on their minds.

In fact, Tim Lotter, the airline giant's manager of international sales development, said the 75 Delta sales representatives had quite the time on the Maid of the Mist and at the Cave of the Winds during a bit of free time Tuesday.

The experience, he said, exceeded many of the visitors' expectations, ones dampened by previous visits to a site closer to their homes. He said many of the visiting representatives have visited Victoria Falls, a cataract located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa.

But while Victoria Falls is actually a larger waterfall than Niagara, there isn't as much of an opportunity to get the experience of the power of the rushing water.

It's the power and force so close at hand which pushed many of the visitors over the edge into giddiness and excitement, he said.

"They were just in awe," he said. "We did the Maid of the Mist (Tuesday) morning and they were like little kids. At the Cave of the Winds, you should have seen them on the hurricane deck. They were all like little kids."

The group of visitors included some of the company's top sales representatives from 22 African and Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. 

An annual Delta conference, the focus has been on bringing sales representatives to places other than the major American cities like New York or Los Angeles. Recently, Delta has also put an emphasis company-wide on New York State travel and figured bringing the group to this region would accomplish both goals, Lotter said.

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