Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have the Most Comprehensive Educational Content That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else..

You’ll be inspired to take your dream vacation. Learn how to be your own travel expert on your next vacation, from top celebrity travel personalities and leading local experts at dozens of travel workshops on 3 theaters located on the show floor.

Check back often as speaker information is being updated daily!

3 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown and Peter Greenberg as they inspire you to take your dream vacation.
Destination Theater: From where to go and when to go, to what to do and how to get there, destination experts will give you the in depth information you need to travel like a local.
Savvy Traveler Theater: Showcasing travel tips, tricks and actionable advice, you’ll learn how to travel like a pro straight from the experts. Topics include packing tips, technology skills, travel safety methods, budget travel hacks, etc.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Stop by the on-floor bookstore to purchase books from your favorite travel authors here at the show.

Saturday, February 29

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

On Stage Alaska

James & Dee Saccomano, Journey Hosts, Alaskan Holland America Line Cruise
Get to know Holland America Line’s Great Land with an exciting On-Stage Alaska® performance — including awe-inspiring Denali National Park and the Yukon’s spectacular wilderness. Join our Alaska & the Yukon Experts as they captivate you with their knowledge and enthusiasm about this magical destination.

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Travel Smart: Lessons Learned From a Life Lived on the Road

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Rocky Mountaineer, A Canadian Rockies Experience Like No Other

Paul Corrigan, Business Development Manager, Rocky Mountaineer
During Rocky Mountaineer’s presentation, you will learn all that is new with us for the 2020 season. Brand new and exclusive AAA Promotions, insider tips on making your vacation to the Canadian Rockies truly memorable, and so much more. It’s a presentation not to be missed!

11:15 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Escape to the Southeast in Florida

Elizabeth Gifford, Advertising and Promotional Sales Manager, New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau
Discover Laidback Luxury in New Smyrna Beach.  Join me as I uncover the wonders of New Smyrna Beach, a barrier island destination on Florida’s Atlantic coast rich in authenticity and known for its 17 miles of shoreline, world-class surfing, eclectic arts community and burgeoning foodie scene.

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier 
Known for wowing TV and radio audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon from breakthetravelbarrier.com offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive travel options for you. No matter what your travel type is, or where you want to go, you will leave with dozens of practical tips and tricks you can put to work right away to save.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

Welcome to the 50th State – The Islands of Hawaii

Krystyna Sanson, Business Development Manager – GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, MS, for Pleasant Holidays and Journese
Journey to each island and see how unique each one is offering beautiful beaches, lush green valleys, majestic mountains, as well as dormant and active volcanoes. Activities, cultural enrichment, delicious cuisine and attractions abound in this beautiful destination, or just relax and enjoy the views. Venture to the South Pacific and beyond with this worldwide tour operator.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Travel Theater

Great Travel Secrets from the Master Traveler: Everything you need to know to win the travel game…every time.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy – Boutique Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President, Your Own Italy
For those who want to experience the real Italy, join me as I share my love for Italy, with the heart and soul of the culture and its people. Your Own Italy focuses on living like a local from staying in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll travel off-the-beaten path with guided tours that include…wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, walking city food tours, hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Best Travel & Packing Tips for the Ultimate Vacation

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
Make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full-time professional traveler. This highly informative talk is updated every year and “packed” with the most up to date savvy travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with practical current travel tips. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? After this presentation, packing in any bag will not be a problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Africa – A World of Discovery Awaits!

Kevan Cowie, Director of Sales, African Travel
Come and discover the magic and mystery of Africa as we take you on a journey to this amazing destination that will be a life-changing experience.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Safe, Travel Smart, and Travel Well

Ryan Dooley, Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Miami Passport Agency
The State Department offers important safety and security tips for U.S. citizens interested in traveling and living abroad. Our mission at the Department of State is to give you reliable, up-to-date safety and security information before and during your trip. If an emergency happens overseas, know that we’ll be here, ready to help. Join us to learn how to travel safe, travel smart, and travel well.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

Adventure Awaits! Turn any vacation into the journey of a lifetime

Josh Gates, Explorer, Host of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown
As the host of Discovery Channel’s smash-hit series Expedition Unknown, explorer Josh Gates travels around the world and off the map to find the truth behind iconic legends and thrilling archaeological mysteries. Join Josh in-person for an exclusive talk about his most daring expeditions as well as real-world advice on how to embrace the unknown and transform your next vacation into an epic journey. Whether you’re looking to climb a mountain or kick back on an all-inclusive cruise, Josh shares practical tips from his travels to help shift your next vacation into another gear.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Insider Tips to the Best of Alaska

Spiff Chambers, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage
Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska share their favorite places, hidden gems and insider tips on Anchorage and Alaska that will inspire an unforgettable Alaska vacation. Make this year… ALASKA!

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Cruising for Adventure

Robin Washington, Strategic Account Manager, Royal Caribbean
Join us for a fast-paced look at where the adventure begins with our game-changing getaways that make every moment count. Globetrot the world and uncover unique natural treasures, gear up and explore the real Alaska, experience European cities like a local, bask in the sun in the Caribbean, and indulge in cuisine for every palate.  All this while cruising on the Biggest, Boldest Ships at Sea.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

The Hottest Destination You’ve Never Been To – Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises New Private Island

Michele Fiorenza, Business Development Manager, MSC Cruises

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Global Deluxe Edition

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling travel bible 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, takes you around the world by sharing a few of her favorite destinations, continent by continent, in a brand new presentation. Dipping into the new Deluxe Edition’s visually rich collection of don’t-miss attractions, the author shares history, interesting facts, and beautiful photography from the book that help illustrate some of the globe’s countless treasures—from Patagonia’s dazzling glaciers to the Sing Sing Festival in Papua New Guinea and some of her favorite towns in Europe.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Exploring the World with Viking

Barry Johnston, Director, Business Development, Viking Cruises
Join us for an overview of River and Ocean cruising with Viking.  Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine. Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights.

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Budget Travel & Beyond: Save Your Money, Change Your Life

Meggan Kaiser, Host of Travel Channel’s 24/$7, Author of Everywhere for Nothing: Free Travel for the Modern Nomad, and Writer
When you zoom out from the typical notion of what travel “should” be, you realize all the things travel can be. Budget travel isn’t just back packs and sweaty bus rides, it’s also housesitting in Thailand, helping a gardener in Provence in exchange for room and board, or staying with Russian locals who love being tour guides.
Exhilarating, rejuvenating, and life-changing experiences like these can cost you exactly zero dollars, especially when you maximize credit card points for free flights.
Join this talk for tips, tricks, and hacks to create the (free!) travel experience of your dreams and walk away with new insight on how to realign your travel goals with what you really want in life.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Paradise on Earth

Noel Morrison, Communications Manager, Tahiti Tourisme United States
Immersed in a world of majestic mountain peaks, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, visitors to our islands create memories through authentic experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For centuries, the Tahitian people have referred to this as “Mana”. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why we say our islands are Embraced by Mana.

Sunday, March 1

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

Discover the World with Trafalgar

Sean Simmons, District Sales Manager, Trafalgar
Join us to learn more about the incredible experiences we offer across all seven continents. We have carefully crafted our trips with one goal in mind; to enable our guests to live The Good Life. Leading the industry since 1947, each individual itinerary is crafted by our team of travel experts to give you what you crave out of your vacations: the freedom to discover and the confidence to explore.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Benefit of Guided Tours! Experiences Beyond Expectations

Wald Zoller, Strategic Partnership Manager, AAA Member Choice Vacations
Join us for visual highlights of US National Parks, Iceland, Egypt, Petra, Italy for beginners, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.  Prepare to see the Africa you’ve only known in your dreams. Spectacular Safari Highlights.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Travel Smart: Lessons Learned From a Life Lived on the Road

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:55 am – 12:25 pm
Destination Theater

Explore the Celtic Isles Your Way with Brendan Vacations

Katie Ledwig, Field Sales Manager, Brendan Vacations
We are your Celtic experts and plan every vacation to ignite the sense of wonder that is aligned to the extraordinary part of the world we call home, Ireland and Scotland. From fully guided trips that bring destinations to life to the absolute freedom of discovering Ireland and Scotland on your own, our trips are individually crafted to help you travel your way.

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die
Discovering Europe’s many scenic and history-rich waterways by river boat is one of today’s most comfortable and enjoyable ways to travel. Patricia explores the pros and cons and how it compares to ocean cruising, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite river itineraries in Europe – as well as a few beyond.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:35 pm – 1:05 pm
Destination Theater

AmaWaterways: Where Luxury Means Love

Jazzmine Douse, Manager, National Accounts, AmaWaterways
“Ama” means love – and we put love in everything we do. Join me as I share all the luxuries AmaWaterways has to offer.  From twin-balcony staterooms – an innovation created by our founders to maximize your breathtaking river views to the most knowledgeable local guides to take you to the heart of each destination and introduce you to the local culture on a variety of included excursions. You’ll experience the best each city or village has to offer in the way that suits you best.

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Escape to the Southeast in South Caroline and West Virginia

Ken Sloane, President & CEO, Visit Oconee SC
Jamie Null, Executive Director of Visit Mercer County (West Virginia)
Oconee, SC with 365 days a year of cool places to play including magical waterfalls at Lakes Jocassee, 18,500 acres of cool mountain water that will take your breath away any time of year at Lake Keowee, along with the Chattooga River, home of the epic movie “Deliverance”, with world class white water rapids, a brand new mountain bike park, over 200,000 acres of national forests and plenty of refreshing libations to finish off the day!   In West Virginia, you’ll feel far away from everything. And a little closer to heaven. Known for incredible outdoor adventure and stunning scenic views, every experience in West Virginia tells a different story. Come, see and experience almost heaven for yourself. Raft our world-class whitewater. Indulge in luxury at one of our first-class resorts. Explore our many mountain towns brimming with arts and culture. And best of all, take a scenic drive down one of our famous country roads. Your version of heaven awaits. Start planning your next adventure today.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

Adventures Worthwhile

Kellee Edwards, Adventure Travel Expert & TV Host
Travel is constantly evolving and many people find themselves wanting to bypass the ordinary for the extraordinary. With so many choices, destinations and experience available to travelers these days, how does one choose their next adventure? Travel journalist, adventure expert and TV Host, Kellee Edwards will share how she explores the world and how you too can let your passions be the compass for your adventures.

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Tech Tips for Smarter Travel

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. This highly informative talk is updated every year and “packed” with the most up to date savvy travel tips to help you maximize your tech to travel smarter. Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, is a travel tech expert with tips to make traveling with your tech easy. Learn to unlock the potential of your device and travel easy and smarter without getting lost in your phone. This informative and popular presentation prepares travelers so they can confidently use their mobile devices as a tool to travel better and easier. Angel will cover the best travel apps to enhance your travels and allow you to communicate effectively without breaking the bank. No matter how tech savvy you are, you will definitely come away with great advice and helpful apps to travel smarter and better with your technology. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, often and well! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

1:55 pm – 2:25 pm
Destination Theater

Future of Turkish Airlines in the US and Atlanta

Mr. Umit Develi, General Manager Atlanta, Turkish Airlines

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Travel Anywhere and Everywhere with Points

Stefan Krasowski, Founder Every Passport Stamp Facebook group, Blogger at Rapid Travel Chai.
You can travel the world in style using points, no matter if you’re seeking millionaire perks, adventurous excursions, romantic escapades, or just sticking to a tight budget. Credit card, airline, and hotel reward programs can provide easy access to incredible travel across the world.
Stefan used points to fulfill his own dream, traveling to every country in the world (along with every U.S. state!) before turning 40. He’ll show you how to get started with loyalty programs regardless of how much you’re currently traveling.  Amazing destinations from beaches to safaris are achievable following Stefan’s 90-day Quick Start guide to miles and points.

2:35 pm – 3:10 pm
Destination Theater

The High Life & The Wildlife

Captain Charles Wright, Everglades Area Tours and Marco Island Boat Tours
Naples, Marco and Everglades City is Florida’s Paradise Coast. Five Star hotels, scores of golf courses, outstanding dining and over 30 miles of white sand public beaches makes the Paradise Coast special in Florida. What makes it unique in the world is it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site backyard… America’s Everglades. Learn how to experience The High Life and the Wildlife … the Everglades during the day and a Naples/Marco sunset beach side dinner in the evening.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

Great Travel Secrets from the Master Traveler: Everything you need to know to win the travel game…every time.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

Unique and Inspiring Vacations from AAA Travel

Lori Fabricand, Senior Group Travel Specialist, AAA Travel
AAA Travel offers unique travel opportunities with exciting itineraries, engaging experiences and exclusive values. Participate in custom designed trips allowing for a more culturally immersive vacation.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Princess Cruises and Cruisetours – Set Sail with the #1 Cruise Line in Alaska!

Monika Pasquerello, Business Development Manager, Princess Cruises
Overview of cruises and cruisetours worldwide, with a focus on Alaska including the exclusive AAA cruisetours with value added amenities and the AAA Vacations member benefits.