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10TH Annual New York Times Travel Show at Javits Convention Center, NY Jan 18-20

January 3, 2013
Experience new foods at the New York Times Travel Show, Jan. 18-20 at the Javits Convention Center, New York © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Experience new foods at the New York Times Travel Show, Jan. 18-20 at the Javits Convention Center, New York © 2013 Karen Rubin/

The 10th annual New York Times Travel Show will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City January 18 – 20, 2013. The Travel Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors representing over 150 countries focusing on travel destinations, tour operators and cruise lines. The show will include special travel offers as well as live entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit

The New York Times Travel Show is the largest consumer and trade travel event of its kind in the U.S. featuring different regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States.

The show features discounts and entertainment for families, singles, couples and seniors, including:

Exclusive Travel Discounts. The New York Times Travel Show offers vacation discounts and travel packages from nearly 500 sponsors and exhibitors. Visitors can take advantage of these on-site-only offers on the Travel Show floor.

International Dance and Live Music Performances. Enjoy entertainment and special live performances from around the world.

Travel Seminars with the Experts. Travel experts from television, radio, the leading travel blogs and The New York Times will take questions and offer tips in on-site seminars.

Family-friendly activities. The show will feature a fun, interactive area including an indoor climbing wall and other activities where attendees of all ages can experience a taste of adventure travel.

International Food and Wine Tastings. Doug Duda, A&E International Network’s “The Well-Seasoned Traveler,” will present tips and tastings for the culinary traveler. Chefs, writers, sommeliers, wine makers and culinary tour guides will take the audience on a delicious journey with demonstrations and samples of this year’s most exciting food and wine adventures.

Book Signings with Leading Travel Authors. Once again, there will be an on-site bookstore where attendees can purchase many of the latest travel guides, meet authors, ask for travel advice or get an autographed book.

Seminar topics will cover a broad range including budget travel, cruising, eco-tourism, luxury travel, niche travel, travel blogging and travel technology. Speakers and panelists scheduled to participate include travel writer and National Geographic TV personality,Julia Dimon; authors and radio hosts, Arthur and Pauline Frommer; founder of The Points Guy, Brian Kelly; actor, author and editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler, Andrew McCarthy; co-founder and owner of Gutsy Women Travel, April Merenda; award-winning travel journalist and author, Joseph Rosendo; and international bestselling author Patricia Schultz.

To date, scheduled seminars include:

Saturday, January 19

10 – 10:50 a.m.

Seminar Room 1: “Major New Developments in Travel”

Speakers: authors and radio hosts Arthur and Pauline Frommer

11 – 11:50 a.m.

Seminar Room 1: “The New York Times Travel Panel”

Speakers: New York Times travel editor Danielle Mattoon and journalists from The Times’s Travel Section

Seminar Room 2: “The Luxury of Train Travel Around the World”

Speakers: Train travel experts Supinder Singh, president, Palace Tours; Bob Stewart, president, National Association of Railroad Passengers; and Ramsey Zarifeh, author, “Japan by Rail”

Seminar Room 3: “Travel Bloggers Panel – Connect with Influential Media”

Moderator: Lillian Africano, SATW; Panelists: Don George, National Geographic; Liz Borod Wright,; Ed Weschler, Recommend; Matthew Kepnes, Nomadic Matt

12 – 12:50 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down”

Speaker: actor and editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler,Andrew McCarthy

Seminar Room 2: “Africa from the Inside”

Speaker: award-winning travel journalist and author Joseph Rosendo

Seminar Room 3: “As Travelers, How Do We Help Preserve the Places We Love?”

Speaker: Richard G. Edwards of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and other expert green travel panelists will share some eco-friendly travel tips

1 – 1:50 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “Cruising 2013 and Beyond”

Speakers: Michelle Fee, president, Cruise Planners, and panelists including:

Brian O’Connor, vice president of sales, Princess; Vicki Tomasino, vicepresident of sales, Carnival; Sheri Pastemek, director of sales, Celebrity; Cynthia Cobb, director of sales, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; Glen Rothe, director of sales, Norwegian Cruise Line; Edie Bornstein, senior vice president of sales, Azamara Club Cruises

Seminar Room 2: “Discover The New China”

Speaker: Mark Grundy, president, Wendy Wu Tours

Seminar Room 3: “Review of New Technology Tools Essential to Travel”

Speaker: Russ Johnson, producer and editor, The Connected Traveler

2 – 2:50 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “The Top New Travel Destinations”

Speakers: authors and radio hosts Arthur and Pauline Frommer

Seminar Room 2: “Connecting with Locals, Gaining a Sense of Place in Central America and South America”

Speakers: Richard G. Edwards, owner and founder,, and Vanessa Guibert Heitner, founder and president, Limitless Argentina

Seminar Room 3: “Internet Research: Stretching Your Travel Dollar”

Speakers: Reid Bramblett, founder of, contributing editor to Budget Travel magazine and Condé Nast’s; and Jason Cochran, award-winning travel journalist, pop historian and consumer reporter

3 – 3:50 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “What Is All This Cruising Stuff About?”

Speakers: Michelle Fee, president of Cruise Planners and panelistsincluding: Brian O’Connor, vice president of sales, Princess; VickiTomasino, vice president of sales, Carnival; Sheri Pastemek, director of sales, Celebrity; Cynthia Cobb, director of sales, Royal Caribbean CruiseLines; Glen Rothe, director of sales, Norwegian Cruise Line; Edie Bornstein, senior vice president of sales, Azamara Club Cruises

Seminar Room 2: “What’s New in LGBT Travel: Hot Destinations,Cool Events and Surprising Destinations and Vacations”

Speakers: Ed Salvato, ManAboutWorld, and LGBT travel experts: Merryn Johns, Curve Magazine; Jerry Portwood, OUT and OUT Traveler; Mike Luongo, author of Frommer’s Buenos Aires and freelance travel writer; and Joe Pedro, Passport Magazine

Seminar Room 3 “Web Publishing 101: How to Make Money and Edit a Terrific Website”

Speaker: Max Hartshorne, editor and owner of Travel

4 – 4:50 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “Break the Routine: Extreme Adventures in 2013”

Speaker: Julia Dimon, travel writer and National Geographic TV personality

Seminar Room 2: “Outlook for Travel to Cuba”

Speakers: John McAuliff, executive director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development Cuba; Ing. Luis E. Sotolongo Otero, president, San Cristobal Travel; Ing. Eloy Govea Rodriguez, commercial director, HavanaturCelimar; and Lic. Hugo Mustell Mon, commercial director, Havanatur Group

Seminar Room 3: “The Gathering 2013 . . . What’s Happening in Ireland”

2013 is the year of “The Gathering,” a huge 365-day calendar of events. Join Stephanie Abrams, host of the nationally syndicated radio travel show “Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams!” and “Travelers411®” as she highlights what’s new in Ireland, plus ancient and historic sites, as well.

5 – 5:50 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “Beating the System – Travel Points Pointers for a First-Class Lifestyle on a Budget”

Speaker: Brian Kelly, founder, The Points Guy

Sunday, January 20

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

Seminar Room 1: “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”

Speaker: Patricia Schultz, international bestselling author and executive producer of the Travel Channel television show based on her book, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”

Seminar Room 2: “Planning the Perfect African Safari”

Speaker: Yvette De Vries, president, Association for the Promotion ofTravel to Africa (APTA)

Seminar Room 3: “Travel with Social Media”

Join Andrea Smith, digital lifestyle editor, Mashable; David Farley, award-winning travel author and contributing editor at AFAR magazine; Brian Tan, founder and CEO, Zicasso; and Laura Bly, travel reporter,blogger and photographer at USA TODAY, as they cover how you can use social media, blogs and reader-review sites to plan your trip.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Seminar Room 2: “Make Your Italian Vacation Dreams Come True:

Expert Advice for Planning, Saving Money, Getting off the BeatenTrack and What’s New in 2013”

Speakers: Susan Van Allen, Italian-American author of “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go” and the “Golden Days in Italy” blog; GinaRuggierio, founder of Villa Vita International; Kathy McCabe, editor and publisher of “Dream of Italy” newsletter

Seminar Room 3: “Home Exchange: The Latest Insights and Tips and aForecast of the Hottest Travel Swaps”

Speaker: Ed Kushins, founder and president,

12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “From Monster Hunting to Mojitos: A guide map to adventure in 2013”

Adventurer and television host Josh Gates has spent the last five years chasing monsters, myths and legends around the globe. As the host of the hit Syfy series Destination Truth, he’s set foot in nearly 100 countries, blending his unique brand of humor with a passion for exploration. Also, he eats very gross things and changes a lot of flat tires … usually while swearing. Now, he’s back to offer his tips on how to plan your next adventure and where to point your compass in the year ahead.

Seminar Room 2: “Global Travel Tips for Women”

Speakers: April Merenda, co-founder and owner of Gutsy Women Travel, and a panel of women’s travel experts including: Evelyn Hannon, editor, Journeywoman; Lea Lane, author, Sololady; Susan Shapiro, public relations consultant on women’s issues; and Dr. Berkitta Bradford, professor and director, Travel & Tourism, St. John’s University

Seminar Room 3: “Travel Photography Tips & Tech”

Hear about the essential equipment needed to capture your travelexperiences and stay connected on the road through photography. Learn powerful tips and techniques, from what gear you should take to how to store your images.

Speaker: Sally Wiener Grotta, photographer, digital artist, author, columnist and lecturer

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “Maximizing Credit Cards for Free Travel”

Speaker: Brian Kelly, founder, The Points Guy

Seminar Room 2: “Kids Travel”

Hear valuable insight into what works and what doesn’t for family travel including advice, tips and “kid-friendly” activities to plan for the younger kids, like adventure camps and service-based adventure travel programs for teens and high school students.

Seminar Room 3: “Discover the Latest Mobile Apps & Devices in Travel”

Travel apps are making life easier while on the go, from finding deals on airfares, hotels and rental cars to local maps and dining guides. Hear from experts as they share user experiences and the latest technology available for your mobile platform. Panelists include: Katie Parla, author of the blogParla Food and the dining app Rome For Foodies; Wendy Perrin, director of consumer news and digital community, Condé Nast Traveler

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Seminar Room 1: “River Cruising: The Next Big Destination”

Panelists include: Sharon Symons, director, travel industry sales, Globus/Avalon Waterways

Seminar Room 2: “Local Get-a-Ways: Your Perfect Weekend Destination”

Hear from local guide experts and plan the perfect romantic getaway,

indulgent spa escape, exclusive retreats and family trip all near your hometown. Kelly Blazosky, Canal NY; Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess County Tourism; Natasha Caputo, Westchester County and others to be announced.

For more details about the seminars listed above, visit

The 2013 Travel Show will begin with a trade day for industry professionals on Jan. 18, offering targeted conferences. The exhibit hall will also be open for exclusive viewing by travel trade professionals, followed by an industry reception on the exhibit floor. The New York Times Travel Show will take place in Hall 3B, located on 11th Avenue at the 34th Street entrance to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

American Express is the founding sponsor of The New York Times Travel Show through 2014. As a founding sponsor, American Express has participated in The New York Times Travel Show since its inception.

“With people traveling more than ever, it is important to showcase new experiences in engaging and fun ways,” says Lisa Durocher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express Travel. “The New York Times Travel Show is the perfect place for any consumer to discover what is new and now in the evolving world of travel.”

“In its tenth year, The New York Times Travel Show will offer consumers numerous exciting and unique opportunities for travel all over the globe,” said Yasmin Namini,senior vice president, marketing and circulation, and general manager, reader applications, The New York Times Media Group. “We’re thrilled to be working again with founding sponsor American Express on another exceptional event.”

The supporting sponsor of the 2013 Travel Show is South African Tourism.

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