PHOTO: The New York Times Travel Show, like the auto shows, always has an impact on the industry. (Courtesy New York Times Travel Show)
Prior to 2003, while New York City was home to plenty of travel events and shows that opted to host their event there in any given year—the ASTA World Travel Congress in 2001, for example--it couldn’t really lay claim to a show of its own.
That all changed when the New York Times decided to start its own travel expo. And what an expo it’s turned out to be.
Since its inception the show has grown exponentially. In fact, the 2016 event was the second most attended New York Times Travel Show in its 13 year history. What’s more, overall attendance was the highest it had been in the nine years prior with more than 29,050 people in attendance.
The show attributed the bulk of that growth from consumer attendees, whose attendance rate rose by three percent. Consumers were able to stroll the trade show floor and meet with hundreds of destinations and travel suppliers from countries around the world and score a few deals in the process.
This year promises to be no different, thanks to the more than 500 exhibitors and 250 travel industry speakers and experts predicted to be in attendance. Visitors to the show can expect to have their choice of more than 100 cultural presentations from destinations both near and far. It’s non-stop excitement as world-class performers showcase their country’s traditions in dance and music on five cultural stages set up throughout the expo. Best of all, stage area admission is complimentary with the Travel Show ticket.
Attendees also have the chance to meet their favorite travel authors and get one-on-one, personal advice for making sure that they get the most from their trip. Whether it’s maximizing frequent flyer miles to parlay that economy seat into an upgrade, making sure your travel photographs are memorable for the right reasons or the best, tools, apps and destinations for women travelers, the New York Times Travel Show always sheds new light on everyone’s favorite topic.
Longer sessions are also part of the roster, where attendees can pick up info on such topics as: 12 easy ways to save big money when you travel, wellness travel, LGBT travel from cruises to destinations and everything in between, putting the fun back in family travel, planning an African safari and global travel tips for women.
Other activities include visits to the new Wellness Travel Pavilion, the Family Travel Pavilion and the Taste of the World, a culinary showcase featuring some of the world’s best known chefs and culinary personalities, including celebrity chefs Roy Yamaguchi, Art Smith and cultural culinary traveler Adam Richman.
The event isn’t just for consumers, either. This ground-breaking travel trade event offers a comprehensive educational program for travel professionals. Taught by industry experts, the event offers more than 23 Focus Conferences on such topics as working with travel media and bloggers and attracting young professionals to the business. For travel consultants, there are updates on such destinations as Florida, Asia, Cuba, the Middle East and North Africa, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe and such niches as adventure travel, luxury travel, small-ship cruising, all-inclusives, cruising, tours, family, wellness, culinary, LGBT and destination weddings and honeymoons.