5 Insights from travel industry leaders

5 Insights from travel industry leaders

Every January, the New York Travel Show hosts America’s premier travel industry event, with more than 500 exhibitor booths, 250 industry speakers and colorful brochures galore. Over 100 cultural presentations beguile would-be travelers with a taste of exotic destinations. At the same time, locations closer to home are viewed anew and added to the “must visit” bucket list.

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According to industry leaders, travel is alive and well in 2017 – booming, in fact, and apace with technology and digital innovations.   Here are some insights (and some surprises) from the Keynote Panel delivered to travel industry professionals attending the show.  Continue reading “5 Insights from travel industry leaders”

5 Reasons to Shop NYC’s Grand Central Holiday Fair

5 Reasons to Shop NYC’s Grand Central Holiday Fair

If you’re one of the million (literally) people who pass through New York City’s Grand Central Station each day, holiday shopping is a whole lot easier with a  swing by the Holiday Fair just off the station’s iconic main hall.

In a carefully curated and inventive collection of vendors and artisans, this is a pop-up market with a soul. A clear emphasis on locally sourced and socially conscious businesses rests easy with the range of unique, whimsical and high-quality goods on offer – no tacky “covered clothes pin” ornaments here. No jellies, no cutesy pet gifts either. Just great stuff.

Here are (at least) 5 reasons why you should check it out and a map to guide you.  Continue reading “5 Reasons to Shop NYC’s Grand Central Holiday Fair”

How to stay informed on the road: every traveler needs this app

How to stay informed on the road: every traveler needs this app

National Public Radio (NPR) is, for many, the sine qua non of the well-informed.  Now savvy travelers –  globe-trotters to road warriors – can stay current with NPR’s new phone app,  NPR One. It’s a treasure trove of real-time local and national news and analysis plus an array of NPR-produced podcasts.  Available free on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Sure, live streaming of public radio has been going on for some time – but this new on-demand app combines NPR’s flagship programming, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, with the latest updates of national and local newscasts. Further, from a choice of podcasts offered, the listener can curate a very personalized list, augmented by recommendations by NPR One.

Their tagline, “It’s public radio made personal” is right, and it is the app every traveler needs to stay in-the-know.

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