Hopscotch the World January 9 and 10 at NYTimes Travel Show
By: Ellis Nassour
Of course, in New York City, you can travel the world – culinarily and in such conclaves as Chinatown, but if you want to have a passport to all the world has to offer the place to be January 9 and 10 is the Jacob Javits Center and The New York Times Travel Show, co-sponsored by American Express. Your plane or ship will begin boarding in the morning and you’ll have sightseeing adventures on your whirlwind trip around the world till early evening. Actually, if you have your travel documents, it will only just be beginning.
The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, with over 500 exhibitors. In addition to discounts and special offers, 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.
Five cultural stages feature live performances. At the Taste of World culinary stage, there’s global 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.
Speakers include Mark Wells, U.S. Dept. of State coordinator for Cuban Affairs;Paula Froelich, Yahoo Travel editor-in- chief; Matthew Kepnes, budget travel expert and author; Lee Abbamonte, multimedia travel personality and travel expert; andAri CharlesteinandHoward Rappaport, co-founders of Travel Education Network.
Seminar topics include “How to Travel First Class on an Economy Class Budget,” “Travel Deals and Emerging Destinations,” and “Travel Like a Rock Star.” Almost every booth at the show offers maps and souvenir trinkets. Wellness samplings will include:A Ritz-Carltonaromatherapist, fitness demos, body science and longevity programs, even a 10-minute energy tune-up with colored light.
Additional sponsorship is provided by South African Tourism, Liberty Travel, Visit Florida, American Society of Travel Agents, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Lines International Association, Family Travel Association, I Love NY, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, National Association of Railroad Passengers, and Pacific Asia Travel Association.
Tickets are $20, with children 18 and under free and are available at www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow and the Javits Center. Hours are 10-6 on January 9; 11-5, January 10.