Mark Your Calendar for January 27, the New York Times Travel Show Trade Day


Globetrotters, be sure to put the New York Times Travel Show on your list for a must attend show in January. Held every year at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the event attracts travelers, industry peeps, media and more across three days, starting on January 27, which is solely dedicated to TRADE DAY, the New York Times Travel Show announced today. We love the event so much that I board a plane and head to the cold and snowy east coast every January to participate in the festivities and starting last year, we came on board as a media partner.

The 2017 New York Times Travel Show kicks things off for their annual show with Trade Day on Friday, January 27, which is a trade-only viewing of 500 exhibiting companies in the Exhibition. Travel professionals may register for the Trade Day here.   The keynote panel for the Travel Show’s Trade Day on the state of the travel industry will be moderated by James Shillinglaw, travel editor and journalist. Panelists include Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Alejandro Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group and Brian King, global officer, digital, distribution, revenue management & global sales of Marriott International.

Trade Day will feature more than 270 speakers including, among others:

  • Ben Baer, managing editor, Forbes Brand Production
  • Steve Dumaine, president & CEO,
  • Rainer Jenss, president & founder, Family Travel Association
  • Alison Metcalfe, executive vice president United States and Canada, Tourism Ireland and chair of the European Travel Commission’s Operations Group in USA
  • Ken Muskat, executive vice president, MSC Cruises
  • Edie Rodriguez, president & CEO, Crystal Cruises
  • Eduardo Santander, executive director, European Travel Commission
  • Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer, City of New York
  • Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures

The Travel Industry Conference offers a comprehensive education program designed for travel professionals and features 24 Focus Conferences across diverse travel categories. New to this year’s show are Travel Trends: Focus on All-Inclusive Resorts; Focus on Cuba and Focus on Luxury Travel.   As presenting sponsor of the Show’s Taste of the World stage, a representative from Costa Rica will be the featured speaker of the Culinary Tourism seminar for Trade Day, focusing on healthy sustainable culinary travel.

The weekend of January 28 and January 29 will be open to all attendees and feature global cuisine tastings, cultural performances, travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers for consumers of all ages from over 500 exhibitors.

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

Go Nomad, Healthy Aging Magazine, ManAboutWorld, Off Metro, Passport, travAlliancemedia, Travel to Wellness, Travel Market Report, Wander Magazine, We Blog the World, Where Traveler, WNET-TV and WVVH-TV serve as media sponsors.

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.  In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples and seniors.





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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