The Trade Day is held every year the day before the official conference opens its doors to the public to give travel professionals an exclusive trade-only viewing of 500 exhibiting companies.
The keynote panel for the Travel Show’s Trade Day on the state of the travel industry will be moderated by James Shillinglaw, veteran travel editor and editor-in-chief of Insider Travel Report. Panelists include Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, Alejandro Zozaya, CEO, Apple Leisure Group, and Andrew Stuart, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line.
There will be over 100 speakers including executives like Unique Vacations/Sandals & Beaches Resorts COO Jeff Clarke, United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) President Terry Dale, President & founder of the Family Travel Association Rainer Jenss, MSC Cruises’ Senior VP Joe Jiffo, South African Airways Executive VP Todd Neuman, Cruise Lines International Association VP Marla Phaneuf, Norwegian Cruise Line Regional VP Glen Rothe, Hilton Director Melissa Walker, and a host of others.
We are once again a proud media partner of this prestigious travel event and plan to be there for the Trade Day as well as the weekend show, which will be held on both Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, also at the Javits Center.
In the midst of a cold winter weekend, you can partake in a slice of heaven at some of the warmer destinations’ booths, to learn about great getaway options to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico and South America from the states. South Africa and Taiwan had a massive presence last year and this year, South Africa takes the lead as a gold sponsor. Silver sponsors include Allianz, The Florida Keys and West Keys, MSC Cruises, Turkish Tourism, and Visit Florida. Last year, I spent quite a bit of time going down memory lane in the Florida aisle, which I hadn’t visited in years.
For the more adventurous travelers, there are plenty of vendors to keep you engaged, from safaris in Africa and river cruises throughout Southeast Asia to exploring the fjords in Norway, vodka tasting in the Baltics and beyond.
Always fun are the Asian booths where you can get dressed up in cultural attire, taste fabulous flavors from the South Pacific, dive into the natural desert beauty of places like Jordan and Israel or Central America for diving.
Performances are abound with dancing, music and cooking and there are travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers.
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, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Lines International Association, Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association, Family Travel Association, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Society of American Travel Writers, United States Tour Operators Association and Well-Being Travel.
The New York Times Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America and exhibitors include destinations, cruise lines, tour operators and more from Africa, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States. For updates, you can follow the New York Times Travel Show’s Facebook page and on Twitter.