Note the NY Times Travel Show has been officially cancelled by the show organizers. The next in-person NY Times Travel Show is scheduled for January 2022. BUT check back here soon. In my humble opinion, the show must go on! We’ll be working on some form of the LGBTQ travel pavilion. Stay tuned.
I’ll post updates here on my site about what the show looks like. It will likely be virtual but with a lot of cool elements including live ‘ask the expert’ sessions and interactions with awesome LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly brands, travel service providers, destinations and hospitality providers.
Some background about the show
In partnership with my colleagues at HospitableMe, I have been organizing the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show since 2017, and I’ve been affiliated with the show as their LGBTQ travel expert since 2007. The Pavilion has grown from 6 partners in 200 square feet to 29 partners spread over 5,000 square feet. In 2020 we welcomed over 3,500 visitors to our Pavilion from the LGBTQ community along with their family, friends and travel professionals. And we captured their email addresses and other pertinent demographic data.
Freed from the necessity of attracting and vetting prospective clients, our Pavilion partners were able to engage in meaningful conversations with them. Many of our partners sold experiences, cruises, tours and other products during the show and many more are in conversations with prospects building relationships and their pipeline.
Let me know if you’re interested in taking part in a virtual LGBTQ pavilion in January 2021, and reserve your spot for the 2021 LGBTQ Pavilion!
We will soon finalize the sales materials for the Pavilion and will include a link to that here. In the meantime reserve your spot in 2022 or ask questions by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We asked our 2020 LGBTQ Pavilion partners what they liked most about the experience. Here are a few of the many enthusiastic responses:
- “Inclusivity and that we have our own Pavilion – that there was a small but efficient filter system at the door. We have already discussed we would like to be included for 2021 NYTTS please, thrilled to be re invited!”
- “Organization, media awareness, panels, other sponsors, energy!”
- “I liked the communal feeling of being with the other LGBT+ businesses.”
- “Talking to Pavilion participants and consumers, and coffee!”
- “Great sense of community”
- “Networking with other industry leaders and opportunity to brand my company.”
- “The interaction I had with the attendees who stopped by our booth.”
- “Meeting other vendors.”
Read the coverage of the LGBTQ Pavilion
- Instinct Magazine
- ABC Affiliate in Fort Worth on Rachel Gollay and the pavilion
Overview of the 2020 LGBTQ Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show
All travelers were welcome at The New York Times Travel Show’s third annual L.G.B.T.Q. Travel Pavilion — the biggest in the show’s history!
The pavilion gathered 28 brands offering trip-planning inspiration, experiences, tours, cruises, travel packages, hotels, luggage, travel insurance, free apps and special pavilion-only offers for the enjoyment and safety of L.G.B.T.Q. travelers and their allies, friends and loved ones. It was open to the public on Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, and to trade on Friday, January 24.
For the first time ever the pavilion included its very own stage where the audience could:
- Hear from the world’s leading L.G.B.T.Q. travel experts.
- Enjoy original music by an award-winning Fort Worth-based queer singer.
- Bring your little ones (or just yourselves) to Drag Queen Story Hour designed for the kid in all of us.
- Win prizes!