Disclaimer: In exchange for a press pass to The 13th Annual New York Times Travel Show, I am writing this brief review.
The 13th Annual New York Times Travel Show took place on 8-10 January, 2016, at the Javits Center in Manhattan, New York. I was only able to attend on the 8th, which was the only day reserved for travel professionals and the press. To be more accurate, I was only able to attend on the 8th because I drank many a cup of coffee on the flight in earlier that morning.
So, what does it mean to visit to event without, specifically, the general public? Significantly less crowds, of course, more networking and more seminars:
The crux of the travel expo is to introduce and familiarize attendees with various destinations and tour companies, and throw in some musical dance numbers and food samples to tempt everyone a little more. Special thanks to the Indonesia pavilion for offering peaberry coffee, as I REALLY needed it.
Let’s have a look at some of the booths:
If they had fresh pupusas, I never would have left.
Lithuania’s delegation offered a bite of šakotis (sha-kotis), or tree cake. It’s made on a rotating spit, much like Germany’s rounder baumkuchen, which I first learned about in Japan. How many more countries can we fit in this description? LOTS.
Gaz, or nougat originating near Isfahan in present-day Iran. Reading about what makes it nougat is… your prerogative, and other typical ingredients include almonds, pistachios, rosewater, egg whites, and likely sugar.
My favorite booth this year might have been the one for Vermont Rail System, a family-run service since 1964. Sounds like fun in the autumn months, as they run foliage tours throughout various parts of the state.
Have you ever attended a travel show? How about this one?