|by Kaeli Conforti||Festivals, New York City, New York City, Trip Ideas||0|
If you're in the NYC area this weekend and love to travel, come check out the New York Travel Festival, an event geared towards travel enthusiasts of all kinds, whether you're in the industry (or looking to become part of it), a lifelong or long-term traveler, or you just love new experiences and want to see the world. I'm also going to be participating in a panel discusson Sunday at noon—Affordable Luxury: Yes, You CAN Afford It!—with Christine Wei from ShermansTravel and Tom Meyers from EuroCheapo, and hosted by Ko Im—so come by and say hello!
The New York Travel Festival will be held in the Upper West Side this year at two separate locations: 150 W 83 on Saturday, April 18th, and at Hostelling International New York on Sunday, April 19th. Here are the ticket options for both days:
Weekend Traveler Tickets
You'll pay $45 in advance ($60 at the door) and have access to Traveler Track sessions like Smartwatches, the Sharing Economy and Selfie Sticks: Travel Trends in 2015 and Beyond; Tales of the Well-Traveled; The Ethics of Travel: Should You Stay or Should You Go; and 50 Shades of Black: Understanding Diversity's Impact On The Future Of Travel on Saturday as well as sessions like Yoga For Travelers, The Best Places to Adventure in NYC, and a special guided Instagram Walk thru the Upper West Side on Sunday.
You'll get access to the main exhibition area, appointments in the Experts' Corner on Saturday, participation in Pathfinder Consults on Sunday, and lunch (included on Sunday; there is a $15 advance lunch price for lunch on Saturday). As a special treat, you'll also receive discounts on tours with companies like Urban Adventures, Turnstile Tours, SusanSez NYC Walkabouts, and The Levys' Unique New York!, a Delegates' Discount Pass from nycgo.com with discounts on select NYC restaurants and attractions, and a special 20 percent discount on HoneyTrek Trip Coaching Courses.
Saturday Only Tickets
Please be aware that there are limited Saturday-only tickets available at this time. Tickets are $30 and include all the perks of the weekend ticket mentioned above, but only allow for Saturday admission.
Sunday Only Tickets
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include access to all panels (excluding workshops), access to the exhibition area, participation in Pathfinder Consults, and lunch.
Weekend Meet, Plan, Go! Tickets
Tickets are $100 and include all the same perks as a Weekend Traveler Ticket, plus access to an exclusive 4-hour Meet, Plan, Go! Workshop on Sunday. Please note that there are only 30 tickets available for this workshop, and they're going fast.
Weekend Industry Tickets
Members of the media, travel industry, and other professional travelers (or those interested in becoming a part of either of those categories) can opt for the Weekend Industry Ticket, available for $150 in advance or $200 at the door. You'll get everything that's included in the Weekend Traveler Ticket, plus access to special Industry Track sessions and workshops to fine-tune your skills, pre-registration for individual sessions, lunch on both days, and special invitations to exclusive events like the Saturday Cocktail Hour sponsored by Urban Adventures.