The Second Annual New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center This Weekend, March 5-6 Offers Travel Discounts, On-Site Booking Opportunities and Live Entertainment from Broadway and around the World

The Second Annual New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center This Weekend, March 5-6 Offers Travel Discounts, On-Site Booking Opportunities and Live Entertainment from Broadway and around the World

NEW YORK — Sesame Street Characters, Busch Garden Exotic Animals, Brazilian Dancers, Kayak and Scuba Pools, Eco-Bus Rock-Climbing Wall, Author Signings: A Weekend Full of Fun, Information and Great Opportunities

The New York Times Travel Show announced today a jam packed line-up of entertainment, travel opportunities and discounts, cultural performances and author signings for its second annual show, to be held in New York City this weekend, March 5-6, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Presented by American Express, The New York Times Travel Show is a major consumer exhibition and trade event, with over 500 exhibitors. At the show: a multitude of on-sight opportunities for special travel discounts offered by leading airlines, cruise lines, resorts and tourism boards from around the world.

Visitors to the two-day event can choose among the many workshops hosted by travel experts Arthur Frommer, Peter Greenberg, Brad Ludden, Stephanie Abrams, Valarie D’Elia, and Rick Steves, each offering professional advice on everything from how to film a travel video to how to roll a kayak; to traveling solo, as a senior, with your family or with a pet. And throughout the weekend, best-selling authors Peter Hamill, Nicholas Sparks, Patricia Schultz and others will autograph their books. Dancers from Brazil, Aruba and other countries will perform as well as the casts of several Broadway musicals. The show will be an adventure in itself.

Escape the weary winter and experience a scuba diving or kayak lesson then, get in on the exclusive show-only offers from hotel to airline deals. Travelers will learn from the many seminars and workshops on what to pack and where to shop no matter the destination–be it the beach or the Matterhorn, this weekend’s travel show is for every type of traveler, from avid adventure seeker to armchair dreamer, from those with serious wanderlust to the occasional vacationer.

Highlights offered at this weekend’s show not only feature discounts and continual entertainment for all attendees, but will also include:

–Exclusive Travel Discounts and Free Vacations

Discounts and travel packages from exhibitors including American Express, American Museum of Natural History/Discovery Tours, Grand Expeditions, Mango African Safaris, Pacific World Delight Tours and Visit Japan Campaign, to name a few. Book a vacation and enter to win a free cruise, hotel stay or spa weekend from exhibitors such as Grand Expeditions and Discovery Cruise Lines. And American Express will provide “American Express Vacation Planning Stations” to facilitate booking vacations at the show.

–Wild Survivors

Meet a bald eagle, a lemur, a 12-foot Burmese python, and a kangaroo – and see other exotic animals such as a small alligator, armadillos and porcupines with Busch Gardens animal expert Julie Scardina.

–Ride an Eco-Friendly Bus

Climb up, in and around the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (N.O.L.S.) eco-friendly bus, which runs on waste vegetable oil and solar energy, and has a climbing wall along one 36-foot side. The bus travels the country to educate students about the environment, and will be open to all visitors to the show floor.

–Sesame Street’s Elmo and Cookie Monster

Meet Elmo and Gordon, and share cookies and milk with Cookie Monster, at the Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resort booth.

–Show tunes, International Dance and Folk Songs …on the Hudson

On the WNBC/WNJU-TV stage, be entertained by special live performances from new Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals including Chicago, Good Vibrations, Little Women, Cookin’, Lazer Vaudeville and Newsical. Other stage performances include Aruba, Brazilian, Taiwanese, Lithuanian, Nicaraguan and Malaysian dancers, singers and musicians.

–Book Signings with Authors, including Nicholas Sparks

Meet Nicholas Sparks, author of “Three Weeks with My Brother,” as he signs books. Also, at 12 noon on Saturday, March 5th, Mr. Sparks will announce the winner of “The New York Times/TCS Expeditions Heaven and Earth Luxury Escape” sweepstakes, an opportunity for travel enthusiasts to win a 24-day, private jet vacation for two to some of the most exotic and ancient places in the world, courtesy of TCS Expeditions.

–Travel for the Pampered Pooch

One of the most influential voices in travel, radio travel show host Stephanie Abrams, heard nationally on the Business Talk Radio Network, will host this seminar with tips on traveling with your furry family members and finding pet-friendly accommodations around the world.

Special discounts for New York Times Travel Show patrons include:

–Discounted Dining

At nearby participating restaurants, receive 20% off with your Travel Show ticket from March 4-6.

Among the dozens of exhibitors at the show are American Express Vacations, Aruba Tourist Authority, Explorers Corner, Funjet Vacations, Globus & Cosmos, Grand Expeditions, Japan National Tourist Office, Lindblad Expeditions, Mango African Safaris and N.O.L.S.

The New York Times Travel Show is presented by American Express and recently signed on the Greece National Tourism Organization and LTU International Airways as its newest sponsors. LTU International Airways has chosen The New York Times Travel Show to announce the launch of their new non-stop service from J.F.K. International Airport to Germany, beginning in April. Also, WNBC/WNJU-TV recently signed on as media partners.

Other sponsors include Amtrak, Carnival Cruise Lines and The Islands Of The Bahamas. Sandals and Beaches Resorts and Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation are contributing sponsors of the show and Outside Magazine is the print media sponsor. Travel Agent Magazine and Business Talk Radio “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” are industry partners for the show.

Admission to the show is $15, with a $5 discount if tickets are purchased with an American Express card. Children under 18 are admitted free. Show hours are Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For advance purchase of tickets to the show, a list of exhibitors and locations for discounted restaurants and parking, please visit our Web site at www.nytimes.com/travelshow. Also, complete details will be inserted in The New York Times Magazine on March 6.

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