The New York Travel Festival You Cannot Miss
Story by Amazing Perspective @amazperspective

Today kicks off the New York Travel Festival’s (NY Trav Fest) multi-day event featuring interactive discussions and demonstrations about trending topics in the travel industry.

New York Travel Festival LogoFor the fifth year in a row, the NY Trav Fest has graced the boroughs of New York City, providing a medium and active learning environment for connecting and educating lifelong travelers and members of the travel industry, travel media, and individuals in career transition.

Founded by Roni Weiss, social media guru and the co-founder of #TTOT aka “Travel Talk On Twitter” (the travel community’s biggest Twitter chat), the annual event includes everything from panels and workshops, to live performances and gastronomic experiences. I asked Roni how the festival has evolved since launching it five years ago, and here’s what he had to say:

“This year’s New York Travel Festival is our most ambitious to date: Five days of events, with partnerships ranging from New York University to Hostelling International – New York City to Business Improvement Districts. Sponsorships of CzechTourism, Tokyo City Tourism, South Africa Tourism, and speakers including New York State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell. Representatives from each of the five boroughs, and a plethora of experts from across the travel industry and media. I’m incredibly excited for what the fifth iteration has going on.”

Last year I participated in the festival for the first time by developing the “Impact Entrepreneurship” panel with Cherae Robinson, Cindy VandenBosch, Maria Russo, Mitta Carriman, and Samantha Murdock. I served as the moderator during the discussion as the women shared advice on how to build businesses that make positive societal impacts, forms an ecosystem of innovation, and stimulates the economy.

What I discovered when working with Roni, attending, and participating in the festival, is that Roni manages to bring the best and the brightest minds of the travel industry together to create unforgettable and teachable moments. Providing attendees with tangible advice on how to grow their brands, how to travel better or get started in the travel industry.

I asked Kelley Louise, editor-in-chief of the culture collective and executive director of Travel+SocialGood, who has spoken at the festival and collaborated with Roni, what she loves most about the festival. She said:

“I love that the conference has such a diverse curriculum, and everything has a core theme of empowering travelers. Some of my favorite sessions are on storytelling, entrepreneurship and sustainable travel.”

As an avid traveler and someone who views travel as a critical component to enhancing our perspectives and our lives, I strongly believe in Roni’s mission and why he founded the New York Travel Festival to begin with: to create a platform intended for those who treat travel as a way of life. Travel is a way of life and the impetus that facilitates personal and professional growth.

Where you will find me this year

You will find me at the festival all day Sunday, facilitating the dynamic discussion on “Travel As A Personal Journey” with Nomadic Matt, Jeffrey Donenfeld, Olga Maria, Erik Trinidad, Sucheta Rawal, and Ernest White II.

I’ll also be leading an immersive storytelling and curated networking experience – “Curated Storytelling With An Amazing Perspective” – including NY Trav Fest contributors and participants, travel veterans, and up-and coming travel journalists, photographers and professionals. The idea is to discuss travel as a way of life, the impact it has on our lives, how travel can be used as a catalyst for change, and to spark connections and collaborations among attendees beyond the Travel Festival.

Schedule

Whether you’re a veteran travel professional, a tourism organization, someone who works in travel media, or you travel for fun, the New York Travel Festival offers something for anyone interested in travel and travel as a way of life. Here’s an overview of each day – to view the full schedule in detail visit: http://nytravfest.com/schedule/

Day 1: Wednesday, April 19 from 11am – 3pm
Theme: Internship and job fair from
Where: 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205
Who should attend? Individuals looking for a job/career/internship in travel, businesses seeking employees/interns, people looking to network, and those looking to be a resource to job seekers.

Day 2: Thursday, April 20 from 10am – 6pm
Theme: How to make sure all of New York City benefits from tourism
Where: New York University Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street
Who should attend? NYC businesses related to tourism, investors, and those interested in learning about the trajectory of tourism in NYC boroughs.

Day 3: Friday, April 21 from 10am – 6pm
Theme: How to increase diversity in the world of travel, in partnership with Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Where: New York University Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street
Who should attend? Organizations looking to attract new demographics, individuals and entities focused on economic development, and those with a passion for social justice.

Day 4: Saturday, April 22 from 10am – 6pm
Theme: Networking, tastings, think tanks, roundtables, and other events to whet your intellectual, social, and gastronomical appetites.
Where: Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
Who should attend? Anyone who sees travel as an integral part of their life who wants to meet like-minded individuals.

Day 5: Sunday, April 23 from 11am – 6:30pm
Theme: Networking, inspirational speakers, and sessions focused on career-seeking in travel, content creation, and long-term travel
Where: Hostelling International-NYC, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
Who should attend? Anyone who wants to connect with other travelers and/or travel professionals, get advice on careers in travel or long-term travel, and those who take content creation seriously.

Tickets and other info about the New York Travel Festival

To learn more and attend, visit www.nytravfest.com to purchase your ticket!