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, October 16

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Samantha’s Tips for Making Travel Count

Emmy Award-Winning Host, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

The Holland America Line Alaska Experience: We are Alaska

Ciska Siertsema, Sales and Marketing, Holland America Line
Our history with the Great Land goes back nearly 75 years, and we consistently rank as the best Alaska cruise because of our unmatched knowledge and experience. White-capped peaks, artic-blue glaciers, and wildlife galore are must-sees on every Alaska cruise, but you decide how much surf or turf you want to experience.

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

How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible

Jared Kamrowski, Founder, Thrifty Traveler 
This session will save you hundreds of dollars off your next flight. Learn how to leverage several tools to help you save on flights anywhere in the world. We’ll also discuss how to find flash sales and mistake fares like an expert travel hacker.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

Multicultural Experiences Found In Miami

Petra Brennan, Director of Tourism Business Enhancement/Multicultural Tourism Development, Greater Miami CVB
Multicultural Experiences Found In Miami.

12:15 pm – 1:15 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

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.

1:15 pm – 2:00 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

How to Maximize The Value of Your Travel Experience – Philosophies of an International Tour Guide

Ryan Hahn, Founder, Bucket List Tour Guide
Learn what is truly valuable when it comes to travel from Ryan Hahn, Founder of Bucket List Tour Guide. Hear amazing anecdotes from across the globe as he teaches you how to maximize your travel dollar and tackle the pitfalls of globetrotting. Ryan’s beautiful photos will help him illustrate candidly the mistakes most people make when planning vacations. Join him for a fun filled presentation that will help you get the extra out of an ordinary trip.
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor and Director
Join Andrew to hear about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He’ll discuss fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes.
Rudy Maxa

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Savvy Traveler Theater

Traveling Savvy Into 2022: Everything Will Be Different from Vaccination Passports to Cruise Ship Routes, Big Changes are Coming to the Travel Post-Pandemic Travel World

Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster, Rudy Maxa Tours
Former Washington Post investigative reporter and columnist, Maxa has worked for 17 years as a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine; co-created and hosted the former public radio show, “The Savvy Traveler;” and has produced and hosted 98, half-hour episodes for public television featuring the world’s great destinations, “Rudy Maxa’s World.”  Those shows have garnered numerous awards including several Emmys.  As a consumer travel writer, he’s written numerous newspapers and magazines around the world and served as a travel columnist for ABC.com and MSNBC.com.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Destination Theater

Why Your Next Trip Should Be To The Islands of The Bahamas!

Nicholas Keith Wisdom, Marketing Representative, The Islands of The Bahamas
Join us for an overview of our health and safety travel protocols to safely explore the Islands of the Bahamas. Airlift updates, hotel updates,  authentic experiences in The Bahamas, and much more.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of The Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com
The world is as exciting as ever, but major destinations have changed in many ways over the course of the pandemic. Frommer will discuss how to plan the most appealing vacations for this unusual moment, covering everything from insurance issues to airfares and accommodations, from cultural shifts to modes of travel (tours, cruises, experiential attractions and more). And with pricing all over the map right now, she’ll also help you find the best values, whether you’re vacationing in the lap of luxury, roughing it, or doing something in between.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season

Tia Froehle, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage
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!

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

Lessons Learned from a Journey Around the World: 43 Countries Down with 163 To Go

Kenric T. Brooks Sr., Country Boy Travels LLC
Join Kenric to hear about his journey around the world and how travel continues to impact his life. Kenric is on a long and challenging process of personal change and development. He has visited 43 countries of the 206 countries and territories in the world. This December, he will continue his travels through unfamiliar countries to learn about and familiarize himself with the culture and share the experience with others. He intends to connect with the people who have been dispersed from their original homeland to understand the connection with the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of the particular nation.

Sunday, October 17

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha’s Tips for Making Travel Count

Emmy Award-Winning Host, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
Rudy Maxa

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Savvy Traveler Theater

Traveling Savvy Into 2022: Everything Will Be Different from Vaccination Passports to Cruise Ship Routes, Big Changes are Coming to the Travel Post-Pandemic Travel World

Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster, Rudy Maxa Tours
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

So, You Want to go to Antarctica or the High Arctic? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Steve Wellmeier, Managing Director, Poseidon Expeditions USA
There are more choices than ever for the intrepid traveler interested in exploring the polar regions – Antarctica, the Arctic and even the North Pole! With these choices come many questions: what exactly are “the polar regions” and where can we go and what will we do and see on arrival? What kind (and size) of ship do I want to be on? Will the ships and our activities be environmentally friendly? What does the traveler need to know about climate issues, and how these might – or might not – affect tourism operations in the polar regions? Steve will do his best to answer these and many other questions you might have about visiting Antarctica or the Arctic.

12:45 pm – 1:30 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.

1:15 pm – 2:15 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

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Experience Ancient Lore Village — A Magical, Luxury, Fairy Tale Village

Melissa Blettner, CEO, Ancient Lore Village
Set amongst East Tennessee’s Urban Wilderness with views of the Smoky Mountains, explore Ancient Lore Village – like no other place on Earth. Centered around our mission of creating an environment that fosters connection, togetherness and harmony, luxury vacations, family reunions, weddings, and getaways become magical memories! Immerse yourself in the splendor of a simpler time while enjoying all the luxuries of a 5-star resort. Focused on providing unique and unforgettable experiences, here’s to basking in joy and celebrating life’s special moments with friends and family at Ancient Lore Village!

2:15 pm – 2:45 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.”

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible

Nick Serati, Co-Founder, Thrifty Traveler
This session will save you hundreds of dollars off your next flight. Learn how to leverage several tools to help you save on flights anywhere in the world. We’ll also discuss how to find flash sales and mistake fares like an expert travel hacker.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of The Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com
The world is as exciting as ever, but major destinations have changed in many ways over the course of the pandemic. Frommer will discuss how to plan the most appealing vacations for this unusual moment, covering everything from insurance issues to airfares and accommodations, from cultural shifts to modes of travel (tours, cruises, experiential attractions and more). And with pricing all over the map right now, she’ll also help you find the best values, whether you’re vacationing in the lap of luxury, roughing it, or doing something in between.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Destination Theater

Oconee South Carolina – It’s a Cool Place to Play!

Ken Sloan, President & CEO, Visit Oconee, SC