May 9, 2023
The INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SHOW 2023 to activate enhanced technology and programming to meet market needs of Business and Consumer audiences.
NEW YORK, NY – May 8, 2023 – The INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SHOW 2023 (ITS2023), to be held in New York City, the #1 travel-buying market in the country, is scheduled at Javits Center for Thursday, October 26 – Saturday, October 28, 2023. Serving the broadest spectrum of Travel Advisors, Travel Media and frequent Consumer Travelers, this year’s show incorporates Meetings & Event Planners for a first of its kind industry showcase of business to business and business to consumer events to meet the interests of travel buyers and travel sellers.
ITS2023 – The Hub that Connects the World, will bring a wide range of travel suppliers including global and domestic destinations, hotels & resorts, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and other travel providers to meet face-to-face with an expanded audience of travel buyers. The new show format is designed to stimulate business exchange as travel recovery continues at an encouraging pace.
Travel + Leisure GO will join again as a Presenting Sponsor of the International Travel Show, along with over a dozen significant travel industry associations and media sponsors, including Destinations International, PCMA (Professional Convention Managers Association), IAEE (International Association of Exhibitors and Events) and IATA https://www.iata.org/ (International Air Transport Association). “The time is right for a new approach to business building and consideration across industry categories and audiences,” according to Travel + Leisure.
Don Welsh, President and CEO, Destinations International explained that “We are excited to partner with the INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SHOW to help create a unique opportunity for our members to meet multiple markets at one time to strengthen transaction opportunities in an efficient and cost-effective format. ITS2023 participants from Destinations International will benefit from best-in-class programming, a global exhibitor base and the opportunity to set appointments with all attendees.”
Paul Muir, President of ITS, explains “ITS2023 has targeted each day of the Exhibition for specific buyers and suppliers through Conferences, Receptions and the Exhibition on days that are dedicated to their category of interest. Thursday focuses on Meetings and Event Planners; Friday focuses on Travel Advisors/Agents, Group Travel and Meeting Incentive professionals and Travel Media; Saturday is reserved for frequent Consumer Travelers.”
According to Mike Fiorentino, ITS Director & Partner “Adding Meetings & Event Planners to the show will create a vital opportunity for destinations and others to meet face-to-face with a key category of buyer due to the sheer number of travelers that attend domestic and worldwide conferences. This is an ideal format for both sides to come together.”
Shaping ITS2023 for Travel Buyers
Thursday, October 26: devoted to important issues for Meetings and Event Planners. Major associations developing these new conference sessions that will appeal to Planners/Buyers include Destinations International, PCMA (Professional Convention Managers Association), and IAEE (International Association of Exhibitors and Events).
Friday October 27: will include major conference sessions and programming for travel and tourism industry professionals with panel and keynote sessions featuring travel industry leaders.
Saturday, October 28: Prominent travel personalities will participate in issues-driven sessions for frequent consumer traveler attendees.
ITS2023 will also present a Cultural Pavilion for leisure travelers to explore the cultural wonders from around the world to help inform and inspire vacation choices.
New Tools for Exhibitors
Travel suppliers and buyers can now make the most efficient use of networking and one-to-one meetings through technology and an expanded attendee base:
- Exclusive among travel shows, ITS2023 features an Electronic Lead Retrieval System that will allow exhibitors to gather leads from attendees via the ITS2023 App.
- ITS2023 will launch an unprecedented Appointment System for both exhibitors and attendees to use throughout the Exhibition! With appointments secured ahead of time, the ITS2023 Appointment System will enable exhibitors to prioritize, and prepare for, meetings with attendees.
- ITS2023 Featured Innovation Areas will offer time, space and opportunity for exhibitors to spotlight their most innovative travel offerings to visiting travel buyers. From cutting-edge sustainability tools and technology solutions to new wellness programming and up-and-coming destinations, ITS2023 Featured Innovation Areas will offer valuable insights into where the travel industry is now and where it is headed.
- The expansion of the range of attendees to include Meetings and Event Planners who are major travel buyers, will increase business opportunities for exhibiting suppliers.
About the International Travel Show
The International Travel Show (ITS2023), with presenting sponsor Travel + Leisure GO, is a world-class travel industry trade and consumer travel event in New York City. ITS2023 has expanded the traditional range of travel buyers by adding support from Destinations International, IATA, PCMA, IAEE with marketing support from MPI Westfield Chapter, Connecticut River Valley Chapter and Greater NY Chapter. This new support will help attract Meetings and Event Planners to attend dedicated conference sessions, keynotes, networking receptions and the Exhibition. In addition, ITS2023 will feature educational seminars and activations, and a major exhibition with cultural and regional pavilions showcasing hundreds of travel companies and destinations from around the world. ITS2023 brings together the travel industry to address issues that are key to the future of travel and tourism, provide educational and informational seminars to travel professionals and the traveling public and serve as a platform for emerging solutions for the global tourism marketplace. For more information, visit www.nyInternationalTravelShow.com
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