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Wednesday, April 8
 

9:00am

Travel Coffee Break #157 - New York Travel Festival & Social Media Influence
Later this month (18-19 April) the New York Travel Festival (#NYTF) gets underway with a wide ranging programme of events designed for travellers, travel writers, and travel industry.

So, in this week's edition, the plan is to talk with Roni Weiss, the founder & organiser of NYTF, about the festival itself, AND to get the ball rolling with the kind of discussion that will be taking place during the festival, in this case about Travel and the impact of social media influencers/marketers.

So, we'll be joined by a number of guests who have views on on the topic, some of whom will be appearing as speakers at NYTF, and I'll be confirming those speakers on the event page over the next few days, starting with...

Melvin Böcher - Owner of Traveldudes.org and co-founder iAmbassador (travel blogger collective).

Matthew Barker - Digital marketer & founder I&I Travel Media (digital travel marketing). Don't forget you can use the Q&A app (top right of video screen on the hangout event page) to ask questions before & during the hangout.


Speakers
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Matthew Barker

Co-Founder, Outbounding
@hitriddle Matt is a digital marketing consultant and strategist with a focus on the travel industry. He is head of strategy at I&I Travel Media which sits at the nexus of digital publishing and travel consumer marketing, is founder of Horizon Travel Press and is a co-founder of the Outbounding community of travel publishers and content creators.
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Ethan Gelber

Co-founder, The Travel Word / Outbounding
@thetravelword | For 20 years, Ethan Gelber has worked as a professional communications strategist and freelance writer, including as a Lonely Planet author, Huffington Post blogger, AFAR Ambassador, Open Places eco-columnist and staff writer for the now-defunct Travelllll.com. He maintains a focus on agitating for responsible/sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing... Read More →
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Roni Weiss

Senior Partner & Director of Special Events, RW Social
Roni is a social media/marketing consultant, events manager, and content creator. Roni is Founder & Organizer of the New York Travel Festival and Cofounder & Organizer of Destination Accelerator. In addition to his entrepreneurial work, Roni is a freelance writer, blogger, and videographer. Roni is a co-founder of multiple Twitter chats, including #TTOT (Travel Talk on Twitter), the travel community's biggest Twitter chat, and... Read More →


Wednesday April 8, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Online

12:00pm

#NYTF Pre-Festival Week Twitter Chat
To anticipate New York Travel Festival's main week of activities, we will convene on Twitter for a Twitter chat where we can address some of the topics that will be coming up over the course of the event.

Join us by following #NYTF on Twitter from 12-1p on Wed., April 8th.


Speakers
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Mary Anne Been

Editor In Chief, Jetset Extra
@marybeen21 | Mary Anne Been is the editor in chief of Jetset Extra. Jetset Extra is a go-to online travel hub for seasoned and aspiring travelers looking for inspirational vacation ideas via their global network of hand-picked Insiders, high-quality videos, and weekly #JSETT Twitter Chats.
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Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →
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Dylan Lowe

Co-Founder, Project Leader, The Ripple Movement
Beginning life as a travel writer, photographer and storyteller in his university student newspaper, Dylan Lowe founded the travel blog, The Travelling Editor, as his canvas to document his adventures. Having hitchhiked across Canada, lived amongst locals on South Pacific islands, and eaten his way across Europe and Southeast Asia, he now focuses on his latest project, The Ripple Movement, with which he aims to revolutionise travel blogging by... Read More →
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Ed Salvato

Editor In Chief, ManAboutWorld
@edsalvatoEd Salvato is co-founder and editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, an immersive tablet-based digital publication on iPads and Android tablets. Salvato has spent the last 15 years in the world of LGBT travel and tourism and has visited hundreds of hotels, over 75 countries and six continents. Click here for a FREE three-month subscription to the magazine and see why it's the number-one gay travel magazine in the App Store.
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Roni Weiss

Senior Partner & Director of Special Events, RW Social
Roni is a social media/marketing consultant, events manager, and content creator. Roni is Founder & Organizer of the New York Travel Festival and Cofounder & Organizer of Destination Accelerator. In addition to his entrepreneurial work, Roni is a freelance writer, blogger, and videographer. Roni is a co-founder of multiple Twitter chats, including #TTOT (Travel Talk on Twitter), the travel community's biggest Twitter chat, and... Read More →
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Craig Zabransky

Founder, Stay Adventurous
@StayAdventurous | Craig focuses on the mindset aspect of travel and adventure on his site StayAdventurous.com. An eleven-month travel sabbatical through15 countries in 2004 set the foundation for the site, but he returned to Wall Street as a management consultant to live and work across the US, Latin America, Asia and Europe until he decided to make travel his career in 2009. Now after traveling to across 5 continents and over 45 countries and... Read More →

Experts
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Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →
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Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Wednesday April 8, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online

1:00pm

#MexChat (Topic: Images of Mexico)
For April, the monthly #mexchat twitter chat selected the topic of "the Images of Mexico" to follow-up the Google Hangout on Travel Photography to allow us all to view a showcase of the photography of Mexico. 

Join the 6 quesiton one hour twitter chat under the #mexchat hashtag to share and enjoy the images from (and of) Mexico. See you there. Hosted by Craig Zabransky, Suzanne Barbezat, Kelly McLaughlin, and Jessica Seba. 

 


Wednesday April 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online

7:00pm

The Expeditioner Presents: Travel Tales with Bruce Northam and Luke Maguire Armstrong
The Expeditioner Presents: Travel Tales with Bruce Northam and Luke Maguire Armstrong Address: 770 Hart St Brooklyn, New York Date: April 8, 2015 Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. If you're a wandering soul with a case of the wanderlust, come join us on April 8 at Molasses Books in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and share your favorite travel story with fellow lovers of the open road. We will be celebrating the publication of “The Directions To Happiness” and the “Nomad’s Nomad” and everyone is invited to come up and share a crazy, inspiring, hilarious or OMG travel story. Have a glass of wine, or bottle of beer, enter to win cool prizes, and plan your next great escape. Bruce Northam is the award-winning journalist and author of Globetrotter Dogma, In Search of Adventure, and The Frugal Globetrotter. He also created “American Detour,” a show revealing the travel writer’s journey. His keynote speech, Directions to Your Destination, reveals the many shades of the travel industry and how to entice travelers. Northam’s other live presentation, Street Anthropology, is an ode to freestyle wandering. Visit AmericanDetour.com. Check out “The Directions To Happiness”. When he’s not traveling or getting mauled by rodents in the jungle, Luke Maguire Armstrong spends his time being rejected by girls in bars in Antigua, Guatemala. He broke his left ankle river dancing and his right ankle trying to impress the locals in Belize. After taking the wrong lesson from Into The Wild, Luke took out a student loan and planned to hitchhike from Chile to Alaska. Give Luke a guitar; he’ll sing you a song. Hand him a whiskey; he’ll tell you a tale. Give him both, and he’ll give you something to drink about. Visit TravelWriteSing.com. Check out “The Nomad’s Nomad”.

Moderators
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Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Wednesday April 8, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Molasses Books 770 Hart St, Brooklyn, New York 11237
 
Monday, April 13
 

12:00pm

Staying in Focus: A Google+ Hangout on Navigating the World of Travel Photography
Join Craig Zabransky as he moderates a panel of award winning travel photographers with portfolios and followers from across the globe.

This one-hour Google+ Hangout with Gary Arndt; Jodi Ettenberg; Andrew Rowat; and Lola Akinmade Akerstrom will cover topics designed to allow you to understand the current landscape of the travel photography industry.

We will discuss popular social sharing mediums, like Instagram, to the more serious nature of dSLRs, identify the elements of an award winning photographs, and receive advice on how you can best share your story through images. Also, obtain industry insight to life as a travel photographer, how and why to protect your property through copyrights, and creating a photography niche.

Plus, you are guaranteed to receive advice on how you can take better pictures as the experts give tips and a offer a little live commentary to submitted photos.

Moderators
avatar for Craig Zabransky

Craig Zabransky

Founder, Stay Adventurous
@StayAdventurous | Craig focuses on the mindset aspect of travel and adventure on his site StayAdventurous.com. An eleven-month travel sabbatical through15 countries in 2004 set the foundation for the site, but he returned to Wall Street as a management consultant to live and work across the US, Latin America, Asia and Europe until he decided to make travel his career in 2009. Now after traveling to across 5 continents and over 45 countries and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

As a Stockholm-based award-winning writer and photographer, Lola Akinmade Åkerström's work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor's, several in-flight magazines, and many more. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She was also in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel featured a vignette called... Read More →
avatar for Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt

Everything Everywhere
@EverywhereTrip | Gary Arndt is an award-winning blogger and travel photographer who has been traveling non-stop since 2007. He is the co-host of This Week in Travel, a weekly podcast, and an associate producer and senior travel correspondent for On Travel, on the American Forces Radio Network.
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Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg is a writer, photographer, and food-obsessed traveler exploring the world since she quit her job in April 2008. She founded Legal Nomads to tell the stories of the places she visits, often through food. She is also the author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook: How to Eat Cheap, Safe, and Delicious Food Anywhere in the World, and runs small-group food walks in Saigon, Vietnam during the winter months. She has been featured in the... Read More →
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Andrew Rowat

@andrewrowat | Andrew Rowat finds himself in the unenviable position of being able to tell you the best seat on an aircraft just by hearing its flight number. He lived in China for almost eight years, and New York for the last five, though his youth was spent in Canuckistan. He has been fortunate enough to find his work inTravel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Bon Appetit, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Wallpaper... Read More →


Monday April 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online
 
Tuesday, April 14
 

5:30pm

Media Only New York Craft Cocktail Tour

New York City Urban Adventures invites journalists, travel writers, and bloggers to join us for a special New York Travel Festival version of our brand new, New York Craft Cocktail Tour.  You will be the first people to take this tour which won’t launch to the public until May 1st.  We’ve set up two dates for you to join just in case you can’t make the first tour.  The dates are April 14th and April 25th. The tickets are complimentary and on both days the tour will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and will leave from Tompkins Square Park and end at a cocktail bar in the vicinity of Lafayette and 3rd St.

NOTE: You must reserve your spot in advance by contacting us at info@newyorkcityurbanadventures.com.


Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tompkins Square Park 500 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

7:00pm

Mappy Hour with OutdoorFest
OutdoorFest's next NYC Mappy Hour: April

Spring is in the air and that means it's time to get back out on the trails! This month, Kevin Rosenberg of Gear to Go Outfitters will be teaching us compass skills that we can bring with us to our adventures both near and far.

Register

Tickets are $10 and include educational materials, presenter, awesome crew, and 2 for 1 drinks, but NYTF attendees can apply code freeforvips toward admission.

Gear to Go Outfitters is Brooklyn's outfitter. They rent and sell gear, do community outdoor education and offer guided hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing trips that include everything from transportation to gourmet meals. Their newest initiative, Trail Taxi, will offer New Yorkers and even easier way to get out into the great outdoors.


Tuesday April 14, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Greenwood Park Backyard 555 7th Ave, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, April 15
 

12:30pm

#Africhat on Twitter (Topic: African Cuisine)
#Africhat is a monthly Twitter chat about travel to and within Africa, organized by Been to Africa, Ethan Gelber, Roni Weiss, and Craig Zabransky. This month's topic: African Cuisine

Wednesday April 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Online

2:00pm

Traveling While Black: Shifting the Narrative (hosted by The New York Times)
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How has the travel landscape changed for black travelers and for writers who cover it? Three journalists and an editor share their thoughts on this panel, moderated by New York Times Travel editor, Monica Drake.

Moderators
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Monica Drake

Editor of Travel Section, New York Times
@monicadrake | Monica Drake is the editor of the Travel section of the New York Times, overseeing the weekly print section, the digital report and directing its digital and mobile initiatives. Before running Travel, Monica was the deputy of the section, in charge of several recurring print features and its blog. Monica is a veteran editor at the New York Times, having served as an assistant editor for Arts & Leisure and Weekend Arts desks and... Read More →

Speakers
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Charlise Ferguson

Senior Editor, Social Media, The Daily Beast
@chartasticalCharlise is head of social media at The Daily Beast. She also contributes to the site's travel and music coverage. Prior to The Beast, she held gigs at ESSENCE, Travel + Leisure and Seventeen. Storytelling is her superpower.
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Evita Robinson

CEO/Creator, Nomadness Travel Tribe
@evierobbieIn September 2011, Evita (Evie) Robinson created the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an online social community for travelers worldwide who share a similar urban background and were looking for like-minded travelers to connect with. Now the Tribe is over 12,000 strong, internationally. In April 2012, she launched Nomadness LLC, which houses projects such as Nomadness Travel Tribe, and her web series 'The NOMADNESS Project' that she... Read More →
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Yolanda Sangweni

Entertainment Editor, ESSENCE.com
@YoliZama | Yolanda Sangweni is a South-African born writer/editor and cultural curator. Currently, she is the entertainment editor of ESSENCE.com—the online portal of ESSENCE Magazine—and the founder of afriPOP, an online destination highlighting what’s new and what’s next in global African culture. afriPOP! recently co-presented After Afropolitan, a month-long exhibition probing contemporary African diaspora... Read More →
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Zim Ugochukwu

Founder, Travel Noire
@zimism | Zim is the founder of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform. Travel Noire’s vision is to be the world’s most comprehensive end-to-end travel resource for unconventional travelers of color. By creating compelling tools, resources & experiences to help travelers discover, plan and experience new destinations, Travel Noire connects members of the African diaspora with the world of travel. Travel Noire recently... Read More →


Wednesday April 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The New York Times Building The New York Times, 620 8th Avenue.

3:00pm

Presentations by Melvin Estrella, Johny Pitts, Ko Im and Terrell Starr (hosted by The New York Times)
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Johny Pitts - AN AFROPEAN ODYSSEY


One cold afternoon in October, Founder and co-editor of Afropean.com Johny Pitts left London on the Eurostar to travel Europe by train for five months in search of 'Afropea'- those parts of the continent where second, third and fourth generation members of the black-diaspora in Europe are forging identities not represented in tourist literature and traditional national narratives. Johny will talk about what he found on his travels in London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Rome, Madrid and Lisbon and share some of his street photography due to be released as a book in 2016.

Moderators
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Melvin Estrella

@worldwidestar | Melvin Estrella (Director of Photography/Producer) has worked in numerous capacities within the independent film arena as well as within commercial, television, and non-profit production. Clients have included ESPN (It’s the Shoes), Filmlance Sweden (The Last Contract), Daniel Fridell (Beneath the Surface), 3rd Edge Communications, Hock Films, Make a Wish, and TV-One. Melvin shot and co-produced the documentary, Gringo... Read More →

Speakers
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Ko Im

Host/Correspondent/Blogger, Freelance
@koimtv | Ko Im is a freelance writer, lifestyle enthusiast and yoga instructor. A Columbia Journalism graduate and former national television correspondent, Ko published and narrated Broke, not Broken, a solo travel-as-therapy e-memoir. She contributes multimedia content to Yahoo Travel and is a proponent of millenials, women and diversity. She has led meditation sessions overseas and facilitates yoga workshops around the country. Ko grew... Read More →
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Johny Pitts

@afropeanculture | Johny Pitts is a British writer, photographer and BBC host. He is the founder and editor of the award winning online journal afropean.com, exploring the interplay of the black diaspora with Europe. He is currently working on an travel book with French publishers Les Arenes.
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Terrell J. Starr

Senior Editor, AlterNet
@russian_starr | Terrell J. Starr is a Senior Editor at AlterNet. His journalism experience includes public radio, social media, magazines, photography and online reporting. Fluent in SEO and social media best practices, his skill of using social media in his reporting has lead to him breaking several national stories. Starr has a bachelor's degree in English from Philander Smith College and an M.S. in Editorial Journalism and M.A. in Russian... Read More →


Wednesday April 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The New York Times Building The New York Times, 620 8th Avenue.

7:00pm

Restless Legs Reading Series: Storytime
Is it true that we are the stories we tell ourselves? Or, as Joan Didion said, do we tell ourselves stories in order to live? Or...do we get together on April 15 (Tax Day!) to hear some great travel tales, told by amazing writers, while we sip drinks, laugh, and forget about the maladies of the outside world? Let's go with that one!

This very special Restless Legs will feature a small handful of writers simply telling stories. No books. No magazines. No printed out articles to read from.

Storytellers include:

Robin Epstein, an accomplished writer who has penned humor books, young adult novels, and even sit-coms. She teaches at New York University.

Tom Downey, bon vivant, Contribing Writer at AFAR, and regular contributor to WSJ magazine and Smithsonian.

Matt Gross, erstwhile Frugal Traveler for the New York Times, who has written for AFAR, Bon Appetit, and plethora of other publications.

Pavia Rosati, the editor of Fathom Away (www.fathomaway.com)

Dan Saltzstein, an editor at the New York Times Travel section. Mr. Saltzstein also invents home cocktails in his spare time -- most recently "The Witty Comeback."

Their stories from the road will make you laugh, cry, inspire you to give it all up to start a petting zoo in Cambodia. Or, well, something like that.

So please join the gathering of the Restless Legs Society on April 15 in the upstairs room of the People Lounge on the Lower East Side.

Wednesday April 15, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
People Lounge 163 Allen St, New York, New York 10002
 
Thursday, April 16
 

6:00pm

April Travel Massive NYC (Sponsored by Azamara Club Cruises and New York Travel Festival)
Join us Thursday, April 16 from 6-8:30pm for an evening with Azamara Club Cruises and to kick-off the upcoming New York Travel Festival.

Embark on an evening of AzAmazing updates from the brand including new cruise itineraries, program launches like Cruise Global, Eat Local and the unveiling of Azamara's exclusive destination immersive virtual technology – a first-ever in the cruise industry – at The Park Lounge at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel.

At the event, make sure to connect with the representatives from New York Travel Festival to get last minute tickets, ask questions, etc. The weekends’ activities (April 18-19) will include engaging experiences for passionate travelers and industry professionals. Join us for panels, speakers, tastings, workshops, and plentiful networking opportunities with like-minded explorers.

A reminder to everyone, please take a moment to make a full profile on TravelMassive.com New York City Chapter, since we’ll begin sending event announcements only through that channel starting May 1st.

*More details below on special perks, giveaways and event details.

Your cruise directors,

Jess + Lauren

Azamara:

Azamara is an up-market, boutique cruise line that brings travelers the opportunity to spend more time in ports (including late nights and overnight stays) and experience true Destination Immersion. Azamara ships offer globetrotters the ultimate travel experience and representatives, including President and CEO Larry Pimentel, will be on hand to speak about Azamara’s signature programs. It's these programs, such as Insider Access, AzAmazing Evenings and Nights and Cool Places, that differentiate Azamara and inspire guests to “think outside the ship.”

Visiting 204 ports of call in 70 countries without repeating a single voyage, Azamara brings guests to some of the most popular and remote corners of the world. Where do you want to go? Share your Azamara bucket list port of call using #LoveTravel for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime onboard Azamara. Pre-event tweeting is encouraged and welcome for extra chances! One lucky winner will be selected on the evening of the event. Visit www.azamaraclubcruises.com for a full list of itineraries for reference.

Join in the conversation! Follow @Azamara Club Cruises on Facebook, @AzamaraVoyages on Twitter and @azamaraclubcruises on Instagram.

Giveaway: Share your Azamara bucket list port of call using #LoveTravel for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime onboard Azamara. Pre-event tweeting is encouraged and welcome for extra chances! One lucky winner will be selected on the evening of the event. Visit www.azamaraclubcruises.com for a full list of itineraries for reference.


Thursday April 16, 2015 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Gansevoort Hotel 420 Park Avenue South, New York, NY
 
Friday, April 17
 

9:30am

Turnstile Tours' “Making It In NYC: Inside Industry Tour”
In timing with the New York Travel Festival, Turnstile Tours and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 will be hosting a “Making It In NYC: Inside Industry Tour” on Friday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Advance registration is required. The tour begins and ends at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the corner of Flushing and Carlton Avenues in Brooklyn.

This 90-minute guided tour begins at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92’s Making It In NYC gallery, an exhibit that explores a new era of manufacturing in New York City today. Participants will then head out into the Yard for an immersive look at “making it” then and now at the Yard.

Featured businesses on the April 17th tour include:

SITU Fabrication: (@situstudio) Bringing design, fabrication, and research under one company, Situ’s team is able to tackle complex building challenges using a wide variety of tools, materials, and approaches. In their fabrication space, depending on which project they are working on, attendees might see how their metal workers construct sculptural elements for an artist’s installation, how they craft complex shapes using their robotic 5-dimensional router, how plastics are molded for interior design pieces on their thermomolder, or how they designed and built the “Making It In NYC” exhibit in BLDG 92.

AHeirloom: (@a_heirloom) Founded by husband and wife team Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat, AHeirloom manufacturers a variety of wooden home goods, though they are best known for their cutting boards shaped like the states. Thanks to digital design tools and computer-controlled machinery, they can make these complex shapes – and even add custom details like your hometown or an inscription – quickly and affordably.

NYTF ’15 attendees can apply the discount code “NYTF2015″ toward the cost of the “Making It In NYC: Inside Industry Tour” along with other Turnstile Tours’ offerings now and throughout May. To purchase tickets, visit this link.

Photo by Randy Duchaine 



Friday April 17, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 intersection of Carlton and Flushing Avenue at 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

6:30pm

NY Trav Fest 2015 Opening Night Party
Join us at Mundo at the Paper Factory Hotel in Queens to party on the eve of the 3rd Annual New York Travel Festival!

Friday April 17, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Paper Factory Hotel and Mundo 37-06 36th Street Queens, NY 11101
 
Saturday, April 18
 

9:50am

Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Roni Weiss

Roni Weiss

Senior Partner & Director of Special Events, RW Social
Roni is a social media/marketing consultant, events manager, and content creator. Roni is Founder & Organizer of the New York Travel Festival and Cofounder & Organizer of Destination Accelerator. In addition to his entrepreneurial work, Roni is a freelance writer, blogger, and videographer. Roni is a co-founder of multiple Twitter chats, including #TTOT (Travel Talk on Twitter), the travel community's biggest Twitter chat, and... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 9:50am - 10:00am
Concert Hall 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

10:00am

50 Shades of Black: Understanding Diversity’s Impact On The Future Of Travel
The black traveler is the industry Cinderalla story of 2015. Although just rising to the mainstream consciousness with articles in the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. Black travel is nothing new – but what’s so different? Brands are beginning to take notice, the community is taking charge of it’s image, and smart destinations are beginning to cater to this “new” audience. 

Bringing together some of the leading voices in #brandingblacktravel, the panel will address the following:



  • How can brands connect with travelers of color?

  • What are some of the similarities between millennial black travelers and mainstream millenials?

  • Where are the nuances in the black travel community?

  • How is social media impacting the visibility of black travelers?

  • What are some of the issues still facing the black travel community?

  • What are the nuances within the black travel space?

  • What can the “traditional” travel industry learn from the recent success of online black travel communities?

  • Who “owns” the message around the black traveler brand?

  • What are the top destinations for black travelers?

  • What are some of the trends among black travelers?


Moderators
avatar for Cherae Robinson

Cherae Robinson

Founder, Tastemakers Africa
@sasyrae | Cherae Robinson has spent a decade focused on connecting international nonprofits to new audiences. In 2014, Cherae bridged her passion for travel, her commitment to development, and her love of Africa to create Tastemakers Africa, a mobile app and content platform.

Speakers
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Isoul Harris

Editor-in-Chief, UPTOWN
As the Editor-In-Chief of UPTOWN, Isoul Harris clocks more time in airport lounges than in his office. Armed with a strong curiosity (and an odd obsession with gorgeous hotel lobbies), this Morehouse College and NYU grad brings his global experiences (whether leaping from cliffs in Africa or four-wheeling through the mountains of Morocco) to the pages of the bi-monthly lifestyle mag. A former public school teacher turned journo, Harris has... Read More →
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Evita Robinson

CEO/Creator, Nomadness Travel Tribe
@evierobbieIn September 2011, Evita (Evie) Robinson created the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an online social community for travelers worldwide who share a similar urban background and were looking for like-minded travelers to connect with. Now the Tribe is over 12,000 strong, internationally. In April 2012, she launched Nomadness LLC, which houses projects such as Nomadness Travel Tribe, and her web series 'The NOMADNESS Project' that she... Read More →
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Zim Ugochukwu

Founder, Travel Noire
@zimism | Zim is the founder of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform. Travel Noire’s vision is to be the world’s most comprehensive end-to-end travel resource for unconventional travelers of color. By creating compelling tools, resources & experiences to help travelers discover, plan and experience new destinations, Travel Noire connects members of the African diaspora with the world of travel. Travel Noire recently... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Concert Hall 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

10:00am

Photography Session with Gary Arndt
 



Speakers
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Gary Arndt

Everything Everywhere
@EverywhereTrip | Gary Arndt is an award-winning blogger and travel photographer who has been traveling non-stop since 2007. He is the co-host of This Week in Travel, a weekly podcast, and an associate producer and senior travel correspondent for On Travel, on the American Forces Radio Network.


Saturday April 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

10:00am

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Networking / Exhibitor Time/ Demos
Meet new people in travel tech, say hi to our exhibiting startup sponsors, and demo the latest virtual reality (VR) technology and experiences from YouVisit and Total Cinema 360.

Startup Exhibitors:

Threestay
Fantrotter

GeoSure
Minaal
Poshpacker
Travel Monkey
Visit.org


Moderators
avatar for Michael Coletta

Michael Coletta

Travel 2.0
Mike Coletta is the organizer of the Meetup group Travel 2.0, which helps travel startup founders get feedback on their businesses at critical points in their growth, and connects and educates members. He is also the founder of Fantrotter.com, a travel site for concerts, festivals and sporting events, and Program Manager for DreamIt Ventures New York, a startup accelerator. Mike has spent time as a travel entrepreneur, consultant, analyst... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

10:00am

Exhibitions
Saturday April 18, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibition Area - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Introduction
An introduction to the Travel 2.0 Meetup Group. Travel 2.0 is a 1,200 member Meetup group focused on travel innovation, technology, and startups.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Coletta

Michael Coletta

Travel 2.0
Mike Coletta is the organizer of the Meetup group Travel 2.0, which helps travel startup founders get feedback on their businesses at critical points in their growth, and connects and educates members. He is also the founder of Fantrotter.com, a travel site for concerts, festivals and sporting events, and Program Manager for DreamIt Ventures New York, a startup accelerator. Mike has spent time as a travel entrepreneur, consultant, analyst... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:10am
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Ashton Giese
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Development Associate, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
@gayographer | After working in foreign affairs, politics and the private sector, Ashton Giese currently organizes custom travel, authors a weekly LGBTQ news brief and works as a Development Associate at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Previously, he advocated for LGBT rights at the US State Department and helped elect LGBT advocate, US Congressman Mark Pocan. Ashton grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Barry Goldsmith
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Metanoya Z. Webb
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Mike & Anne Howard
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mike & Anne Howard

Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

Smartwatches, the Sharing Economy and Selfie Sticks: Travel Trends in 2015 and Beyond
Watching the announcement of the Apple Watch, you'd think keyless entry and seamless travel were right around the corner -- but researchers estimate just a third of air travelers will use mobile boarding passes by 2019. So what is hype, and what is reality? Join our panel to hear from destination, tour and industry experts on the trends shaping travel now and in the future.

Takeaways:
- What tech will impact the future of travel, and what will go the way of the beeper
- How destinations are upping their game, from promoting off-season activities to expanded   offerings to foodies
- The kinds of experiences different generations are interested in, from Millennials focused on experiences, to the increasing number of Boomers traveling to volunteer
- What current and upcoming travel trends mean for industry professionals and travelers

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Plautz

Jessica Plautz

@jessicaplautz | Jessica Plautz is the travel editor at Mashable, which covers the ways travel is changing and evolving. Beyond covering the evolution of travel, Jessica seeks to tell stories that reveal how travel shapes the way we experience the world.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Herrmann

Alex Herrmann

Switzerland Tourism
@MySwitzerland_e | Alex Herrmann, a marketing/communications professional, has over 20 years of professional experience in the travel industry as well as in IT. Responsible for Switzerland Tourism in the US and Canada since 2007, he took on the additional responsibility for Brazil as Director Americas in 2011.
avatar for Eric Hrubant

Eric Hrubant

Owner & Chief Travel Planning Officer, CIRE Travel
@CIREtravel | Eric Hrubant owns CIRE Travel, a division of Tzell. He and his handpicked team are like that concierge whose name you’ll never forget. The agency, especially Eric, is known for never-say-never problem solving—from getting change fees waived to rerouting flights in emergency situations like Hurricane Sandy.
avatar for Lindsay Young

Lindsay Young

Food Tourism Developer, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
| Online and offline, my life pretty much revolves around tourism, maps, cheese, wine, languages, running, food, and marketing. | | I have more than eight years of marketing under my belt, including digital and experiential, as well as three years of people management experience. | | I've spent more than five years in a roll-up-your-sleeves, do everything start-up environment, growing teams and making things happen with modest budgets... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Concert Hall 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:00am

Tales of the Well-Travelled
Three of the world's most well traveled people, each of whom have been to over 100 countries, share stories from their travels and answer your questions.

Moderators
avatar for Sheri Rothman

Sheri Rothman

Sheri Rothman is an award-winning journalist with a passion for exploring foreign cultures. She caught the travel bug over 20 years ago while studying abroad in Manchester, England. Since then, she has visited 5 continents and more than 35 countries. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post as well as numerous business publications and Web Sites.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Abbamonte

Lee Abbamonte

@LeeAbbamonte | As the youngest American to have visited every country in the world, Lee Abbamonte is one of the world’s most traveled people. He has been featured in publications, including Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, and The New York Times, and has appeared on the Travel Channel, NBC, CBS, Foxnews, and many more.
avatar for Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt

Everything Everywhere
@EverywhereTrip | Gary Arndt is an award-winning blogger and travel photographer who has been traveling non-stop since 2007. He is the co-host of This Week in Travel, a weekly podcast, and an associate producer and senior travel correspondent for On Travel, on the American Forces Radio Network.
avatar for Beth Belkonen

Beth Belkonen

Beth has been finding ways to fit in travel while working full time in corporate business roles over the past 20 years. She has traveled to all 50 states, all 7 continents and 141 countries. As a member of the Travelers’ Century Club, she has traveled to nearly 200 of their destinations. Her travel lust was fueled when her job in market research transferred her to live in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London for 7 years. Beth is always looking for... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Ashton Giese
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Development Associate, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
@gayographer | After working in foreign affairs, politics and the private sector, Ashton Giese currently organizes custom travel, authors a weekly LGBTQ news brief and works as a Development Associate at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Previously, he advocated for LGBT rights at the US State Department and helped elect LGBT advocate, US Congressman Mark Pocan. Ashton grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Barry Goldsmith
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Metanoya Z. Webb
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Mike & Anne Howard
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mike & Anne Howard

Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:15am

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Keynote by Google Travel: Be First To The Future: How businesses succeed in the accelerated world.

Learn how the Google Travel team is helping travel companies to manage the accelerated pace of technological change, and incorporate the following principles into their digital marketing strategies:

1) Innovate and grow
2) Make better decisions
3) Win moments that matter 


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson

Account Manager for the Travel Industry, Google
Sarah Robinson is an Account Manager for the Travel Industry at Google. She works with global travel partners on developing their digital marketing and product strategies. As the mobile and vacation rental segments of the travel industry continue to explode, Sarah is particularly excited to play a part advising clients in these high­ growth areas. Sarah’s experiences in traveling through more than 30 countries... Read More →
avatar for Ting Ting Yan

Ting Ting Yan

Marketing Strategist, Google
@globallightlaw | Ting Ting Yan is a marketing strategist at Google. She advises Fortune 500 clients in travel & leisure on their digital marketing, ensuring strategy is aligned with consumer and market behavior. She looks at data and trends to understand how consumers research, book and experience leisure and business travel. Success is getting clients to think differently about using digital to build modern brands. Before... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Ashton Giese
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Development Associate, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
@gayographer | After working in foreign affairs, politics and the private sector, Ashton Giese currently organizes custom travel, authors a weekly LGBTQ news brief and works as a Development Associate at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Previously, he advocated for LGBT rights at the US State Department and helped elect LGBT advocate, US Congressman Mark Pocan. Ashton grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Barry Goldsmith
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Metanoya Z. Webb
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Mike & Anne Howard
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mike & Anne Howard

Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:30am

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:40am

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:40am - 11:55am
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Ashton Giese
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Development Associate, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
@gayographer | After working in foreign affairs, politics and the private sector, Ashton Giese currently organizes custom travel, authors a weekly LGBTQ news brief and works as a Development Associate at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Previously, he advocated for LGBT rights at the US State Department and helped elect LGBT advocate, US Congressman Mark Pocan. Ashton grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Barry Goldsmith
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Metanoya Z. Webb
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Mike & Anne Howard
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Mike & Anne Howard

Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

11:45am

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Ashton Giese
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Development Associate, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
@gayographer | After working in foreign affairs, politics and the private sector, Ashton Giese currently organizes custom travel, authors a weekly LGBTQ news brief and works as a Development Associate at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Previously, he advocated for LGBT rights at the US State Department and helped elect LGBT advocate, US Congressman Mark Pocan. Ashton grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Barry Goldsmith
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Metanoya Z. Webb
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Mike & Anne Howard
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mike & Anne Howard

Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

The Ethics of Travel: Should You Stay or Should You Go
When deciding where to go, travelers take into account many factors, including cost, climate, distance and safety. Too often, though, we overlook ethical considerations. Travel can impact the environment, politics and culture in positive and negative ways. This panel will explore what's at stake, how to travel in harmony with your values, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Sara Clemence

Sara Clemence

A Travel Editor, Wall Street Journal
@SaraClemence | Sara Clemence is a travel editor at The Wall Street Journal. She has been an editor at Forbes, Condé Nast Portfolio and the New York Post, and co-founded Recessionwire. She is also an experienced commentator who has appeared on CNN, CNBC, VH-1 and ABC’s Good Morning America, among other media outlets.

Speakers
avatar for Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  
avatar for Deirdre Campbell

Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Guzman

Sandra Guzman

Contributing Writer, NBC News
@sandrasepigram | Sandra Guzman is an Emmy award-winning journalist, author, and yogi who is currently a contributing writer for NBC News. She was associate editor and culture writer for The New York Post and editor in chief of Latina and heart & soul magazines. Her byline has been on Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Univision, and PBS.
avatar for Pegi Vail

Pegi Vail

Anthropologist (NYU); Documentary Filmmaker, Gringo Trails
@gringotrails | Dr. Pegi Vail is an anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, and curator at NYU’s Center for Media, Culture, and History. Her award-winning documentary Gringo Trails looks at the impact of tourism on cultures and environments. Right of Passage, a book based on Vail’s research among backpackers in Bolivia as a Fulbright scholar is forthcoming (Duke University Press). She serves as a judge for National Geographic’s... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Concert Hall 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:00pm

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - 2015 Megatrend: The Year of Mobile Innovation and Disruption

Mobile as a 2015 megatrend is fundamentally changing the way travel brands do business. Not since the arrival of the web has there been such a seismic shift in the industry. Mobile is not only fueling key shifts in consumer behavior but also initiating new business models and industry partnerships. In this session, we focus on three award-winning travel mobile innovations – and why they are deemed “best of the best” by bloggers, industry mavens and consumers alike. Innovative, disruptive and seamless. Come see what the future of mobile travel holds for you. Bring your “A” game, and your crystal ball!


Speakers
avatar for Susan Black

Susan Black

Founding Partner, Black & Wright
@susantravels | Susan Black is an accomplished eCommerce strategist with a distinguished career successfully launching businesses and reinvigorating established brands within the travel industry. Susan is recognized as an expert at growing market share and maximizing return on investment. Susan is a founding partner of Black & Wright, a leading global travel industry strategic advisory firm. | | Black & Wright's 50+ clients... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:10pm

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:10pm - 12:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Ashton Giese
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Development Associate, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
@gayographer | After working in foreign affairs, politics and the private sector, Ashton Giese currently organizes custom travel, authors a weekly LGBTQ news brief and works as a Development Associate at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Previously, he advocated for LGBT rights at the US State Department and helped elect LGBT advocate, US Congressman Mark Pocan. Ashton grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Barry Goldsmith
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Clare Hancock
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Clare Hancock

Clare Hancock

Editor in Chief, Immersion Travel Magazine
@travelsustains | The Editor in Chief of Immersion Travel Magazine, Clare Hancock was raised among cacti and cowboys in Arizona and has always had an appetite for adventure. By her sophomore year in college, she had set her sights set on becoming a travel writer. After earning her master’s in Journalism however, she realized that travel writing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and decided to change it... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Marie Elena Martinez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marie Elena Martinez

Marie Elena Martinez

@mariesworlds | Marie Elena Martinez is a leading writer and editor, as well as a consultant on Latin American travel and food. Beginning in 2005, she spent several years chasing her passions on a solo trip around the world spanning 6 continents and over 50 countries as diverse as Argentina, India, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. Since 2009, Marie has contributed to publications including The... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Metanoya Z. Webb
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Mike & Anne Howard
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mike & Anne Howard

Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Patrick Bennett
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Patrick Bennett

Patrick Bennett

Co-Founder, Uncommon Caribbean
@uncommoncarib | With 15+ years of experience in producing winning creative content at top New York ad agencies, Patrick Bennett has earned a reputation for reinventing consumer brands. It fits with Uncommon Caribbean’s mission to refresh how people think about Caribbean travel. | Topics of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Rum Destinations of Expertise: The West Indies especially Barbados, Samana... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:15pm

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

12:20pm

One-on-One w/ Rondel Holder
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Rondel Holder

Rondel Holder

Founder, Soul Society 101
@soulsociety101 | Rondel Holder is the Founder of Soul Society 101, the premier travel guide catered to the African American audience. Soul Society 101 shares travel stories and queues suggestions from travel influencers for creating a unique, non-touristy experience for young black professionals traveling both around the world and domestically. | Topics of Expertise: African-American/Multicultural Travel, Budget Travel. Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 12:20pm - 12:35pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

1:00pm

Lunch w/ Croatian National Tourist Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ina Rodin

Ina Rodin

Director North America, Croatian National Tourist Office New York
Ms. Rodin has more than 13 years in the hospitality and tourism industry. Since October 2014, she has headed the Croatian National Tourist Office in North America, based in New York. She is tasked with building awareness of Croatia in the North American market and encouraging U.S. tourists to visit Croatia and explore and experience its diverse landscape and rich culture.


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Croatian National Tourist Organization Table

1:00pm

Lunch with Vytaliz
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Omar N. Elrabie

Omar N. Elrabie

Founding Partner/Director of Operations, Vytaliz
Omar N. Elrabie is a Founding Partner and the Director of Operations of Vytaliz. Omar graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Business and entrepreneurship has been a passion for Omar. During college, he started a small business retailing custom designed sneakers to students. Post college, he founded One International, an international business development... Read More →
avatar for Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi is a Founding Partner and the Director of Strategy at Vytaliz. Faris is finishing his MBA at Columbia Business School and has B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Finance from Lehigh University. He began his career in real estate project management at Clark Construction Group in Washington, DC before moving to Atlanta to join Ernst & Young. While at EY, Faris worked in business valuation for M&A with a focus on deals in... Read More →
avatar for Amer Alnajar M.D.

Amer Alnajar M.D.

Founding Partner/Head Physician, Vytaliz
Amer Alnajar is a Founding Partner and Head Physician at Vytaliz. Amer has a B.S. from Lehigh University and an M.D. from Drexel College of Medicine. Amer is a published physician who has conducted research at the Jefferson Pancreatic, Biliary and Related Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University. He is very interested in how health care differs internationally and has volunteered at an Addiction Interruption Clinic in Mexico City and... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Vytaliz Table

1:00pm

Lunch (w/ Presentations)
Lunch presentations include:

  • Alex Herrmann of Switzerland Tourism
  • Swiss goodie bag giveaway
  • American friends of the Phelophepa Train
  • Announcement of the winner of the Kortlist contest 

Speakers
avatar for Alex Herrmann

Alex Herrmann

Switzerland Tourism
@MySwitzerland_e | Alex Herrmann, a marketing/communications professional, has over 20 years of professional experience in the travel industry as well as in IT. Responsible for Switzerland Tourism in the US and Canada since 2007, he took on the additional responsibility for Brazil as Director Americas in 2011.


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibition Area - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

1:00pm

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Lunch Break / Exhibitor Time/ Demos
Grab your food in the Loft, then come back down to meet new people in travel tech, say hi to our exhibiting startup sponsors, and demo the latest virtual reality (VR) technology and experiences from YouVisit and Total Cinema 360.

Startup Exhibitors:

Threestay
Fantrotter

GeoSure
Minaal
Poshpacker
Travel Monkey
Visit.org

Saturday April 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

1:15pm

Lunch w/ Croatian National Tourist Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ina Rodin

Ina Rodin

Director North America, Croatian National Tourist Office New York
Ms. Rodin has more than 13 years in the hospitality and tourism industry. Since October 2014, she has headed the Croatian National Tourist Office in North America, based in New York. She is tasked with building awareness of Croatia in the North American market and encouraging U.S. tourists to visit Croatia and explore and experience its diverse landscape and rich culture.


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Croatian National Tourist Organization Table

1:15pm

Lunch with Vytaliz
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Omar N. Elrabie

Omar N. Elrabie

Founding Partner/Director of Operations, Vytaliz
Omar N. Elrabie is a Founding Partner and the Director of Operations of Vytaliz. Omar graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Business and entrepreneurship has been a passion for Omar. During college, he started a small business retailing custom designed sneakers to students. Post college, he founded One International, an international business development... Read More →
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Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi is a Founding Partner and the Director of Strategy at Vytaliz. Faris is finishing his MBA at Columbia Business School and has B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Finance from Lehigh University. He began his career in real estate project management at Clark Construction Group in Washington, DC before moving to Atlanta to join Ernst & Young. While at EY, Faris worked in business valuation for M&A with a focus on deals in... Read More →
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Amer Alnajar M.D.

Founding Partner/Head Physician, Vytaliz
Amer Alnajar is a Founding Partner and Head Physician at Vytaliz. Amer has a B.S. from Lehigh University and an M.D. from Drexel College of Medicine. Amer is a published physician who has conducted research at the Jefferson Pancreatic, Biliary and Related Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University. He is very interested in how health care differs internationally and has volunteered at an Addiction Interruption Clinic in Mexico City and... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Vytaliz Table

1:30pm

Lunch w/ Croatian National Tourist Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ina Rodin

Ina Rodin

Director North America, Croatian National Tourist Office New York
Ms. Rodin has more than 13 years in the hospitality and tourism industry. Since October 2014, she has headed the Croatian National Tourist Office in North America, based in New York. She is tasked with building awareness of Croatia in the North American market and encouraging U.S. tourists to visit Croatia and explore and experience its diverse landscape and rich culture.


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Croatian National Tourist Organization Table

1:30pm

Lunch w/ Croatian National Tourist Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ina Rodin

Ina Rodin

Director North America, Croatian National Tourist Office New York
Ms. Rodin has more than 13 years in the hospitality and tourism industry. Since October 2014, she has headed the Croatian National Tourist Office in North America, based in New York. She is tasked with building awareness of Croatia in the North American market and encouraging U.S. tourists to visit Croatia and explore and experience its diverse landscape and rich culture.


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Croatian National Tourist Organization Table

1:30pm

Lunch with Vytaliz
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Omar N. Elrabie

Omar N. Elrabie

Founding Partner/Director of Operations, Vytaliz
Omar N. Elrabie is a Founding Partner and the Director of Operations of Vytaliz. Omar graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Business and entrepreneurship has been a passion for Omar. During college, he started a small business retailing custom designed sneakers to students. Post college, he founded One International, an international business development... Read More →
avatar for Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi is a Founding Partner and the Director of Strategy at Vytaliz. Faris is finishing his MBA at Columbia Business School and has B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Finance from Lehigh University. He began his career in real estate project management at Clark Construction Group in Washington, DC before moving to Atlanta to join Ernst & Young. While at EY, Faris worked in business valuation for M&A with a focus on deals in... Read More →
avatar for Amer Alnajar M.D.

Amer Alnajar M.D.

Founding Partner/Head Physician, Vytaliz
Amer Alnajar is a Founding Partner and Head Physician at Vytaliz. Amer has a B.S. from Lehigh University and an M.D. from Drexel College of Medicine. Amer is a published physician who has conducted research at the Jefferson Pancreatic, Biliary and Related Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University. He is very interested in how health care differs internationally and has volunteered at an Addiction Interruption Clinic in Mexico City and... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Vytaliz Table

1:45pm

Lunch w/ Croatian National Tourist Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ina Rodin

Ina Rodin

Director North America, Croatian National Tourist Office New York
Ms. Rodin has more than 13 years in the hospitality and tourism industry. Since October 2014, she has headed the Croatian National Tourist Office in North America, based in New York. She is tasked with building awareness of Croatia in the North American market and encouraging U.S. tourists to visit Croatia and explore and experience its diverse landscape and rich culture.


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Croatian National Tourist Organization Table

1:45pm

Lunch with Vytaliz
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Omar N. Elrabie

Omar N. Elrabie

Founding Partner/Director of Operations, Vytaliz
Omar N. Elrabie is a Founding Partner and the Director of Operations of Vytaliz. Omar graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Business and entrepreneurship has been a passion for Omar. During college, he started a small business retailing custom designed sneakers to students. Post college, he founded One International, an international business development... Read More →
avatar for Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi

Faris N. Ghawi is a Founding Partner and the Director of Strategy at Vytaliz. Faris is finishing his MBA at Columbia Business School and has B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Finance from Lehigh University. He began his career in real estate project management at Clark Construction Group in Washington, DC before moving to Atlanta to join Ernst & Young. While at EY, Faris worked in business valuation for M&A with a focus on deals in... Read More →
avatar for Amer Alnajar M.D.

Amer Alnajar M.D.

Founding Partner/Head Physician, Vytaliz
Amer Alnajar is a Founding Partner and Head Physician at Vytaliz. Amer has a B.S. from Lehigh University and an M.D. from Drexel College of Medicine. Amer is a published physician who has conducted research at the Jefferson Pancreatic, Biliary and Related Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University. He is very interested in how health care differs internationally and has volunteered at an Addiction Interruption Clinic in Mexico City and... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Vytaliz Table

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Alejandro Castro Alfaro
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Jeongwoon Eun
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Jeongwoon Eun

@TigerwonNYC | Jeongwoon Eun (AKA TIGERWON) is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, attend interesting events and interview entrepreneur's around the world. You can catch her interviews on her YOUTUBE channel. Currently, Jeongwoon launched her lifestyle blog called Tigerwon. She is also a part of Google+ city guide, in addition, she is leading the NYC TedxFultonStreet social media team for September 2015 conference. | Topics of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Marian Goldberg
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Mario Nicholas
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Matt Stabile
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Matthew Baker
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Michael Dillinger
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Michael Dillinger

Vice-President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
Michael Dillinger Is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and Vice-President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). A life long New Yorker, his family roots in this great city date back to the 1850's.  There is a lot of NYC in his DNA. As an experienced traveler he appreciates how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience.  Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. He has... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Nicolette Orlemans
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Nicolette Orlemans

Host/Creator, #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans is currently based in New York City, where she works as a communications strategist. When she's not working, Nicolette loves to travel, and has visited much of Europe, seen many of the U.S. states, and traveled to Egypt. In November 2014, Nicolette founded #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on travelers personally experience travel - how they adapt to cultural differences, how they bridge any language gaps... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

One-on-One w/ Yoli Ouiya
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Yoli Ouiya

Founder & Chief Eco Officer, Yoli's Green Living Group
@YoliOuiya | Yoli Ouiya is the founder of award-winning sustainability blog YolisGreenLiving.com. She has been dubbed the “Q​ueen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”.​ During the past 20 years Yoli has resided in New York City, where she is an omnipresent part of local sustainability culture​. As part of her Eco Travel Initiative, she... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

Brands & Media: Leveraging Influence to Drive Business
Limited Capacity full

Lee Abbamonte, Deirdre Campbell and Bret Love have all taken a plunge into deep waters at the new frontier of tourism PR and influencer marketing. They've proven the power of influential blogs (and bloggers) in driving business – winning some campaigns, losing others – and have the scars (and accolades) to prove it. Find out what each of them has to say about the good, the bad and the ugly sides of working with media influencers.

You will walk away with an understanding of recommended best practices, including tips on avoiding common mistakes, how to improve the relationship between influencers and brands, how to set and manage realistic measures of success, and examples of campaign concepts beyond traditional press trips and online contests.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Abbamonte

Lee Abbamonte

@LeeAbbamonte | As the youngest American to have visited every country in the world, Lee Abbamonte is one of the world’s most traveled people. He has been featured in publications, including Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, and The New York Times, and has appeared on the Travel Channel, NBC, CBS, Foxnews, and many more.
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Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →
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Bret Love

Founder/CEO, Green Travel Media
@greenglobaltrvl | Bret Love is a journalist/editor with 22 years of print and online experience, including major outlets such as American Way, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rolling Stone and Yahoo Travel. He built a niche ecotourism/conservation site, Green Global Travel, into one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world by combining inspiring storytelling, sound SEO practices and innovative approaches to social media. As the founder of... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Industry Workshops - (Maya: 316 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

From Travel Writing to Travel Journalism: Seeing & Reporting on Multiple Dimensions of Place
Limited Capacity full

No matter how much a destination changes and evolves, there’s only so much service and “Wish you were here!” writing you can do about a geographical beat. In this session, we’ll talk about why a geographical specialty is important; how to broaden your understanding about the types of writing and reporting you can do about a place; and how to sharpen your skills of observation to be able to identify story ideas, report them responsibly, and pitch them to a variety of outlets.

Workshop attendees will also receive the following:


  • Essential reading and social media list (examples of writers/journalists who do this kind of work and the pieces they produce)

  • List of funding sources

  • List of outlets that commission place-based journalism


 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Schwietert Collazo

Julie Schwietert Collazo

@collazoprojects | Julie Schwietert Collazo is a bilingual freelance writer, editor, and translator who reports about Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S. for The Guardian, TIME, and Latin Correspondent. She has authored or contributed to Fodor’s Puerto Rico, DK Eyewitness Mexico, and MOON New York State. |


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Media Workshops (Dubrovnik: 313 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

Get In On The Ground Level: Marketing Tips for Emerging Destinations Guaranteed to Please ‘Bucket List’ Travelers
Limited Capacity seats available

This informal panel discussion takes a look at less traveled destinations you should be paying attention to in this rapidly evolving global industry. We’ll explore the nuances of emerging tourism areas with developing infrastructure and provide tips on setting proper expectations in your marketing of the destinations. We’ll also examine the role of culture in off-the-beaten path travel and identify which demographics to target through a discussion of the “vacation persona” of those enticed by remote destinations.

Audience participation is encouraged.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Kahn

Josh Kahn

Senior Account Supervisor
Having been virtually raised in the travel industry, Josh Kahn has spent the last 10 years as a strong advocate for tourism to the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific Regions. He currently serves as Chairman for the New York Chapter of the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) and has worked with governments and private sector organizations to apply the successful KTCpr strategy which placed the Caribbean on the international tourism map to emerging... Read More →

Speakers
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Barry Goldsmith

Professor, NYU
Barry Goldsmith is a professor of both architecture and humor, which he believes is apropos to travel -- since leisure travel should be fun.  He's been to 117 countries and does "travel math."  (He added 7 countries in the former Yugoslavia, but had to subtract two -- Hong Kong and East Germany.)He's been writing a monthly travel column for 5 years, Been There, Haven't Done That -- recommending sites around... Read More →
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Rumit Mehta

Founder and CEO, Immersion Journeys
@immersify | Rumit Mehta is founder and CEO of Immersion Journeys, a leading specialist in travel to Africa and South Asia. An avid thrill seeker, Rumit plays a pivotal role in developing custom itineraries for luxury and academic clients leveraging a wealth of knowledge and professional networks in both Africa and South Asia to design complex itineraries. With his deep knowledge of the hospitality industry, he is frequently invited... Read More →
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Howard Smith

President, CHINASMITH, Inc
Howard C. Smith is the president of Chinasmith, Inc., which serves the interests of people and organizations that work, study, travel or tour in China and Southeast Asia. He has traveled throughout Asia for 40 years, speaks Chinese and has been to China more than 100 times. 


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Industry Track - (The Matterhorn: 307-308 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

Structuring Tourism for Social Good
Limited Capacity seats available

Responsible and sustainable approaches in the tourism industry are fundamental to its future growth. Managing and assessing our impact on livelihoods, communities, and the environment both at home and abroad is essential. Ethan Gelber, a responsible-travel expert and writer, will provide opening remarks with a global perspective on responsible travel practices in the tourism industry. This will be followed by a case study and discussion facilitated by Cindy VandenBosch, Founder of Turnstile Tours, a Certified B Corporation and one of New York State's first benefit corporations. Cindy will introduce a business case for a stakeholder-based approach and will highlight specific measurement and tracking tools that can be used to assist companies in making informed decisions that ensure ongoing accountability and sustainability as prime considerations in all of their operations.

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Gelber

Ethan Gelber

Co-founder, The Travel Word / Outbounding
@thetravelword | For 20 years, Ethan Gelber has worked as a professional communications strategist and freelance writer, including as a Lonely Planet author, Huffington Post blogger, AFAR Ambassador, Open Places eco-columnist and staff writer for the now-defunct Travelllll.com. He maintains a focus on agitating for responsible/sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing... Read More →
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Cindy VandenBosch

Founder, Turnstile Tours
Cindy VandenBosch is the founder of @TurnstileTours, a New York State registered benefit corporation that creates and operates unique, rigorously-researched, engaging tours and public programs in partnership with non-profit organizations and cultural institutions that bring together out-of-town visitors, community residents, and people of all ages and abilities.


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF Breakouts (411 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

What Gay Travel Gets Right: How other niches can learn from LGBT marketing
Limited Capacity seats available

LGBT travel is one of the fastest-growing and most buoyant niches in the travel industry today. But success hasn’t come by accident. In this fast-paced session, we’ll address some of the most successful marketing and communication tactics that destinations and suppliers have used to reach LGBT travelers, and how these strategies can work for other niches too.

Bringing together leading voices from the LGBT travel space, the panel will address the following:
 
• What has made LGBT travel marketing strategies successful?
• How can these tactics work for other niches in the travel industry?
• What tactics won’t work, or need to be adjusted for different audiences?
• Is it possible to group a bunch of niches together in a marketing plan and have success?
• How is niche travel marketing evolving?
• What are the hottest new ways that niche marketing is affecting travel?

Moderators
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Mark Chesnut

Editor & Content Producer, LatinFlyer.com
@MunderaMedia | Mark Chesnut is the founder/editor of LatinFlyer.com, which focuses on travel in Latin America. Chesnut also writes and manages custom content for travel industry clients including the Costa Rica Tourism Board, Turismo Chile, U.S. Travel Association, and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Speakers
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Ed Salvato

Editor In Chief, ManAboutWorld
@edsalvatoEd Salvato is co-founder and editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, an immersive tablet-based digital publication on iPads and Android tablets. Salvato has spent the last 15 years in the world of LGBT travel and tourism and has visited hundreds of hotels, over 75 countries and six continents. Click here for a FREE three-month subscription to the magazine and see why it's the number-one gay travel magazine in the App Store.
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Matt Skallerud

President, Pink Banana Media
@mattskal | Matt Skallerud, president of Pink Banana Media, specializes in LGBT online marketing, targeting gays and lesbians via content marketing, social media, programmatic ad banners, mobile smartphone apps and more. He also specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), keyword / search advertising (PPC) and social media analytics. He empowers his clients to reach the LGBT market using the most advanced techniques taking hold in the online... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Travel Unity Summit Breakouts - (LIC Landing: 315 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Panel Discussion: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Travel
Learn how virtual and augmented reality will help you research and enjoy your next vacation. Virtual reality is a new way to test drive a potential vacation, enabling a virtual visitor to get a sense of a place as if they were really there. Augmented reality is already helping travelers navigate experiences, from finding their way around a city to learning about a painting in a museum. Businesses are just starting to tap the potential of these technologies to help travelers learn what they have to offer in new and powerful ways.

Moderator: 
Mike Coletta - Organizer, Travel 2.0 / Founder, Fantrotter 

Panelists: 
• Rob Weiss - Director of Business Development, YouVisit
• Alex Grau - CTO, TotalCinema360 
• Ori Inbar - CEO, AugmentedReality.org


Moderators
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Michael Coletta

Travel 2.0
Mike Coletta is the organizer of the Meetup group Travel 2.0, which helps travel startup founders get feedback on their businesses at critical points in their growth, and connects and educates members. He is also the founder of Fantrotter.com, a travel site for concerts, festivals and sporting events, and Program Manager for DreamIt Ventures New York, a startup accelerator. Mike has spent time as a travel entrepreneur, consultant, analyst... Read More →

Speakers
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Alex Grau

CTO, Total Cinema 360
@AlexMGrau | Alex Grau (CTO at Total Cinema 360) is a software and hardware engineer who has worked in NYC tech start­ups since 2008. He studied computer science and psychology at NYU, where his published research focused on human-computer interaction. In addition to software consulting for Barnes & Nobel, Verizon, and Actor Machine, he worked as an engineer at TouchCo from founding to successful acquisition and is a... Read More →
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Ori Inbar

Co-­founder and CEO, AugmentedReality.ORG
@comogard | Ori Inbar is the co­founder and CEO of AugmentedReality.ORG, a global non­for­profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality (AR). AugmentedReality.ORG’s mission is to educate and promote the true potential of AR, and hatch augmented reality startups that offer unique value to its active users. In 2009, Ori was the co­founder and CEO of Ogmento, one of the first... Read More →
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Rob Weiss

Director of Business Development, YouVisit
@rweiss005 | Rob is Director of Business Development at YouVisit, a leader in the burgeoning field of virtual reality. YouVisit helps colleges, universities, destinations and venues (and travelers!) build and produce immersive, virtual reality­ready multimedia experiences. Since its founding in 2009 YouVisit has created and published over 5,000 experiences. Recently YouVisit released its TourBuilder platform... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

Travel as Diplomacy and Eastern Europe
Terrell J. Starr of Alternet moderates a panel going deep into a swath of destinations that are rarely discussed in mainstream outlets: Eastern Europe. Panelists include Zamir Gotta, "Anthony Bourdain's Russian sidekick".

Moderators
avatar for Terrell J. Starr

Terrell J. Starr

Senior Editor, AlterNet
@russian_starr | Terrell J. Starr is a Senior Editor at AlterNet. His journalism experience includes public radio, social media, magazines, photography and online reporting. Fluent in SEO and social media best practices, his skill of using social media in his reporting has lead to him breaking several national stories. Starr has a bachelor's degree in English from Philander Smith College and an M.S. in Editorial Journalism and M.A. in Russian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zamir Gotta

Zamir Gotta

@ZamirGotta | Iazamir “Zamir” Gotta, a producer and broadcaster, is best known as Anthony Bourdain's traveling companion. He has appeared on “A Cook’s Tour,” “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and "Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown." Since 2006 he has been a consultant at the Trident Media Group.


Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:00pm

Exhibitions and Cupcake Tasting
Globetrotting Stiletto x Sydney's Sweets Cupcake Tasting

Globetrotting Stiletto produces a yummy web series, Cupcakes & Cafe with GTS, which chronicles visionaries in the entertainment and lifestyle industries, giving viewers and intimate glimpse into how jet-setting fuels creativity for some of the most noted influencers in the game. 

Sydney's Sweets is a retail bakery and cupcake boutique offering custom cake designs and confectionery services. They are best know by their tag line "Cakes That Taste Even Better Than They Look"! Stop by and sample a fine selection of delicious cake flavors, all made from scratch using natural ingredients. Fan favorites include: Chocolate Caramel Dream and Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibition Area - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Alejandro Castro Alfaro
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Jeongwoon Eun
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Jeongwoon Eun

@TigerwonNYC | Jeongwoon Eun (AKA TIGERWON) is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, attend interesting events and interview entrepreneur's around the world. You can catch her interviews on her YOUTUBE channel. Currently, Jeongwoon launched her lifestyle blog called Tigerwon. She is also a part of Google+ city guide, in addition, she is leading the NYC TedxFultonStreet social media team for September 2015 conference. | Topics of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Marian Goldberg
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marian Goldberg

Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Mario Nicholas
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Matt Stabile
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Matthew Baker
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Michael Dillinger
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Michael Dillinger

Michael Dillinger

Vice-President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
Michael Dillinger Is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and Vice-President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). A life long New Yorker, his family roots in this great city date back to the 1850's.  There is a lot of NYC in his DNA. As an experienced traveler he appreciates how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience.  Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. He has... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Nicolette Orlemans
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Nicolette Orlemans

Host/Creator, #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans is currently based in New York City, where she works as a communications strategist. When she's not working, Nicolette loves to travel, and has visited much of Europe, seen many of the U.S. states, and traveled to Egypt. In November 2014, Nicolette founded #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on travelers personally experience travel - how they adapt to cultural differences, how they bridge any language gaps... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:15pm

One-on-One w/ Yoli Ouiya
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Yoli Ouiya

Yoli Ouiya

Founder & Chief Eco Officer, Yoli's Green Living Group
@YoliOuiya | Yoli Ouiya is the founder of award-winning sustainability blog YolisGreenLiving.com. She has been dubbed the “Q​ueen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”.​ During the past 20 years Yoli has resided in New York City, where she is an omnipresent part of local sustainability culture​. As part of her Eco Travel Initiative, she... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Alejandro Castro Alfaro
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Jeongwoon Eun
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jeongwoon Eun

Jeongwoon Eun

@TigerwonNYC | Jeongwoon Eun (AKA TIGERWON) is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, attend interesting events and interview entrepreneur's around the world. You can catch her interviews on her YOUTUBE channel. Currently, Jeongwoon launched her lifestyle blog called Tigerwon. She is also a part of Google+ city guide, in addition, she is leading the NYC TedxFultonStreet social media team for September 2015 conference. | Topics of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Marian Goldberg
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marian Goldberg

Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Mario Nicholas
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mario Nicholas

Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Matt Stabile
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Matt Stabile

Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Matthew Baker
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Michael Dillinger
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Michael Dillinger

Michael Dillinger

Vice-President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
Michael Dillinger Is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and Vice-President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). A life long New Yorker, his family roots in this great city date back to the 1850's.  There is a lot of NYC in his DNA. As an experienced traveler he appreciates how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience.  Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. He has... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Nicolette Orlemans
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Nicolette Orlemans

Nicolette Orlemans

Host/Creator, #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans is currently based in New York City, where she works as a communications strategist. When she's not working, Nicolette loves to travel, and has visited much of Europe, seen many of the U.S. states, and traveled to Egypt. In November 2014, Nicolette founded #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on travelers personally experience travel - how they adapt to cultural differences, how they bridge any language gaps... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:30pm

One-on-One w/ Yoli Ouiya
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Yoli Ouiya

Yoli Ouiya

Founder & Chief Eco Officer, Yoli's Green Living Group
@YoliOuiya | Yoli Ouiya is the founder of award-winning sustainability blog YolisGreenLiving.com. She has been dubbed the “Q​ueen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”.​ During the past 20 years Yoli has resided in New York City, where she is an omnipresent part of local sustainability culture​. As part of her Eco Travel Initiative, she... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Alejandro Castro Alfaro
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Jeongwoon Eun
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jeongwoon Eun

Jeongwoon Eun

@TigerwonNYC | Jeongwoon Eun (AKA TIGERWON) is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, attend interesting events and interview entrepreneur's around the world. You can catch her interviews on her YOUTUBE channel. Currently, Jeongwoon launched her lifestyle blog called Tigerwon. She is also a part of Google+ city guide, in addition, she is leading the NYC TedxFultonStreet social media team for September 2015 conference. | Topics of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Marian Goldberg
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marian Goldberg

Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Mario Nicholas
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Mario Nicholas

Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Matt Stabile
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Matt Stabile

Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Matthew Baker
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Michael Dillinger
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Michael Dillinger

Michael Dillinger

Vice-President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
Michael Dillinger Is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and Vice-President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). A life long New Yorker, his family roots in this great city date back to the 1850's.  There is a lot of NYC in his DNA. As an experienced traveler he appreciates how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience.  Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. He has... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Nicolette Orlemans
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Nicolette Orlemans

Nicolette Orlemans

Host/Creator, #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans is currently based in New York City, where she works as a communications strategist. When she's not working, Nicolette loves to travel, and has visited much of Europe, seen many of the U.S. states, and traveled to Egypt. In November 2014, Nicolette founded #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on travelers personally experience travel - how they adapt to cultural differences, how they bridge any language gaps... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

2:45pm

One-on-One w/ Yoli Ouiya
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Yoli Ouiya

Yoli Ouiya

Founder & Chief Eco Officer, Yoli's Green Living Group
@YoliOuiya | Yoli Ouiya is the founder of award-winning sustainability blog YolisGreenLiving.com. She has been dubbed the “Q​ueen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”.​ During the past 20 years Yoli has resided in New York City, where she is an omnipresent part of local sustainability culture​. As part of her Eco Travel Initiative, she... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Alejandro Castro Alfaro
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Jeongwoon Eun
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Jeongwoon Eun

Jeongwoon Eun

@TigerwonNYC | Jeongwoon Eun (AKA TIGERWON) is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, attend interesting events and interview entrepreneur's around the world. You can catch her interviews on her YOUTUBE channel. Currently, Jeongwoon launched her lifestyle blog called Tigerwon. She is also a part of Google+ city guide, in addition, she is leading the NYC TedxFultonStreet social media team for September 2015 conference. | Topics of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Marian Goldberg
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Marian Goldberg

Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Mario Nicholas
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Mario Nicholas

Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Matt Stabile
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Matt Stabile

Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Matthew Baker
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Matthew Baker
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Michael Dillinger
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Michael Dillinger

Michael Dillinger

Vice-President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
Michael Dillinger Is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and Vice-President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). A life long New Yorker, his family roots in this great city date back to the 1850's.  There is a lot of NYC in his DNA. As an experienced traveler he appreciates how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience.  Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. He has... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Nicolette Orlemans
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Nicolette Orlemans

Nicolette Orlemans

Host/Creator, #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans is currently based in New York City, where she works as a communications strategist. When she's not working, Nicolette loves to travel, and has visited much of Europe, seen many of the U.S. states, and traveled to Egypt. In November 2014, Nicolette founded #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on travelers personally experience travel - how they adapt to cultural differences, how they bridge any language gaps... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Yoli Ouiya
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Yoli Ouiya

Yoli Ouiya

Founder & Chief Eco Officer, Yoli's Green Living Group
@YoliOuiya | Yoli Ouiya is the founder of award-winning sustainability blog YolisGreenLiving.com. She has been dubbed the “Q​ueen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”.​ During the past 20 years Yoli has resided in New York City, where she is an omnipresent part of local sustainability culture​. As part of her Eco Travel Initiative, she... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

One-on-One w/ Yoli Ouiya
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Yoli Ouiya

Yoli Ouiya

Founder & Chief Eco Officer, Yoli's Green Living Group
@YoliOuiya | Yoli Ouiya is the founder of award-winning sustainability blog YolisGreenLiving.com. She has been dubbed the “Q​ueen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”.​ During the past 20 years Yoli has resided in New York City, where she is an omnipresent part of local sustainability culture​. As part of her Eco Travel Initiative, she... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

ADA Turns 25: Social Inclusion and Cultural Accessibility
Limited Capacity seats available

In honor of the disability rights movement and the 25th anniversary of the passage of the ADA, join the Museum Access Consortium to learn how art museums, historic sites, zoos, performing arts venues, theaters, and parks have collaborated across institutions and with disability communities to create innovative and inclusive facilities and programs for all visitors. From the impact of multi-sensory engagement on visitors with memory loss and their loved ones to low and high-tech approaches that have been effective in engaging people who have autism, this session will feature case studies from New York’s cultural institutions in efforts to spark creative thinking and inspire dialogue amongst presenters and attendees about what each of us can do to shape a culture of inclusion for people of all abilities, across the travel industry and beyond.

About Museum Access Consortium (MAC): MAC is an association that regularly hosts professional development workshops and offers a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocates and people who have disabilities to learn about, implement, and strengthen best practices for access and inclusion in cultural facilities of all types throughout the New York metro area and beyond.

MAC website: museumaccessconsortium.org

MAC Facebookfacebook.com/museumaccess

MAC Twitter: @Maconsortium

Moderators
avatar for Cindy VandenBosch

Cindy VandenBosch

Founder, Turnstile Tours
Cindy VandenBosch is the founder of @TurnstileTours, a New York State registered benefit corporation that creates and operates unique, rigorously-researched, engaging tours and public programs in partnership with non-profit organizations and cultural institutions that bring together out-of-town visitors, community residents, and people of all ages and abilities.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Appelbaum

Miranda Appelbaum

@Maconsortium | Miranda Appelbaum is the senior manager of accessibility & visitor services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the chair of the Museum Access Consortium. She focuses on increasing access to cultural institutions for people with disabilities, and she has presented at local and national conferences on accessibility.
avatar for Michelle López

Michelle López

@mlopezartz | Michelle Lopez, director of community programming for the Children's Museum of the Arts, is committed to making cultural institutions more accessible for all audiences. She has been recognized for developing ground-breaking initiatives that strive for social inclusion and reflect the diversity of families in New York City.


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Industry Track - (The Matterhorn: 307-308 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

Brand Differentiation: How to Stand Out from Competitors
Limited Capacity full

Moderators
avatar for Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams

@patricejwill | Patrice J. Williams is a New York City based writer and affordable style expert who turned her penny pinching ways in to a career.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, InStyle, MORE, All You, Buzzfeed and countless websites, including ebony.com where she wrote a weekly Cheap & Chic column. She regularly provides expert advice for People StyleWatch, USA Today, glamour.com and blackenterprise.com.  In 2009... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Metanoya Z. Webb

Metanoya Z. Webb

Founder/Creator, Globetrotting Stiletto
@GTStiletto | Metanoya Z. Webb is the founder/creator of Globetrotting Stiletto, a digital lifestyle channel that celebrates the wanderlust in us all. Metanoya knows a thing or two about traveling in style. The multi-faceted Brooklyn based media professional who has held positions at BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, InStyle, WWD, W, Essence and Moguldom Media Group, lived in London, Costa Rica and Belize, but now calls Brooklyn home. Last... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF Breakouts (411 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

Focus on Latino Travelers
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Esther Novak

Esther Novak

Esther Novak is the founder and CEO of VanguardComm. Her experience includes strategic consulting, integrated marketing communications, corporate public relations, events, sponsorships, government, philanthropy, and the arts.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Travel Unity Summit Breakouts - (LIC Landing: 315 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

Travel Video Production: New York News to Hollywood Glitz
Limited Capacity filling up

Style is everything when sending a message. Video production professionals Mary Anne Been of JetsetExtra.com and Valerie D’Elia of Travel with Val and NY1 News share their expertise of creating video content for destinations and brands around the world.

Learn what it takes to create content from two women with two very different styles and what might work best for your brand. They’ll also be sharing tips and advice for creating videos yourself from equipment to editing.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Anne Been

Mary Anne Been

Editor In Chief, Jetset Extra
@marybeen21 | Mary Anne Been is the editor in chief of Jetset Extra. Jetset Extra is a go-to online travel hub for seasoned and aspiring travelers looking for inspirational vacation ideas via their global network of hand-picked Insiders, high-quality videos, and weekly #JSETT Twitter Chats.
avatar for Valarie D'Elia

Valarie D'Elia

Founder, Travel with Val
@travelwithval | TV host and travel content provider Valarie D’Elia travels the world as a one-woman production unit, shooting, writing, hosting and editing segments for Time Warner Cable stations, including on NY1 News. She is the creator of travelwithval.com, a video-driven website of travel news and deals.


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Industry Workshops - (Maya: 316 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

What Lies Beneath: the Deeper Meaning Behind Your Writing and How to Find Meaning in Your Travel Stories
Limited Capacity full

“My husband Larry and I…”

Do you want to write ordinary travel stories, ones that always open up with the travel activities of you and your husband Larry? While we love Larry, these are the things that make travel writing so dull. Seasoned travel writer David Farley gives his scoop on how to make travel writing more exciting. Specifically how he has managed to write travel stories about death in Varanasi, hanging out with political dissidents in Belarus, and chasing an elusive and strange holy relic through the Vatican.

Takeaways
--Learn what makes travel writing so dull and so exciting
--Find out how Farley inserts meaning and significance into travel tales.

Speakers
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David Farley

Food and Travel Writer
@davidfarley | After collecting degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University, award-winning food and travel writer David Farley went on to live in Prague, Paris, and Rome. He now lives in New York City and pens articles for the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Conde Nast Traveler. Farley is the author of “An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town&rdquo... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Media Workshops (Dubrovnik: 313 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

International Destination Highlights w/ Zamir Gotta, Gretchen Kelly, and Albert Podell (feat. The Global Sunrise Project)
"Zamir the Peacemaker" - Zamir Gotta details his extraordinary travels and adventures as a globe-trotting peacemaker.

"Travels into The Heart" - Kasha & Marla speak about their six month journey to East Africa & Thailand for The Global Sunrise Project, which aims to spark inspired global citizenship.

"From Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones: Ireland and the United Kingdom on TV and Film for Travelers" - presented by Gretchen Kelly

"The Watery Wonders of Latin America."  Albert Podell will regale tales of rafting down the Andes, learning to surf, watching the turtles lay their eggs, observing amazing waterfalls, diving on the world's second largest reef system, walking on water in Lake Titicaca, snorkeling with penguins and seals in the Galapagos, and traveling on the world's mightiest river -- the Amazon.

Speakers
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Zamir Gotta

@ZamirGotta | Iazamir “Zamir” Gotta, a producer and broadcaster, is best known as Anthony Bourdain's traveling companion. He has appeared on “A Cook’s Tour,” “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and "Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown." Since 2006 he has been a consultant at the Trident Media Group.
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Gretchen Kelly

@gretchenkelly | Gretchen Kelly is internationally known as a “set-jetting” expert.  “Set-jetting” means traveling to places seen or experienced through TV and movie locations and settings.  Kelly’s website, TravelHushHush.comspecializes in “set-jetting” travel.  She has been a recent guest on “Travel with Val” and has lectured on “set-jetting” to over 100... Read More →
avatar for Albert Podell

Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →
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Kasha Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Kasha’s very much a typical 16 yr. old teenage. She’s a passionate photographer, aspiring filmmaker, blogger & social entrepreneur & has been since a very young age. Impressively she’s acquired quite a few creative & business skills along the way turning her creative interests into a viable entrepreneurial enterprise (Sweet Scrub © & Kasha’s Cards of Kindness... Read More →
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Marla Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Marla’s a woman of many interests and talents – a mother, writer, media/sponsorship consultant, social entrepreneur, social justice advocate, trained peace-building facilitator, speaks five languages, & is a part-time comedian. She is an entrepreneur with unbridled catalyst energy & creative vision and was the founding director of the International Children’s Art Foundation, which was... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:00pm

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence in Travel
Did you know that the computing power of a $4,000 computer will likely surpass that of a human brain in 2019? Learn how artificial intelligence will soon be helping travelers plan their trips more quickly and efficiently, providing personalized answers for complicated trips. We’ll also explore how businesses are beginning to leveraging AI technology for true hyper-targeting in their marketing efforts.

Moderator: 
Larry Smith - Partner, Thematix

Panelists: 
• Kunal Kapoor - Business Development Manager - Watson Ecosystem at IBM 
• Michael Becker - CEO, Geosure Global


Moderators
avatar for Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Partner, Thematix.com
Larry Smith is a business creation specialist who has founded, managed and grown 5 businesses whose peak economic value exceeded $1 billion. Currently a Partner at Thematix LLC, he consults on semantic technologies, business and information architecture, software engineering, and business innovation to uniquely address practical problems in operations, product development, governance and marketing. Larry regularly contributes articles to Tnooz... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Becker

Michael Becker

CEO, GeoSure
Entrepreneur and investor, co-founded GeoSure in 2013 to provide an improved solution for objective, granular, worldwide travel safety information. He has founded companies including Broadsword Partners, a NYC merchant banking & consulting firm. Prior, he was at Dillon Read & Co. and Smith Barney. Has led or participated in numerous private investments, has over 25 years finance, management and business development experience, MBA... Read More →
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Kunal Kapoor

Business Development Leader, IBM Watson IoT
Kunal is a technology­-business leader in management consulting. With a successful track record in launching new products, heading teams in large global organizations and executing initiatives in cloud, and enterprise software, Kunal has served in leadership roles in Travel, Finance, Technology and Services industries. In his current role, Kunal is responsible for expanding IBM Watson Ecosystem business in industries... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Alejandro Castro Alfaro
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Alejandro Castro Alfaro

Director of Marketing, Costa Rica Tourism Board
@visit_costarica | Alejandro Castro Alfaro is the director of marketing of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, which he first joined in 2014. He specializes in marketing sustainable developments within the tourism, public transportation and social entrepreneurship industries. | Topics of Expertise: Ethics, Sustainability, Voluntourism, Tourism and Surfing Destinations of Expertise: Costa Rica  

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Jeongwoon Eun
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Jeongwoon Eun

@TigerwonNYC | Jeongwoon Eun (AKA TIGERWON) is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, attend interesting events and interview entrepreneur's around the world. You can catch her interviews on her YOUTUBE channel. Currently, Jeongwoon launched her lifestyle blog called Tigerwon. She is also a part of Google+ city guide, in addition, she is leading the NYC TedxFultonStreet social media team for September 2015 conference. | Topics of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Marian Goldberg
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Mario Nicholas
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Mario Nicholas

Mario Travels
@MarioTravels | Mario Nicholas got his start in the industry as an international travel consultant and has recently transitioned into the Business Development Manager role with an Australian-based entertainment travel company. A penchant for authentic, cultural experiences led him to discover his love of travel while growing up in the Caribbean and he hasn't slowed down since. Mario has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean region... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Matt Stabile
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Matt Stabile

Editor-in-Chief, The Expeditioner
@TheExpeditioner | Matt Stabile is the Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring full-length articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. | Topics of Expertise: Off-the-beaten path, budget travel, SEO, Travel Video Making, travel publications Destinations of... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Michael Dillinger
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Michael Dillinger

Vice-President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
Michael Dillinger Is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and Vice-President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). A life long New Yorker, his family roots in this great city date back to the 1850's.  There is a lot of NYC in his DNA. As an experienced traveler he appreciates how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience.  Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. He has... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:15pm

One-on-One w/ Nicolette Orlemans
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Nicolette Orlemans

Host/Creator, #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans is currently based in New York City, where she works as a communications strategist. When she's not working, Nicolette loves to travel, and has visited much of Europe, seen many of the U.S. states, and traveled to Egypt. In November 2014, Nicolette founded #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on travelers personally experience travel - how they adapt to cultural differences, how they bridge any language gaps... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

3:30pm

"The Broth" Presents: Stories and Tastings with Brittany Gonzalez
"The Broth" presents stories and tastings on food & drink inspired by travel with Brittany Gonzalez, owner of Brittany's Biscuits.

Speakers
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Brittany Gonzalez

Brittanysbiscuits.com
The Baking Bandit, a.k.a. Brittany González, really hates talking about herself. She hates it so much, it’s quite a wonder her marketing team hasn’t beaten her up yet. But if she were to say a few words, she’d say she is Afro-Latina by way of Philadelphia who through a series of accidental events, ended up in Brooklyn not knowing what the hell she wanted to do with her life. But when she couldn’t find a decent... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
W83 Kitchen (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Albert Podell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Albert Podell

Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Deirdre Campbell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica Hoffman
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Jessica Hoffman

Managing Attorney at Hoffman Law PLLC and Lead Counsel to Travel Startups Incubator | | @jessknowslaws | | Jessica works to help early-stage companies grow. Her experience lies in representing tech and media companies, internet-based startups, and companies in various artistic endeavors. In addition to her commitment to her clients, she is the Lead Counsel to a virtual accelerator, Travel Startups Incubator, where she is... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Kristin Francis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Kristin Francis

Managing Editor, Souvenir Finder
@souvenirfinder | Kristin Francis is a New York City local, recovering attorney and the managing editor of the travel/lifestyle website Souvenir Finder, dedicated to exploring unique shopping around the world as well as showing readers how to incorporate travel into everyday life back home. Don’t underestimate the power of shopping in attracting potential visitors to your destination, accommodation or tour– shopping... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Leesa Davis
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis

Travel and Lifestyle Writer
@LeesaDavisLeesa Davis is a New York-based Travel and Lifestyle Writer. She also works for a major airline carrier.  Leesa previously worked as a TV Casting Producer for various reality shows for MTV, VH1 and the Oxygen network. Travel has always been a passion and she’s been traveling extensively (both global and domestic) since last summer.  Leesa has lived in both Coventry and London, England and enjoys visiting tropical destinations... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Malcolm Griffiths
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Malcolm Griffiths

Malcolm Griffiths

Vice President, Development Counsellors International
@malcgriffiths | Before joining Development Counsellors International (DCI) in December 2003, Malcolm worked within the news bureau of Tourism Australia’s Los Angeles office for three and a half years. Now a Vice President within the agency’s Tourism Practice, Malcolm has overseen the successful earned media campaigns for signature travel destinations. He is a destination marketing specialist and believes every destination has a... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Soizic Sacrez
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Soizic Sacrez

Digital Marketer & Globetrotter, Terra / Telefonica
Soizic is a digital marketer and multicultural media expert who has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia and America. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures! So far she has traveled to 40+ countries and territories and she keeps on visiting at least one new country every year… Her experience includes cultural immersion, solo travel, study abroad, volunteering, hiking and working in different countries. Originally from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

One-on-One w/ Switzerland Tourism
Limited Capacity full

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

An Honest Living: A Discussion of Ethics for Travel Writers and Editors (presented by Outbounding)
Limited Capacity full

Our panelists will look at the state of travel media today and the ethical issues that sponsored content and native content, as well as sponsored travel, raise for travel writers and photographers. What are the implications of the changing landscape for larger outlets, blogs, and individual content creators? Where is travel media headed next and how will consumers’ interest in travel content be satisfied in the future? What’s in store for writers who have focused their careers on and made their living by writing travel content—is that even sustainable without somebody sponsoring their travel?

A few outcomes that attendees can expect:
  • Insights on the future of branded content and the relationship between editorial and marketing today.
  • An awareness of potential opportunities for content creators beyond traditional editorial.
  • A look at how the paradigm has shifted on sponsored travel and content, both for new and established publications, as well as writers.
  • Thoughts on how to navigate a changing media landscape while keeping your integrity intact.  

Speakers
avatar for John Hazard

John Hazard

Director, Contently Studio
@jhazard | John Hazard is Director of Contently Studio, where he and his team help brands chart successful content strategies. He is a longtime technology reporter with bylines in Baseline, eWEEK, PC Magazine and ZDNet. In a past life, he covered cops, robbers and politicians (sometimes all three in the same person) for Gannett newspapers. He is a recipient of the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting and the National Headliner... Read More →
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Anja Mutic

@everthenomad | Anja Mutic (aka EverTheNomad) has been traveling the world professionally since 2000. Her writing has won several awards, including a Lowell Thomas by The Society of American Travel Writers. Fluent in Croatian, English and Spanish, she has authored or contributed to more than a dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks.
avatar for John Newton

John Newton

@JohnCNewton | John Newton works with a range of partners to create sponsored content for AFAR magazine and afar.com as well as licensed content for partners. Prior to working for AFAR Media, John was a senior editor at Condé Nast Traveler and was the news editor at Travel+Leisure.


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Media Workshops (Dubrovnik: 313 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

Attracting Multi-Generational Travelers
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that family and multigenerational travel represents about one-third of all leisure travel and is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry? Find out what’s behind this important trend and what suppliers, destinations, and the media can and are doing to grow their business. You’ll hear from two of the leading experts in the category and have a chance to actively engage in the discussion (after all, it is a workshop)! So come prepared with not just questions, but ideas and experiences that you can share with the group. We want everyone to feel more familiar with this important topic and be equipped with insights to help them with their business.

Speakers
avatar for Rainer Jenss

Rainer Jenss

President & Founder, Family Travel Association
@FamilyTravAssoc | Before traveling around the world with his family, Rainer Jenss was a 13-year veteran of National Geographic. During the yearlong journey, Rainer reported for National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog, blogging about the experience and offering an inside look at life on the road traveling together as a family. Subsequently, his “Jenss Family Travel Blog” was recognized as one of the Top 25 Family Travel... Read More →
avatar for Kyle McCarthy

Kyle McCarthy

Co-Founder and Editor, Family Travel Forum
Kyle McCarthy is the co-founder and editor of Family Travel Forum, an independent media network that has served all who “Have Kids, Still Travel” since 1996.Her community’s award-winning sites and forums provide expert and user-generated reviews of global family vacations ranging from multi-generational cruises to theme parks, flop n’ drop tropical resorts to eco-adventures, city breaks and more. Her staff... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Travel Unity Summit Breakouts - (LIC Landing: 315 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

How To Find, Feed And Sustain Your Ravenous Social Audience
Limited Capacity full

A working session on the not-so-dark witchcraft of platform, framing and loyalty targeting of your content via social media. This session is meant to work through specific content questions and quandaries, so be prepared to be a part of the discussion. 

Moderators
avatar for Victoria Fine

Victoria Fine

Director of Strategy and Audience Development, Slate
@vfine | Victoria Fine is Slate’s director of strategy and audience development. Prior to joining Slate, Victoria served as managing editor at Upworthy, as well as Huffington Post Impact and Education. She also led the Tiziano Project, a critically acclaimed nonprofit that teaches multimedia storytelling to local people in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world. After several years of country hopping, she’s landed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Wise

Abigail Wise

Associate Editor, RealSimple.com
@abigailwise | Abigail Wise is an associate editor at RealSimple.com. She focuses primarily on writing health, fitness, and travel content and heads Real Simple’s social media efforts.


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF Breakouts (411 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

Multicultural Marketing for the Travel Industry and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

Join moderator Lisa Skriloff, President, Multicultural Marketing Resources Inc., and guest panelists Esther Novak, Founder & CEO - VanguardComm, Laura Mandala, President - Mandala Research, Jennifer Hung, Creative Director + Brand Strategist, as they discuss the opportunity for the travel industry to attract multicultural travelers. Learn from best practices from other industries regarding how they are marketing to Hispanic, African American, Asian & LGBT consumers.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Skriloff

Lisa Skriloff

President, Multicultural Marketing Resources, inc.
@Multicultural50 | Lisa Skriloff is a travel writer and founder/editor of Multicultural Travel News and Dance Travel News. She also is a business owner of Multicultural Marketing Resources, a marketing consulting firm. Lisa has contributed to New York Daily News, LatinTrends Magazine, Travel Agent Magazine and Fodors Guides.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hung

Jennifer Hung

Creative Director, AIG
@JenHungJennifer Hung is an award-winning Creative Director and avid traveler. She has scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef, sandboarded the Sahara desert on the border of Libya and last year she climbed three glaciers in Patagonia. She specializes in branding, strategy, motion graphics, digital, broadcast design, video production and marketing and is currently the Creative Director for AIG. She has worked with the most recognized global media... Read More →
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Laura Mandala

Managing Director, Mandala Research
As the head of Mandala Research, Laura Mandala spends considerable time evaluating important emerging developments and that help destinations and travel companies make the right decisions to attract the right travelers. Mandala has conducted national studies for resorts, hotels, shopping malls, and destinations as well as multi-country brand equity and consumer tracking studies in over 25 international markets.
avatar for Esther Novak

Esther Novak

Esther Novak is the founder and CEO of VanguardComm. Her experience includes strategic consulting, integrated marketing communications, corporate public relations, events, sponsorships, government, philanthropy, and the arts.


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Industry Track - (The Matterhorn: 307-308 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

Show Me the Way to the Next Whiskey Distiller: The Craft Distilling Boom and Distilleries as a Destination
The last 5 years have seen an explosion in the Craft Distilling Industry that mirrors the boom in other craft food sectors. However the distilling industry faces unique challenges ranging from more stringent laws and regulation to a much lower level of public awareness in comparison to craft beer for example. Nonetheless, craft distilleries are opening at a phenomenal rate and one can now visit distilleries throughout the country, particularly here in New York. The industry has been embraced by tourism and economic development officials not only as a creator of jobs and revenue but as a potential draw for visitors. This panel will discuss the growth of the industry, traveling to and visiting distilleries, and the industry’s place in the travel industry and how they are embracing their new status as a destination.

Moderators
avatar for David Naczycz

David Naczycz

Owner, Urban Oyster
@urbanoyster | David Naczycz is the owner of Urban Oyster, a local tour and events company that specializes in connecting locals and visitors to unique local businesses. Urban Oyster is also the New York operator for Urban Adventures. David has developed a number of tour and event experiences in New York City including the Brewed in Brooklyn tour which explores the past and present of the industry in Brooklyn, Craft Beer Crawls, which... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sam Filler

Sam Filler

Director of Industry Development, Empire State Development
Sam Filler serves as the Director of Industry Development at Empire State Development, New York State’s chief economic development agency.  For the past few years, Sam has been working closely with the alcoholic beverage industry and policy-makers to implement farm brewery and farm distillery legislation, which incentivizes the use of local grain.​
avatar for Bridget Firtle

Bridget Firtle

Rum Distillery Owner, The Noble Experiment NYC
@tnenyc | In 2012, Bridget Firtle founded The Noble Experiment NYC, coupling her passion for rum distilling with her dream of owning her own business. Since then, her distillery and rum, Owney's, have been recognized in top publications. The Noble Experiment NYC was named 'one of America's coolest distilleries' by Travel + Leisure and Owney's Rum was named 'Top 10 American Rums' by Rum Journal.
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Daric Schlesselman

Owner, Van Brunt Stillhouse
@vbstillhouse | Van Brunt Stillhouse is the creation of DIY obsessed craftsman, Daric Schlesselman. Daric is largely self taught in most endeavors in life and after reading about an artisanal distillery in France crafting brandy in the old world tradition, he was inspired to buy a still on the internet and try his hand at distilling. Already an obsessive home brewer adding distilling was a natural development to Daric. Lots of reading and... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Travel Startup Presentations
Presentations by this year's Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF sponsor startups. Hear how these companies are offering new ways to plan vacations and solve travel industry challenges.

Startup Exhibitors:

Threestay
Fantrotter

GeoSure
Minaal
Poshpacker
Travel Monkey
Visit.org



Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:00pm

Travel+SocialGood: The Influencer's Guide to Green Travel
Limited Capacity seats available

With Earth Day around the corner, we’re asking 5 travel industry professionals to update us on recent environmental sustainability measures/successes and challenge our audience to workshop new green travel ideas to bring back to their own businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Harris-Kornblith

Ben Harris-Kornblith

Head of Corporate Partnerships, GreenWave
Ben Harris-Kornblith leads GreenWave’s Corporate Partnerships. Ben has worked in non-profit development for multiple years for USPIRG, HRC, and Park 51 as well as previously running operations and hiring for a Mark Cuban backed startup. He uses his expansive network in the city to bring in new sources of funding for GreenWave.
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Hugh Hough

President and Founder, Green Team Global
@greenteamglobal | Hugh Hough is the President and Founder of Green Team Global, a strategy and communications agency that specializes in travel and sustainability. Hugh has shepherded successful campaigns for clients like Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, LAN Airlines, National Geographic, WWF, Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, Scotland, Monaco, Palestine and Ecuador. Hugh is a sought-after... Read More →
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Violaine Pierre

Co-Founder & Chief Orgs Officer, visit.org
Co-founder and Chief Orgs Officer at Visit.org | | Violaine has a passion for traveling. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she spent a year in the Philippines, where she tried to visit as many of its 7,000 islands as she could. She also traveled in South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Hong-Kong, India, Nepal). After the 2010 earthquake, she volunteered for an NGO in Haiti. Convinced that the practice... Read More →
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Patricia Serrano

Travel Blogger, FreshTraveler
@FreshTraveler | Patricia Serrano is a travel blogger, travel host and film/video producer with a passion for one-of-kind life experiences and off-the-beaten path adventures. Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, she was educated at Emerson College in Boston, MA (BA in TV Production) and successfully survived a two-year MFA program for Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Other than working on FreshTraveler, she writes... Read More →
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Jessemin Sheyda-Losick

Senior Director of Program Implementation, Sustainable Travel International
Jessemin Sheyda-Losick is a sustainable tourism specialist with 11 years international experience in planning, developing, and managing sustainable travel programs. He is experienced in the management of community development projects that leverage tourism resources to achieve community and conservation goals. Jessemin has traveled and worked in over 50 countries, coordinating with private, public and non-profit sector partners to develop unique... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Industry Workshops - (Maya: 316 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Albert Podell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Deirdre Campbell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Deirdre Campbell

Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica Hoffman
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman

Managing Attorney at Hoffman Law PLLC and Lead Counsel to Travel Startups Incubator | | @jessknowslaws | | Jessica works to help early-stage companies grow. Her experience lies in representing tech and media companies, internet-based startups, and companies in various artistic endeavors. In addition to her commitment to her clients, she is the Lead Counsel to a virtual accelerator, Travel Startups Incubator, where she is... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Kristin Francis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Kristin Francis

Managing Editor, Souvenir Finder
@souvenirfinder | Kristin Francis is a New York City local, recovering attorney and the managing editor of the travel/lifestyle website Souvenir Finder, dedicated to exploring unique shopping around the world as well as showing readers how to incorporate travel into everyday life back home. Don’t underestimate the power of shopping in attracting potential visitors to your destination, accommodation or tour– shopping... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Leesa Davis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis

Travel and Lifestyle Writer
@LeesaDavisLeesa Davis is a New York-based Travel and Lifestyle Writer. She also works for a major airline carrier.  Leesa previously worked as a TV Casting Producer for various reality shows for MTV, VH1 and the Oxygen network. Travel has always been a passion and she’s been traveling extensively (both global and domestic) since last summer.  Leesa has lived in both Coventry and London, England and enjoys visiting tropical destinations... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Malcolm Griffiths
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Malcolm Griffiths

Vice President, Development Counsellors International
@malcgriffiths | Before joining Development Counsellors International (DCI) in December 2003, Malcolm worked within the news bureau of Tourism Australia’s Los Angeles office for three and a half years. Now a Vice President within the agency’s Tourism Practice, Malcolm has overseen the successful earned media campaigns for signature travel destinations. He is a destination marketing specialist and believes every destination has a... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Soizic Sacrez
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Soizic Sacrez

Soizic Sacrez

Digital Marketer & Globetrotter, Terra / Telefonica
Soizic is a digital marketer and multicultural media expert who has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia and America. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures! So far she has traveled to 40+ countries and territories and she keeps on visiting at least one new country every year… Her experience includes cultural immersion, solo travel, study abroad, volunteering, hiking and working in different countries. Originally from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

One-on-One w/ Switzerland Tourism
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:15pm

"The Broth" Presents: Stories and Tastings with Andrea Castillo
"The Broth" presents stories and tastings on food & drink inspired by travel with Andrea Castillo, owner of Cas Rum Beverages.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea K. Castillo

Andrea K. Castillo

Andrea K. Castillo is a Belizean-American multimedia journalist, photographer, and maker. She runs her own lifestyle blog, Alifeinthedayofandrea.com, as well as fledging beverage company Cas Rum Beverages. She created her beverage company as a means to satisfy her need for Belizean flavors that she could not find at home in Brooklyn, New York. She currently sells locally, but plans to be in market at the top of 2016. You can follow the... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
W83 Kitchen (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Albert Podell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Albert Podell

Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Deirdre Campbell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Deirdre Campbell

Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica Hoffman
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman

Managing Attorney at Hoffman Law PLLC and Lead Counsel to Travel Startups Incubator | | @jessknowslaws | | Jessica works to help early-stage companies grow. Her experience lies in representing tech and media companies, internet-based startups, and companies in various artistic endeavors. In addition to her commitment to her clients, she is the Lead Counsel to a virtual accelerator, Travel Startups Incubator, where she is... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Kristin Francis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Kristin Francis

Kristin Francis

Managing Editor, Souvenir Finder
@souvenirfinder | Kristin Francis is a New York City local, recovering attorney and the managing editor of the travel/lifestyle website Souvenir Finder, dedicated to exploring unique shopping around the world as well as showing readers how to incorporate travel into everyday life back home. Don’t underestimate the power of shopping in attracting potential visitors to your destination, accommodation or tour– shopping... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Leesa Davis
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis

Travel and Lifestyle Writer
@LeesaDavisLeesa Davis is a New York-based Travel and Lifestyle Writer. She also works for a major airline carrier.  Leesa previously worked as a TV Casting Producer for various reality shows for MTV, VH1 and the Oxygen network. Travel has always been a passion and she’s been traveling extensively (both global and domestic) since last summer.  Leesa has lived in both Coventry and London, England and enjoys visiting tropical destinations... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Malcolm Griffiths
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Malcolm Griffiths

Malcolm Griffiths

Vice President, Development Counsellors International
@malcgriffiths | Before joining Development Counsellors International (DCI) in December 2003, Malcolm worked within the news bureau of Tourism Australia’s Los Angeles office for three and a half years. Now a Vice President within the agency’s Tourism Practice, Malcolm has overseen the successful earned media campaigns for signature travel destinations. He is a destination marketing specialist and believes every destination has a... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Soizic Sacrez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Soizic Sacrez

Soizic Sacrez

Digital Marketer & Globetrotter, Terra / Telefonica
Soizic is a digital marketer and multicultural media expert who has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia and America. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures! So far she has traveled to 40+ countries and territories and she keeps on visiting at least one new country every year… Her experience includes cultural immersion, solo travel, study abroad, volunteering, hiking and working in different countries. Originally from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:30pm

One-on-One w/ Switzerland Tourism
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Albert Podell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Albert Podell

Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Deirdre Campbell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Deirdre Campbell

Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica Hoffman
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman

Managing Attorney at Hoffman Law PLLC and Lead Counsel to Travel Startups Incubator | | @jessknowslaws | | Jessica works to help early-stage companies grow. Her experience lies in representing tech and media companies, internet-based startups, and companies in various artistic endeavors. In addition to her commitment to her clients, she is the Lead Counsel to a virtual accelerator, Travel Startups Incubator, where she is... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Kristin Francis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Kristin Francis

Kristin Francis

Managing Editor, Souvenir Finder
@souvenirfinder | Kristin Francis is a New York City local, recovering attorney and the managing editor of the travel/lifestyle website Souvenir Finder, dedicated to exploring unique shopping around the world as well as showing readers how to incorporate travel into everyday life back home. Don’t underestimate the power of shopping in attracting potential visitors to your destination, accommodation or tour– shopping... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Leesa Davis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis

Travel and Lifestyle Writer
@LeesaDavisLeesa Davis is a New York-based Travel and Lifestyle Writer. She also works for a major airline carrier.  Leesa previously worked as a TV Casting Producer for various reality shows for MTV, VH1 and the Oxygen network. Travel has always been a passion and she’s been traveling extensively (both global and domestic) since last summer.  Leesa has lived in both Coventry and London, England and enjoys visiting tropical destinations... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Malcolm Griffiths
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Malcolm Griffiths

Malcolm Griffiths

Vice President, Development Counsellors International
@malcgriffiths | Before joining Development Counsellors International (DCI) in December 2003, Malcolm worked within the news bureau of Tourism Australia’s Los Angeles office for three and a half years. Now a Vice President within the agency’s Tourism Practice, Malcolm has overseen the successful earned media campaigns for signature travel destinations. He is a destination marketing specialist and believes every destination has a... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Soizic Sacrez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Soizic Sacrez

Soizic Sacrez

Digital Marketer & Globetrotter, Terra / Telefonica
Soizic is a digital marketer and multicultural media expert who has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia and America. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures! So far she has traveled to 40+ countries and territories and she keeps on visiting at least one new country every year… Her experience includes cultural immersion, solo travel, study abroad, volunteering, hiking and working in different countries. Originally from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

4:45pm

One-on-One w/ Switzerland Tourism
Limited Capacity full

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Albert Podell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Albert Podell

Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Deirdre Campbell
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Deirdre Campbell

Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica Hoffman
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman

Managing Attorney at Hoffman Law PLLC and Lead Counsel to Travel Startups Incubator | | @jessknowslaws | | Jessica works to help early-stage companies grow. Her experience lies in representing tech and media companies, internet-based startups, and companies in various artistic endeavors. In addition to her commitment to her clients, she is the Lead Counsel to a virtual accelerator, Travel Startups Incubator, where she is... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Kristin Francis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Kristin Francis

Kristin Francis

Managing Editor, Souvenir Finder
@souvenirfinder | Kristin Francis is a New York City local, recovering attorney and the managing editor of the travel/lifestyle website Souvenir Finder, dedicated to exploring unique shopping around the world as well as showing readers how to incorporate travel into everyday life back home. Don’t underestimate the power of shopping in attracting potential visitors to your destination, accommodation or tour– shopping... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Leesa Davis
Limited Capacity full

Experts
avatar for Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis

Travel and Lifestyle Writer
@LeesaDavisLeesa Davis is a New York-based Travel and Lifestyle Writer. She also works for a major airline carrier.  Leesa previously worked as a TV Casting Producer for various reality shows for MTV, VH1 and the Oxygen network. Travel has always been a passion and she’s been traveling extensively (both global and domestic) since last summer.  Leesa has lived in both Coventry and London, England and enjoys visiting tropical destinations... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Malcolm Griffiths
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Malcolm Griffiths

Malcolm Griffiths

Vice President, Development Counsellors International
@malcgriffiths | Before joining Development Counsellors International (DCI) in December 2003, Malcolm worked within the news bureau of Tourism Australia’s Los Angeles office for three and a half years. Now a Vice President within the agency’s Tourism Practice, Malcolm has overseen the successful earned media campaigns for signature travel destinations. He is a destination marketing specialist and believes every destination has a... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Soizic Sacrez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
avatar for Soizic Sacrez

Soizic Sacrez

Digital Marketer & Globetrotter, Terra / Telefonica
Soizic is a digital marketer and multicultural media expert who has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia and America. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures! So far she has traveled to 40+ countries and territories and she keeps on visiting at least one new country every year… Her experience includes cultural immersion, solo travel, study abroad, volunteering, hiking and working in different countries. Originally from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

One-on-One w/ Switzerland Tourism
Limited Capacity full

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

Approaching Accessibility: How To Create Equal Experiences for Travelers with Disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

While it would be great to be able to welcome travelers with disabilities, is it financially viable? This workshop will cover some case studies on accessibility implementation, showcasing how companies and destinations can create experiences for travelers with disabilities.

Takeaways:

How companies can work with those with disabilities

How travel can be more welcoming to people with disabilities

What happens when companies ignore or don’t offer access

What tour companies, hotels, theaters, museums and tour companies can do for people with hearing loss


Moderators
avatar for Janice S. Lintz

Janice S. Lintz

CEO, Hearing Access & Innovations
@JaniceSLintz | Janice S. Lintz is an accomplished consultant/advocate across the hearing access, advocacy, and related political spectrum. She is the CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations, which is the only company dedicated to helping the world’s businesses, cultural and entertainment institutions, government agencies, and mass transit organizations improve their accessibility for people with hearing loss. She is also a travel writer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Roth

Jeff Roth

Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)
Jeff Roth is an accomplished leader in policy making and data use in government. Currently, he is the deputy commissioner for Policy and External Affairs at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) which regulates and licenses over 70,000 vehicles driven by approximately 120,000 drivers.
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Ellysheva Zeira

Education Associate for Access, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
@ellyshevaclaire | Ellysheva Zeira is currently the education associate for access at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and has a bachelor’s degree from NYU in English Literature and History. She has been working at the museum since 2009 holding many rolls; intern, volunteer, and educator as well as her current position. In the past year, she has expanded the American Sign Language offerings, organized and overhauled internal access... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Travel Unity Summit Breakouts - (LIC Landing: 315 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

Community Organization and Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Intro by Erika Helstrom of Travel Massive

Part 1: Why You Need a Community 

Owned vs. Borrowed communities and benefits of engaged people
  • Platforms vs. Events

Part 2: Types of Communities

  • Why you need to know customer service 
  • Working with influencer communities 
  • Creating your own influencers and elevating
  • Platforms and mobile change the game

Part 3: Managing Your Community
 

  • Hiring a community manager 
  • Moderation, trolls and UGC 
  • Stats and quantification: what to know

Part 4: Q&A/Comments


  • Your chance to participate with the panelists 

Speakers
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Annemarie Dooling

@travelinganna | Annemarie is a New York native who has managed both beta communities of 20 and established communities of over one million at places like Salon, Yahoo, AOL and The Huffington Post. She has traveled to over 25 countries researching and reporting on subcultures. Her work on internet comments, user generated content and verification has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and Digiday; and her travel dispatches have appeared on... Read More →
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Erika Helstrom

Global Community Manager, Travel Massive
@travelmassive | Erika is the global community manager for Travel Massive, connecting thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at events around the world. She has a passion for travel and the outdoors getting her start in the travel industry as a tour guide and quickly moving her way up the company to manage all company operations.
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Jessica Parker

Based in New York City, Jessica has worked in travel public relations for notable brands such as Expedia, Singapore Airlines, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and Hilton Luxury Brands. She has recently joined Denihan Hospitality as director of marketing, overseeing The Benjamin Hotel and Fifty NYC – an Affinia Hotel. As an active member of Travel Massive, she’s crafted events for clients and in the last year became the Travel... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Industry Track - (The Matterhorn: 307-308 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

Cultural Supremacy in Travel Media (presented by Outbounding)
Limited Capacity seats available

Who gets to tell the world's stories?

This workshop will lead to a better understanding of how white cultural supremacy dictates the prism through which we view places, experiences, and people. We will discuss how to more accurately and respectfully represent different communities and cultures, rather than reinforcing existing paradigms of cultural supremacy and power. This is an extension of a recent discussion on Outbounding about diversity and cultural representation in travel writing. The topic affects all areas of travel media, from media outlets and publishers to writers, editors, public relations, and marketing, and advertising professionals. All industry trailblazers are invited to take part.

Some of the takeaways from this workshop are:  ​
-- the problem of the ubiquitous whiteness in travel writing and blogging as a genre; ​
--​ ​examples and some common arguments debunked of defending the status quo;
-- an exploration of class as an economic and racial divider and its role in reinforcing the system;
-- ways of effectively diversifying the genre;
-- how to tell better stories by dismantling embedded white cultural value systems. 

Speakers
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Navdeep Dhillon

@ishqinabackpack | Navdeep was born in England, raised in East and West Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, but he is a Punjabi boy at heart. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years, taught ESL in China for two, traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, including a six month honeymoon in India. He speaks several languages well enough not to accidentally order tongue, hoof, or buttocks. But not well enough, apparently, to... Read More →
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Sandra Guzman

Contributing Writer, NBC News
@sandrasepigram | Sandra Guzman is an Emmy award-winning journalist, author, and yogi who is currently a contributing writer for NBC News. She was associate editor and culture writer for The New York Post and editor in chief of Latina and heart & soul magazines. Her byline has been on Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Univision, and PBS.
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Jeta Stephens

CEO/Filmmaker, Global Lipstick
@globallipstick | Jeta Stephens is the co-founder of Global Lipstick, a travel video series and website. After studying in Latin America, she worked as a Cultural Ambassador in Spain, from where she Couchsurfed and EasyJetted around Europe. Upon returning, Jeta decided to pursue travel writing/filmmaking fulltime. Her work and appearances have been seen on Comcast On Demand, FOX 29, Yahoo! Travel, Tripfilms Editors’ Pick, The Dr. Oz Show... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Media Workshops (Dubrovnik: 313 - 3rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

How Trees Complement Skyscrapers: Growing Tourism to New York
(A review of some of the ways in which a growing number of visitors are enjoying nature and increasing satisfaction)

Part One: The World Comes to New York


Matthew Baker, the President of the Guides Association of New York City, discusses the glories of New York City diversity, and how virtually any culture you want to see has come to be represented in some form within NYC. The history, and the future, of this magnificent cacophony of cultures is made even richer by the respectful participation of visitors.

Part Two: The World's Most Diverse County

Rob MacKay of the Queens Tourism Council presents the variety of cultures, languages, and cuisine that can be found in Queens. 

Speakers
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Matthew Baker

President, Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) | | @GAofNYC | | Matthew Baker is President of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), a 40-year old guild of professional tour guides in the Big Apple. NYC law states that a license is required to give tours in New York, and all GANYC members are legally licensed by the DCA. A New Yorker for over 22 years and a professional guide for nearly 10, Matthew was also the editor... Read More →
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Markly Wilson

Director, International Marketing, New York State’s Division of Tourism
Markly Wilson, Director, International Marketing for New York State’s Division of Tourism, is responsible for generating increased international travel to the State of New York. He was previously President of The Wilson Company, a consultancy specializing in empowering communities to assess, plan, and market their tourism resources. He was Director of Marketing for the Caribbean Tourism Organization for three years, after serving as... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:00pm

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF - Networking / Exhibitor Time / Demos
Meet new people in travel tech, say hi to our exhibiting startup sponsors, and demo the latest virtual reality (VR) technology and experiences from YouVisit and Total Cinema 360.

Startup Exhibitors:

Threestay
Fantrotter

GeoSure
Minaal
Poshpacker
Travel Monkey
Visit.org

 


Saturday April 18, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF (406 - 4th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Albert Podell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Albert Podell

Albert Podell recently became the first American known to have visited every country in the world. Decades earlier, he was the co-leader of the successful Trans World Record Expedition and co-author of Who Needs A Road, an adventure classic still in print after 48 years. His thrilling new book, Around the World in 50 Years, will be published March 24 by St. Martin’s Press. Al has been an editor at Playboy and several outdoor magazines... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Deirdre Campbell
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Deirdre Campbell

Founder, Tartan
President, Tartan Group | | @Tartangroup | | Deirdre launched Tartan 14 years ago and today she encourages the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism and show how much... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica Hoffman
Limited Capacity full

Experts
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Jessica Hoffman

Managing Attorney at Hoffman Law PLLC and Lead Counsel to Travel Startups Incubator | | @jessknowslaws | | Jessica works to help early-stage companies grow. Her experience lies in representing tech and media companies, internet-based startups, and companies in various artistic endeavors. In addition to her commitment to her clients, she is the Lead Counsel to a virtual accelerator, Travel Startups Incubator, where she is... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Jessica van Dop DeJesus

Travel and Food Blogger, The Dining Traveler
@DiningTraveler | Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a Washington, DC-based travel and food blogger with her blog, The Dining Traveler. She began traveling as a young Marine 17 years ago and has been to 39 countries on and off-duty.  She spent most of her post-collegiate years overseas, starting with a tour in Okinawa and has most recently spent 6 years in Belgium (with a year in Germany in-between). She comes from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Kristin Francis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Kristin Francis

Managing Editor, Souvenir Finder
@souvenirfinder | Kristin Francis is a New York City local, recovering attorney and the managing editor of the travel/lifestyle website Souvenir Finder, dedicated to exploring unique shopping around the world as well as showing readers how to incorporate travel into everyday life back home. Don’t underestimate the power of shopping in attracting potential visitors to your destination, accommodation or tour– shopping... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Leesa Davis
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Leesa Davis

Travel and Lifestyle Writer
@LeesaDavisLeesa Davis is a New York-based Travel and Lifestyle Writer. She also works for a major airline carrier.  Leesa previously worked as a TV Casting Producer for various reality shows for MTV, VH1 and the Oxygen network. Travel has always been a passion and she’s been traveling extensively (both global and domestic) since last summer.  Leesa has lived in both Coventry and London, England and enjoys visiting tropical destinations... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Malcolm Griffiths
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Malcolm Griffiths

Vice President, Development Counsellors International
@malcgriffiths | Before joining Development Counsellors International (DCI) in December 2003, Malcolm worked within the news bureau of Tourism Australia’s Los Angeles office for three and a half years. Now a Vice President within the agency’s Tourism Practice, Malcolm has overseen the successful earned media campaigns for signature travel destinations. He is a destination marketing specialist and believes every destination has a... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Soizic Sacrez
Limited Capacity seats available

Experts
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Soizic Sacrez

Digital Marketer & Globetrotter, Terra / Telefonica
Soizic is a digital marketer and multicultural media expert who has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia and America. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures! So far she has traveled to 40+ countries and territories and she keeps on visiting at least one new country every year… Her experience includes cultural immersion, solo travel, study abroad, volunteering, hiking and working in different countries. Originally from... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

5:15pm

One-on-One w/ Switzerland Tourism
Limited Capacity full

Saturday April 18, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Experts' Corner - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

6:00pm

Saturday Cocktail Hour (sponsored by Urban Adventures)
Join us for craft cocktails, unconventional networking, and some sweet prizes.

Saturday April 18, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibition Area - Loft (5th Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024
 
Sunday, April 19
 

10:00am

Yoga for Travelers
Limited Capacity seats available

For the restless, curious and nomadic — this workshop goes over meditation and yoga poses to do on the plane, train or anywhere. 

Speakers
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Ko Im

Host/Correspondent/Blogger, Freelance
@koimtv | Ko Im is a freelance writer, lifestyle enthusiast and yoga instructor. A Columbia Journalism graduate and former national television correspondent, Ko published and narrated Broke, not Broken, a solo travel-as-therapy e-memoir. She contributes multimedia content to Yahoo Travel and is a proponent of millenials, women and diversity. She has led meditation sessions overseas and facilitates yoga workshops around the country. Ko grew... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

10:00am

Join Witti for Brunch at the New York Travel Festival
Join Women in Travel and Tourism International (witti) for an exclusive opportunity to connect with your travel partners in New York City! In conjunction with the New York Travel Festival, witti will host brunch at Fred's Restaurant on April 19, 2015. Sign up for the opportunity to network with travel's leading players!

Click here to Register now.

Sunday April 19, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Fred's Restaurant 476 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10024

11:00am

Exhibition: Travels Into The Heart
Inaugural Photography Exhibition by 16 yr. old photographer, filmmaker Kasha Sequoia Slavner

A compilation of 30 photographs from Kasha's recent six month travels in East Africa and Thailand documenting hopeful stories of human resilience for her upcoming documentary film The Sunrise Storyteller

Presentation and Q&A with Marla & Kasha of The Global Sunrise Project

Speakers
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Kasha Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Kasha’s very much a typical 16 yr. old teenage. She’s a passionate photographer, aspiring filmmaker, blogger & social entrepreneur & has been since a very young age. Impressively she’s acquired quite a few creative & business skills along the way turning her creative interests into a viable entrepreneurial enterprise (Sweet Scrub © & Kasha’s Cards of Kindness... Read More →
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Marla Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Marla’s a woman of many interests and talents – a mother, writer, media/sponsorship consultant, social entrepreneur, social justice advocate, trained peace-building facilitator, speaks five languages, & is a part-time comedian. She is an entrepreneur with unbridled catalyst energy & creative vision and was the founding director of the International Children’s Art Foundation, which was... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 11:00am - 11:10am
New York Room - Hostelling International-New York City

11:00am

Best Places to Adventure in NYC (presented by OutdoorFest)
1. Sarah L. Knapp – Bouldering

2. Rob Riccardo – Trail Running

3. Julietta Gismondi - Kayaking

4. Tyler Breuer – Surfing

Presentations arranged by OutdoorFest.

Sunday April 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

11:00am

Exhibitions
Sunday April 19, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Patio and Greenspace - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

11:00am

Travel Writing Workshop (presented by Pink Pangea)
This workshop is designed for both frequent travelers as well as those of us who don’t always get to hop on a plane, but absolutely love to explore. Writing creates a space for us to process our experiences in a way that we hadn’t before, and uncover new insights. We’ll read compelling pieces, enjoy interactive activities, and process our own experiences on paper.

In this workshop we will:
-Understand our urge to write
-Explore some of the best travel writing
-Uncover insights from our past travel experiences
-Capture the sights, tastes, smells, and sounds that stimulate us
-Feel the impact our words have on other travelers

After completing workshops, participants have written for major publications, launched their own blogs, or continued to write in their journals. Others have simply enjoyed trying something new. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to learn about how to get your travel writing published.

Speakers
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Jaclyn Mishal

Pink Pangea
@jac_bkny | Jaclyn Mishal is a co-founder of Pink Pangea, the community for women who love to travel. Since 2006, Jaclyn has worked in the travel industry, connecting thousands of individuals with international academic, volunteer, and internship opportunities. A writing teacher and an inspirational public speaker, Jaclyn’s speciality is guiding people to express themselves fully.


Sunday April 19, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Theater Room Hostelling International-New York City

11:30am

Instagram Walk on the UWS
Go on a Photo Walk around the Upper West Side with Liz Borod Wright, adjunct faculty at NYU and a social media correspondent for BBCTravel. We'll talk about what makes a great Instagram photo as we snap photos around the neighborhood on our smartphones. Of course, we'll take a group selfie. Then we'll return to the conference HQ and critique each others' photos. She'll also discuss my favorite apps, best practices for posting, hashtags and how to build up your following. She's been blogging at http://Travelogged.com for over six years so she'll discuss Instagram in the context of blogging too.

Speakers
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Liz Borod Wright

@travelogged | In January 2009, Liz Borod Wright launched Travelogged.com because she wanted an outlet to write about her passion: travel. She became an early adopter of social media through the necessity of driving traffic to the blog and participated in the first-ever Twitter press trip, #FollowMeAtSea on a Princess Cruise to Alaska. Teaching others how to use social media strategically on all platforms is her passion, and she has taught... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 11:30am - 12:15pm
Outside Hostelling International-New York City

12:00pm

Affordable Luxury (Yes, You CAN Afford It!)
Moderators
avatar for Ko Im

Ko Im

Host/Correspondent/Blogger, Freelance
@koimtv | Ko Im is a freelance writer, lifestyle enthusiast and yoga instructor. A Columbia Journalism graduate and former national television correspondent, Ko published and narrated Broke, not Broken, a solo travel-as-therapy e-memoir. She contributes multimedia content to Yahoo Travel and is a proponent of millenials, women and diversity. She has led meditation sessions overseas and facilitates yoga workshops around the country. Ko grew... Read More →

Speakers
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Kaeli Conforti

Digital Editor, Budget Travel
@willwrite4food2 | Kaeli Conforti is the digital editor at Budget Travel, a digital magazine and website that provides expert travel tips and affordable packages to help get the journey started. Her writing has appeared on BudgetTravel.com as well as on CNN Travel, Fox News Travel, NBC News Travel, Yahoo Travel, and Huffington Post Travel.
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Tom Meyers

@thomasmeyers | Tom Meyers created and launched EuroCheapo, a guide to budget travel in Europe, from his Berlin apartment in 2001. He returned to New York in 2002, set up office, and has led the EuroCheapo team from the Big Apple ever since. Tom is also a co-host of the New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys.
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Christine Wei

Associate Editor & Social Media Coordinator, ShermansTravel
@xtinew | Christine Wei is a writer and editor from Taipei, Taiwan by way of St. Louis, MO. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, FATHOM, Elite Traveler, Disney’s Babble.com, and more. She’s currently an editor at ShermansTravel, where she focuses on affordable luxury, savvy saving strategies, arts and culture, and food.


Sunday April 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

12:15pm

Instagram Walk on the UWS
Go on a Photo Walk around the Upper West Side with Liz Borod Wright, adjunct faculty at NYU and a social media correspondent for BBCTravel. We'll talk about what makes a great Instagram photo as we snap photos around the neighborhood on our smartphones. Of course, we'll take a group selfie. Then we'll return to the conference HQ and critique each others' photos. She'll also discuss my favorite apps, best practices for posting, hashtags and how to build up your following. She's been blogging at http://Travelogged.com for over six years so she'll discuss Instagram in the context of blogging too.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Borod Wright

Liz Borod Wright

@travelogged | In January 2009, Liz Borod Wright launched Travelogged.com because she wanted an outlet to write about her passion: travel. She became an early adopter of social media through the necessity of driving traffic to the blog and participated in the first-ever Twitter press trip, #FollowMeAtSea on a Princess Cruise to Alaska. Teaching others how to use social media strategically on all platforms is her passion, and she has taught... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Outside Hostelling International-New York City

1:00pm

Lunch (w/ a performance from Curious on Tanzania)
Curious On Tanzanian Music! Enjoy a live Tanzanian performance @NYTravFest 2015

We are excited to introduce Tina Kakolaki, an artist, born and raised in Tanzania.

She moved to USA to pursue collage education. Leaving behind her passion for singing for many years to fulfill the American dream. As life went on she noticed, she was living in a world where technology was gaining momentum while culture was getting less and less attention. As she searched to find a way to hold on to her culture, she got inspired to follow her lifelong passion for music. With her music, she looks to keep the African cultural values alive through her music, drumming, storytelling and dance. She also sings in three languages including her tribal language, Kihaya, Tanzanian’s national language, Kiswahili and English. She looks to share her passion for African music and rhythm as a way to maintain her roots.

About us: Curious on Tanzania is a social traveling platform that offers unique Tanzanian experience within and outside the country. Find out more by visiting curiousontanzania.com



Sunday April 19, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Patio and Greenspace - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

2:00pm

Exhibition: Travels Into The Heart
Inaugural Photography Exhibition by 16 yr. old photographer, filmmaker Kasha Sequoia Slavner

A compilation of 30 photographs from Kasha's recent six month travels in East Africa and Thailand documenting hopeful stories of human resilience for her upcoming documentary film The Sunrise Storyteller

Presentation and Q&A with Marla & Kasha of The Global Sunrise Project

Speakers
avatar for Kasha Slavner

Kasha Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Kasha’s very much a typical 16 yr. old teenage. She’s a passionate photographer, aspiring filmmaker, blogger & social entrepreneur & has been since a very young age. Impressively she’s acquired quite a few creative & business skills along the way turning her creative interests into a viable entrepreneurial enterprise (Sweet Scrub © & Kasha’s Cards of Kindness... Read More →
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Marla Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Marla’s a woman of many interests and talents – a mother, writer, media/sponsorship consultant, social entrepreneur, social justice advocate, trained peace-building facilitator, speaks five languages, & is a part-time comedian. She is an entrepreneur with unbridled catalyst energy & creative vision and was the founding director of the International Children’s Art Foundation, which was... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 2:00pm - 2:10pm
New York Room - Hostelling International-New York City

2:00pm

Meet, Plan, Go! - Career Break Panel - Discussion on getting over the hurdles of taking a career break to travel
Limited Capacity full

This group of seasoned career break pros will share their personal tales on what they did to be able to live how they wanted to on the road, including becoming a perpetual nomad (without going broke), traveling with family, and volunteering abroad.

Moderators
avatar for Sherry Ott

Sherry Ott

Blogger and Freelance Writer, Founder Ottsworld.com
Sherry Ott is a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She writes about her nomadic lifestyle and around the world adventures on Ottsworld.com . She’s circled the globe numerous times and has visited all 7 continents. She lived in Vietnam, hiked the Annapurna Circuit with her father, finished the Mongol Rally, walked the Camino de Santiago, kayaked in Antarctica, and drove a auto rickshaw across India. She continues to seek out... Read More →

Speakers
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Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →
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Rainer Jenss

President & Founder, Family Travel Association
@FamilyTravAssoc | Before traveling around the world with his family, Rainer Jenss was a 13-year veteran of National Geographic. During the yearlong journey, Rainer reported for National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog, blogging about the experience and offering an inside look at life on the road traveling together as a family. Subsequently, his “Jenss Family Travel Blog” was recognized as one of the Top 25 Family Travel... Read More →
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Jane Stanfield

@JaneStanfield | Jane Stanfield has a huge passion for animals, volunteering and international travel, so much that she quit her job to travel around the world, completing 12 volunteer projects, seven with wildlife, within one year. Through her business, Where Is She Heading, she helps others explore the most addicting way travel by connecting with people and seeing the world as a volunteer.


Sunday April 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Penthouse - Hostelling International-New York City

2:00pm

The Wide World of Careers in Travel
This panel will explore the well-known and perhaps unexpected career opportunities in the growing global travel sector.  An attendee can expect greater insight into: strategies for breaking into the field; climbing the career ladder into management and leadership; uncovering tomorrow's opportunities; how the field is being reshaped by globalization, technology and cultural convergence; and making the most of passion in both the large organization and in the entrepreneurial space.

Moderators
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Robert Boland

Associate Professor of Sports Business (on sabbatical Fall 2014); Academic Chair of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management (2011-2014); Principal, Boland Sports Practice Group, LLC
@RobertbolandESQ | Robert Boland is the founding faculty of NYU’s graduate program in Sports Business and has concluded his term as the Academic Chair (chief academic officer) of NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. He owns a consulting practice, Boland Sports Practice Group.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Ramsawak

Kimberly Ramsawak

Founder of Tourism Exposed | | Having traveled to over eighty cities across five continents - entirely paid for by companies she has worked for - Kimberly Ramsawak is the founder of Tourism Exposed. Tourism Exposed is an online community that helps students and career changers figure out what it is they really want to do using the skills they already have so that they can find their dream jobs in the travel, tourism and hospitality... Read More →
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GreGG Truman

Head of Sales and Marketing at Airlines Promotion Group (APG) | | GreGG is an experienced sales & marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in promoting international travel companies and destinations in the North American market. GreGG served as the South African Airways Head of Marketing for North America and is currently the Head of Sales and Marketing at Airlines Promotion Group (APG), where he is responsible for the... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

2:00pm

Exhibitions
Sunday April 19, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Patio and Greenspace - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

3:00pm

Exhibition: Travels Into The Heart
Inaugural Photography Exhibition by 16 yr. old photographer, filmmaker Kasha Sequoia Slavner

A compilation of 30 photographs from Kasha's recent six month travels in East Africa and Thailand documenting hopeful stories of human resilience for her upcoming documentary film The Sunrise Storyteller

Presentation and Q&A with Marla & Kasha of The Global Sunrise Project

Speakers
avatar for Kasha Slavner

Kasha Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Kasha’s very much a typical 16 yr. old teenage. She’s a passionate photographer, aspiring filmmaker, blogger & social entrepreneur & has been since a very young age. Impressively she’s acquired quite a few creative & business skills along the way turning her creative interests into a viable entrepreneurial enterprise (Sweet Scrub © & Kasha’s Cards of Kindness... Read More →
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Marla Slavner

@GlobalSunRisers | Marla’s a woman of many interests and talents – a mother, writer, media/sponsorship consultant, social entrepreneur, social justice advocate, trained peace-building facilitator, speaks five languages, & is a part-time comedian. She is an entrepreneur with unbridled catalyst energy & creative vision and was the founding director of the International Children’s Art Foundation, which was... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 3:10pm
New York Room - Hostelling International-New York City

3:00pm

Meet, Plan, Go! - Presentation #1 - Preparing: How to Plan a Career Break or Long Term Travel
Limited Capacity seats available

Katie Aune quit her job in August 2011 to spend a year volunteering and traveling through all 15 countries of the former Soviet Union. Her session will be The Nuts & Bolts of Career Break Planning, including:


  • Planning your trip

  • Dealing with financial matters

  • What to do with your home and possessions

  • Handling health/insurance matters


Speakers
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Katie Aune

Planned Giving Officer, National Geographic Society
Katie Aune quit her job in 2011 to spend 13 months traveling throughout the former Soviet Union. During that journey, she ran a marathon in Estonia, rode the length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, volunteered in Armenia, taught English in Tajikistan and did her best to speak Russian on a daily basis. After initially returning back home to Chicago, she recently relocated to Washington, DC to work in fundraising for the National Geographic Society.


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Penthouse - Hostelling International-New York City

3:00pm

The Art of Narrative: Creating Stories, Not Content
Three travel journalists share their personal strategies on how to find, pitch, and tell engaging stories.

This panel will discuss:

1) How to find your stories

Tips and strategies on how to find fascinating stories, including determining unique/distinctive angles and newsy hooks, connecting with sources, conducting interviews and more

2) How to pitch your stories

Effective ways to pitch and sell your stories, including advice on how to write engaging, successful pitch letters

3) And, ultimately, how to tell your stories Strategies on how to craft a powerful narrative, from the words to the visuals and beyond

After a brief panel discussion, the audience will have ample time to ask questions to the speakers.


Moderators
avatar for AnneLise Sorensen

AnneLise Sorensen

Travel Writer & Consultant
@AnneLiseTravels | Travel writer, editor, photographer, and TV/radio host AnneLise Sorensen has penned – and wine-tasted – her way across four continents. She has reported for multiple media outlets, including New York Magazine, MSN, Time Out, Yahoo Travel, Rough Guides, Gourmet, and NewYork.com. She also hosts a lecture and web series, Travel Transforms, on how travel is a catalyst for change in your life.

Speakers
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Tony Perrottet

Writer, Editor, Historian - Contributing Writer, Smithsonian Magazine
@TonyPerrottet | Tony Perrottet is a contributing writer at Smithsonian Magazine and a regular at The New York Times, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Slate and other publications. He is the author of five books, most recently Napoleon’s Privates: 2500 Years of History Unzipped and The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe.
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Andrew Rowat

@andrewrowat | Andrew Rowat finds himself in the unenviable position of being able to tell you the best seat on an aircraft just by hearing its flight number. He lived in China for almost eight years, and New York for the last five, though his youth was spent in Canuckistan. He has been fortunate enough to find his work inTravel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Bon Appetit, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Wallpaper... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
SoHo Room - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

3:30pm

Pathfinder Consults (presented in partnership with Young Travel Professionals)
Pathfinder Consults, presented in partnership with Young Travel Professionalsis an opportunity for attendees to interact with professionals already working in the travel industry.  In these one-on-one appointments, you’ll have the chance to talk with our Pathfinders about possible career paths, picking their brains on what might be the best fit for you, as well as getting a jumpstart on making contacts in the industry.

Note: If at any time during the Festival, you see a Pathfinder who is not in a meeting, please feel free to join them. If someone is more than 5 minutes late to their meeting, their appointment will be cancelled. 

Pathfinders
avatar for Wazha Dube

Wazha Dube

Business Development Manager – KAI Co-Founder of Young Travel Professionals Global Events and FAMs Director – YTP Global | | An expat hailing from Botswana and the United States, Wazha lives by the Setswana proverb, “To travel is to see”. His passion for the travel and hospitality industry grew by traveling the world arose from a young age and later by spending his college summers working at Chobe Game... Read More →
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Kelly Ann Gonzalez

Regional Sales Coordinator for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Global Events and FAMs Committee –YTP Global | | Kelly Ann Gonzales is currently Regional Sales Coordinator for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and part of the Global Events and FAMs Committee for YTP.  In addition, she has an entrepreneurial spirit with experience launching a hospitality startup company, ConZerge LLC. She graduated in May of 2014 with her Bachelor of... Read More →
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Stephen Scott

Royal Caribbean Intl Business Development ManagerMentor Manager – YTP New York City | | Stephen Scott is the International Business Development Manager for Royal Caribbean. He provides a wide range of sales and marketing support for more than 500 Travel Agencies, and 1800 Travel Agents. Stephen continues to utilize his industry knowledge, sales acumen, and training skills as a part of the team that has won the “Best Sales and... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

4:00pm

Meet, Plan, Go! - Presentation #2 - On the Road: How to work on the road From ESL to Blogging to Freelancing
Limited Capacity filling up

A refugee from corporate IT, Sherry Ott is a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer.  She has traveled around the world to over 60 countries, primarily solo, and has been living nomadically while traveling and working for over 8 years now. Sherry will share her career break expertise in solo travel, volunteering, extended travel of a year or longer, teaching ESL, photography, working while on the road, living as an expat, and living out of a suitcase for extended periods of time.

Sherry will specifically share her career break expertise in how you can go about working on the road.  Topics will include teaching ESL, freelance writing, blogging, photography, and utilizing your career background to find work or become location independent.  She also has expertise in solo travel, volunteering, extended travel of a year or longer, living as an expat, and living out of a suitcase for extended periods of time.

Speakers
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Sherry Ott

Blogger and Freelance Writer, Founder Ottsworld.com
Sherry Ott is a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She writes about her nomadic lifestyle and around the world adventures on Ottsworld.com . She’s circled the globe numerous times and has visited all 7 continents. She lived in Vietnam, hiked the Annapurna Circuit with her father, finished the Mongol Rally, walked the Camino de Santiago, kayaked in Antarctica, and drove a auto rickshaw across India. She continues to seek out... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Penthouse - Hostelling International-New York City

4:00pm

Being the Face of a Brand
What is it like to be a writer, blogger or public relations specialist who becomes associated with a destination and company?  We will find out from several experts, some of whom have contracted with companies and destinations to represent them, along with others who work behind the scenes.  Some simply become the famous the face of a destination by their expertise in writing on it.

Takeaways that people can expect from session:

  • ways to contract with destinations and companies
  • the ins & outs and pros & cons of promoting brands on your personal blog 
  • in this day and age when writing pays less and less, can this be a sustainable way to make a living and still travel the world


Moderators
avatar for Michael Luongo

Michael Luongo

Freelance journalist, editor and photographer
@michaelluongo | Freelance journalist, editor and photographer Michael Luongo’s travel adventures in over 85 countries and all 7 continents frequently make the New York Post’s Page Six gossip columns. His 15 books include Frommers Buenos Aires, Routledge’s Gay Travels in the Muslim World, and Alyson Books novel The Voyeur. He is an adjunct travel writing professor at New York University and the About.com Argentina Travel Expert. His work... Read More →

Speakers
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Lee Abbamonte

@LeeAbbamonte | As the youngest American to have visited every country in the world, Lee Abbamonte is one of the world’s most traveled people. He has been featured in publications, including Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, and The New York Times, and has appeared on the Travel Channel, NBC, CBS, Foxnews, and many more.
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Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg On Travel
@mariangoldberg | I Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax... Read More →
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Nikki Vargas

@pinthemapprojct | Nikki Vargas is a freelance journalist and travel blogger with a degree in journalism from Indiana University and published work in numerous publications including FOOD & WINE, Matador Network, The Daily Meal, Vagabondish, and GoNomad. Since starting her blog, The Pin the Map Project, Nikki has worked with travel brands, reviewed numerous hotels and been on assignment to Colombia, Argentina, England and France.


Sunday April 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
SoHo Room - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

4:45pm

Pathfinder Consults (presented in partnership with Young Travel Professionals)
Pathfinder Consults, presented in partnership with Young Travel Professionalsis an opportunity for attendees to interact with professionals already working in the travel industry.  In these one-on-one appointments, you’ll have the chance to talk with our Pathfinders about possible career paths, picking their brains on what might be the best fit for you, as well as getting a jumpstart on making contacts in the industry.

Note: If at any time during the Festival, you see a Pathfinder who is not in a meeting, please feel free to join them. If someone is more than 5 minutes late to their meeting, their appointment will be cancelled. 

Pathfinders
avatar for Wazha Dube

Wazha Dube

Business Development Manager – KAI Co-Founder of Young Travel Professionals Global Events and FAMs Director – YTP Global | | An expat hailing from Botswana and the United States, Wazha lives by the Setswana proverb, “To travel is to see”. His passion for the travel and hospitality industry grew by traveling the world arose from a young age and later by spending his college summers working at Chobe Game... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Ann Gonzalez

Kelly Ann Gonzalez

Regional Sales Coordinator for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Global Events and FAMs Committee –YTP Global | | Kelly Ann Gonzales is currently Regional Sales Coordinator for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and part of the Global Events and FAMs Committee for YTP.  In addition, she has an entrepreneurial spirit with experience launching a hospitality startup company, ConZerge LLC. She graduated in May of 2014 with her Bachelor of... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Scott

Stephen Scott

Royal Caribbean Intl Business Development ManagerMentor Manager – YTP New York City | | Stephen Scott is the International Business Development Manager for Royal Caribbean. He provides a wide range of sales and marketing support for more than 500 Travel Agencies, and 1800 Travel Agents. Stephen continues to utilize his industry knowledge, sales acumen, and training skills as a part of the team that has won the “Best Sales and... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

5:00pm

Meet, Plan, Go! - Q&A Session: Talk one-on-one to people who have taken a career break to travel
Limited Capacity filling up

Your chance to have an extended opportunity to engage with the day’s speakers. Pick their brains about your specific concerns and get ideas from people who’ve been there.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Aune

Katie Aune

Planned Giving Officer, National Geographic Society
Katie Aune quit her job in 2011 to spend 13 months traveling throughout the former Soviet Union. During that journey, she ran a marathon in Estonia, rode the length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, volunteered in Armenia, taught English in Tajikistan and did her best to speak Russian on a daily basis. After initially returning back home to Chicago, she recently relocated to Washington, DC to work in fundraising for the National Geographic Society.
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Mike & Anne Howard

Professional Honeymooners, HoneyTrek.com
@HoneyTrek | Using their expertise in couples travel, Mike and Anne Howard became Newlyweds at Large for Honeymoons.com and brand ambassadors for Ker & Downey bespoke travel. The couple helps others embark on their own journey of a lifetime with HoneyTrek Trip Coach. | Topics of Expertise: RTW Travel, Couples Travel, Luxury Travel, Personal Trip Coaching, Frequent Flyer Mile Acquisition, Travel Hacking, Blogging & Social Media... Read More →
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Rainer Jenss

President & Founder, Family Travel Association
@FamilyTravAssoc | Before traveling around the world with his family, Rainer Jenss was a 13-year veteran of National Geographic. During the yearlong journey, Rainer reported for National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog, blogging about the experience and offering an inside look at life on the road traveling together as a family. Subsequently, his “Jenss Family Travel Blog” was recognized as one of the Top 25 Family Travel... Read More →
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Sherry Ott

Blogger and Freelance Writer, Founder Ottsworld.com
Sherry Ott is a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She writes about her nomadic lifestyle and around the world adventures on Ottsworld.com . She’s circled the globe numerous times and has visited all 7 continents. She lived in Vietnam, hiked the Annapurna Circuit with her father, finished the Mongol Rally, walked the Camino de Santiago, kayaked in Antarctica, and drove a auto rickshaw across India. She continues to seek out... Read More →
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Jane Stanfield

@JaneStanfield | Jane Stanfield has a huge passion for animals, volunteering and international travel, so much that she quit her job to travel around the world, completing 12 volunteer projects, seven with wildlife, within one year. Through her business, Where Is She Heading, she helps others explore the most addicting way travel by connecting with people and seeing the world as a volunteer.


Sunday April 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Penthouse - Hostelling International-New York City

5:00pm

Media Collaborations for a Greater Good
Two digital media voices with ample experience in leading collaborative efforts guide a conversation about mission-based group projects. Working alone has its advantages, but working together with others stimluates the strengths and skills of a collective guided by social good.

Benefits of working with others include:
- Learning about existing media collaborations
- Brief reviews of successes and failures
- Exploring the difference between common subjects and common vision
- Understanding how collaboration trumps the loneliness of freelancing by encouraging cross-fertilization

Moderators
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Katka Lapelosová

@katkatravels | Katka Lapelosová is Matador Network’s managing editor and director of social media. She also writes for www.travelettes.net and The Huffington Post.

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Gelber

Ethan Gelber

Co-founder, The Travel Word / Outbounding
@thetravelword | For 20 years, Ethan Gelber has worked as a professional communications strategist and freelance writer, including as a Lonely Planet author, Huffington Post blogger, AFAR Ambassador, Open Places eco-columnist and staff writer for the now-defunct Travelllll.com. He maintains a focus on agitating for responsible/sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing... Read More →
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Dylan Lowe

Co-Founder, Project Leader, The Ripple Movement
Beginning life as a travel writer, photographer and storyteller in his university student newspaper, Dylan Lowe founded the travel blog, The Travelling Editor, as his canvas to document his adventures. Having hitchhiked across Canada, lived amongst locals on South Pacific islands, and eaten his way across Europe and Southeast Asia, he now focuses on his latest project, The Ripple Movement, with which he aims to revolutionise travel blogging by... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SoHo Room - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

6:30pm

Closing Night Party
After NY Trav Fest, head to Amsterdam Tavern NYC, to hang out, talk travel, and network with new friends from the fest.

The bar will be offering two New York beers, Coney Island Pilsner and Captain Lawrence Ipa, for $5 each, and Crown Royal Apple shots also for $5. Full menu (including 3 different kinds of wings, nachos for sharing, etc.) available.

Sunday April 19, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Amsterdam Tavern 938 Amsterdam Ave (between 106th St & 107th St) New York, NY 10025
 
Saturday, April 25
 

5:30pm

Media Only New York Craft Cocktail Tour

New York City Urban Adventures invites journalists, travel writers, and bloggers to join us for a special New York Travel Festival version of our brand new, New York Craft Cocktail Tour.  You will be the first people to take this tour which won’t launch to the public until May 1st.  We’ve set up two dates for you to join just in case you can’t make the first tour.  The dates are April 14th and April 25th. The tickets are complimentary and on both days the tour will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and will leave from Tompkins Square Park and end at a cocktail bar in the vicinity of Lafayette and 3rd St.

NOTE: You must reserve your spot in advance by contacting us at info@newyorkcityurbanadventures.com.


Saturday April 25, 2015 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tompkins Square Park 500 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009