Looking for a great way to spend this weekend? Take yourself out of “armchair” mode and actively research some travel ideas for 2013 by visiting the booths of travel providers and locations around the world at the 10th annual New York Times Travel Show. On Saturday and Sunday, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan, nearly 500 exhibitors representing over 150 countries will show off their travel destinations, packages and special offers, some available only at the Travel Show. There will be live entertainment and giveaways throughout the show as well as a variety of seminars covering many travel topics. For a full schedule of events, entertainment, speakers and exhibitors, as well as information on how to obtain tickets, visit www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street New York, NY 1000, www.javitscenter.com, 212-216-2000.
You’ll receive a bag to stow the information and swag you collect, along with a printed schedule of events and an American Express/New York Times compilation of discount coupons. Additionally, the show features on-the-spot travel discounts and entertainment for all travelers including families, singles, couples and seniors.
You won’t go hungry either. Foodies will enjoy Taste of the World, hosted by Doug Duda, A&E International Network's "The Well-Seasoned Traveler." Taking place on five separate stages, Taste of the World showcases a global tour of culinary demonstrations, tastings and wine samplings throughout the weekend. Noteworthy food personalities will be on hand to lead the demonstrations and answer questions, including food writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson of the New York Times; New York’s own Chef David Bouley who will share a taste of his upcoming culinary tour of Japan; and Florida’s Chef Norman Van Aken who will exhibit and discuss the flavor combinations found in his newest cookbook, “My Key West Kitchen.” A line-up of toques hailing from countries including China, Italy, Japan, and Mexico will offer up Asian and other treats to be washed down with Italian craft beers, Mezcal from Oaxaca and a wonderful array of South African wines.
Seminars that you won’t want to miss cover topics ranging from how to maximize your credit card points and turn them into frequent flyer miles at the highest level; new trends in adventure travel; Arthur and Pauline Frommers’ popular discussions of the newest destinations for 2013; the outlook for travel to Cuba; and how to take wonderful travel photographs. There are also a variety of niche seminars targeting solo and LGBT.
Admission to the show is $17. Children 18 and under are admitted free. Show hours are Saturday January 19, from 10am-6pm, and Sunday January 20, from 10am-4pm. Visit www.nytimes.com/travelshow for specifics. Tickets can also be purchased by calling - 877-779-3210.