Speaker Stages

Dallas Travel & Adventure Show

Over 30 Travel Sessions Designed to Help You Travel Like a Rockstar

3 theaters provide you with the most comprehensive travel content that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Travel Theater: You’ve seen them on TV, you follow them on Instagram, and now you can hear from them LIVE, right on the show floor.

Destination Theater: Destination-specific sessions give you the most up to date advice on where to go, what to do, how to get there and how to save in information packed 30 minute sessions.

Savvy Traveler Theater: Learn how to travel like an insider with the latest tips, tricks and actionable advice ranging from packing, travel technology, budget hacks and more, directly from the experts who live on the road.

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

Saturday, March 23

Destination Theater
Milagro-Cabrera

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Costa Rica, More Essential Than Ever

Costa Rica Tourism

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Mrs. Milagro Cabrera, Costa Rica expert

Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of Costa Rica. Discover why Costa Rica stands out with its unparalleled beauty, encompassing lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and majestic volcanoes. Unearth the secrets of its rich biodiversity and embrace the Pura Vida spirit that defines the nation’s simple yet joyous way of life.  Dive into a world of thrilling activities – from zip-lining through the treetops to encountering exotic wildlife in national parks. Immerse yourself in the local culture by interacting with friendly locals and savoring traditional cuisine. As we explore the essential aspects of trip planning. So, buckle up for an insightful journey as we uncover the magic of Costa Rica and empower you to plan a trip that captures the essence of this extraordinary destination. ¡Pura Vida!

Savvy Traveler Theater
David-Jackson

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Then and Now. Five Cool Places from the Past, Present and Future

Green Book Experience

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David Jackson, SVP Business Development, Green Book Experience

Discover the living history of the historic Green Book (1938-1967) as experts share Five iconic locations that bridge nostalgia yet intertwines the past with the present.

Travel Theater
Peter-Greenberg-Headshot-600×600

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Pushing the Envelope – The Secrets of Becoming a Road Warrior

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Markham-McGill-Headshot-(1)2

11:00 am – 11:30 am

A Journey Through the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys & Key West

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Markham McGill, Director of Sales, The Florida Keys & Key West

Take a journey with us through the Florida Keys as we highlight the five unique regions here: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon,
the Lower Keys (also referred to here as “the natural keys”) and finally, the world-famous Key West.

Destination Theater
David-McGuffins-2

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences

David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc.

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David McGuffin, Travel Enthusiast, Tour Operator, Musician, and Part-Time European, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.

Join European travel expert David McGuffin as he shares travel tips, favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty-seven years on the road. David spends about four months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media, travel blog, and videos. He is an advocate of avoiding crowds, living like a local, educated travel, 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.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Russell-Hannon2

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

99 Ways to Cut Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon

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Russell Hannon, Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of ‘Stop Dreaming Start Traveling’ and Ultra Economical Travel Expert for BreakTheTravelBarrier.com

Known for WOW’ing audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive 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 money on your next great escape.

Destination Theater
Deon-Go-TouchDown

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Discover South Africa with Micro-Size Group Tours

Go Touch Down Travel & Tours

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Deon Barnard, CEO, Go Touch Down Travel & Tours

Our tours depart every week. We send more than 200 North Americans to South Africa each month. Come see why people that don’t like going on tours like traveling with us.

Travel Theater
Andrew-McCarthy-Headshot-500×500

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy

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Andrew McCarthy, Actor, Director, Award-Winning Travel Writer

Destination Theater
Oya-Bekisoglu

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

What to Expect from Your Antarctica Expedition

Atlas Ocean Voyages

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Oya Bekisoglu, Sr. Sales Director, South-Central & Key Accounts,’ Atlas Ocean Voyages

Come learn about all things Antarctica!  With Atlas Ocean Voyages, venture to the seventh continent and see incredible wildlife such as penguins, seals, birds, whales, and many more.  Travel on your fully guided expeditions via zodiac as you explore the varying landscape of the great white continent.  With Atlas Ocean Voyages, you not only immerse yourself in the destination, but you do so in style and comfort of a small, luxurious yacht with fewer than 200 guests onboard.  When you’re not exploring Antarctica, kayaking, or camping out on the ice, sit back, relax, and enjoy our all-inclusive atmosphere, educational programming, upscale dining, and elegant comforts of our yachts.

Savvy Traveler Theater
GoTravel

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

The Art of Solo Travel – A Guide for New and Seasoned Explorers

Pamela Holt

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Pamela Holt, Solo Travel Expert, TV Host and Producer of “Me, Myself & The World: The Art of Solo Travel”

Explore the world of solo travel with Pamela Holt. Having ventured to over 90 countries and territories, Pamela inspires both first-time solo travelers and seasoned explorers. Embark on this exciting journey to:

  • Acquire tips to spark your inner solo traveler
  • Learn strategies to maximize your solo adventures
  • Discover the top destinations for solo travelers
  • Uncover how solo travel can lead to self-discovery
  • And much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to jumpstart & maximize your solo travels!

For a dose of pre-show motivation, catch Pamela’s TV series “Me, Myself & The World: The Art of Solo Travel” for free on GoTraveler or any of your preferred platforms: Amazon Prime, Tubi, SlingTV, and more. Season 2 is set to launch this February!

Pamela will be giving out exclusive GoTraveler swag for everyone flaunting the downloaded GoTraveler app on their phones or tablets. While supplies last

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Destination Theater
TBA_Speaker

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Destination Theater
TBA_Speaker

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

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Travel Theater
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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Life Enhancing Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank

Pauline Frommer

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Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Pauline will discuss the smartest, most up-to-date ways of saving money on airfares, lodgings, sightseeing and more, advice that changes every year since the travel industry is so volatile. But it doesn’t really matter how much you save if the trip doesn’t feed your soul, right? Pauline will also cover methods of travel that allow you to dig deeper into the local culture and/or learn a bit about yourself; the most exciting destinations for 2024/2025; ways to reframe travel planning so it enhances your daily life; and much more.

Destination Theater
Robert-Alvarez-Headshot

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Big Bend of Texas...Day or Night, it's an Adventure!

Visit Big Bend

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Robert Alvarez, Executive Director, Visit Big Bend

Through photos, videos and personal observation, the Exec. Dir of Visit Big Bend (Robert Alvarez) will explain the character and unique appeal of “Texas’ Gift to the Nation”. The Big Bend Region of the Lonestar State includes 5 amazing communities consisting of Big Bend National Park, Marathon, Terlingua, Study Butte and Lajitas. The Big Bend of Texas has more than pristine Chihuahuan desert and the darkest night skies in the continental US to offer visitors. Literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails are available to explore plus the #1 golf course to play in Texas, world class BBQ, river floats, ATV excursions, horseback rides, fine dining, unique boutique hotels…and the list goes on. Come enjoy the session and learn more about one of the largest but least visited National Parks in the lower 48 and the incredible Far West Texas communities that surround it.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Wendy-Alexander

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Travel, Wine & Dine with Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander

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Wendy Alexander, TV Host, Executive Producer, Travel, Wine & Dine, and Author, Cooking & Entertaining with Wendy Alexander

Travel, Wine and Dine with me all over the country as I explore the Best Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants and Wineries. Wendy has hosted the # 1 Travel TV show for over 10 years.

Wendy will show you the latest travel tips on packing, changes in tourism, great local eateries, the best bars and of course where to fine the best local fun! So, get packed and ready for the Best Vacation of your life. Remember I Love you for free, and I’ll see you at my next Travel destination.

Destination Theater
TBA_Speaker

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

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AAA

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*Disclaimer: Show Management reserves the right to change speakers and schedules at its discretion. Check back frequently for updates and changes.

Sunday, March 24

Destination Theater
TBA_Speaker

11:15 am – 11:45 am

TBA

AAA

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Savvy Traveler Theater
Russell-Hannon2

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

99 Ways to Cut Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon

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Russell Hannon, Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of ‘Stop Dreaming Start Traveling’ and Ultra Economical Travel Expert for BreakTheTravelBarrier.com

Known for WOW’ing audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive 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 money on your next great escape.

Travel Theater
Peter-Greenberg-Headshot-600×600

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Pushing the Envelope – The Secrets of Becoming A Road Warrior

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
TBA_Speaker

11:55 am – 12:25 pm

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AAA

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Destination Theater
TBA_Speaker

12:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Savvy Traveler Theater
GoTravel

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

TBA

Pamela Holt

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Pamela Holt, Solo Travel Expert, TV Host and Producer of “Me, Myself & The World: The Art of Solo Travel”

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Destination Theater
FT-Walton

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Take the Plunge: Discover Snorkeling and Diving in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Destin Fort Walton Beach

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Mike Norberg, Coastal Resource Coordinator and Chelsea Conley, Destination Stewardship Coordinator

 

Dive into an underwater adventure exploring the crystal-clear waters off the coast of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Whether your family is considering trying out snorkeling, taking the plunge into SCUBA, or even if you’re an experienced diver yourself, Coastal Resource Coordinator Mike Norberg and Destination Stewardship Coordinator Chelsea Conley will have you ready to go! During this interactive session you’ll be introduced to an extensive artificial reef system that ranges from concrete structures to shipwrecks and learn about the next steps to head out and discover a vast array of marine life that call the Gulf of Mexico home.

Travel Theater
paulinefrommer-500×500

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Life Enhancing Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank

Pauline Frommer

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Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Pauline will discuss the smartest, most up-to-date ways of saving money on airfares, lodgings, sightseeing and more, advice that changes every year since the travel industry is so volatile. But it doesn’t really matter how much you save if the trip doesn’t feed your soul, right? Pauline will also cover methods of travel that allow you to dig deeper into the local culture and/or learn a bit about yourself; the most exciting destinations for 2024/2025; ways to reframe travel planning so it enhances your daily life; and much more.

Destination Theater
Brianna-McCarthy

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Journey to the Islands of Fiji

Tourism Fiji

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Brianna McCarthy, Trade Partnerships Manager, Tourism Fiji

Join Tourism Fiji for a fun and informational journey to the Islands of Fiji. If you’re looking for uncrowded islands, pristine environment, and famously friendly people, you’ll love our islands. Join us to hear more about how easy it is to get to Fiji and about the wide array of experiences for all types of travelers and budgets.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Juan-J-Rios

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Copa Airlines’ Product and Network in Latin America, our Awards, Stopover Program, New Destinations

Copa Airlines

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Juan J Rios, Sales Executive, Copa Airlines

Destination Theater
John-Smith

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Discover the Beauty of Cruising with MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises

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John Smith, Director of Field Sales North Region, MSC Cruises USA

Discover what makes MSC Cruises so unique. From our onboard experiences to the destinations we visit to our mission of responsible traveling. We’ll also talk about MSC Yacht Club, our exclusive private sanctuary available on most of our ships, and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, our private island like no other. Lastly, hear about MSC World America, an LNG-powered trail-blazing designed ship arriving next year!

One lucky attendee will win a bag filled with MSC Cruises goodies for your next dream vacation at sea.

Destination Theater
Muriel-Wiltord

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Martinique, an Authentic Nature Escape

Martinique Tourism Authority

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Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas, Martinique Tourism Authority

Martinique is the ideal Caribbean getaway for nature lovers, with awe-inspiring landscapes and remarkable biodiversity recognized by UNESCO. During this session, you’ll hear the latest updates from this one-of-a-kind destination. Please come and join us.  You may be pleasantly surprised

*Disclaimer: Show Management reserves the right to change speakers and schedules at its discretion. Check back frequently for updates and changes.