New York Travel Festival- April 20- 21, 2013

I’ve attended the New York Times Travel Show a few times in the past. I usually go mainly to check out some of the seminars they feature but rarely find any useful information from the travel exhibitors at the show.

Check out my posts from the 2013 NY Travel Show here: Industry Day and Day 2.

I came across the New York Travel Festival around a month back and was debating whether or not to go. The festival’s goal is “to reinvent the consumer travel show seeking more interaction and a better sense of NYC and beyond”.

After reading a little more into the event, it sounded like it might be worth attending. The festival will feature various speakers, panels and other experiences. The show is a bit pricier than the Times show, but it also sounds like it will be a more worthwhile experience.

Some notable speakers:

  • National Geographic’s Digital Nomad- Andrew Evans
  • The youngest American to visit every country in the world- Lee Abbamonte
  • Former NY Times Frugal Traveler- Matt Gross
  • Travel blogger Matt Kepnes aka Nomadic Matt
  • The U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet- Robert Reid
  • And many more…

The Festival is a two day event:

  • Saturday, April 20- Seminars, Panels & More
  • Sunday, April 21- Attendees get to select a tour from a choice of 10+
There are a few ticket options available:
  • Saturday only– $40 which does not include lunch (lunch=$15 in advance, $20 day of)
  • Package Ticket– $75 which includes Saturday admission, lunch and one Sunday tour
  • VIP Ticket– $150 which includes Saturday admissions, cooking class with Chef Pierre Thiam and Sunday Mexico in NYC experience
I was interested in the Package Ticket due to one tour that I’ve always been curious about.
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I am a huge pizza fan, maybe a little obsessed so I’ve been wanting to check out Scott’s Pizza Tours for a while now. The thing is, I’ve been to a bunch of the places that his tour visits so I’ve been hesitant to pay to go to places I’ve already been to. The Sunday pizza tour goes for $60 by itself so I figured this tour plus the travel show was a pretty good value.
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This past Sunday I was reading on Twitter and saw a tweet from Nomadic Matt regarding the NY Trav Fest. Saturday tickets were reduced to $60 until 9:00pm. This made my decision $15 easier. I decided to book my spot to attend the travel show and the pizza tour!
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The event is less than two weeks away and I am looking forward to a fun and informative weekend. If you’re in the New York area, you should definitely look into attending.
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If you’re interested in finding out more about the NY Travel Fest (and to purchase tickets) Click HERE.

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