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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 Brian Kelly, Peter Greenberg, Rudy Maxa  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.

Stop by the on-floor bookstore to purchase books from your favorite travel authors here at the show!
Visit the bookstore in booth #649.

THANKS FOR A GREAT 2022 TRAVEL SHOW SEASON!
PLEASE CHECK BACK IN SEPTEMBER FOR 2023 SPEAKER UPDATES

Saturday, April 1

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

Its More Fun with You in the Philippines

Richmond Patrick L. Jimenez, Tourism Attaché and Director, U.S. Southwestern States, Hawaii & Latin America
Join me as I discuss the reopening of the Philippines and what travelers can expect when they arrive.
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Travel Theater

Fireside Chat with Brian Kelly: Everything You Need to Know About Travel and Credit Cards

Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of The Points Guy (TPG)
CNTO

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Beijing 2022 and China Ice & Snow Tourism

Joe Sinisi, Director of Marketing, Access China Tours, Denver, CO
Beijing hosted the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in February, becoming the first city ever to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Coinciding with the Chinese New Year, it offered China a great opportunity to impress the world with its culture, cuisine, and winter tourism resources. Come and join us to see what China can offer for ice & snow tourism!
angelstour

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

The Best Travel & Packing Tips for Today’s World

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
The World and travel have dramatically changed. You can still make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full-time professional traveler – even during the pandemic. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels 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 changes in tourism, health safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and of course updated packing tips for today’s world! 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

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Katy Ouellette, Tourism Sales Associate, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures
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!
Rudy Maxa

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

The New Age of Travel: How to Enjoy Post-Pandemic Travel

Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster
Traveling today is a lot different than it was two years ago. The original Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa gives you the tips and tricks on how to travel like a pro in 2022.

1:00 pm – 2:00 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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Greater Miami & Miami Beach – Shining Bright

John Copeland, Director, Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami CVB
The visions of white sand beaches, stunning hotel properties and exclusive nightlife parties are all easily Found in Miami. However, the energy and pulse of Greater Miami radiates from our vibrant heritage neighborhoods, world-class arts & culture experiences, and the tastes of our internationally celebrated food scene. Let us help you discover all the hidden gems inside the world’s hottest beach destination!

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

Navigating How to Safely Cruise Post Pandemic

Alanna Zingano, Travel Content Creator and Founder, Travel the World A to Z
Join cruise expert Alanna Zingano as she shares the latest in ocean and river cruising. In this session, she will explain how the world of cruising will look uniquely different upon its return from the No-Sail Orders. Discussing what you need to know before you are ready to set sail and navigate the high seas! Alanna reveals exactly how to stay safe and put trust into the cruise industry for your next vacation!

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Dominican Republic, a Corner of Paradise

Raquel Reyes, Director, Dominican Republic Tourism
Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history, and rich culture.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation, and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches.

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

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours…Spend a Little More and Get a Whole Lot in Return

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.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer 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

3:15 pm – 3:45 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!
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Best Travel Benefits and the Credit Cards That Help You Get Them

Senitra Horbrook, Editor at The Points Guy
You may be aware of the big credit card sign-up bonuses that offer thousands of points and miles for travel. But did you also know certain credit cards can help you level up your travel experience by unlocking some fantastic benefits? From free food and drinks in airport lounges to bypassing a long security line, this session will go over some of the top travel benefits included with many credit cards to help you figure out which cards may be best for you.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Destination Theater

The Big Bend of Texas: More than just an amazing National Park

Robert Alvarez, Executive Director, Visit Big Bend
The Big Bend Region of Texas is a land of striking beauty consisting of five distinct communities: Marathon, Lajitas, Study Butte, Terlingua and Big Bend National Park. In this session, tourism director Robert Alvarez will explain that there is more to the Big Bend than just an incredible national park with over 150 miles of hiking trails. Visitors can raft the Rio Grande, zipline with the backdrop of neighboring Mexico, horseback ride in Texas’ largest State Park, golf a PGA designed course in the Chihuahuan Desert, learn about the area’s history from pre-historic times when the largest flying creature ever to live on the planet roamed here or just sit back, relax and look at the Milky Way with your naked eye at not one but two International Dark Sky Preserves.

Sunday, April 2

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 – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Galapagos, Machu Picchu & South America

Hugo Torres, CEO, Latin Travel Collection
Discover the best kept secrets of travelling in South America. In this Destination Theatre Session Hugo Torres, CEO of Latin Travel Collection will uncover industry secrets for travelling comfortably in unique bucket-list destinations. From the best times to travel to describing what to expect during your journey; he will answer your frequently asked question, give you in-sighter knowledge on South America, and offer pointers to maximize your travel experience.
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

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

The Best Travel Benefits and the Credit Cards That Help You Get Them

Senitra Horbrook, Editor at The Points Guy
You may be aware of the big credit card sign-up bonuses that offer thousands of points and miles for travel. But did you also know certain credit cards can help you level up your travel experience by unlocking some fantastic benefits? From free food and drinks in airport lounges to bypassing a long security line, this session will go over some of the top travel benefits included with many credit cards to help you figure out which cards may be best for you.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Discover South Africa with Small Group Tours

Deon Barnard, CEO, Go Touch Down Travel & Tours
Our tours depart every week. We send more than 1,000 North Americans to South Africa each year. Come see why people that don’t like going on tours like traveling with us.

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

United Airlines vs. American Airlines: Which One Is Better For You?

Jamie Larounis, Editor, Upgraded Points
American Airlines may be the hometown carrier in Dallas, but is it really the right airline for you? Jamie will compare and contrast United Airlines and American, focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of both legacy carriers and based upon your travel patterns and preferences, which one may make sense for you. You’ll walk away with a lot of knowledge about the American AAdvantage and United MileagePlus programs as well as information on route networks and onboard product offerings so that you can make an informed choice when thinking not just about your next trip, but about your travel for years to come.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer 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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Katy Ouellette, Tourism Sales Associate, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures
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!
listenjourney

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

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours…Spend a Little More and Get a Whole Lot in Return

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.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Exploring Europe: Post-Pandemic Travel to Europe: How to “Jump Through all the Hoops and Red Tape,” and Still Have Fun!

David McGuffin, Founder & CEO, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.
Join European travel expert, David McGuffin as he shares savvy travel tips to help navigate country-specific travel restrictions, mask requirements, vaccines rules, and COVID-19 testing requirements. He’ll also share favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty years on the road. David usually spends five months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media pages, travel blog, and his weekly broadcast of “Travel Talk Tuesday with David McGuffin.” He is an advocate of traveling off-season, avoiding crowds, and embracing the culture of the locale. His picture-packed presentation is loaded with pertinent travel information, suggested routes, sage advice, and information about his small-group tours in Europe.
Rudy Maxa

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

The New Age of Travel: How to Enjoy Post-Pandemic Travel

Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster
Traveling today is a lot different than it was two years ago. The original Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa gives you the tips and tricks on how to travel like a pro in 2022.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

What’s New at Sandals & How Seamless We’ve Made it for Clients to Travel

David Ridge, Regional Director of Sales for the Western Region at Sandals & Beaches Resorts
What is new at Sandals & Beaches Resorts and how the All-Inclusive Industry has transformed since the pandemic.

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

Beginners Guide to Credit Cards and Award Travel

Jason Steele, Director of Credit Card Content, Money.com
When you’re able to utilize their rewards and benefits, credit cards can be your most valuable travel tool. In this session, you’ll learn the basics of how to leverage credit cards to earn free airfare, hotels, car rentals and activities. We’ll also discuss how to utilize credit cards to receive perks such as expedited airport security, hotel room upgrades and airline elite status with carriers such as American and Southwest. You’ll also learn strategies to manage your credit cards responsibly and keep an excellent credit score.