THE 2018 NEW YORK TRAVEL SHOW AT A GLANCE | Affar O.G

Report: Affar O.G

Photos: Affar Egieyeme

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The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing the society positively and is known globally for excellence in its journalism. Its travel show, New York Times Travel Show, is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, providing educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples and seniors as part of its activities.

It features the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, and an interactive exhibition of more than 500 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States.

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We at Kontakte Kommunications Limited led by our publisher Mr. Affar G. Okhaimor, were in attendance for the 2018 event which took place at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York between 26th and 28th of January, 2018. It was the 15th anniversary which hit a new record of 32,398 participants—the highest attendance in the Show’s history. Attendance included 10,268 travel trade and 22,130 consumer attendees.

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As usual, the event started with a keynote address featuring veteran travel journalist and editor, James Shillinglaw, in conversation with: CEO of Travel Leaders Group Ninan Chacko; Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck; Alejandro Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group; Andrew Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line; and Guy Young, Global Brand Engagement Officer, The Travel Corporation. This moment x-rayed the beauty of tourism and helped to identify the advantages in this sector as well as what the future holds about it. It helped the participants, especially fun seekers and those who are interested in either getting involved in the show business or those who need to raise their bar to new levels, to begin to make good plans. More importantly, it was a one-stop shop for travel business necessary connections as various cultural presentations and performances, food demonstrations were displayed with one-on-one conversations with travel experts, influencers and celebrities.

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According to the report from the organizer’s website, 2018 Travel Show Exhibitor Award winners included: Best in Show Turkish Airlines, Best New Exhibitor Hostelworld, Most Interactive Korea Tourism Organization, The People’s Choice Puerto Rica Tourism Company and Most Imaginative Camp Cody.

The sponsors for the 2018 are: Turkish Airlines, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Travel Show; South African Tourism, supporter of the Travel Show since 2008 (a gold sponsor); Allianz, The Florida Keys & West Keys, MSC Cruises, Turkish Tourism, and Visit Florida were silver sponsors of the Travel Show; Israel Ministry of Tourism was the 2018 Taste of the World sponsor and Greek National Tourism was the 2018 Show’s bag sponsor.

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Industry Sponsors included: 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.

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Cruise Critic, Family Vacation Critic, Go Nomad, Healthy Aging Magazine, Inside Travel Report, ManAboutWorld, Passport, travAlliancemedia, Travel Market Report, We Blog the World, WNET-TV and WVVH-TV served as media sponsors.

The organiser has announced the 2019 New York Travel Show, will take place Jan. 25-27, 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

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We are open to having business relationships and cooperation with participants who might want to publish their activities in our hard and soft copy publications. You can also place your adverts for our audience across the globe to see what can be offered by you and your activities to the rest of the world.

 

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