The New York Times Travel Show brings together travelers and industry professionals from around the world for a fun weekend of excursions in New York City.
Held at the Jacob Javits Center, the largest travel industry conference in North America, kicks off with Trade Day for media and travel professionals.
This is a great way to mix-n-mingle with industry experts and get up-to-speed on the current state of travel and the future outlook of travel. Travel leaders share challenges and opportunities for travel agents, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, bloggers, and other travel professionals. Various panels discuss trends and growth opportunities to help you navigate the evolving travel landscape.
Having just returned, the Focus on Cuba panel was interesting and timely. Moderated by John McAuliff, founder and Executive Director of Cuba/US People to People Partnership and Fund for Reconciliation and Development.
Panelists discussed the rise of Cuban travel and increasing number of commercial airlines now flying direct from many destinations such as New York, Miami, Atlanta, and ports throughout Florida.
A favorite, The Focus on Wellness Travel.
Staying healthy while on the road isn’t always easy. Panelists discussed ways for companies, tour operators, and travel professionals to incorporate and promote wellness as part of their vacation packages and destinations.
While the panel itself focused on marketing to consumers, the Wellness Pavilion the following day offered many booths to help travelers live well on the road. The Get Fit station for example offered an excellent demonstration on how to incorporate exercise during travel.
New York Times Bestselling Author Tosca Reno shared tips for how to “train your butt to boost your metabolism”.
CDC promoted healthy travel at The New York Times Travel Show too sharing 5 healthy travel tips all travelers need to know.
There’s something for everyone at The New York Times Travel Show.
Throughout the weekend, consumers enjoyed a number of exhibits and booths dedicated to travel and lifestyle.
Foodies indulged in Taste of the World which offered cuisines from around the world. I was too happy to have a cup of Indonesian coffee since I’d gone through my stash following a recent trip to Bali.
Budget travelers delighted in special discounted rates and fares. Others won free trips!
I even got in on the action as a travel blogger and gave away free travel vouchers throughout the weekend to promote solo female travel.
Catching up with one of my favorite destinations, the Seychelles Tourism Board, was a joy. See why Seychelles Islands should be on your bucket list.
Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours offered history buffs a chance to travel the world with narrators who guide you while roaming the trails of America’s war heroes.
And, luxury travelers escaped with accommodations like Ani Villas who
shared a glimpse into the pure opulence that awaits you at any of their worldwide destinations.
With record-breaking attendance, you’ll want to add The New York Times Travel Show to your calendar for 2018!
It truly is the fastest way to travel around the world in a weekend.