New York tourism conference to tackle changing travel environment

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The European Travel Commission’s (ETC) TransAtlantic Conference is to be held in New York City with a roster of distinguished thought leaders from the US and Europe.

ETC said the event is being “organized to help navigate the travel environment in 2009 and beyond.” The conference is co-sponsored by The New York Times and will be held on Jan. 20 from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM at TheTimesCenter, 242 W. 41st St. in New York City.

“The current economic recession, the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the historic Obama presidency herald big shifts in consumer spending and travel patterns,” ETC said.

As such, ETC said travel marketers are understandably concerned about the outlook for 2009, and its New York City conference will let them “hear from a handpicked lineup of incisive speakers with timely views on charting the new terrain.”

Among those scheduled to attend the event are Wall Street editor Liz Alderman, Future Lan co-founder Chris Sanderson, Delta Air Lines senior vice president Gail Grimmett, United Nations World Tourism Organization assistant secretary general Geoffrey Lipman, and Arthur Frommer of Arthur Frommer’s Travel Guides.