The New York Times Travel Program, which was launched in 2012 mostly as a cruise program, has expanded it's selection to include 21 land tours to more than 30 countries.
Online PR News – 21-March-2014 – New York City, NY – The New York Times Travel Program, which was launched in 2012 mostly as a cruise program, has expanded it's selection to include 21 land tours to more than 30 countries.
The tour programs all have a tie-in to some New York Times content, and Times writers or experts on various subjects related to the destination will join some of the trips. The tours are being operated in partnership with tour operators, including Abercrombie & Kent, Mountain Travel Sobek and Academic Travel Abroad.
The tours are offered in three styles, Luxury Travel, Active Travel and a series of special interest tours called Focus On, which are built thematically around a specific subject area.
As described to Ashley Doyle by a New York Times spokesperson, tours are offered to destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The richest selection is in Europe, where the company offers 10 of its 23 total trips. In Asia, the brand offers four programs, one in China, one in India, one in Indochina and one in Israel-Palestine.
The Israel-Palestine tour is a special interest theme tour focused on the political and social conflict in the region and is titled “The Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum.”
Two programs are offered in Africa: a Kenya/Tanzania safari, and a safari in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls. One tour is offered in North America, a program focused on the Battle of Gettysburg.
In an interview with Ashley Turner Doyle Charleston SC writer, Michael Greenspon, general manager, The New York Times News Services and International said, “Whether it's in our weekly Sunday Travel Section, the pages of T Travel or in our vast Arts & Entertainment Guide, The New York Times has been a consummate provider of travel and culture news and information for decades. After the success of our initial Times Journeys program on cruises, we decided to expand our program to include land-based departures, offering participants unique insights and authentic cultural experiences to even more destinations around the globe.”
Ashley Turner Doyle is writer for a global travel publication assigned predominately to Asian and African locales. She also does freelance work for a number of other entities. Her interviews, articles and photos have been featured in numerous magazines and online publications including Travelwriters.com