Attend The New York Times Travel Show For Culinary & Cultural Fun!


I’ve been a long time fan of the New York Times Travel Show and have attended several times over the years. It is an annual event which is held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City every January and while most of my travel writer colleagues know about the show, many of my mobile warrior friends on both coasts have never attended. If you need to plan a business trip to New York, pick the weekend of January 8th to do it and if you are East Coast based, take the train to the Big Apple and be prepared to get inspired.

A great memory of a previous show is entering the doors of the Javits from the cold winter New York streets and being transformed by the exotic vendors booths in all directions. From culinary tours that you can take to Southeast Asia and safaris to Africa to cruises in Scandinavia and skiing in central Europe, it’s all there to breathe in and discover. They hold talks as well so you can learn about history, food, culture, music and more.

We’re a proud media partner of this year’s event and in January, the 2016 New York Times Travel Show will feature a wide variety of exclusive discounts, cultural performances, kid-friendly activities, culinary tastings and new offerings for the spa and wellness traveler.

They will kick things off on Friday, January 8 with its Trade Day, which is open exclusively to travel industry professionals and then open to the general public on January 9 and 10, 2016. Attendees can experience the visions and sounds of the world on stage through cultural performances that bring global destinations to life across five different stages on the exhibition floor.

The Travel Show’s “Taste of the World” culinary pavilion will provide attendees with samples of cuisines from around the globe. “Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen” will invite children of all ages to participate in fun food experiments while learning about nutritious eating and international dishes. Ferguson and Jenn-Air are presenting sponsors of the New York Times Travel Show Kids Kitchen and also supplying the kitchen that will be used on the Taste of the World stage. As a passionate foodie, I am so looking forward to this.

Astor Wines and Spirits, FreshDirect, Institute of Culinary Education, Stephenson Custom Case Company and Tower Garden are supporting sponsors, supplying staging and assistance, for the 2016 New York Times Travel Show Kids Kitchen. FreshDirect will provide all groceries for Taste of the World and Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen.

Allianz and South African Tourism are gold sponsors of The New York Times Travel Show and The Florida Keys and Key West, Liberty Travel, MSC Cruises, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Turkish Tourism and Visit Florida are silver sponsors. Ferguson and Jenn-Air are presenting sponsors of Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen. Astor Wines and Spirits,FreshDirectInstitute of Culinary EducationStephenson Custom Case Company and Tower Garden are supporting sponsors.

Industry sponsors include: Adventure Cycling Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association, African Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Lines International Association, Cruise Planners: an American Express Travel Services Representative, Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists Association, Family Travel Association, I Love New York, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Society of American Travel Writers, United States Tour Operators Association and Well-Being Travel.

Media sponsors include: Go Nomad, Hospitality 21, The Huffington Post, Man About World, NTD-TV, Off Metro, Passport, TravAlliance Media, Travel Market Report, Travel to Wellness, VVH-TV, Wander Magazine,, and WNET-TV.

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, and an interactive Exhibition including more than 500 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States.  Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

Photo credits: New York Times Travel Show and

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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