The New York Times Brings a World of Experiences to the Javits Center January 25-27, 2019

New York has always been considered a real melting pot of ethnic, culinary and cultural diversity. For the 16th consecutive year, the New York Times brings the world to its readers, travel enthusiasts from the tristate area and anyone in town who wants to explore the world with all their 5 senses. You will have opportunities to see, hear, touch, taste and smell authentic experiences proudly showcased by tourism boards, tour companies, cruise lines, educational programs, wellness, animals, eco-friendly travel, food, fashion and of course FUN! The best part is it can be around the corner or around the world.

How much FUN do you ask? The 2018 show brought together 32,398 participants including 10,268 travel trade and 22,130 consumer travelers with 610 exhibiting organizations from 176 countries. That’s a whole lot of one on one interaction going on! January 25th is totally dedicated to travel professionals and the travel media. Over 10,000 came last year! January 26th hours are from 10am-6pm and Sunday January 27th come down from 11am-5pm.

What kind of things can you count on to educate, amuse, infuse and enthuse?  You can visit the performance stages or just walk past the colorful excitement around each country pavilion or booth.   Everyone loves the wine and food tastings (and there are quite a few) along with the culinary presentations from around the world.

NY Times Travel Show 2018 Copyright Sherrie Wilkolaski

Exhibitors include: overseas national tourist boards, convention and visitor bureaus, hotels, tour operators, cruises, industry associations, culinary, travel-related services like insurance (don’t leave home without that!) and technology. Be sure to attend as many of the seminars with featured speakers on everything from solo travel to weddings and honeymoons, destination specialists and niche interest gurus.

Many people have specific destinations in mind and others are window shopping for their next getaway. Either way, you get quality one-on-one time with travel experts to get the answers to your questions. Another great opportunity is to meet some of your favorite travel authors, bloggers chefs and media personalities.

Last year it was estimated that attendees spent an estimated record $107 million on travel in 2018. Which brings one of the biggest reasons people come to the NY Times Travel Show-BARGAINS and DEALS. This generally affluent, educated audience is made up of everyone from tech-savvy travelers, millennials to baby boomers. There are families looking for meaningful ways to celebrate life cycle events or just have quality getaway time. You will find students, life long learners, backpackers and humanitarian minded individuals who want to give something back.

If you want to find out the most up to date info or want to chime in with your fave travel spot this year, #NYTTravelShow or@NYTTravelShow will get you to the latest on social media. If you have any questions you want me to ask for you at the show, please message me on facebook at Passionate Travel or randiwinter4passionatetravel on Instagram and I will be answering them in my articles for Luxe Beat Magazine. If you see me there taking copious notes or asking questions, be sure to come up and say hi!

Travel Seminars and Book Signings

NY Times Travel Show 2018 Copyright Sherrie Wilkolaski

If you have any questions be sure to drop by the Meet the Experts Pavilion located in the south concourse, where travel connoisseurs are available one on one to offer advice, insight, tips, information and inspiration on a variety of travel topics.

Sherrie Wilkolaski CEO of Luxe Beat Media and I (Randi Winter/ Passionate Travel a Virtuoso Affiliate of Classic Travel) will be attending the 11am meet the experts sessions with Akin Akinsanya of African Restaurant Week. Come by and say hi!

African Restaurant Week’s Impact on Culture and Food Tourism to Africa
How African Restaurant Week helps promote African cuisine, chefs and culture. Also the impact of African restaurants on food tourism to Africa. What is in the works for 2019 – how we are enlisting more culinary ambassadors to help take African cuisine global and promote food tourism to Africa.
Expert: Akin Akinsanya, Founder and C.E.O., African Restaurant Week

Here’s the link to learn more..

My Recommendations for Saturday January 26

11 a.m. [Room 1E13]
How Travel Advisers Help Families Discover What’s Possible 
Planning a dream family vacation can be a daunting challenge for even the travel-savvy. Hear from experts as they share how families can save time, money and their sanity.
11 a.m. [Room 1E15]

The Best Travel Gear and Gadgets of 2019 With Wirecutter
Join Wirecutter as they share results from hours researching and testing new gear and gadgets. Hear from 52 Places traveler, Jada Yuan, share her favorite gadgets, gear and apps that helped her trip go smoothly! Learn what to take— and what to leave at home.

12:15 p.m. [Room 1E07, 1E08, 1E09]
52 Places to Travel With Jada Yuan
As the first 52 Places traveler, Jada will share her amazing experiences as she blogged her way around the world!

12:15 p.m. [Room 1E10]
L.G.B.T.Q. Travel: Tours, Cruises, Events and Destinations for 2019

1:30 p.m. [Room 1E10]
Expert Safety Tips for Women Travelers
Join the founder of Girls LOVE Travel, a global community of active and aspiring female travelers with an expert panel sharing travel experiences and tips for women’s safety and  what big-hitter companies are doing to create safety initiatives for women. You will feel empowered, connected and excited to travel the world!

1:30 p.m. [Room 1E13]
How to Be a More Curious Traveler 
Christine van Blokland, Travel Host, Writer and Executive Producer of PBS “Curious Traveler” will rekindle your childlike wonder, for a new appreciation for the sights, sounds, tastes and hidden histories you encounter. She offers practical strategies, guidance in getting the most out of pretrip research and unexpected but effective tips. You’ll see the world in a whole new, curious way!  

2:45 p.m. [Room 1E07, 1E08, 1E09]
Places to Love With Samantha Brown

2:45 p.m. [Room 1E15]
Sustainable and Socially Conscious Travel: Tips, Advice and Travel Experiences
Join New York Times travel and lifestyle writer, Shivani Vora, as she discusses socially conscious and sustainable travel with experts. Learn how travelers can minimize and be more mindful of the impact their travels can have on a destination.

4 p.m. [Room 1E10]
Heritage Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors’ Footsteps     
You don’t have to be a celebrity on “Who Do You Think You Are?” to travel in your ancestors’ footsteps. Heritage travel offers a rich and rewarding experience. Learn tips for researching, planning and connecting on your personal journey. Moderated by Lisa Vogele, Travel Consultant and Genealogist, Panelists: Dr. Gina Paige, Co-Founder, explains DNA testing and helping people trace their ancestral roots; Anthony Fasano, Blogger and Author, “40 Days in Italy Con Mia Famiglia” sharing an inspirational story about connecting with your extended family; and Mickela Mallozzi, Emmy Award-winning Travel Host and Producer, sharing details of her travel series, “Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi,” where all the destinations are based on her DNA map.

My Recommendations for SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Noon [Room 1E10]
Road Trips Across America
The Great American Road Trip is one of our country’s vibrant traditions — the open road, the diverse beauty of the American landscape, and the discovery of the country’s regional culture and cuisines. Join the editor of Healthy Aging Magazine and a panel of road trippers to learn where to experience the historic, quirky and unique soul of America.

Noon [Room 1E13]
“Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid” Dylan Thuras
Learn about trips around the planet to discover its most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders. Get tips for finding, navigating to, and exploring hidden and unusual places.

1:15 p.m. Room 1E15
Luxury Travel for Less
***Luxury Travel for Less will be amazing if you love the perks and privileges of travel without having to ask for them! Disclosure. I am a Virtuoso Travel Specialist of Inspired Pursuits at Passionate Travel: A Virtuoso Affiliate of Classic Travel Ltd in New York as well as a travel writer for Luxe Beat Media. Come say hi I’ll be in the audience for sure! (I am the one with the rainbow hair!)

Join New York Times travel and lifestyle writer, Shivani Vora, as she discusses how to get maximum luxury with Matthew Upchurch, Chairman and C.E.O. of Virtuoso — a $23.7 billion a year network of the best luxury travel agencies and preferred partners (hotels, cruise lines and tour operators) in the world. Sharing advice and tips on planning a high-end vacation with upscale experiences without paying premium prices!

1:15 p.m. [Room 1E13]
Padma Lakshmi’s Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir
Join Padma Lakshmi, an internationally known food expert, model, actress and best-selling author, host and executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy award-winning Top Chef with Emily Weinstein, Deputy Food Editor at The New York Times, and the Editor of NYT Cooking.

2:30 p.m. [Room 1E07, 1E08, 1E09]
How to Navigate the Complicated World of Credit Card Points With Lucas Peterson
Join former New York Times Frugal Traveler columnist Lucas Peterson.  Learn how to use points to get flights, hotel rooms and cruises or follow that one up with

3:45 p.m. [Room 1E07, 1E08, 1E09]
The Ins and Outs of Loyalty Rewards Programs

3:45 p.m. [Room 1E10]
How to Travel to Cuba in 2019
An expert panel will share their knowledge and passion, providing the latest information on flights, accommodations, cruises and legal updates

3:45 p.m. [Room 1E13]
How to Cruise Like a Traveler, Not a Tourist
For travelers looking to dig their heels into the destinations they visit, cruising has been the antithesis of their travel preferences. There’s never been a better time to explore the world by sea. Whether it’s the Arctic, the Galapagos, Alaska — or even Europe — cruising is the best way to see destinations across the globe, and cruise lines are catering to these travelers in a big way.

3:45 p.m. [Room 1E15]
Staying Well While You Travel
Panelists will share advice on staying well while you travel. From eating well, to keeping anxiety down, strategies for when things don’t go as planned, you’ll have all the tips to stay healthy for your next trip!

Food for Travel Thoughts: Book Signings

Signings start at noon on Saturday which includes the Broadway Cast of “Waitress” for :Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book”, Joan Nathan’s newest book “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World” and Anthony Fasano “Forty Days in Italy Con la Mia Familia: How to Research Your Italian Roots & Travel to Italy on Your own Terms.”

Sunday signings include, Dylan Thuras “The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid” , Seth Kugel’s “Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious” Susan Van Allen’s “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go” . Francine Toder’s. “Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully” and Padma Lakshmi’s “Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir” “Spices & Herbs.”

Photos © 2018 Sherrie Wilkolaski

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