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More than a dozen key travel associations have chosen to officially sponsor the International Travel Show 2023 - The Hub that Connects the World. ITS2023 will take place Thursday, October 26 - Saturday, 28, 2023, at the Javits Convention Center, New York City's Travel Hub with TRAVEL + LEISURE GO as its prestigious presenting Sponsor.  

ITS2023 is proud to welcome the following Sponsors: DI (Destinations International), ATA (African Tourism Association), ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association), FTA (Family Travel Association), IATA International Air Transport Association), PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association), SKAL, Tourism Cares, USTOA (U.S. Tour Operators Association) plus others. Reflecting a new emphasis on Meetings and Event Planners, the following organizations will also sponsor ITS2023: PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events). Additional promotion will be provided by Tri State Regional Chapters of MPI (Meeting Planner International).

Each day of ITS2023 will feature Conference Sessions, Exhibition Hall Booths and Featured Events dedicated to a specific audience. Thursday, October 26 will be devoted to Meetings and Event Planners; Friday, October 27 has been created for Travel and Tourism Professionals; Saturday, October 28 consumers will be able to visit hundreds of travel exhibitors and attend presentations to gain valuable information on travel planning and trends by formidable travel experts.    

ITS2023 will feature a colorful and exciting exhibition hall featuring global destinations, hotels, cruise lines, airlines, and other travel providers for exploration, networking and business transactions between exhibitors, travel advisors, group travel professionals, meeting & event planners, frequent consumer travelers plus travel and lifestyle media. The exhibition hall will also feature product demonstrations, speaker presentations and cultural performances. 

An impressive group of travel industry associations, representing the largest assembly of professionals in travel planning and buying, will create opportunities for attendees to experience travel offerings from around the world.   

"ITS2023 is a new type of travel event where destinations, tour operators and transportation providers such as airlines and cruise lines can exhibit all three days and meet with a wide selection of travel buyers on each day, in one location," said Paul Muir, president of ITS2023. "We've created an efficient and cost-effective way for travel businesses to exhibit, and, through new technology, increase audience cultivation and customer acquisition."     


Terry Dale , President & CEO, USTOA (U.S. Tour Operators Association) says "USTOA is proud to be an Industry Sponsor for ITS2023. The show offers valuable opportunities for networking and collaboration, especially as our industry strives to ensure a responsible and sustainable travel and tourism future. We are bringing the news of the show to our members as a unique opportunity to have meaningful interactions with registered attendees."

Exhibitor benefits include a Smartmatch 1:1 Appointment System for matching business interests of exhibitors and attendees, and an Electronic Lead Retrieval System to gather attendee leads via the ITS2023 app. Exhibitors will also have access to conference and networking sessions, customized exhibitor booth packages and pricing, cultural presentations, and a dedicated media press conference day.


According to Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), "The International Travel Show provides a platform for business event strategists who are continually seeking new and innovative experiences for a variety of audiences. We look forward to collaborating on this enhancement to ITS2023."

Reflecting a new emphasis on meetings and event planners, major meetings and event associations have joined as Sponsors for ITS2023 to help create original programming on meetings and event trends and travel destination advancements. PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events) will be joined by Tri-State area Regional Chapters of MPI (Meeting Planners International) who will assist in marketing ITS2023 to thousands of their members for event attendance.


Representing a major professional segment of the travel industry, travel advisors will have opportunities throughout the show to participate in conference sessions, keynote presentations, networking, and panel discussions by travel industry experts. Topics for advisors will include new business models, customer marketing and travel trends.     

Organizations providing programming for travel advisors include Destinations International (DI), Africa Tourism Association (ATA), Adventure Travel Association (ATTA), Family Travel Association (FTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), SKAL, Tourism Cares and U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA), and other travel not-for-profit associations dedicated to a thriving travel industry.


Seminars for consumers will showcase sessions by experts and popular personalities in various areas of travel to provide first-hand experiences and advice on travel planning, new travel hot spots and best ways to travel. Lively cultural presentations, food tastings and the ITS2023 Featured Innovation Areas will offer valuable insights into the future of travel. The ITS2023 Cultural Pavilion will feature cultural wonders from around the world for the ultimate in travel inspiration.

About the International Travel Show (ITS2023)

ITS2023, with presenting sponsor Travel + Leisure GO, is a world-class travel industry show where hundreds of destinations, tour operators, airlines and cruise lines can exhibit all three days and meet with a wide selection of travel buyers on each day, in one location in New York City. Travel buyers include meetings and event planners, travel advisors, travel media and frequent consumer travelers who will also be able to attend targeted educational seminars. ITS2023 brings together leaders of the travel and tourism industry to address issues that are key to the future of travel and tourism, provide educational and informational seminars and serve as a platform for emerging solutions for the global travel and tourism marketplace. For more information, visit   


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