Getting ideas for that next destination couldn't be easier after attending the annual New York Times Travel Show. One of the biggest - if not the biggest - trade & exhibit powwows in the world, this is where for one weekend, travel-savvy New Yorkers are actually not traveling so they can attend the show. With practically all corners of the world covered, consumers and exhibitors meet and talk under the cavernous roof of the Javits Center to seek the hottest destinations money can buy and learn something even before they fly.
As always, the first booth that I seek out is the Philippines. I'm relieved to find the Philippine Department of Tourism is still very active in pursuing potential visitors to the country. And it should given that neighboring ASEAN countries like Thailand & Vietnam - already so popular among Americans - still had a big presence in the exhibit. As part of the scheduled program, Chef Romy Dorotan of Purple Yam demonstrated cooking a Pinoy version of Tamales before a really hungry crowd (all that walking while lugging heavy brochures do drive up hunger!).
|Pauline Frommer & Arthur Frommer|
Besides walking endlessly around the huge exhibit area, it was a welcome relief to finally get to sit down while listening to talks given by people who I see mostly on TV and wished I had their jobs. There's Samantha Brown of Travel Channel and Rick Steves of the PBS channel's Rick's Steves' Europe. Authors Pauline and Arthur Frommer of the 'guide books' series talked about travel tips and getting your travel money's worth while Patricia Schultz, who wrote "1000 Places To See Before You Die", talked about destinations worth-exploring before we say goodbye to the world.