For those who remember when the New York Times Travel Show last took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, its successor will take the floor in late October 2022.
The inaugural “NY International Travel Show” (“ITS2022”) will focus on the future of travel for both audiences as the three-day event will present tailored and informative lectures and presentations. It is from October 28 through October 30 and its overall theme is “The Future of Travel.”
Paul Muir, ITS2022’s president, recalled when the New York Times Travel Show was launched 20 years ago, with the final one happening in January 2020.
Muir noted that while that final show was very successful, the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic began impacting and ceasing the travel industry two months later.
Then, another major change occurred. “The Javits Center was closed in 2021 to trade shows and opened as a hospital and then a vaccination center,” remembered Muir.
In June 2021, it was announced that the New York Times Travel Show would be discontinued. The newspaper company is not involved with ITS2022. Instead, Travel + Leisure Go, a travel subscription service, is a presenting sponsor. Other sponsors extend to tourism organizations and hospitality companies.
Muri noted that both consumers and travel industry professionals can get much ROI from attending ITS2022.
“Participating consumers and travel professionals benefit by increasing their knowledge of destinations, travel and hotels as well as the cultures of local people,” said Muri. “Through insightful conference sessions, travel professionals can learn how to better market their services and products to their clients and to better understand their needs and travel aspirations. Consumer travelers benefit by talking with experts actually from the destination they are interested in.”
Muir added that ITS2022 will cover topics that have been brought to the forefront of the travel industry; they include sustainability and meaningful travel.
On Trade Day, the keynote session will discuss the topic, “What’s the Future of Travel – The Link Between Sustainability & Profitability.” Its panel will include Iván Esklidsen, Panama’s Minister of Tourism; Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises; Shannon Guinan, chief sustainability officer and head of the TreadRight Foundation; Asta Lassesan, chief executive officer at Hurtigruten Expedition; and Terry Dale, president and CEO of United States Tour Operators Association.
Discussions on luxury, destinations, cruising, hotels and resorts and resources available through the U.S. Department of State will also be presented.
Throughout the event, ITS2022 will showcase cultural and culinary presentations, seminars, lectures and travel deals and giveaways. A “Spotlight On New York” pavilion will highlight locations and attractions across New York City and New York State. All attendees will also have the opportunity to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program.
For tickets, registration and a complete schedule, visit ITS2022’s website.