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2004-11-18 16:50:45

Bahamas Sponsors The New York Times Travel Show

To kick off the weekend on Friday March 4, The Times will present a series of trade-related seminars for industry leaders.

The New York Times announced that Amtrak, Carnival Cruise Lines and Islands of the Bahamas have signed on as supporting sponsors of the upcoming New York Times Travel Show, and that Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation will be a contributing sponsor of the show. The second annual travel trade and consumer show will be held March 4-6, 2005, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. American Express will return as presenting sponsor for the 2005 show.

“We are thrilled to welcome the new and returning sponsors for our second annual travel show,' said Jyll F. Holzman, senior vice president of advertising, The New York Times. “These sponsors know that The New York Times Travel Show delivers an enormously rewarding event for enthusiastic and intelligent travel buffs and travel executives alike.'

The New York Times Travel Show 2005 will be held in two halls designed to accommodate the growing list of nearly 500 exhibitors. One hall will feature spas, cruises and regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico/Central America and South America. The second hall will be devoted to North America and to active trips and destinations, promoting a wide range of outdoor sports, including backpacking, biking, camping, climbing, fishing, golf, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, whitewater rafting and winter sports.

Exhibitors at the show will include American Express Vacations, Aruba Tourist Authority, Funjet Vacations, Grand Expeditions, Japan National Tourist Office, Tourism Quebec, German National Tourist Office and Relais and Chateaux.

To kick off the weekend on Friday March 4, The Times will present a series of trade-related seminars for industry leaders. Throughout the weekend, attendees will enjoy two days of exclusive travel deals, family entertainment and informative travel seminars by experts such as travel authors Arthur Frommer and Rick Steves, NY1 travel reporter Val D'Elia and radio personality Stephanie Abrams.

As part of The Travel Show, The New York Times and TCS Expeditions are offering 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. Entry forms to win the vacation, valued at $83,000, can be found at www.nytimes.com/travelshow. Deadline for entry submissions is Feb. 28, 2005. The prize will be awarded at The New York Times Travel Show on Saturday, March 5, 2005.

Eight industry associations are supporting the show: Association of Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA), Africa Travel Association (ATA), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA), Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Exhibitor packages at the show will include booth space and a listing in the show guide. Sponsorship packages will include print and online advertising and radio promotion, on-site exposure, extensive press efforts and custom programs.

For more information about the show, or to become a sponsor or an exhibitor, please visit www.nytimes.com/travelshow.

 
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