Speakers

Wendy Alexander

Host of Travel, Wine & Dine TV Show

The World of Travel has changed in the past two years, but family and friends still want to enjoy themselves and share great memories on vacations. Road Tripping with Wendy Alexander, Host of Travel, Wine & Dine will give you expert advice on how to plan, pack and enjoy vacations from the road. From when to take your vacation, where to go, what to bring and what to do before you go, Road Tripping with Wendy Alexander will share it all. Road trips are very popular and safe now more than ever so forget cancelled flights, crowded airports, long lines and hit the road in your car or RV and see the world!

Deon Barnard

CEO, Go Touch Down Travel & Tours

Born in South Africa and moved to the USA in 2009
In 2010 was instrumental in setting up GTD retail travel company in North America
Creative thinker and passionate leader, with 32 yrs. experience in the travel industry
Responsible for the launch of the highly affective and sought-after seat sale series at the biggest Travel and Adventure shows in the USA

Angel Castellanos

World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com) is a passionate world traveler, travel writer, influencer, multi-media personality and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to helping people travel smart, well and often. Traveling to over 85 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels 12-14 weeks internationally each year and draws on his experience and frequent travels to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with the skills they need to make travel easy and enjoyable. He bridges the gap between the practical, common sense advice he’s learned by traveling the world and the new savvy tips and experiences that have helped his generation revolutionize travel. Angel has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Univision, Frommers Radio, USA Today & Travel & Adventure Show as “America’s Newest Travel Expert”.
Since you’ve last seen Angel, he has visited The Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Singapore, Laos, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Bosnia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
His favorite travel memories include camel trekking in the Sahara, traveling overland by train from Beijing to London, Horse trekking in Mongolia, Hot Air Ballooning in Laos and sailing down the Nile River.
When not in Italy or Paris, Angel is home in Pasadena, California where he is a proud volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Sarah Dandashy

Award-Winning Travel Concierge and Travel Expert, Ask a Concierge

Sarah Dandashy is a verified travel expert, author, and TV personality with over 18 years of luxury hotel experience. Sought out for her travel tips, advice, and knowledge of trends from the “frontlines of travel,” Sarah pivoted her career from being an award-winning concierge to traveling the globe working with some of the leading brands in the travel industry. Follow her on social media under her brand, “Ask A Concierge,” or catch her on the news breaking down the latest in the travel on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, or Chedder News. Sarah has been featured in numerous publications from the New York Times, Nerdwallet, Business Insider, USNews, Reader’s Digest, and Thrillist, and she is the author of the book, Hospitality From Within.

Julian Douglas

Travel Writer, Photographer  and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor

“Listen, Journey, Savor with Julian Douglas”… is exactly what he asks of his family, friends and especially his readers to do with him.
As an experienced traveler, Julian has traversed the globe since he was a child. From treasured moments with his flight attendant mother growing up, to his years in the music industry, to just vacationing with his wife Nicole for pleasure. It has all inspired Julian to write about his passions for music, food and especially his love of travel.

Macon Dunnagan

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

Macon’s adventuring career began in earnest in January of 1999, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the first time. Over the course of the last decade plus, he has gained considerable expertise and unimaginable experiences as an avid climber and tour guide. Macon gains significant inspiration from the range of thrill seekers from the novices to the experts that accompany him, based on the fact that every new hike is a unique journey. There are no two alike, no matter the preparation or destination.
Currently, Macon is an expedition director to all adventurers’ desiring to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru as well as a knowledgeable advisor for Tanzanian Safaris and Zanzibar.

Peter Greenberg

Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor

A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the travel industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning. And his national CBS EYE ON TRAVEL radio show is broadcast from a different location around the world each week.
The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Peter Greenberg also hosts the weekly public television show The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg. And, for more than 20 years, Greenberg has produced and hosted The Royal Tour, historic, precedent-setting shows, where sitting heads of state become Greenberg’s tour guide for very personal journeys to and through their countries, for one hour global prime time specials. The Royal Tours range from King Abdullah in Jordan to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the President of Mexico, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of Rwanda and many others.
Travel Weekly named Peter Greenberg one of the most influential people in travel, along with Bill Marriott and Sir Richard Branson. He was inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry. Among his other honors, Peter Greenberg received a News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the NBC News Dateline team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, “Miracle on the Hudson.”
Peter Greenberg began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He won a national Emmy Award for Best Investigative Reporting for the ABC 20/20 special on the final orphan flight out of Vietnam, “What Happened to the Children?” He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Aviation Space Writers Association of America.
And when he is not reporting all over the world, Greenberg is an active volunteer fireman in New York.

Alexis Guini

Sales Manager, Southeast USA at Copa Airlines

Alexis Guini is the Sales Manager, Southeast USA at Copa Airlines, a leading airline, and the most punctual Airline in Latin America, with service to more than 70 destinations in 30 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from its hub at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. Guini, who has a vast experience in the aviation industry, has occupied a variety of positions throughout his carrier in the airline industry. As Sales Manager – Southeast USA., he is currently responsible for the airline’s sales in the SE region of the United States including Atlanta. In addition, he provides support to marketing, corporate, airports and finance. Guini joined Copa Airlines in May 2014 as Sales Executive for SE region, later he joined the US Corporate team and now as a Sales Manager, he has been instrumental in the airline’s growth. Currently Copa Airlines flies to and from thirteen (13) cities in the United States. Guini has a double bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing and a master’s in business administration from Florida International University. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guini is married and fluent in Spanish and English.

Russell Hannon

Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier

Once feeling unable to afford to travel, Russell Hannon uses lean principles to travel at a fraction of the going rate. He has been on CNBC, FOX, CBS, USA Today, Women’s World, Around the World Travel TV, and nationally broadcast lifestyle and personal finance shows. Russell worked as a CBC Budget Travel Columnist, founded BreakTheTravelBarrier.com, and is the author of ‘Stop Dreaming… Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More & Spending Less.’

Barry Johnston

Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises

Barry Johnston is a Director of Business Development for the Southeast for Viking. He is a long-time travel industry professional with 31 years in the business. Now in his 5th year with Viking, he has extensive first-hand knowledge and experience traveling on Viking’s River and Ocean fleets. Barry earned a B.A. Degree in History from the University of West Georgia specializing in the 20th Century, Military History, and World War II. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Cathy Kusuma

Regional Sales Director, Southeastern US, Atlas Ocean Voyages

Cathy Kusuma’s love of the sea began at the age of seven onboard her first cruise with her family, so it is very fitting that she not only began her travel career onboard cruise ships in the late 90s but has come full circle and is now the Regional Sales Director for Atlas Ocean Voyages for the Southeastern US.
Cathy began her travel career working on board in entertainment and shore excursion roles. After five years onboard, she decided to give “land life” a try, and hired, trained, and managed shipboard staff to support the recommended and guaranteed shopping program for 14 different cruise lines. Cathy also worked at a large home-based travel agency franchise company, where she held the position of senior director of strategic partnerships and agent engagement. In that role, she managed the travel agent training programs, online agent university, in-person training events and was responsible for driving additional revenue streams to the company through sales account management.
Cathy’s favorite roles so far have been on the travel supplier side. Previously, as the director of field sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn for the Eastern US and Canada, Cathy managed the eastern field sales team for both brands. However, she most recently joined the Atlas Ocean Voyages sales team as Director of Sales for the Eastern United States and Canada in July of 2020, and now oversees the Southeastern US as her territory. She works with travel professionals across the US to help boost luxury and expedition cruise sales and promote this exiting and unique luxe-adventure brand.

Debra Lee

Directory, Travel Industry Sales, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Debra Lee was appointed Travel Industry Sales Director at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau in April 2019. She has responsibility for the Southeastern, Southwestern and Western USA, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Cruise (niche).
Debra is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Marketing. She has over thirty (30) years of experience in the travel industry and started her career as an American Airlines Customer Service Representative at the Miami International Airport in 1990. After spending eleven years with American Airlines in various departments; Debra went onto become Regional Sales Manager for the Caribbean at global distribution and travel technology provider, Travelport. During her 15-year tenure at Travelport, Debra also served as Marketing Support Manager for Latin America and was the Steering Committee Coordinator for Travelport’s Latin America Expansion Project. In 2016, Debra assumed the role of Business Development Manager with American Airlines Vacations, where she remained until October 2017. Prior to joining the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau in April 2019, Debra worked as the Business Development Manager for the Southwestern USA at the Jamaica Tourist Board.
In her downtime, Debra enjoys travelling, especially to her homeland of Jamaica and spending time with her family. She is an avid sports fan who always roots for her beloved Miami Hurricanes and Team Jamaica!

Katy Ouellette

Tourism Sales Associate, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

Originally from Florida, Katy has been an Alaskan for the last 7 years. She went to Alaska for a summer job and fell in love with the 49th state. She enjoys soaking up every minute of the midnight sun in the summer by camping and going to the many Alaskan music festivals. In the winter she likes to fat tire bike and cross-country ski the many miles of trails in Anchorage. She has a passion for Alaskan tourism and can’t wait for you to experience Alaska.

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

Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. She is a veteran travel journalist with over thirty years of experience, writing for Frommer’s, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and other magazines and newspapers. Her home base is in New York City, but good luck finding her there!

Laurie Woolever

Author

I’m a writer and editor, and for nearly a decade, worked as the lieutenant to the late author, TV host and producer Anthony Bourdain.
I’ve written for the New York Times, Vogue, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach (RIP), Saveur, Bloomberg, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others. In 1996, I earned my bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, after which I moved to New York, dicked around for a few years, then completed the professional training program at the French Culinary Institute, where chef Pascal Béric gave the single best piece of advice I’ve ever received: “Don’t freak out! Freaking out is not gonna help.”
I’ve been a private cook, nanny, caterer, writer, busgirl, recipe tester, farm hand, public speaker, video store clerk, and an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator. In 2016, Ecco (an imprint of HarperCollins) published Appetites: A Cookbook, which I co-authored with Anthony Bourdain. Our second collaboration, World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, was published by Ecco in April 2021, and entered the New York Times bestseller list at #1. In September 2021, Ecco published Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography, which has debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #7.
I co-host a food-focused podcast, Carbface for Radio, with affable shit-stirrer Chris Thornton. I live and work in New York City, and expect that I always will.

Alanna Zingano

Travel Content Creator, Travel the World From A to Z

Travel the World From A to Z is a Cruise and Travel blog. If the destination falls in-between Alanna Zingano’s initials, she is probably cruising there and blogging about it! Alanna’s content revolves around inspiring others to travel more as she shares her advice and knowledge through her own adventures. Her continuous goal is to create a message about weekend getaways, cruise planning, travel and vacation tips and tricks, and excursion advice!