The first thing to put on your 2015 calendar is the upcoming New York Times Travel Show, Sunday, January 25th, when “Top Value Family Escapes: Finding the Best Family Cruise, Culture & Resort Vacations” is being featured at 1pm.
Family Travel Forum‘s editor Kyle McCarthy will moderate a panel of family travel experts: Rainer Jenss, President and Founder of the Family Travel Association; Eileen Ogintz, author of the nationally syndicated column “Taking the Kids;” and Lissa Poirot, editor of Family Vacation Critic. Family vacation planners will hear the latest destinations for adventure trips, cruises and resort vacations, as well as each panelists favorite destinations to maximize the culture and learning so important to parents and grandparents funding the experience.
Additionally, the Tri-State panel will talk about close-to-home getaways their own families love if a far-away vacation isn’t in this year’s budget.
“This is one of my favorite shows,” notes McCarthy, “because New Yorkers are such a sophisticated and well traveled crowd.” At her family travel sessions the past two years, audience members have asked for recommendations ranging from Tuscan villas with private chefs, to Gorilla Safaris, horseback riding trips, to all-inclusive resorts that accept children on the autism spectrum. “This year’s panel is very experienced in all types of family vacations, and they’ll share great tips on making them affordable.”
Seeing the World at the New York Times Travel Show
The New York Times Travel Show, held annually each winter in New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, begins Friday, January 23rd with a day devoted to sessions for those within the travel industry. In addition to the 18 focused workshops (covering the latest products, services, destination information and trends), media and the trade will be able to visit over 500 exhibitors in the largest travel trade exhibition in North America. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 on-site.
Saturday and Sunday, January 24–25, the New York Times Travel Show is open to the general public. In addition to talking with guides and tour operators among the 500 exhibitors — and they represent vacation opportunities in 150 different countries — families will have access to 100 cultural presentations. The huge convention center floor is organized by colorful pavilions covering Adventure, Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Latin America, Mexico, Products/Services, River Cruises, and the USA. A schedule of all live music and dance performances can be seen on the New York Times Travel Showcase website.
Start your Value Family Escape with a #NYTTS Bargain
Whether you’re planning a family getaway, a multigenerational trip or reunion (a trend that has grown 30% in the past year), a romantic weekend, an escorted tour, a student’s semester abroad, or almost any other type of travel experience, you can save on planning at the New York Times Travel Show.
This year, show organizers have created a special code that enables you to buy two tickets for the price of one. Just go to the Registration Page enter the discount code FTM. General admission tickets are $17.00 so you and a travel partner will only pay half of that. Best yet, kids 17 and under can enter free.
Look forward to meeting everyone at the “Top Value Family Escapes: Finding the Best Family Cruise, Culture & Resort Vacations” workshop on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 1:00pm -1:50 pm. We’ll also be available for some private consultation on the main floor right after the session.
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