The New York Times Travel Show Kicks Off Tomorrow


The New York Times Travel Show kicks off tomorrow in New York City, starting with an all day “trade day.” They will have keynote speakers from American Express Travel, American Society of Travel Agents, travAlliancemedia and Travel Leaders Group as part of the show’s trade day for travel industry professionals all day tomorrow at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.

The trade day begins at 9 a.m. with Travel Industry Conference sessions, which will run until 5 p.m., at the Javits Center.  The exhibition hall will be open for exclusive viewing by travel industry professionals from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Keynote Presentation: The Future of Travel Distribution & Travel Marketing will be presented by Yana Gutierrez, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, American Express Travel.

A panel on The Future of Travel Distribution & Travel Marketing: How Social Media, Online Travel and Traditional Travel Agents Are Revolutionizing the Sale of Travel will be moderated by James Shillinglaw, editor in chief, travAlliancemedia. Panelists include Laura Fink, vice president, Global Marketing, American Express Travel, Zane Kerby, president, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and Stephen McGillivray, CTC, chief marketing officer (CMO), Travel Leaders Group.

The New York Times Travel Show will host an industry reception, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for trade day attendees.  The reception will take place by the “Taste of the World” culinary stage.   

The event will be open to consumers on Saturday, March 1, from 10am until 6pm and on Sunday, March 2, from 11am until 5pm.  The show will be held in Hall 3D/E & 1E located on 11th Avenue at the 34th Street entrance to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  Admission to the Travel Industry conference is $35 in advance ($45 at the door); admission to the exhibition floor is free with Trade Day registration.

Sponsors include American Express Travel, South Africa and Visit Florida. Contributing sponsors include:  Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, The Florida Keys and Key West and Turkey. Media sponsors include: Family Travel Forum, Global Traveler, GoNomad,, Passport Magazine, travAlliancemedia, Travel Market Report, Travel Weekly News, WNET-TV and WVVH-TV, Hamptons TV.   Industry sponsors include: Adventure Travel Trade Association, Africa Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Cruise Lines International Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, International Association of Culinary Professionals, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Society of American Travel Writers, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, The International Eco-Tourism Society, U.S. Tour Operators Association and Well-Being Travel.

Photo credit: Embassy of Indonesia.

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.

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