Live From The New York Times Travel Show: February 6th – 8th

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Yes, it’s that time of year again. It felt like just yesterday that I was rolling out of bed at 7 a.m. on a frigid Friday morning and making my way into that forgotten section of Manhattan known as the Far West Side, past the long lines of eager nerds waiting to get in to New York ComicCon, and into the Javits Center for the New York Times Travel Show, the world’s largest travel event of its kind.

I’ll be liveblogging the event all weekend (a word I’m not even sure exists, but Google came up with at least a few hits so that’s good enough for me).

This year we have the always dependable, always 6th-grade-math-teaching-looking Rick Steves who, surprise, will be talking about Europe.

The godfather of travel, Arthur Frommer, will be there along with his lovely daughter Pauline, whom I promise not to serenade with wedding offers this year.

Samantha “I’m on the Travel Channel every time you turn it on” Brown will be speaking; the author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” will be adding to her list; and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern will be telling audiences what crazy thing he ate last and how most of his paycheck goes to his elaborate personal web site.

Of course there will be other speakers all weekend, hourly performances, representative from around the world, and much, much more. Check in all weekend for updates. And if you’re going, I plan to sneak into Croatia’s Tourism Board’s booth around 1 p.m. while they’re away for lunch and pretend that it’s for I will also be signing autographs at that time. See you there!

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