The eighth annual New York Times Travel Show, to be held Feb. 25 to 27, 2011, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City is really two show wrapped up in one. On the first day, Friday, it is an event for professionals from travel writers to travel management companies.
The 2011 Travel Show will begin with a trade day for industry professionals on Feb. 25, offering targeted conferences about Africa, the Caribbean, cruising and travel media. The exhibit hall will also be open for exclusive viewing by travel trade professionals, followed by an industry reception on the exhibit floor.
The Show features nearly 500 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries and takes place in the main hall located on the south side of the Javits Convention Center. The strategic focus of the event will be to encourage consumers to book vacations for a wide variety of trips, taking advantage of the on-site special offers available only during the Travel Show.
As North America's premier travel show it attracts a unique global representation of the world’s leading tourism markets including Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States.
At this year’s event, travel experts who will take questions and offer tips in on-site seminars [see list below]. This year’s show will include specialty travel pavilions for vacation home rental and cruise travel.
This year’s New York Times Travel Show coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, benefiting Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In celebration of the annual culinary event, guests at The New York Times Travel Show will be treated to a one-of-a-kind culinary demonstration stage presented by the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where South Florida chefs will bring a taste of the Festival north for the weekend.
“The Times’s annual Travel Show has become a highly anticipated event for both consumers and the travel trade, and this year is no exception,” said Yasmin Namini, senior vice president of marketing and circulation, and general manager of reader applications for The New York Times Media Group. “With opportunities to book trips, take advantage of fantastic discounts and enjoy a great lineup of travel experts and international entertainment, the Travel Show offers a trip around the globe in one day.”
American Express is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Travel Show and has been a founding sponsor since its inception in 2004.
Said senior vice president and general manager, American Express Travel, Claire Bennett, “American Express is honored to be the presenting sponsor of The New York Times Travel Show for the eighth consecutive year. The travel industry is coming off a good year and consumers continue to be interested in travel for 2011. We look forward to uniting with others in the travel industry at the Travel Show to showcase all of the great travel options and benefits available.”
Friday, February 25th
Open to Travel Professionals Only
ALL Travel Industry Conference Sessions
Industry Reception in Exhibition Hall
Saturday & Sunday, Februrary 26th & 27th
Open to Consumers and Travel Professionals
Explore more than 500 destinations and adventures to find the best value-packed trips for your schedule, travel style and budget.
Get advice from travel professionals, including Patricia Schultz, Stephanie Abrams, Adam Richman, Arthur and Pauline Frommer, Rick Steves, Samantha Brown and The New York Times’s Seth Kugel, Matt Gross, Michelle Higgins and Danielle Mattoon.
FAMILY FUN PAVILION
Families can enjoy interactive activity booths offered by the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Liberty Science Center, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York Hall of Science and the Queens Museum of Art. Kids and parents can scale a 24-foot, rock-climbing wall sponsored by Ecuador Tourism.
TASTE OF MIAMI CULINARY STAGE.
Presented by the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. You’ll be treated to delectable culinary demonstrations by stars of the Miami food and wine scene. Enter to win the Escape to South Beach Sweepstakes sponsored by Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Delta Air Lines.
Tickets are $15* (Free for those under 18.)
For more information, visit http://www.nytimes.com/travelshow