Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have America’s 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 4 theaters located on the show floor.

4 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown and Patricia Schultz 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.

Taste of Travel Theater: Get a taste of cultures from around the world as chefs prepare their local cuisines right in front of you. Like what you smell? Most cooking demonstrations end with a sampling right at your seat! Click Here to view the Taste of Travel schedule.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Saturday, March 17

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

What Smart Travelers Need to Know to Navigate the World and Why the World has Suddenly Become a Global Buyers’ Market

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

You’ll learn everything you need to know to navigate the world of airlines, hotels and all things travel…and why offline might actually be better than online.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

Discover South Africa – the Adventure Capital of the World

Deon Barnard, COO, Go Touch Down Travel and Tours, African Travel Specialist

South Africa is known for its diversity of cultures, plants, and animals. South Africa is a value for money destination.  Discover the untamed, spectacular, and pulsing rhythm of the African bushveld in one of the most captivating places on earth. Witness herds of Wildebeest graze and Cheetah cubs learn to hunt. Uncover the mysteries of the bushveld with Deon, as he shares his Native South Africa with you.  Explore the Mother City… Cape Town, a rare cultural gem with a colorful history spanning more than 300 years.

South Africa is different. Known as The Rainbow Nation for its melting pot of cultures, the country has 11 official languages and many more unofficial ones. Its diversity extends beyond its huge-hearted people to its dazzling plants, with more than 20,000 different species in its floral kingdom; its wildlife and marine life, its varied landscapes and unexpected cuisine.

Learn why everyone should see South Africa at least once in their lives and how Go Touch Down can make it possible. When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

Traveling Around the World: The Most Epic Journey

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

Travel Expert  Angel Castellanos (www.angelstravellounge.com) shares his favorite tips and stories from his recent ‘Round The World Adventure: Beijing to London completely overland by Train. Crossing 2 Continents, visiting 8 countries, 160 hours on train and over 6,300 miles, this is one trip you definitely want to learn from.

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

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Laura Blanco, Director of Sales, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Tia Froehle, Tourism Development, and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit? Come and learn what Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Packing Tips & Savvy Travel Skills

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

Make the next trip, the next best trip of your life! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed seminar on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares and inspires travelers with savvy tips to travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, new airport security rules and tricks, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with practical travel tips to help you travel like a pro. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? No problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Destination Theater

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Best-Selling Author, 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, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite itineraries and personal experiences.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Wanderlust and Lipstick - Travel Expos

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

Essential Tips for Women and Men Travelers

Beth Whitman, Founder and Editor of Wanderlust and Lipstick Wander Tours

So many women (and men) are feeling more empowered than ever to live life to the fullest and take on new adventures. No matter the destination, travel can be the most rewarding experience of your life. Join seasoned travel pro, Beth Whitman, and learn her secrets to: making your travels safe; making the most of your budget; overcoming language barriers; journeying alone without being lonely; packing light and more.

This talk is sponsored by LOWA Boots.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Wonder List of the World’s Happiest and Healthiest People

Bill Weir, CNN Journalist, Executive Producer and Host of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir”

From the Kingdom of Happiness to the Island Where People Forget to Die, Bill Weir shares stories and secrets from the happiest, healthiest people in the world.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Puerto Rico is Open for Tourism and the Island Remains as Enchanted as Ever

Vanessa Lugo, Account Executive, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Join us for an update on Puerto Rico post hurricane Maria.  Puerto Rico, the longer you stay the better it gets.

Travel Speaker Lee Abbamonte

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How I’ve Traveled to Every Country in the World and Stories from the Journey

Lee Abbamonte, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in The World, Entrepreneur, TV Personality 

Take a journey with Lee as he shares his stories from around the world and how his travels have inspired millions of would be travelers.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

Multigenerational Family Travel

Colleen Kelly, Host, Creator and Executive Producer, National PBS Television Series “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly”

Traveling can be stressful, but traveling with a multigenerational family can be even more of a challenge. While the kids have their own ideas of fun, grandparents have their suggestions and limitations. In the middle of it all are us, the parents, trying to keep it all together and make everyone happy. Thankfully, there’s no need to stress. Travel expert Colleen Kelly, host and executive producer of the National PBS Series “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” is here to make your multigenerational family vacation a breeze (or at least tolerable!). With years of experience traveling with her kids, husband, parents, and sister, Colleen has learned plenty of travel tricks along the way, and she wants to share them with you during her special Multigenerational Family Travel speaking engagement. You’ll walk away confident and prepared for your next multigenerational family vacation, so you can fully enjoy the destination and the precious time with your family, without the hassle. You might even win one of the latest travel gadgets, or a dream getaway!

25 lucky attendees will receive a free gift, with 1 grand prize winner receiving a special getaway!

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover the Very Best of Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder

Seila HUL, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia

Description of the session: to showcase the very best of what Cambodia has to offer one of the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. To showcase why each year more and more tourists come to visit Cambodia, the wonder of our friendly people, our rich culture, and unforgettable experiences when you come to visit our land of Angkor.

Sunday, March 18

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Explore the Nine Islands of the Azores and Their Unparalleled Beauty

Zeto Carvalho, Station Manager, Azores Airlines, Grupo SATA

If you’re looking for an enriching trip which you will never forget, the Azores are your destination. Join me to learn about the customs, traditions, nature, culture, and gastronomy of the nine Azores islands… S. Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Pico, Graciosa, Faial, S. Jorge, Corvo and Flores.

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, its idyllic landscapes grant these islands with a unique mystique. The past isolation of the archipelago together with the different origins of its first inhabitants give the Azorean islands a rich cultural diversity, which makes each island a new world waiting to be explored. In the Azores you will find landscapes of unparalleled beauty, monuments carved in stone expelled by volcanoes, museums that will take you back in time, animals unique in the world, a gastronomy stuffed of intense flavors and people who will receive you with arms wide open. All the necessary ingredients for a dream trip.

Travel Speaker Lee Abbamonte

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

How I’ve Traveled to Every Country in the World and Stories from the Journey

Lee Abbamonte, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in The World, Entrepreneur, TV Personality 

Take a journey with Lee as he shares his stories from around the world and how his travels have inspired millions of would be travelers.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Juno Kim, Tourism Development & Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit? Come and learn what Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

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

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Laura Blanco, Director of Sales, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Global Edition

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling Author, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in The USA & Canada Before You Die

The author of the best-selling travel bible 1,000 Places To See Before You Die takes you around the world by sharing a few of her favorite destinations, continent by continent. Dipping into the book’s rich and varied collection of attractions, the author shares history, interesting facts, and beautiful photography that help illustrate some of the globe’s countless treasures – from the fjords of Norway to Patagonia’s dazzling glaciers to the Sing Sing Festival in Papua New Guinea.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Global Adventures, Local Experiences: The Whys, Wheres and Hows of Hiring a Local Guide

Iain McBain, Marketing Specialist, Tours By Locals

A look at 2018’s most exciting travel trend – “Hyper Local” tours – and how to access these personalized, insider experiences in 155 countries around the world.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Puerto Rico is Open for Tourism and the Island Remains as Enchanted as Ever

Vanessa Lugo, Account Executive, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Join us for an update on Puerto Rico post hurricane Maria.  Puerto Rico, the longer you stay the better it gets.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Travel Smart with Technology

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

Do you want to use your smartphone or other gadgets abroad without going broke? What are the best apps for travel? Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his acclaimed “Travel Smart with Technology” seminar to answer all of these questions and so much more. 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

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

A Wonder List of the World’s Happiest and Healthiest People

Bill Weir, CNN Journalist, Executive Producer and Host of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir”

From the Kingdom of Happiness to the Island Where People Forget to Die, Bill Weir shares stories and secrets from the happiest, healthiest people in the world.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Tahiti - Travel Expos

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti Are Closer Than You Think

Chloe Cipollone, World Traveler & Travel Consultant, Travel Expert for The Islands of Tahiti

Tucked away in the South Pacific, just 8 hours from Los Angeles, The Islands of Tahiti are closer than you think.  Boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts; each of the 118 islands and atolls have something for everyone. Worlds away from the hectic daily grind, where a natural balanced rhythm between the land and the people exist, means connecting with what is really important in life. Discover the escape of a lifetime today!