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If you happen to be in the New York City area this weekend, stop by the Javits Center for this year's New York Times Travel Show for the chance to see cultural performances, attend seminars by the biggest names in travel, and learn about all the places you've been wanting to check off your bucket list.
While the event is open Friday, March 2nd, to travel professionals only, doors will be open to the general public on Saturday, March 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 4th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults—$12 if you use promo code SOCIAL when ordering online—and free for those under the age of 18.
A number of travel seminars will be offered throughout the weekend, with most focusing on popular destinations and how to plan the trip of your dreams. Fans of The Travel Channel will be able to hear Samantha Brown, host of Great Weekends, speak about her experiences of life on the road on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Man Vs. Food star Adam Richman will discuss his food adventures around the world on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Arthur and Pauline Frommer will address new developments in travel on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will speak about popular new travel destinations at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Patricia Schultz, author of the popular 1,000 Places to See Before You Die books, will give a presentation featuring favorite places from her second edition, with a book signing to follow at the Mobile Libris bookstore on site in booth 927.
Foodies rejoice! There will be a number of international culinary demonstrations hosted by the South Beach Wine and Food Festival this year featuring presentations by celebrity chefs Seamus Mullen and David Burke, New York Times Food Columnist Melissa Cook, as well as food entrepreneurs Jonathan Waxman, Joey Campanaro, Daniel Holzman, and Bill Telepan.
Bring the whole family along—anyone under the age of 18 is free—and visit the Family Fun Pavillion, equipped with exotic animals, a rock–climbing wall, and the chance to try out scuba diving in a four foot swimming pool. You can also catch a cultural performance on one of the world stages highlighting traditional and modern music, rhythms, and dances from Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and around the world.
Have you ever been to the New York Times Travel Show—or any major travel expo in your area? Tell us about your experience below!
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