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Media Kitty in NYC for NY Times Travel Show

January 7, 2016

We are back in NYC in time for 2016 NY Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Centre this weekend.

As a proud media sponsor this year, Media Kitty is getting ready to cover the hottest trends, locales, gear and gadgets. We also welcome members to the trade day Travel Industry Conference on Friday, January 8. Email us if you are available to attend.

A comprehensive education program designed for travel professionals featuring Focus Conferences covering the latest products, services, destination information and trends. Media Kitty members will have the opportunity to attend exclusive seminars as well as visit with over 500 exhibitors in the largest travel trade exhibition in North America.

Speakers and topics include:

“DISCover How to Unleash Your True Potential” A fun and informative session that will show you how to sell travel to different people – Paul Wiseman, President, Trafalgar

What’s New and Relevant in Social Media – Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gain new insights into L.G.B.T. Travel – Moderator: LoAnn Halden, Media Relations Director, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association;  Speakers include:  Tom Alderink, Director of LGBT Sales, Belmond; Theresa Belpulsi, Vice President of Tourism and Visitor Services, Destination DC

Highlights of The Middle East – Moderator: Michael Luongo, University of Michigan Knight Wallace Journalism Foundation Fellow and Freelance Journalist; Speakers: Earl Starkey, Sophisticated Travel and Turkey Specialist; Janine Jervis, Deputy Director, Jordan Tourism Board North America (JTBNA); Uri Steinberg, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North America

Culinary Tourism – Moderator:  Doug Duda, Director of Partnerships, International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Panelists include:  Darren Humphreys, Travel Sommelier; Katie Parla, Parla Food; Tim Ries, Director of Park Services Friends of the High Line; Stephanie Schneiderman, Tia Stephanie Tours Cultural Journeys to Mexico & Colombia

Focus on The Hawaiian Islands of: Kauaʻi, Maui Nui (Maui – Lānaʻi –  Molokaʻi), and Hawaiʻi Island – Speakers:  Chris Kaiʻaokamālie, director of leisure sales, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau; Maile Brown, director of marketing, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau; Deanna Isbister, director of sales, Big Island Visitors Bureau; Karishma Chowfin, director of travel industry sales, O’ahu Visitors Bureau

Follow our adventures in the Big Apple on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use #NYCityKitty to tell us your favorite NYC hot spots and booths/displays/speakers at the NY Times Travel Show for your chance to win one year of Media Kitty benefits, PR Profile Interview on The Instinct, two banners ads on Nextleg.com and a piece of New York delivered directly to your door – a gift package valued at $500 from legendary Rao’s Specialty Foods. The winner will be selected on Wednesday, January 13 at noon EST.

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