A new travel festival is on the New York radar, and not just any festival. Breaking free from the usual one-size-fits-all model with booths, brochures and giveaways, the inaugural New York Travel Festival comes just in time to reinvent the consumer travel show.
Gone are the days of pesky travel agents and big hotel chains. The travel experience has changed dramatically, and for today’s young, tech-savvy urbanites - already voracious globetrotters – more options are needed.
Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, the weekend event will combine interactive discussions on the different facets of travel, with outings in New York City’s vibrant boroughs.
On April 20, the festival begins at 9 a.m. at Bohemian National Hall, located on the Upper East Side. The opening day will feature an impressive who’s who of travel experts, conducting engaging panels discussions, a game show and fun breakout sessions.
Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, will deliver the 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”
- “Nomadic” Matt Kepnes, author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
- Robert Reid, Lonely Planet’s U.S. travel editor
- Alison Wright, award-winning photographer.
The breakout sessions will focus on local/regional travel, as well as five niches: Adventure & Outdoor, Cultural, Food & Wine, Gay & Lesbian and Responsible & Eco/Sustainable. There will also be on-site cooking classes available to VIP ticket holders.
April 21st will allow participants to go on a variety of tours and tastings organized by a range of established tour companies, neighborhoods and BIDs. Scott's Pizza Tours, Urban Oyster, Turnstile Tours, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership are some of the itinerary providers included in this year's Festival.
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 more information, visit http://nytravfest.com.
About New York Travel Festival:
Produced by RW Social, the New York Travel Festival reinvents the concept of the consumer travel show. Designed for younger, tech-savvy urbanites, the two-day festival will open at the Bohemian National Hall with panel discussions and break out sessions. The second day will involve various scheduled tours and activities in select neighborhoods in and around New York City.
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