The New York Times Travel Show is an annual event held in New York City. I found out about the event on Twitter when I was still in Ecuador four months prior. And it turned out we’d be in New York City during the event so on March 1, we walked to the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Travel professionals can attend trade industry conferences on the first day of the show. The second and third days are open to the public where exhibitors including tour companies and tourism boards can set up their booths to promote their tours or country. One of the tour companies on exhibition was Tucan Travel. We took a 46 day overland tour through Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru with Tucan Travel on one of their signature yellow trucks.
So we were attending the New York Times Travel Show as exhibitors to help out at Tucan Travel’s booth by talking about our experiences in South America. To enter the show, you need tickets. People were constantly lined up to buy tickets… and the line was long! Fortunately as exhibitors, there wasn’t even a line so we got our name tags and were admitted.
Tucan Travel is based in London so it appeared as if we were from the UK. (People who came to the booth and talked to me thought I was from there even though I clearly don’t have a British accent. Haha)
Before entering the exhibition hall, we went to a conference room to listen to Arthur and Pauline Frommer of the Frommers travel guidebooks.
There were also several dance and musical performances from certain countries on the stages, a rock climbing wall and trampoline and an area where people were cooking and demonstrating how to make a recipe.
Here’s a Vine video showing the Tucan Travel booth: