The New York Times Travel Show, presented by American Express, has announced that 19,260 visitors, including approximately 4,000 trade professionals, attended its inaugural show, which was held in New York City February 27-29 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre. At this major consumer exhibition and trade event, with exhibitors from around the world, consumers were able to plan and book their next holiday, no matter where they wanted to go or how they wanted to get there.
“What separates this show from other consumer shows is the knowledge level of the attendees - they did their research, they asked questions and they were generally familiar with our market, the Caribbean,” said Joel B. Grossman, director at Curacao Tourist Board.
“I’ve been in the hotel industry for more than 20 years and have attended many trade shows and events,” James Fallon, vice president of global sales, Raffles International Hotels and Resorts. “The reality is The New York Times Travel Show far exceeded all expectations because of the high quality agencies present and the knowledge level of the public, who obviously read The New York Times Travel section. It was a delight to spend quality time sharing our knowledge with such a well-traveled audience.”
“The New York Times and American Express are to be congratulated for staging this event, which allowed travel industry suppliers to network with the travel agents and consumers,” said Alec Sanguinetti, director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel Association. “The Caribbean suppliers in particular were extremely pleased with the high volume of visitors to the event, and to have the opportunity through the seminars offered to further educate the consumers on the many varied advantages of vacationing in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Hotel Association looks forward to the successful continuation of this event on an annual basis.”