New York Times Travel Show 2015 Announces Speakers & Line-Up

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The New York Times Travel Show has announced speakers, events and programming for its 2015 Travel Show, which will take place from January 23-25, 2014, once again at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Friday will focus on their Trade Day which is exclusively for travel industry professionals, and will continue Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th for travel consumers and enthusiasts.   

 The Trade Day, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, will include 18 “Focus” conferences covering major travel categories, destinations, destination information and trends in travel on topics ranging from Cruising and Culinary Travel to Young Travel Professionals and Travel Bloggers.

 The Travel Show will also feature more than 40 consumer seminars, press conferences and features exclusive to The New York Times Travel Show, including:

  • Taste of the World, a global culinary showcase where attendees may sample cuisines from around the world;
  • Book Signings by world-renowned travel writers; and Meet the Experts, where travel experts meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on destinations from Paris and the Baltic Sea to Latin America and Atlantic City.  

Experts at the 2015 Travel Show include journalist and TV travel personality Julia Dimon; immediate past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Doug Duda; Yahoo Travel editor in chief Paula Froelich; acclaimed travel professionals and radio hosts Arthur and Pauline Frommer; travel editor and radio host Peter Greenberg; travel influencer Brian “The Points Guy” Kelly; award-winning travel journalist, broadcaster and TV personality Joseph Rosendo; and budget travel expert and author Matthew Kepnes.

Experts will also present specialty sessions on travel interests including destination weddings and honeymoons, New York state tourism, medical health and wellness journeys, and LGBT travel.  

Renee Blodgett
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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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