New York Times Travel Show: Food, Famous Chefs, Entertainment, and Travel Experts
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 Travel Show. The 11th annual event is March 1and 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. There’ll be food and wine tastings, opts to meet famous chef, entertainment, travel experts, seminars, family fun activities, discount travel packages, travel books, and maps, maps, maps and maps of maps. This year’s New York Times Travel Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors representing more than 150 cities and countries. The theme is “family, adventure and cruise line travel.”
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, featuring exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the U.S.
Whether you prefer the Old World or the new world, black sand beaches of Hawaii’s Big Island, the fjords and waterfalls of Norway, the beauty of Brazil, the sophistication of Argentina and Europe; travel the twists and turns of the Rhine or Danube, the ruins of fabled empires, experience romance and grandeur at the Taj Mahal, ride elephants in Thailand – whether you want to cruise the seas on ocean cities or sun-bathe on yachts, do photo safaris, climb the Eiffel Tower or mountains, take an edge-of-the-seat adventure on the Alaska Gold Rush train or the Orient Express, visit the Kabuki or the Bolshoi, observe koalas or polar bears, there’ll be travel experts to offer tips in over 45 on-site seminars with the likes of Pauline and Arthur Frommer, Julia Dimon, Brian “The Points Guy” Kelly, and Peter Greenberg. Doug Duda, and from The New York Times.
“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.”
A&E International Network’s The Well-Seasoned Traveler, will host culinary discussions and demonstrations. At the Taste of the World stage, attendees may sample international food and wine.
Exhibitors will offer exclusive Travel Show discounts for rive and ocean cruises and resorts. There’ll be an interactive area with opportunities to climb a 24-foot wall, bungee jump on a giant trampoline, and meet exotic animals from SeaWorld Parks.
The New York TimesTravel Show, held in Halls 3D & E [Eleventh Avenue at the 34th Street], will be open to consumers on March 1 from 10 A.M.-6 P.M. and March 2 from 11A.M.-
5 P.M. For ticketing and more information, visit www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow