NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York Times Travel Show, which opened to travel industry professionals on Friday, opened to the public on Saturday. The event features over 500 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries.

From an African safari to a trip to SeaWorld and everything in between, there is something for every taste and budget at the event held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

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Guests can receive expert advice from travel professionals such as Pauline Frommer of Pauline Frommer’s Travel Guides. such as how to limit costs and get the most out of your budget, because as America exits the recession, more people are traveling again and the prices are only going up.

“With the high cost of airfare, one of the things we’re going to be talking about is how to save on everything else, because unfortunately airfare is somewhat of a given,” Frommer said. “It’s going to be higher than last year, but there are ways to save on it and we’ll discuss that. But you really want to be saving on your biggest expense, which is lodgings.”

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There are travel tips, a chance to book trips, cooking demos and wine tastings – a little something from every continent.

Among the attractions at the show is something exotic from down under.

“It’s an ekidna,”  Brandon Davis from SeaWorld said. “An ekidna is an Australian animal. It’s one of only two mammals in the world that lay eggs. They look kind of like a hedgehog, and then they’ve got a long actual beak like a duck.”

Information is available for destinations as exotic and diverse as South Africa, which is a big hit among prospective travelers. But there is a local flavor at the convention center as well, evidenced by the enthusiasm of Grace Hanlon, the director of travel and tourism for New Jersey.

“Did you know that New Jersey has 128 miles of beautiful beaches, over 30 wineries, world-class golf courses, gambling and historic villages?” Hanlon pridefully boasted.

For those who may not know where they want to travel, but are looking for ideas and inspiration, the event serves as a valuable resource.

“I’m getting so much material in this place,” one man said. “I mean in a bookstore this would cost thousands of dollars to get this much written information about these places.”

The show will conclude on Sunday. For more information visit

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