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.
Visit the bookstore in booth #207.

THANKS FOR A GREAT 2022 TRAVEL SHOW SEASON!
PLEASE CHECK BACK IN SEPTEMBER FOR 2023 SPEAKER UPDATES

Saturday, March 25

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Navigating How to Safely Cruise Post Pandemic

Alanna Zingano, Travel Content Creator and Founder, Travel the World A to Z
Join cruise expert Alanna Zingano as she shares the latest in ocean and river cruising. In this session, she will explain how the world of cruising will look uniquely different upon its return from the No-Sail Orders. Discussing what you need to know before you are ready to set sail and navigate the high seas! Alanna reveals exactly how to stay safe and put trust into the cruise industry for your next vacation!

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

The World of Viking

Barry Johnston, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises
Join us to learn about 2022, 2023 and 2024 small ship cruising with Viking. Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans, and lakes around the world. Designed for experienced travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests The Thinking Person’s Cruise® in contrast to mainstream cruises. With more than 250 awards to its name, Viking has been rated the #1 River Cruise Line and #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Travel Theater

A Special Report from the Master Road Warrior: The Brave New World of Smart Travel, Where You Can Go, and Where You MUST Go, in the Next Year

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

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

The Best Travel & Packing Tips for Today’s World

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
The World and travel have dramatically changed. You can still make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full-time professional traveler – even during the pandemic. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels 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 changes in tourism, health safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and of course updated packing tips for today’s world! 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

12 Noon – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Katy Ouellette, Tourism Sales Associate, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures
Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska share tips on what makes Anchorage a great year-round travel destination! Learn about Aurora viewing, winter adventure tours, and new summer adventure as well! Make this year… ALASKA!

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Rejuvenate in Miami

Dan Rios, Director, LGBTQ Marketing, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Join us for a Destination update, what to do and find in Greater Miami.

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

Make 2022 Your Best Travel Year Yet: Travel Tips from a Former Hotelier and Insights on Europe, Mexico, and Bucketlist Cruises Today

Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert + Creator Ask A Concierge
Ready to travel again? Travel expert, author, and award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares the inside scoop on what the travel landscape looks like from a hotel insider’s perspective–what’s changed and how can you can increase your chances of getting that coveted hotel upgrade. She’ll cover exclusive insights that only a former hotelier can reveal, best practices for a smooth trip, the current travel experience, as well as some of the biggest travel trends we can expect moving forward. Sharing her personal experiences cruising in Antarctica, visiting All-Inclusives in Mexico, and traveling throughout Europe, you’ll leave this talk ready to make 2022 your best travel year yet.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Travel Theater

What I Learned from Traveling with Bourdain

Author, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography; World Travel: An Irreverent Guide (co-authored with Anthony Bourdain); and Appetites: A Cookbook (co-authored with Anthony Bourdain) lauriewoolever.com
Laurie Woolever spent nearly a decade as the assistant (or as he called her, “lieutenant”) to world-renowned travel host and writer Anthony Bourdain, a job which included both the mundane (making dentist appointments) and the sublime (co-authoring a cookbook and tracking down a private yacht and captain to sail to the most obscure islands of the Mediterranean). Together, they began writing World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, before Bourdain’s untimely death in 2018. Woolever finished that book, which entered the New York Times best seller list at #1 in 2021, and published Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography, another Times best-seller, in the same year. Woolever was lucky enough to accompany Bourdain, the consummate world traveler, on a number of far-flung journeys, and will share stories from her visits to Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Okinawa, Tokyo, and Manila, along with valuable lessons that she learned about travel, writing, cooking and life from her time working alongside him.
Book Signing Immediately Following

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Ever Dream of Visiting Antarctica?

Cathy Kusuma, Regional Sales Director, Southeastern US, Atlas Ocean Voyages
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Ever dream of visiting Antarctica? The words you have heard to describe this vast continent aren’t enough. Antarctica is an experience. Only those who have been and dared to take the icy plunge into these remote waters can add their names to a century of exploration where few have gone. It’s time to check the last (seventh) continent off your list if an expedition adventure is what you seek.
Join Atlas Ocean Voyages for an exciting presentation that will inspire you to come along with us on a luxe-adventure journey aboard one of our new ships to explore the incredible wildlife and icy landscape in style. Learn about what it means to be “all-inclusive all the way” with Atlas Ocean Voyages. You bring the dream, and we’ll provide the excitement, pampering and adventure! One lucky attendee will also get to bring a piece of Atlas home with them!

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Dominican Republic, a Corner of Paradise

Albania Santana-Quinones, Dominican Republic Tourism Board
Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history, and rich culture.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation, and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches.
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

2:15 pm – 2:45 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.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Patricia Schultz, Author, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”
and “1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die”
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

A Journey Through the Florida Keys

Markham McGill, Director of Sales, The Florida Keys & Key West
Take a journey with us through the Florida Keys as we highlight the five unique regions here: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, the Lower Keys (also referred to here as “the natural keys”) and finally, the world-famous Key West.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours…Spend a Little More and Get a Whole Lot in Return

Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer, and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor
Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will share how he’s learned to fully maximize what Private Tours have to offer. Your trip really is just that, “your trip.” Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check off that Bucket List. Today’s Private Tours are more attainable and less expensive than ever before, so skip the lines and fully experience all that your destination has to offer. If you can dream it, a Private Tour will make it happen.

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

After 46 Climbs – An Overview of Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Macon Dunnagan, Adventurer, Honorary Tanzanian Ambassador of Tourism to the United States,
Kilimanjaro Expedition Director and Safari advisor with Zara Tours

Sunday, March 26

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

Copa Airlines Connects Atlanta to Panama and Beyond!

Alexis Guini, Sales Manager Southeast USA
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

11:30 am – 12:15 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 Noon – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

Discover South Africa with Small Group Tours

Deon Barnard, CEO, Go Touch Down Travel & Tours
Our tours depart every week. We send more than 1,000 North Americans to South Africa each year. Come see why people that don’t like going on tours like traveling with us.

12 Noon – 1:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Special Report from the Master Road Warrior: The Brave New World of Smart Travel, Where You Can Go, and Where You MUST Go, in the Next Year

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

The World of Viking

Barry Johnston, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises
Join us to learn about 2022, 2023 and 2024 small ship cruising with Viking. Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans, and lakes around the world. Designed for experienced travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests The Thinking Person’s Cruise® in contrast to mainstream cruises. With more than 250 awards to its name, Viking has been rated the #1 River Cruise Line and #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards.
angelstour

12:45 pm – 1:30 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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Katy Ouellette, Tourism Sales Associate, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures
Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska share tips on what makes Anchorage a great year-round travel destination! Learn about Aurora viewing, winter adventure tours, and new summer adventure as well! Make this year… ALASKA!

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Patricia Schultz, Author, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”
and “1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die”
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours…Spend a Little More and Get a Whole Lot in Return

Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer, and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor
Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will share how he’s learned to fully maximize what Private Tours have to offer. Your trip really is just that, “your trip.” Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check off that Bucket List. Today’s Private Tours are more attainable and less expensive than ever before, so skip the lines and fully experience all that your destination has to offer. If you can dream it, a Private Tour will make it happen.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Make 2022 Your Best Travel Year Yet: Travel Tips from a Former Hotelier and Insights on Europe, Mexico, and Bucketlist Cruises Today

Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert + Creator Ask A Concierge
Ready to travel again? Travel expert, author, and award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares the inside scoop on what the travel landscape looks like from a hotel insider’s perspective–what’s changed and how can you can increase your chances of getting that coveted hotel upgrade. She’ll cover exclusive insights that only a former hotelier can reveal, best practices for a smooth trip, the current travel experience, as well as some of the biggest travel trends we can expect moving forward. Sharing her personal experiences cruising in Antarctica, visiting All-Inclusives in Mexico, and traveling throughout Europe, you’ll leave this talk ready to make 2022 your best travel year yet.