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Adventures in Travel Expo Kicks Off a Hot New Season of Active & Adventure Travel in New York City with New Location and Exciting New Activities

January 13 & 14 at the UnConvention Center at Pier 94

Milford, CT, January 29, 2007 – The Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE) – the world’s largest active and adventure travel show -- is putting the “new” into New York City this year as the show being held January 13 & 14, 2007 has a host of innovative changes designed to generate even more fun for attendees as they seek their next great travel experience.

Ideally suited to ATE, this year, the Expo will take place at the recently renovated UnConvention Center at Pier 94 – located in midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River. Attendees will be able to try their hand at “flying” on the aerial zip line like those seen in rainforest locales, take on an adventure ropes course, learn to dive in the huge DEMA scuba pool, view winter kayaking demonstrations right on the Hudson and authentic cultural performances at the Global Beats Stage. In fact, this year’s stage will feature a Mariachi band from Mexico, a 30-piece Caribbean steel orchestra, and dancers from Peru and Malaysia to name just a few.

What won’t change at the Adventures in Travel Expo are the hundreds of exhibitors representing thousands of destinations that will line the aisles with virtually every type of vacation one can imagine. The event will feature destinations, resorts and tour operators from across the globe offering rainforest exploration in Puerto Rico to elephant treks in India, volunteer vacations in Malawi to photo safaris in Rwanda, heritage-based tours to Ireland to family weekends in Pennsylvania or Florida to name just a few. The Adventures in Travel Expo is one-stop shopping to book that next big vacation and to ensure a hassle-free travel experience by speaking with travel experts to customize your trip. This year, making that an even easier process, Liberty Travel and Adventure Engine will host a travel booking station where attendees can book trips right from the show floor.

To accommodate the growing number of culinary travel tours that fall under the broad adventure travel spectrum, Adventures in Travel Expo has just announced it will feature a Culinary Pavilion this year. The pavilion will feature destinations, resorts and tour operators, chefs and cookbook authors that specialize in culinary adventures from around the globe. Other pavilions will include the Caribbean Pavilion, sponsored by CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) reflecting the unique culture of the Caribbean, The Asia Pacific Pavilion sponsored by PATA (Pacific Asia Tourism Association), Africa Pavilion, sponsored by Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa and the Africa Travel Association, See America Pavilion, sponsored by Travel Industry Association (TIA) and the Rainforest Alliance Pavilion.

National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine, the ATE’s national magazine sponsor will be back on board with a host of compelling seminars lead by venerated world adventurers, along with other speakers from throughout the adventure travel sphere. Some of the speakers include:

  • Robert Young Pelton, National Geographic ADVENTURE contributor and author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places and his new book, Licensed to Kill – Examines: Where are today’s hot zones? Is a little risk healthy? When are bribes necessary? Where is Osama bin Laden?
  • James Vlahos, National Geographic ADVENTURE contributing writer and photographer – Tribe Wanted: Who would join a modern-day tribe on a remote Pacific island? Come and learn what happens when a virtual group of eco-minded travelers leave the chat room to become a real tribe on a real island with a real purpose.
  • Alexia Nestora, i-to-I Meaningful Travel, to discuss Holidays that Help and Traveling on a Volunteer Vacation

The Expo is presented by the NY Daily News – New York’s #1 newspaper -- where tri-state residents can find all Expo info in the show guide on Sunday, January 7th. Tickets are $15 for those ages 16 and older; children are admitted free with an adult. Discount coupons can be found in ATE ads running in the NY Daily News in the weeks leading to the show.

From New York City, Adventures in Travel Expo then moves to Chicago, January 27 & 28, the LA Times Travel & Adventure Show, February 10 & 11, and Washington, DC, March 3 & 4, 2007.

For more information, visit the ATE website at www.adventureexpo.com or call (203) 878-2577 ext. 100.

About Adventures in Travel Expo
The Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE) is the world’s largest active and adventure travel show and takes place in four of the largest US travel markets in 2007 (NYC/January 13-14; Chicago/January 27-28; Los Angeles/February 10-11; Washington, DC/March 3-4). ATE promotes responsible, experiential, active, adventurous, cultural and heritage travel. For more information, visit the Adventures in Travel Expo website at www.adventureexpo.com.