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, Rick Steves, and Pauline Frommer  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.

Saturday, January 12

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Destination Theater

ALASKA 2019: Explore the Great Land with Princess Cruises

James McBride, Business Development Manager, Princess Cruises

Explore the Inside Passage, charming frontier towns, Glacier Bay and Denali National Park. With 7 beautiful ships, 5 wilderness lodges and 21 cruise/tour itineraries there’s an incredible variety of choices. We’ll help you plan your dream vacation to the Great Land!

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Celebrity Revolution

Diane Ryan, Market Sales Manager, Celebrity Cruises

There is a Revolution going on at Celebrity Cruises….Reimagining the best ships in the world. $500 Million upgrade to our Millennium Class and Solstice Class ships. Our new ship EDGE, and new Luxury ALL SUITES Yacht for the Galapagos, FLORA, started the revolution and set the standard for the rest of our fleet.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:30 am – 12 Noon
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, he’ll explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from four months in Europe, Rick reveals exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Alaska Myth Busting: Uncover the Truth About an Alaska Vacation

Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska bust popular myths and legends of Alaska while highlighting the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. Come learn what your Alaska adventure will be.

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

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

How to Take Travel Photographs Everyone Wants To See!

Ralph Velasco, CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment

If you’re looking to create inspiring photographs that everyone will want to see, then join professional travel photographer and international tour leader Ralph Velasco for this information-packed session.

Learn about the importance of anticipation and timing, approaching and positioning your subject, working with a theme, visual storytelling and so much more.  Finally, you’ll learn Ralph’s Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography from ho-hum to Holy Cow!  And anyone can put it into practice. Now, let’s get out and shoot!

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

The Ultimate Packing & Travel Tips for the Best Trip of Your Life

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, 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 presentation is 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

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Everything New Zealand

Sunnie Rossi, President, Aussie Experts (Affiliated with Travel 100 group)
Hadyn Fitzpatrick, Premium Trade Manager, Tourism New Zealand

Everything’s close in New Zealand, from dramatic natural landscapes to vibrant cities. You set the pace – from outdoor adventures, to cultural connections, or pure relaxation. And it’s safe, friendly and easy to get around.

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:00 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 USA & 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
Travel AAA - Travel Shows

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Let’s Get Away…with AAA Travel

Donna Cook, Director of National Accounts, AmaWaterways

Let the AmaWaterways show you the world of river cruising with the benefits of AAA.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

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

Discover Rocky Mountaineer: Carefully Crafted Journeys Through the Canadian Rockies

Dawn Elmendorf, Key Accounts Manager, Rocky Mountaineer

Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It’s the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. And your job aboard our all-dome fleet? To indulge in the most luxurious journey you’ve ever experienced. Nibble on delectable gourmet meals while you sip on local BC wines and beers. Indulge in impeccable service from our team of professional Hosts that will dazzle you with their stories and delight you with their attentiveness. Soak up incredible scenery and native wildlife as you carve through stunning landscapes of the Canadian Rockies and beyond.

Pauline Frommer

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Celebrity’s Galapagos

Susana Romero, Celebrity Cruises, Director, Galapagos Sales & Communication

A cruise to the Galapagos Islands is infinitely different than other voyages. Smaller, more intimate, a gathering of people all bound by a fascination with exploration and ecology. All with renowned Celebrity service at every turn. Our Galapagos sailings prove that you can visit the most ancient places on earth wrapped in modern luxury.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

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

The Real Europe | From Moments to Memories

Arin Vaughan, District Sales Manager, Trafalgar

Good Times. Good People. Good Everything. Connect to the real Europe and Britain and live your very own ‘pinch me’ moments in 2019.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

Broadening Your Global Perspective Through Travel

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Acclaimed travel expert, Rick Steves believes there’s more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world. In this provocative slideshow lecture, Rick demonstrates how travel can be truly transformational. Drawing from lessons he’s learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shares that by traveling thoughtfully you can take home the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy: Private Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President of 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 with accommodations in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll travel off-the-beaten path with local guides, indulge in wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, embark on walking city food tours, enjoy hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy. All private – just for you – and customized to fit your dreams and your budget!

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

Responsible Travel: Tips on How to Make a Positive Impact on The Places We Visit

Andrea Ross, Wild Frontiers U.S. Director

Drawing on her experience living in Cambodia for 10 years where she started both a tour company and a non-profit organization designed to connect travelers with the needs of the local community there, Andrea Ross will give a brief summary of the evolution of responsible travel over the years followed by specific tips on how today’s socially and environmentally responsible travelers can ensure their trips have a positive impact on the places they visit.

Sunday, January 13, 2018

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, he’ll explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from four months in Europe, Rick reveals exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

Medical Tourism: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Frank Nunez, CEO, My Medical Destination

My Medical Destination will provide the information you need to determine if traveling for your treatment is the best option for you. MMD will also help you select the right doctor and the right destination. We’ll provide you with helpful tips to make this easier.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

11:55 am – 12:25 pm
Destination Theater

Ireland and Scotland | Your Celtic Story Starts Here

Sarah Hamilton, District Sales Manager, Brendan Vacations

We have been taking you personally since 1969. So, from behind our blue door in Dublin, we invite you to peek at the ways we’re conjuring up moments that reflect the best of these magical lands.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

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

Explorations: Spark Your Sense of Wander

Kevin Carter, Director of Strategic Partnerships, AAA Member Choice Vacations 

This is your time to head off the well-known path and appreciate all the extraordinary moments held in the everyday. It’s time to wander, to wonder, and to awaken your soul. It’s time to experience small group travel, reinvented.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

12:35 pm – 1:05 pm
Destination Theater

The World of Viking

Michael Weldon, Director, Trade Sales, Viking

Learn what sets Viking apart from the competition and why they are the #1 Ocean & #1 River cruise lines in the world.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Travel AAA - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

On Stage Alaska

Kayli Gronski, On Stage Alaska presenter, Holland America
Alexa Donahe, On Stage Alaska presenter, Holland America

Holland America Line’s, On Stage Alaska, provides local expertise for your vacation to Alaska, with hosts directly from The Last Frontier. This presentation outlines how to travel by land and by sea to Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Traveling Smart with Technology

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer,  AngelsTravelLounge.com

Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. 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

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

2:15 pm – 3:00 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 USA & 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

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Celebrity’s Galapagos

Susana Romero, Celebrity Cruises, Director, Galapagos Sales & Communication

A cruise to the Galapagos Islands is infinitely different than other voyages. Smaller, more intimate, a gathering of people all bound by a fascination with exploration and ecology. All with renowned Celebrity service at every turn. Our Galapagos sailings prove that you can visit the most ancient places on earth wrapped in modern luxury.

Pauline Frommer

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

Traveling to Normandy & Europe: Tips from an Experienced WWII Tour Guide

Rudy Passera, Owner & WWII Interpretive Guide of Normandy American Heroes

Do you want to travel back in time and history and experience incredible soldier’s stories? Then join me as I take you on a journey through the history of the Normandy Campaign. I’ll provide you with insider tips on how to personalize your tour based on your preferences…and interests.

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