Back in November, I pointed out that the tickets for the NY Times Travel Show were available (HERE) and then I shared the news that Dubai Tourism was the sponsor for the 2020 Expo (discussed in full HERE). Now its time to hear about some of the keynote speakers who will be in attendance.
The Press Release:
The 2020 New York Times Travel Show invites travel industry professionals to join its Trade Day on Friday, January 24, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, for its Travel Industry Conference and exclusive trade-only viewing of more than 750 exhibiting companies in the Exhibition. Travel professionals may register for the Trade Day here.
Now in its 17th year, the Travel Show will open with a Trade Day (January 24) exclusively for over 11,000 travel industry professionals and media. Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 are the Travel Show’s Consumer Days, opening to over 23,000 consumer travelers, as well as to travel professionals and media. The three-day showcase will feature global cuisine tastings, cultural performances, travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers for consumers of all ages from over 750 exhibitors. This year’s Show is supported by Presenting Sponsor Dubai Tourism, in association with Expo 2020 Dubai.
The Travel Industry Conference will offer a comprehensive educational program designed for travel professionals and features over 27 Focus Conferences and 4 Business Series seminars across diverse travel categories.
The day will begin with a pre-General Session Address from Presenting Sponsor Expo 2020 Dubai and an Opening General Session presentation by Chris Davidson, Executive Vice President, Insights Strategy, MMGY Global. Later, James Shillinglaw, veteran travel editor and editor-in-chief of Insider Travel Report, will moderate a keynote panel on the state of the travel industry. Panelists include: Matthew Upchurch, Chairman and C.E.O., Virtuoso; Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and C.E.O., Celebrity Cruises; Daniel Skjeldam, C.E.O., Hurtigruten, Inc.; Leigh Barnes, Chief Customer Officer, Intrepid Travel; and David Neeleman, Founder of “Moxy”, JetBlue and Azul, Co-Founder of Morris Air and WestJet, Co-Owner of TAP Air Portugal
The 2020 Travel Show Exhibition floor will commence at 2pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by Issam Kazim, C.E.O., Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Trade Day 2020 will feature more than 100 speakers including, among:
Terry Dale, President, United States Tour Operators Association
Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News and Host of “The Travel Detective”
Rainer Jenss, President, Family Travel Association
Anne Marie Moebes, Publisher, Travel Market Report
Todd Neuman, Executive Vice President, North America, South African Airways
Erika Richter, Director of Communications, American Society of Travel Advisors
James Shillinglaw, Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Insider Travel Report
Charles A. B. Sylvia, V.P., Membership and Trade Relations, Cruise Lines International Association
Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly and Executive Vice President and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group
Jane Wooldridge, President, Society of American Travel Writers
2020 New York Times Travel Show Sponsors:
Dubai Tourism in association with Expo 2020 Dubai is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 New York Times Travel Show. Turkish Airlines is a Platinum Sponsor; South African Tourism is a Gold Sponsor; MSC CRUISES, Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board, Greek National Tourism Organization and Puglia Promozione are Silver Sponsors; and I LOVE NY is a Bronze Sponsor. Visit Abu Dhabi and Costa Rica Tourism Board are Trade Day Sponsors.
Travel Industry Association Sponsors include Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Africa Travel Association (ATA), American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA), Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), Destination Wedding & Honeymoon, Specialists Association (DWHSA), European Travel Commission (ETA), Family Travel Association (FTA), International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA), Millennials in Travel (MIT), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA).
Travel Industry Media Sponsors include, GoNomad, Destination I Do Magazine, Healthy Aging Magazine, Insider Travel Report, ManAboutWorld, Passport Magazine, TAConnect, TravAlliancemedia, Travel Market Report and We Blog The World.
Press credentials: Travel writers and journalists may apply for Travel Show media credentials here. Credentials grant complimentary access to the Trade Day and both consumer days. Members of the media are invited to attend the Trade Day to meet with travel industry professionals and attend press conferences throughout the day.
About The New York Times Travel Show:
The New York Times Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, Meet The Experts Pavilion and an interactive Exhibition including more than 750 exhibitors representing travel to all seven continents, positioned within 16 pavilions (including Adventure, Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Family, Global, Latin America, L.G.B.T.Q., Mexico, River Cruise, Travel Products, and U.S.A. Pavilions). In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals and couples and seniors. Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.
About The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The Company includes The New York Times, NYTimes.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesPR.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: As our readers are already aware, “The Chronicles” of Piercing Ken has been in attendance to the NYTTS for the past two years and some of the visuals from the 2019 Event can be observed HERE. I’m hoping to go to the 2020 show and am waiting on the approval for the credentials as you read this announcement. What do you readers who’ve attended as well think about this show? What do you recommend for those who are still new to it? Chime in down below and if any other news items from their team comes to light I will be sure to post it for your perusal.
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