Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have America’s Most Comprehensive Education 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 Rick Steves, Jack Maxwell 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.

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.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door

Join travel expert Rick Steves – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

How to Visit All Three US Virgin Islands in One Vacation

Heather Gibbs, Regional Manager – Northeast for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Discover how to have a perfect Caribbean vacation, seeing all three U.S. Virgin Islands in one visit. There are a total of three US Virgin Islands to explore, including Water Island, which is affectionately known as the fourth US Virgin Island. Each are relatively close in proximity, so you can experience each island during your vacation.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Smart & Pack Right

Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed “Travel Smart” seminar drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares travelers for each step of the journey (including packing!). Angel will give his favorite travel tips on packing smart, safety & security, 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 smarter. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

12 Noon – 1:00 pm
Travel Theater

Travel in A Time of Disruption

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

How and where to travel in a year of global uncertainty, instability, economic upheaval – and great opportunity. The ultimate road warriors guide to when, where and how to go just about anywhere.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12 Noon – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

Pure Grenada – The Spice of the Caribbean.  Three Island – One Unique Experience!

Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales & Marketing, Grenada Tourism Authority, USA 

Join the Director of Sales & Marketing, USA to hear about the exciting new hotel developments, additional airlift, new site and attractions, and upcoming events such as the Pure Grenada Music Festival and the Chocolate Festival.  Visit us at Booth # 318. www.Puregrenada #DiscoverGrenada

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12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Jara Haas, CSTP Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

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 your Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

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

Cruises – One Size Does Not Fit All!

Kathleen Bardaji, Business Development Coordinator, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners’ panel to hear from the industry’s most recognized cruise brands and learn which one is the ideal option for your next vacation. From sailing the seven seas, to exploring European cities via river to enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime exotic cruise, there are so many options and your full-service advisor is your key for selecting the right fit.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Travel Theater

The World in a Glass

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Experience Australia and New Zealand with Down Under Answers

John Gunning, Sales Manager, Down Under Answers – Africa Answers – Asia Answers

Down Under Answers customizes extraordinary journeys to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. You have always dreamed of travelling there, so why not start planning and making it a reality in 2017. Our feature presentation will cover: The “Must See” destinations in Australia and New Zealand; Ways that “Down Under Answers” can customize your vacation to include the experiences you want to have and see; and Highlight the best areas to visit in each destination and the best time of the year to visit. In New Zealand stroll the beaches or kayak around the Bay of Islands, immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua or get your adrenalin high by bungy jumping in Queenstown. The fun won’t stop there as you head to Australia to snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, walk in the footsteps of the longest continuous culture in the world, the indigenous Aborigine or witness a breathtaking performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

Join Down Under Answers to customize your extraordinary vacation Down Under – the travel experts to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific

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

Be Bold: Essential Tips for Travelers

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

No matter the destination, travel can be the most rewarding experience of your life. But to read today’s news, you’d think that travel is expensive, dangerous and full of hassles.

Rather than being influenced by the negativity surrounding the travel world, travel pro Beth Whitman urges you to Be Bold and discover how you can make your travel dreams come true while having fun, staying safe and without breaking the bank. Regardless of your age or income level, you will leave this talk ready for that next great adventure! This talk is sponsored by ExOfficio and LOWA Boots.

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2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Explore the best of the Islands of The Bahamas: Book unique experiences for every lifestyle

PJ Douglas Sands, Senior/Area Manager, Business Development, The Bahamas Tourist Office, Houston
Dupree Smith, District Manager, Business Development / Sales & Marketing, The Bahamas Tourist Office, Houston

With more than 700 islands and 2,000 cays, sapphire blue skies, turquoise water and white and pink sand beaches, The Bahamas is a multi-island destination, providing unique experiences suited for every lifestyle and every budget. In this presentation, representatives from the Bahamas Tourist Office will share the latest promotions, developments and unique itineraries as well as highlight the versatility of adventures, activities, and properties throughout the Islands of The Bahamas that make us an ideal destination for all types of travelers. For travel professionals, we will also share how to give you the edge to increase your bookings to The Islands of The Bahamas.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Smarter & Better with Technology

Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Do you want to use your iPhone 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. This informative and popular presentation prepares travelers (step-by-step) so they can confidently use their mobile devices while traveling. By attending this talk, you will be able to communicate effectively while on the road just like a temporary local and without breaking the bank. Angel will also cover the best travel apps to enhance your travels! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with great advice and helpful apps to help you travel smarter with your technology. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel often and well! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

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2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

1000 Places to See In the United States and Canada Before You Die

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 1000 Places To See Before You Die shares her favorite destinations in North America drawn from her second and recently updated title 1000 Places To See in the U.S. & Canada Before You Die. Dipping into the book’s rich and varied collection of attractions here in our own backyard, the author shares anecdotes, interesting facts and beautiful photography that illustrate the continent’s countless treasures, from the internationally famous to the little known, including scenic highways, world-class museums and the best BBQ dives that warrant a stop. From the Canadian Arctic to the Florida Everglades, come along for a virtual road trip – from sea to shining sea!

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Discover the Very Best of Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder

Seila HUL, Deputy Director, Marketing & Promotion Department

As one of the best and most popular destinations in the world, Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder has continued to mesmerize visitors from all over the world with rich culture dating back many centuries. Angkor Wat, World Heritage Site, according to Trip Advisor, has been selected 2015 & 2016 Traveler’s Choice, Best Landmark. Besides seeing the Great Temple of Angkor Wat, visitors can relax at our white sandy beach, and our beautiful islands. Cambodia bay is another favorite vacation spots for locals and foreigners alike. The people of Cambodia have also been well known as a very friendly and hospital people. Cambodia is not only a wonderful place to experience but also an easy place to visit with good value for money.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Travel Theater

Broadening Your Global Perspective through Travel

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door

Rick Steves – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – 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 will explain how to travel more thoughtfully to any destination. Drawing from lessons he learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick will explain that by traveling thoughtfully you can take home the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Travel Theater

Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door

Join travel expert Rick Steves – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

LGBT Travel: Tours, Cruises, Events and Destinations for 2017

Ed Salvato, Editor in Chief, ManAboutWorld Magazine
Zach Moses, Vice president and head of virtual tourism, HE Travel
Jody Cole, Owner/Guide of Wild Rainbow African Safaris
Arnold Wayne Jones, Executive Editor, Dallas Voice
Kenny Porpora, Associate Editor, ManAboutWorld

Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel. Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. The panel has collectively been on all seven continents and over 200 countries as out gay and lesbian travelers. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

River Time: Unplug and Discover How a River Trip Can Enrich Your Life

Robby Pitagora, Owner of Rivers & Oceans Adventure Travel

If you’re living a life too busy being busy, a river trip is an excellent way to drop into what we call “River Time”; a state of being where we let go and go with the flow. In this talk, Robby will dispel some commonly held misconceptions about whitewater rafting (it’s not all about the rapids!) and focus instead on the surprising benefits of time spent on the river by sharing personal stories from his four decades as a river guide and expedition leader. If you’ve ever thought about taking a river trip, or if you’ve been on one, this talk is sure to inspire and offer a new way to think about whitewater rafting.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Smart & Pack Right

Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed “Travel Smart” seminar drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares travelers for each step of the journey (including packing!). Angel will give his favorite travel tips on packing smart, safety & security, 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 smarter. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

Travel in A Time of Disruption

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

How and where to travel in a year of global uncertainty, instability, economic upheaval – and great opportunity. The ultimate road warriors guide to when, where and how to go just about anywhere.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Getting Great Travel Photos! 

David McKay, Owner, McKay Photography Academy

Learn great travel photography techniques no matter what camera you have!  David will specifically be sharing ways to compose your images and the best times of day to photograph along with ideas to make your travel photographs stand out from the crowd. 

Learn techniques to help you make the most out of your travel photos! 

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

Cruises – One Size Does Not Fit All!

Kathleen Bardaji, Business Development Coordinator, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners’ panel to hear from the industry’s most recognized cruise brands and learn which one is the ideal option for your next vacation. From sailing the seven seas, to exploring European cities via river to enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime exotic cruise, there are so many options and your full-service advisor is your key for selecting the right fit.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico

Narciso Moreno, Director of Sales, North America and Latin America

Puerto Rico’s diversity starts at its Origin and offers the most activities in one Island than any other in the Caribbean, as per Business Traveler Mag, Caribbean Resonance Report , Reader’s Choice Award/USA Today and TripAdvisor. Puerto Rico’s offering  is reflected thru its Adventure/Nature Travel, Culture, History, Gastronomy, various Specialty Markets and Regions.  Whether you are looking for some great Golf, extreme Sports, Scuba, Surfing, Kayaking or Zip lining…We offer unique experiences! Puerto Rico is your place to go in the Caribbean and if you are a US Resident, you don’t need a Passport! Join us and visit us at booth 327-29!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

How to Travel Like A Movie Star (Without Movie Star Money)

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

For many people, travel can be arduous, tiring and uncomfortable. Long lines, departure delays, lost luggage – all of this adds up to frustration for many travelers. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Join seasoned traveler Johnny Jet to learn the tricks of the trade and simple steps you can take to make your travels smoother to make you feel like a VIP.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Jara Haas, CSTP Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

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 your Alaska adventure is waiting for you.