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I’m Heading to the New York Times Travel Show

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This weekend is the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. 
The show runs from January 18-20 and will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary.

I’m heading to the show for the Travel Industry Day today and might attend one of the General Public Days too to check out some of the travel seminars. (I was able to get a media credential which gives me access to the Travel Industry and General Public Days.)

The first day is nice to attend since the exhibition floor is open featuring representatives from various tourism boards, hotels and travel companies. It is also much less crowded than during the General Public days. This should give me time to chat with representatives from tourism boards for some of the places Kim, Lucas and I will be visiting in 2013.
I’ve attended the Travel Show a few times in the past. Last year was the first time I had a media credential and got to attend the Travel Industry Day. A couple of other times I attended the show- mainly to attend some of the travel seminars presented by travel experts and TV personalities.

Here are some of the travel seminars I’ve attended:

  • Adam Richman- Man vs Food
  • Andrew Zimmern- Bizarre Foods
  • Brian Kelly- The Points Guy blog
  • Ian Wright- Globe Trekker
  • Patricia Schultz- Author- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
  • Samantha Brown- Various Travel Channel shows

This year I’m thinking about attending seminars by

  • Seth Kugel- the NY Times Frugal Traveler 
  • Andrew McCarthyActor, Author & Traveler
  • Travel Bloggers Panel highlighting travel trends

I’m hoping to get some valuable information about a few destinations that we’ll be visiting in 2013. I’d also like to learn about some new travel companies and products that I haven’t heard of. 

If my schedule allows for it, I’ll head back to the show (most likely on Saturday) to attend the seminars mentioned above.

Stay tuned for more about the 2013 New York Times Travel Show.

A Unique Luggage Tag

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While attending the New York Times Travel Show the giveaways were definitely underwhelming. 
However there was one thing that really stood out. I was given this interesting luggage tag from airberlin. At the show I tossed it in my bag initially thinking nothing more of it
When I got home I went through my bag to check out the brochures and little trinkets I had received. As I had remembered the bag was full of junk. Once again I came across my airberlin luggage tag. This time I took a better look at it and noticed that it was really different. The luggage tag was shaped to look like a roll aboard luggage bag! The tag slides open which is where you write your personal information.
I won’t be using the tag since the plastic “handle” holding the strap is really thin and I think that it would break pretty fast.
I wonder what other interesting and unique luggage tags are out there?

NY Times Travel Show Seminar: Patricia Schultz- Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

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I had a chance to attend a few seminars at the NY Times Travel Show on March 4. (I wrote a little about my visit here)

The first seminar I went to was given by Patricia Schultz, author of the book
1,000 Places To see Before You Die. Her talk focused on many of her favorite places to visit, included a slide show with some great photos and mentioned some updates and additions to the book.

Here are some of the things she had to share at the seminar.
Patricia Schultz likes to travel around by train and says it costs a fraction of the price opposed to flying. She spoke quite a bit about Europe, mentioning places like Scotland, London, Paris, Belgium, Scandinavia and Vienna. She loves Paris and said that even Parisians seem to smile these days.

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When talking about her favorite destinations, it seemed like a tough answer. She mentioned Bhutan and Africa, but then said that Italy was her favorite. Patricia said “I lived in Italy for five years, how lucky”.

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Slide of market in Morocco

A lot of time was devoted to updates and new additions to 1,000 Places To See.
Many of the new additions come from the now sovereign, former Yugoslavian countries. Places of note were Ljubljana, Slovenia which she said is beautiful with Lake Bled making for a nice day trip. Patricia also seemed to really love Croatia, which is the tourist capital of the coastline with over 1,000 islands.

She ended the seminar talking about a couple of African countries- Morocco and Ethiopia.
Morocco is the safest of the Arab countries to visit with no problems from the uprisings last year that affected many places. It is also one of the most interesting for eating purposes.
Patricia said that the world does not know Ethiopia. She called it “one of the Oh My God destinations” and she found lovely people everywhere.

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After the seminar I got to speak with Patricia for a few minutes.  She was very friendly and more that willing to share some travel stories. After mentioning that my wife & I would soon be traveling with our (almost 8 week old) son, Patricia had a positive opinion towards traveling with infants. She said that although he would not remember the trips, there would be photos to look at and the memories would be something special for my wife and I. She also told me that as a kid she did not get to travel but had fond memories of trips to Atlantic City with her family.

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Why not get my book signed!

NY Times Travel Show Seminars & Demo

I went back to the New York Times Travel Show on Sunday to attend a few seminars and a cooking demonstration. I found all of the presentations to be interesting and worth checking out. I heard some great stories, picked up a few pointers, had some laughs and got to taste some awesome meatballs.

The seminars I saw were:

  • Patricia Schultz- Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die
  • Adam Richman- Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food: Exploring Fork First
  • Brian Kelly- The Points Guy: Travel Points Pointers For A First Class Lifestyle on a Budget
  • Cooking Demo with Daniel Holzman- The Meatball Shop (restaurant in NYC)

I had a chance to chat with Patricia Schultz, Adam Richman and Daniel Holzman ( & his partner at The Meatball Shop Michael Chernow) after their presentations.
I’ll be writing a post about each of these seminars/ demos this week.

The biggest crowd from all of the seminars I attended was for Brian Kelly- The Points Guy.
I found the info presented to be geared towards beginners. The crowd was really interested in what Brian had to say and after his presentation he had a pretty large crowd surround him for a lengthy Q & A session. I had planned to chat with him but decided to pass after the crowd did not thin out for quite a while.

Keep checking back for more posts about the travel show this week!

Industry Day At The NY Times Travel Show

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I had a great time at industry day at the NY Times Travel Show. 
(Read my posts about my plans to attend the show here)

I didn’t get to attend any of the travel seminars in the morning but it was nice getting to visit the exhibition area before it was open to the public. 

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I got to speak with representatives from a bunch of tourism boards and took a few business cards for places that I plan to visit in the near future. I also spoke with reps from some new travel-related websites and businesses including some that have not even launched yet.

In some upcoming posts I plan to write about a few of the new travel sites & businesses.

I’ll be heading back to the travel show on Sunday to attend a few presentations.

More posts soon to follow!

NY Times Travel Show Media Access

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The New York Times Travel Show is coming up this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center.

I wasn’t planning to go to the show this year but decided for fun to send in a request for media credentials. My request was accepted so I might as well take advantage and go to the show.

I’ve been to the show two times. I enjoyed presentations by some of the travel experts and TV personalities. I heard presentations by Andrew Zimmern , Samantha Brown, Ian Wright, Patricia Schultz and many others.

The show is from March 2-4, with the first day open only to travel professionals.
There will be lots of travel information from various tourism boards and tour companies, tips from travel experts at various seminars and cultural & culinary presentations on five stages.

I plan to attend the show two of the days. I am going to check out the travel professionals day for a few hours and one of the public days.
I am leaning towards going on Sunday since I’d like to hear Adam Richman (Man vs Food) & Brian Kelly’s (The Points Guy) presentations. I would also like to try to see the demonstration by Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.

Find out more about the NY Times Travel Show here.