Bon Voyage: New York Times Travel Show, January 27 and 28, Celebrates Uncommon Adventures
By: Ellis Nassour
Dorothy said it best in The Wizard of Oz: “There’s no place like home…There’s no place like home!” That is, if you don’t know the Who, What. When, and Wheres of travel. And that’s why there’s the New York Times Travel Show, the largest and longest-running consumer travel show in North America — now in its 15th year. Jet (private or commercial), cruise, and train to your heart’s content this weekend, January 27 and 28, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
This year’s show, themed “Celebrating 15 Years of Uncommon Adventures,” presents an expansive showcase for travel enthusiasts come together to share the latest travel news and trends for this year and beyond. The Javits will host more than 560 exhibitors from around the world in the areas of hotels, resorts, spas, cruises, great train journeys, and airlines.
Whether you prefer the Old World or the new, black sand beaches of Hawaii’s Big Island, the fjords and waterfalls of Norway, the beauty of Brazil, the sophistication of Argentina, the romance of France, the splendors of Turkey, Bhutan, or the Himalayas, the twists and turns of the Rhine, Danube, Nile, or Mississippi, the Alaska Gold Rush train or the Orient Express, the ruins of fabled empires, the grandeur at the Taj Mahal, Thai temples and elephants, hiking the Great Wall, wild life safaris, tickets for the Kabuki or the Bolshoi, observe koalas or polar bears, you’ll receive help and learn of the latest in global travel trends. The Pavilion Stages will a huge variety of live performances.
Exhibitors from Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Greece, Israel, Latin America, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, and, of course, the good old U.S. will offer brochures, videos, and tons of inscribed pens – in addition to giving advice and helping plan. Some will have games to play for valuable (maybe!) prizes. Oh, did I mention there’ll be family fun activities, a large travel bookstore, and maps, maps, maps and maps of maps?
The show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples, singles, seniors, and the spa and wellness traveler. It’s a spectacular celebration of domestic and international hot spots and under-the radar crowd-free escapes where you gain valuable travel insights from experts in the field in one-on-one conversations. You can book exclusive discounted deals to dream destination right at the show.
Since you don’t like to travel on an empty stomach and you do travel to experience the world’s cuisines some nations will present food and wine tastings. At the Taste of World culinary stage, there’ll be cuisine tastings with top chefs and food personalities. There’ll also be a Kids Kitchen, with children of all ages can participate in fun food experiments while learning about nutritious eating and international dishes.
“Travel is about discovery,” says Claire Bennett, American Express Travel exec VP, “both of the world and of yourself. Today’s travelers look for engaging experiences; and it’s our goal, as founding sponsor of the Travel Show, to offer guidance. Whether you seek a luxury escape, family vacation, solo and senior travel, or an adventurous odyssey, American Express, as it has been since our founding, is here to serve and help you plan.”
Seminars on Saturday will include: Cooking with Zac Posen – the renowned fashion designer will present his new cookbook, Cooking with Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined; The New York Times’s wildly popular columnist Lucas Peterson, The Frugal Traveler; Bizarre Foods with Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmers; Chef Angela Dimayuga with Cherry Bombe’s Claudia Wu; and, among a long list,”
L.G.B.T.Q. Travel with Davey Wavey.
On Sunday, join Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown and Pauline Frommer, editor of Frommer guidebooks; Travel with Joseph Rosenda, Emmy-winning journalist and PBS show host; and many others, including Vanessa Grail’s Don’t Be a Tourist in Paris : The Messy Nessy Chic Guide.
American Express, the founding sponsor of The New York Times Travel Show, has participated since the show‘s inception. The show is the largest consumer and trade travel event in North America,
South African Tourism, supporter of the Travel Show since 2008, is a New York Times Travel Show gold sponsor. MSC Cruises and Visit Florida are silver sponsors.
Ticketing, available at www. NYTimes.com/TravelShow or by calling 877-779-3210, are $20 for a one-day pass, $25 for two days. If ordering on line, there’llbe tax and services fees. This is a massive show, so wear comfortable shoes and be sure to pick up The Official Guide as you enter. Hours: 10 A.M. – 6 P.M., Saturday; 11 A.M. – 5 P.M., Sunday. For much more information, visit the above web site. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.