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 The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, Andrew McCarthy, Peter Greenberg, 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.

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, March 30

Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

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

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier

Known for wowing TV and radio audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon from breakthetravelbarrier.com offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive travel options for you. No matter what your travel type is, or where you want to go, you will leave with dozens of practical tips and tricks you can put to work right away to save.

Pauline Frommer
Frommer Books - Travel Expos

10:30 am – 11:30 am
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
Gerry van der Walk - Travel Expert Speaker

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

Magical Masai Mara. The Wildlife. The People. The Experience.

Gerry van der Walt, Co-Founder of Wild Eye, International Tour & Expedition Leader, Public Speaker, Nature & Travel Photographer

The Masai Mara has not only been voted the best game reserve in Africa by the World Travel Awards but also plays host to the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world – the great wildebeest migration.

However, there is a whole lot more to Kenya and an authentic Mara experience than just the incredible wildlife and never-ending landscapes.

In this interactive presentation Gerry van der Walt will, through video content and beautiful photography, share some Mara magic with you as he explores the people, the culture, the wildlife and the amazing bucket list experience that is a safari to the greatest game reserve in the world.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about wildlife in Kenya, the great migration, the Maasai culture, safaris in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem or being a part of an authentic camping experience, this is a presentation you do not want to miss.

MSC Cruises

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

Discover the Best of the Caribbean with MSC Cruises

Rosalie De Los Hoyos, Business Development, MSC Cruises

Want to know what the highest rated excursions and the most amazing islands are in the Caribbean? Come learn about the steepest zip line in St Maarten, 1950s car tours in Havana, rainforest tours in Puerto Rico and much more. You’ll discover how you can enjoy 4 different Caribbean islands in a week on an MSC cruise.

Come see why MSC Cruises has the world’s most beautiful ships and the most exciting itineraries to experience the best destinations in the Caribbean and around the world.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Economics of ‘Free Travel’ and How to Get Started

Jon Hayes, Founder & CEO, RewardStock

Jon will explain the unique ecosystem of how travel-hackers travel for pennies on the dollar using credit card travel rewards and who really pays for these free trips.

12:00 Noon – 12:30 pm
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.

Andrew McCarthy
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

12:15 pm – 1:15 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.

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

12:45 pm – 1:30 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

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination 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

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

Know Before You Go!

Britany Williams, Director, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Dallas Passport Agency

The Director of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, and Dallas Passport Agency offers important safety and security tips for U.S. citizens interested in traveling and living abroad. Our mission at the Department of State is to give you reliable, up-to-date safety and security information before and during your trip. If an emergency happens overseas, know that we’ll be here, ready to help. Join us to learn how to travel safe, travel smart, and travel well.

Celebrity Travel Speaker Phil Keoghan

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

Buckit, Tick It Before You Kick It Travel

Phil Keoghan, Host/Executive Producer The Amazing Race & Host of the Buckit Podcast

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Paradise on Earth

Noel Morrison, Communications Manager, Tahiti Tourisme US

With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like. The Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, possesses one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, these specks of land – 118 islands in all – are strewn across four million square km of the South Pacific. Clustered into five archipelagos: The Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands, The Islands of Tahiti have in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate. Come hear what sets this destination apart and learn how you will be “Embraced by Mana.”

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

A Journey Through Switzerland

Martin Oester, Sales & Marketing Manager STS North America

A vacation in Switzerland will make you happy. Learn everything about the small Alpine country in the heart of Europe with its four languages and cultures, how to best explore its spectacular natural environment, how to enjoy its historic towns, and travel around with one of the best public transportations systems in the world. Switzerland is closer than you might think!

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

Discover Tips to be a SAVVY SENIOR Traveler!

Debra Saxon, Owner, Celebration Senior Travel

Join Debra Saxon, Owner and Founder of Celebration Senior Travel, as she guides you through the tips and tricks of being a Savvy Senior Traveler.  From booking group vacations to traveling on your own, Debra will share what services are available for seniors and how to make your next vacation easy and hassle-free.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of The Bahamas: Top 10 Bucket List Experiences

Dupree Smith, Business Development / Sales & Marketing The Bahamas Tourist Office, houston

The session will focus on the top tours, activities, and excursions in the destination.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

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

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Johnny Jet - Celebrity Travel Speaker
JohnnyJet.com

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

Travel Trade Secrets to Travel Like The Experts Do

Johnny Jet, Editor-In-Chief, JohnnyJet.com

Join me to learn how to maximize your rewards and credit cards points coupled with savvy travel tips, apps and web sites to travel smarter, cheaper and more comfortably.

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4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

I Don’t Drink Alone Podcast with Special Guest: Brooks Powell, Founder & CEO, Cheers®

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel and Podcast I Don’t Drink Alone

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Sunday, March 31

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

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

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Israel - Travel and Adventures Shows

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Israel- Beyond Belief

Hagar Sides, Office Manager & Marketing Assistant, Southern Region – Israel Ministry of Tourism

Though this small country is but the size of New Jersey, situated on the border between Asia, Africa and Europe, Israel is one of the most topographically and historically unique destinations in the world. We will explore the many attractions and fun activities an adventurer can experience from visiting the lowest place on earth to enjoying the delights of an emerging culinary and wine scene to walking in the footsteps of the bible.

Johnny Jet - Celebrity Travel Speaker
JohnnyJet.com

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

Travel Trade Secrets to Travel Like The Experts Do

Johnny Jet, Editor-In-Chief, JohnnyJet.com

Join me to learn how to maximize your rewards and credit cards points coupled with savvy travel tips, apps and web sites to travel smarter, cheaper and more comfortably.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

The World in a Glass

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel and Podcast I Don’t Drink Alone

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

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

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier

Known for wowing TV and radio audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon from breakthetravelbarrier.com offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive travel options for you. No matter what your travel type is, or where you want to go, you will leave with dozens of practical tips and tricks you can put to work right away to save.

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

Europe and its Many Don’t-Miss Treasures from Paris to Dubrovnik

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, leads us through the highlights of Europe – from its world-class cities like Vienna and St. Petersburg, to lesser known gems like Kinsale in Ireland’s County Cork and  Slovenia’s coastal town of Piran on the Adriatic Sea.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Open to the New Shades of Thailand

Candy Krajangsri, PR Executive of the Tourism Authority of Thailand – Los Angeles

Known as one of the world’s best destinations with award-winning Thai hospitality that wins everyone’s heart. Thailand delivers visitors top-notch experiences ranging from visiting cultural and historical attractions to various types of accommodations and gastronomy. The session will provide knowledge on the highlights of Thailand as well as tips to curate the best Thailand itinerary. Let’s open to the new shades of Thailand together!

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

2:00 pm – 2:45 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

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of The Bahamas: Top 10 Bucket List Experiences

Dupree Smith, Business Development / Sales & Marketing The bahamas Tourist Office, Houston

The session will focus on the top tours, activities, and excursions in the destination.

Pauline Frommer
Frommer Books - Travel Expos

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

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Tourism Attraction:  Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder – Feel the Warmth

H.E. Mr. Visothy So, Under Secretary of State of Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia

Join me on a journey through Cambodia’s history, the cultural heritage, the mangrove forest, the world’s most beautiful bay and the smiling people.

Gerry van der Walk - Travel Expert Speaker

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

African Safari Travel – The Good, The Bad and the Interesting

Gerry van der Walt, Co-Founder of Wild Eye, International Tour & Expedition Leader, Public Speaker, Nature & Travel Photographer

Africa is without a doubt one of the world’s most diverse wildlife and nature destinations but there are still many myths and misconceptions around traveling to this beautiful continent. Generalizations and assumptions around African safari travel are rife and perpetuated by both the media and popular culture. With so many fallacies about African safari travel, it’s often hard to get a true and honest insights into a place that is as complex as it is beautiful. In this fun and entertaining presentation Gerry van der Walt will share the good, the bad and the interesting aspects of traveling to Africa for a safari by exploring aspects like accommodation, dining, travel and transfers as well as general safety considerations. If you’ve never thought about traveling to Africa for a safari this presentation might change your mind. If you’ve ever thought about traveling to Africa for a safari this presentation will help you to plan and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.