Last week, the .travel team traveled to NYC for the world renowned New York Times Travel Show taking place in the Javitz Convention Center. Expecting over 20,000 visitors over the 3 day event, the .travel team chose to participate on Friday, which was a trade specific day filled with industry players from every aspect of travel: travel agents, CVBs, associations, destinations, travel media, and more. The day was broken into two parts: the trade only exhibit and seminars and then the larger consumer based show. Early in the day through the afternoon, .travel shared the exhibit floor with strategic partners such CLIA and NACTA and other companies such as PMG, eWaterways, and more.
Following the trade specific show and seminars, the official ribbon was cut to open the full exposition floor where countries, states, and resorts such as Canada.travel, Brazil, Argentina.travel, Aruba, and Thailand featured their products to fellow industry peers and then to end consumers on the weekend.
Knowing that grabbing attention of your industry peers is key, many exhibitors offered wine, cheese, giveaways, and entertainment. The .travel team’s highlights were:
1) Vermont-the best cheese by far!
2) Aruba-the best dressed dancers. Wow what colors!
3) St. Lucia-the best band playing soothing music from the Caribbean.
4) Utah.travel-the best giveaway with a free visit to the Grand Canyon.
After the show, it was time to explore the city that never sleeps! Indeed, there is no city like NYC! With so many attractions to offer from Times Square, the Empire State Building, Central Park and more, one can never forget New York. What a wonderful place to host a travel industry event! Nothing is better than, “the Capital of the World.” It was an amazing trip and show. The .travel team looks forward to participating in The New York Times Travel Show again next year!
If you attended and would like to add your favorites, please comment.