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This past January 11th & 12th, the first Travel Show of the 2014 season kicked off with our Chicago Travel & Adventure Show. I, like all that attended were overwhelmed by the heavy turnout from affluent, savvy Chicagoland attendees.

Much to the delight of our exhibitors and speakers, 21,000 people attended the show this past weekend - a 7% increase over 2013. Theaters were at standing room only and at the main Travel Channel Theater, crowds up to 1,000 took in presentations from Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, Travel Channel's Todd Carmichael, the legendary Pauline Frommer and bestselling author Patricia Schultz.

Our educational Destination Theater was extremely well attended by travelers looking for in-depth destination information. Our new Taste of Travel Theater layout was a huge hit as chefs and foodies alike enjoyed the interactive, intimate Kitchen Stadium right on the Show Floor. And of course, our legendary Global Beats Stage entertained attendees with over 400 performers all weekend long.


In this month’s edition of Get to Know Us, we profile Unicomm Sales Services Mgr., Kira Doran.

Your best travel memory?

My best travel memory is a trip I took two years ago with my best friend.  We went to California for two weeks and drove the coast from San Francisco to San Diego.  I have been to California several times throughout my life, as it is my birth place, but I have never had the opportunity to experience it this way.  I got to take my time exploring the Coast and seeing the difference nuances in the California culture from North to South.


This year's Travel Show season kicked off with our 2014 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show! With new sponsors, AAA and the Travel Channel, and returning speakers Samantha Brown and Rick Steves headlining the Show, the turnout was once again record-breaking!

Show Management and exhibitors watched with excitement as attendees poured into the Stephens Convention Center by the hundreds to find their next dream vacation! When all was said and done, 21,000 people attended the show this past weekend which resulted in a nice increase from the 2013 Chicago Show.

With overwhelming positive feedback from attendees, exhibitors and speakers, the 2014 Chicago Show was one of the best Travel & Adventure Shows on record.

Take a look at all the action in the photo gallery below!

At this year’s Chicago Show, T&AS unveiled a brand new social media component – a Facebook Photo Contest. Travel & Adventure Show Facebook fans were asked to enter their favorite vacation pictures from 2013 for a chance to win a free trip for 2 to Mexico, courtesy of Contest Co-Sponsors Mexico Tourism Board, Los Cabos Tourism Board and AeroMexico. The results were outstanding!


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Rick Steves
Bert Kreischer
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