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Apr 26, 2014

New York Travel Festival

2014 New York Travel Festival The two-day New York Travel Festival is designed for tech-savvy, immersive travelers with a lineup of leading experts from all travel niches. Attendees will have access to lectures and sessions on topics such as adventure travel, travel technology, traveling with children and more.

 It opens Saturday, April 26 at Bohemian National Hall and continues on Sunday, April 27 at Hostelling International - New York, 891 Amsterdam Avenue. For a complete schedule, visit http://nytf2014.sched.org Cost: Payment required - Tickets are at Consumer: $35, then $45 after 4/15. Industry: $100. Sunday Only (inc. lunch): $12.
To buy tickets, visit http://bitly.com/NYTF2014


All NYTF ticket holders will receive discounts on tours from participating tour companies/guides.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The New York Travel Festival is aimed at anyone with a passion for experiential, immersive travel.

Registration opens: 9:15 AM

Day begins: 10:00 AM

Last event on schedule: 5:30 PM

For 2014, there will be both industry and consumer content tracks.

Industry: Content and networking brought to you by our industry sponsors and partners, including: Been to Africa, Czech Tourism, Destination Accelerator, Niagara USA, Travel 2.0, Travel+Social Good, and Young Travel Professionals.

Consumer: A variety of speakers presenting in different formats in order to inspire and inform you.

There are 5 areas of content: Grand Ballroom (main gathering area), 3rd Floor (Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF and Industry Track), Kitchen (one-hour demos with chefs), Cinema (Consumer Track) and Skybox (Masterclasses and workshops).

Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom is the main gathering area for NYTF 2014, featuring food, drink, activities, performances, and companies/products that tech-savvy, immersive travelers will enjoy.

Don’t miss the Mexico area on the same floor!

Media and Industry: Stay from 6-8 PM for a networking event sponsored by Czech Tourism and Pilsner Urquell!

3rd Floor

Industry Track

A full day of panels to elucidate topics of interest to the travel industry, including:

2014 Sessions:

Find more info here.

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF

NYTF has teamed up with Travel 2.0, NYC’s premiere networking group for travel startups, innovation and technology. Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF is a forum for travel startups to demonstrate their services and products.

For more info, click here.


Consumer Talks

The consumer talks will take place in the Cinema. Hear from insightful minds from across the travel spectrum and learn about the things that you didn’t know that you didn’t know.

Find more info here.


Masterclasses and workshops for working professionals in the travel industry.


One-hour demos with top-class chefs from NYC and beyond.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hostelling International – New York City

891 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10025

12 PM – 4 PM - Panels, workshops, and performances, with special attention to those still trying to figure out how travel fits in their lives from a consumer or professional capacity.

4 PM – 6 PMMatador Network Speaker Series at NY Trav Fest

7 PM – 11 PM – NY Trav Fest Closing Party + Mixer sponsored by Matador Network, location TBD

Schedule is subject to change.


Few Speakers’ Bios

For complete list of speakers clik on this link

Lee Abbamonte@LeeAbbamonte

As the youngest American to have visited every country in the world, Lee Abbamonte is considered a travel expert, and one of the world’s most traveled people. Lee has been featured by many publications, including Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, and the New York Times and has appeared on Travel Channel, NBC, CBS, Foxnews, and many more. Keep up with his adventures on his blog, LeeAbbamonte.com.


Dave Ambrose – @daveambrose

David serves as managing director of Steadfast Venture Capital, an early stage investment firm based in New York City. Previously, he led Travelzoo’s global mobile and social business, overseeing consumer and merchant products in six countries, audience growth and P&L management. He also regularly blogs at data.insights.ideas.


Yasser Ansari – @urbanorganism

Yasser Ansari is chief strategist at SoftFacade, a leading design and engineering firm based in New York City. He is also the co-founder and chief leaf of Project Noah, an award-winning community for wildlife exploration and education. He earned his master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.


Patrick Bennett – @enjoypatrick

Patrick Bennett is the co-founder of Uncommon Carribean, the authentic voice of Caribbean travel inspiration that is reshaping the conversation around travel to the Caribbean from one-size-fits-all cruises and all-inclusives towards culturally immersive experiences found nowhere else on earth.


Eddie Bergman

Eddie Bergman is president of Innovative Development Services Inc. (IDS), a full-service consulting company serving international clients in New York and around the world who work to effect social change. Since 2006 he has served as executive director of the New York-headquartered Africa Travel Association (ATA).


Michelle Blackley - @shellblackley

Michelle Blackley is the interim director of marketing/communications manager at Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation, where she works with the media and promotes visitation to Niagara Falls USA and Niagara County, New York. She also works as a professor at Buffalo State University and is an award-winning writer and publicist.


Jeff Blumenfeld – @jeffblumenfeld

Jeff Blumenfeld is president of Blumenfeld and Associates PR, a marketing public relations firm, specializing in consumer product publicity, travel and adventure marketing, and the promotion of active, outdoor sports. He is also the author of Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers and Would Be World Travelers.

Ross Borden@rossborden

Since starting Matador in 2006, Ross Borden has worked with dozens of brands and destinations on custom content and viral marketing campaigns. An expert at destination/tourism marketing, he has lived in Spain, Kenya, and Argentina, and currently splits time between New York and his native San Francisco.




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