My home base for the days of the IMM and NYT events was the New York Manhattan Hotel in Koreatown. Didn’t think much of it when I first booked the spot but boy is the location pretty darn awesome! Right in the middle of a bustling street with Koran BBQ places all around, as well as a few other options so here’s my take 5 on restaurants you can try if you happen to find yourself in the area...
For the longest time, I’ve heard fellow colleagues in the media ooh and aah about the NYT travel show so this year I took the leap and applied to attend as media. Following are my observations from attending this year! Why a conference in NYC in January though? Yes, I was not happy about location given I went from balmy 70s in Hollywood to almost 30s in Manhattan for this. I guess they have no choice but seriously? Maybe another month? #JustSayin
While I do recommend heading to IMM wherever you can next, I did have some general observations to share from the experience that I hope is helpful for you if you intend to apply to attend at the next event. If you haven’t already, read here why you should attend, else read on ahead for some more feedback from my first time here...
For the first time, NYC and Company (the organizers that host these media marketplaces in other cities) decided to host a New York City edition. I was already a member on their Travmedia.com site and that is where I learned of the event. You must apply to be accepted to attend, which I did and received confirmation about a month prior to the event dates. It is a full day speed-networking event where you, as a media professional, get 15-minute appointments with different destinations and venues, their tourism boards, representatives, PR firms, etc. to learn more about each other and how you can work together. I thought it was a great idea and jumped on the chance to apply. Here are my observations from the event…