Ever been to a consumer travel show? These events often seem to follow a one-size-fits-all layout with vendor booths, free trinkets, and brochures that eventually (and hopefully) end up in your recycling bin.
Yet, not all travelers are alike. Consider urbanites, a group that is already seeing the world and so tech savvy that apps and search engines are helping them determine their next destination. For those who fall into this category, and others wanting to join them, the inaugural New York Travel Festival will offer a needed change of scenery.
Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, this weekend event will combine lively interactive talks on different facets of travel; destination and activity displays, and jaunts to New York City’s various boroughs.
On opening day, April 20, the festival begins at 9 a.m. at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this historic venue will feature a who’s who of travel experts conducting dynamic panel discussions, a game show, tastings, workshops and breakout sessions.
Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, will deliver the festival’s keynote address.
Other scheduled guests include:
• Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country on earth
• Valarie D’Elia, host of NY1’s “Travel with Val”
• Matt Kepnes, better known by his nickname, “Nomadic Matt,” and author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
• Dan Saltzstein, editor at The New York Times‘ travel section.
Breakout sessions will focus on local/regional travel as well as five niches: Adventure & Outdoor; Cultural; Food & Wine; Gay & Lesbian and Responsible & Eco/Sustainable. “Taste of the Hudson Valley,” an informative seminar, will promote the culinary, cultural, and outside attractions in this New York State destination. Attendees will enjoy samples from some of Hudson Valley’s top-rate restaurants and dairy farms.
On April 21, Sunday’s festival portion will allow participants to go on a variety of tours, tastings and other activities organized by tour companies, neighborhoods and BIDs. These diverse excursions will lead attendees through New York City’s five boroughs: Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan.
Tickets for the New York Travel Festival are $60 through April 1, and $85 from April 1 until the festival. A standard ticket package will include admission to Saturday’s event and one program for Sunday, plus admission to Sunday night’s program. Doors will open for Saturday’s event at 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For tickets and more information, visit http://nytravfest.com.