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Javits Center

One of the things of The Netherlands that I dearly miss here in New York is the annual vakantiebeurs. The vakantiebeurs is a travel fair for both common people and professional travel agencies. Many countries, travel agencies, airlines etc. present themselves to the public and distribute tons of brochures and other goodies.

It occurs that New York has its own version of the vakantiebeurs, the NY Times Travel Show. My colleague Marc had received a free entrance VIP ticket but was unable to go. He was so kind to give the ticket to me. So I headed out to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City's convention center located at 11th Avenue.

Opened in 1986 the Javits Center replaced the New York Coliseum at Columbus Circle, which served a similar function and could be demolished to make space for the Time Warner Center.

The Javits Center is, especially from the inside, an impressive building. It is almost completely made of glass which is well supported by nicely designed metal beams.

I had to register at the VIP desk which printed a nice bar coded badge for me. It looked very professional. Next I made my way to the exhibition space. And yes it looked exactly like the vakantiebeurs. A few differences:
- very unusual for New York: this fair is way smaller than the vakantiebeurs. 
- not every country (especially the west European countries) was present.
- a lot of goodies!
- almost every stand had its own lottery.

The US was not widely represented. Only the states around New York State, with Connecticut missing, and some popular states like Florida, Hawaii and, Alaska were on site. For the Caribbean were both Curaçao and Aruba prominently represented.

I left the venue with tons of paper. So I have some reading to do!

More pictures below.

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Javits Center
Javits Center
The Travel Show
The Travel Show
The VIP registration
The VIP registration
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Javits Center
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