This weekend the 5th annual NY Trav Fest will take over New York City with dozens of panels, talks, workshops and think tanks addressing problems and opportunities in tourism both near and far. There’s a ton going on this year so here’s our quick guide on what to expect each day of the event and where to find it.

Day 1: Borough Tourism Summit

Location: NYU Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay St.

Thursday, April 20th, 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Full Schedule

This Thursday, the NY Trav Fest kicks off with the first ever Borough Tourism Summit. The day will include networking, high profile speakers like the Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, and a deep dive into the relationship between impact and tourism. You’ll even see a bit of offMetro representing the local community on Thursday: our Senior Editor, Allison Tibaldi, will be moderating a panel called “Working with Media” where a team of writers will share their best advice on pitching stories and bringing writers to review your destinations.

Day 2: The Travel Unity Summit

Location: NYU Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay St.

Friday, April 21st, 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Full Schedule

On Friday, the NYTF will take a different turn, diving more broadly into diversity in the tourism industry. This day offers talks and panels on marketing, hiring, and international collaborations that include travelers and tourism professionals. Make sure to bring your creative mind as a highlight of the Travel Unity Summit is the breakout session for collage making.

Day 3: NY Trav Fest Day 1

Bohemian National Hall – 321 E. 73rd St.

Saturday, April 22nd, 10:30AM – 5:30PM

On Saturday, the official festival begins at the Bohemian National Hall where the focus will be on travel start-ups and long-term sustainability in the industry. It’s especially timely as this year has been deemed the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations.


Day 4: NY Trav Fest Day 2

HI-NYC – 891 Amsterdam Ave.

Sunday, April 23rd, 10:00AM – 6:30PM

Full Schedule

Sunday, the conversation turns more personal with speakers such as Travel Blogger Nomadic Matt and Polar Explorer Jeffrey Donenfeld. The day will include panels such as “Travel As An Act of Resistance” and small group meet-ups on Thought Leadership in the industry. Pending beautiful weather, some of Sunday’s events will take place in the gorgeous backyard of Hostelling International on the Upper West Side.

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