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 Josh Gates, Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer 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.

Saturday, February 19

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Destination Theater

Viking Cruises

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Credit Card Points - Travel Events

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

TBD

Stefan Krasowski, Founder, Every Passport Stamp Facebook Group and Blogger, Rapid Travel Chai
Senitra Horbrook, Contributing Writer, The Points Guy
TBD
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Author and Director
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Reconnect with Paradise

Mari Masuda, Senior Director of Trade & Promotions, Tahiti Tourisme
The Islands of Tahiti are open to travel and more accessible than ever. If this has been a bucket list destination for you then the time has never been better to plan your dream trip to this untouched paradise. We can help you get started with this informative presentation for the first-time traveler or returning voyager looking to explore more of the 118 islands that make up The Islands of Tahiti. Your trip of a lifetime is beckoning you and it begins here.

11:30 am – 12:15 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

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Dominican Republic

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy – Private 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 will enjoy privately guided tours that include the main historical sites, archeological marvels, famous art museums, but also off-the-beaten path wine tastings and hands-on cooking classes in family-owned villas, walking city food tours, and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

TBD

Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
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12:45 pm – 1:45 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

The State of Play Down Under

Sunnie Rossie, President, Aussie Experts – Affiliated with Travel 100 Group
Peter Askin, Vice President of Sales, and an Owner of Southern World
Come hear the latest and most up to the minute updates from Down Under.

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

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours

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.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Rejuvenate in Miami

Joe Docal, Director of Travel Industry Sales, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Join us for a Destination update, what to do and find in Greater Miami.

2:45 pm – 3:15 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!
The Local Tourist - Travel Show & Expo

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

Planning the Perfect Road Trip from Chicago

Theresa Goodrich, Traveler, Author, Speaker, Emmy-Winner the boss at The Local Tourist & Your Chicago Guide
While Chicago’s fantastic, sometimes you just want to get out of town. In this session, inveterate road tripper Theresa L. Goodrich not only shares tips for planning an amazing road trip, but she also includes several destinations that are a short drive from the Windy City.

3:00 pm – 4:00 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

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Celebrity’s Galapagos

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

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Frequent Miler on the Stage: The 10 Best Awards Bookable Today

Nick Reyes, Senior Author, the Frequent Miler
Use your points and miles towards incredible value.  With a combination of humor and analysis, Nick will bring to the stage the formula that makes their Frequent Miler on the Air podcast so popular.

4:15 pm – 4:45 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!

Sunday, February 6

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

French Wine & Cheese? Yes Please!

Kim Dickey, Owner, French Canal Boat
Do you love the idea of spending a week in France immersed in the best of French food & wine? How about on a barge, all to yourself, with just a few of your closest friends…and none of the crowds? Are you looking for something unique with the perfect mix of activity and relaxation? Do you want to unplug from your daily life and enjoy the simple pleasures of sipping champagne as you cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in France? This was us and if this sounds like you too, we invite you to join us as we introduce you to the little-known world of luxury barge cruising in France. We’ve also invited a few of our favorite cruisers from last year to come up on stage and share their experiences!

11:30 am – 12:30 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

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

Frequent Miler on the Stage: The 10 Best Awards Bookable Today

Nick Reyes, Senior Author, the Frequent Miler
Use your points and miles towards incredible value.  With a combination of humor and analysis, Nick will bring to the stage the formula that makes their Frequent Miler on the Air podcast so popular.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Ever Dream of Visiting Antarctica?

Oya Bekisoglu, Regional Sales Director, Central USA, 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!

12:45 pm – 1:15 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

Tanzania and Rwanda for Curious & Thoughtful Travelers

Casey O’Connell, Safari Consultant Access 2 Tanzania
Casey will start by providing an insightful overview of the pros and cons of visiting various countries across Africa. Then, he will focus on Tanzania and Rwanda, providing top tips for making the best use of time and money while on safari. Attendees will learn the best strategies for visiting the most popular destinations while also finding time to enjoy some off-the-beaten path experiences. Finally, Casey will answer questions about when to go, what you should see and do, costs, and safety.

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

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Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
TBD

2:00 pm – 3:00 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 – 3:45 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

TBD

Angel Trinh, Founder and Blogger, Pennywise Traveler
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