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The New York Times Travel Show is primarily a marketing vehicle for travel bureaux and large travel companies. Niches are represented by high-end tour operators. The attraction for me is the seminars from travel personalities. Given commercial considerations, there are a lot of fluff seminars by representatives of companies. I skip those. It is amazing how dull a travel bureau can make a destination. There are also travel media personalities and I enjoy seeing what they are like in person, at least those who do not stick to canned presenations. Lastly, a few practical seminars slip in. The travel show was a month ago, I have carried my notes around the world for a month and want finally to type this up.
My highlight is Arthur and Pauline Frommer. As with the year prior, they gave one talk on industry developments and one on destinations.
Mr. Frommer is a delight of info and quips. He has special dislike for mega cruise ships with no place to quietly read, “middle aged men hurtling themselves into water chutes.” He sees the cruise lines as run by “avaricious executives hell bent on converting cruise ships in amusement parks,” and wonders, “why is it even necessary for these ships to go to sea?” See his blog post for further.