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 Peter Greenberg 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.

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

Saturday, February 18

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

Beijing 2022 and China Ice & Snow Tourism

Evan Chan, Representative, China National Tourist Office (CNTO)
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!

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Road Tripping with Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander, Host of Travel, Wine & Dine TV Show
The World of Travel has changed in the past two years, but family and friends still want to enjoy themselves and share great memories on vacations. Road Tripping with Wendy Alexander, Host of Travel, Wine & Dine will give you expert advice on how to plan, pack and enjoy vacations from the road. From when to take your vacation, where to go, what to bring and what to do before you go, Road Tripping with Wendy Alexander will share it all. Road trips are very popular and safe now more than ever so forget cancelled flights, crowded airports, long lines and hit the road in your car or RV and see the world!
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)

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

So, You Want to Go to Antarctica or the High Arctic? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Steve Wellmeier, Managing Director, Poseidon Expeditions USA
There are more choices than ever for the intrepid traveler interested in exploring the polar regions – Antarctica, the Arctic and even the North Pole! With these choices come many questions: what exactly are “the polar regions” and where can we go and what will we do and see on arrival? What kind (and size) of ship do I want to be on? Will the ships and our activities be environmentally friendly? What does the traveler need to know about climate issues, and how these might – or might not – affect tourism operations in the polar regions? Steve will do his best to answer these and many other questions you might have about visiting Antarctica or the Arctic!

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 Noon – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

It’s STILL better in The Bahamas

Mikala Moss, Leisure Sales & Marketing GM for The Bahamas
Ready set go…to The Bahamas! Attendees will be taken on whirlwind trip through the islands of The Bahamas all from the comfort of their seats.

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Dominican Republic, a Corner of Paradise

Enrique Penson, Director of Economic Studies, Dominican Republic Ministry of 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.

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

How to Use Miles and Points in a Post-Pandemic World

Matthew Klint, Blogger, Live & Let’s Fly
How should you think about miles and points in the post-pandemic world? What points should you collect? What credit cards should you be concentrating your spending on in order to maximize travel? This introduction to miles and points will make clear that travel is not free, but through a careful use of miles and points, you can enjoy airfare for far less than most seated around you and hotels for far less than your neighbors. There are so many programs and so many credit cards on the marketplace and Matthew will help you sort through your options and focus on those most rewarding programs which give you the biggest bang for your buck.

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

Initiatives & Legacies ~TOKYO 2020~ Talk Session

Jessica Long, 16-Time U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist, Author, & Speaker
Yuto Horigome, Skateboarding Gold Medalist of 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Professional Skateboarder
The TOKYO 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been a catalyst for various achievements including progress in achieving a Harmonious and Inclusive Society, dissemination of Japanese culture, and promotion of individual health.
In this session, Jessica Long and Yuto Horigome, as a Paralympian and an Olympian of the TOKYO 2020, will talk about their own experience in Tokyo relevant to these achievements, which should be passed on to the next generation as legacies the TOKYO 2020 brought.

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

2022 Travel and Beyond: An Insider’s Guide to Europe, Mexico, and Bucketlist Cruises Today

Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert + Creator Ask A Concierge
Ready to travel again? Travel expert, author, and former award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares what the travel landscape looks like from an insider’s perspective, as well as her personal experiences cruising in Antarctica, visiting the beaches in Mexico, and flying to Europe. Covering what the current travel experience is like and best practices for a smooth trip, she’ll also share some of the biggest trends in travel that we can expect in 2022.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Tia Froehle, Tourism Sales Manager, 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!

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Rejuvenate in Miami

Debra Lee, Director, Travel Industry Sales, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Join us for a Destination update, what to do and find in Greater Miami.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of The Frommer’s 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 – 4:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private ToursTours…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.

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Antigua & Barbuda, The Escape You Deserve

Norrell Joseph, Sales & Marketing Manager, USA Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority
Antigua & Barbuda is the “The Escape You Deserve”! Enjoy any of our 366 beaches, world-class resorts, friendly hospitality, delicious cuisine, endless tranquility, and positive vibes. In Antigua & Barbuda, the beach is just the beginning! We have nonstop flights and great airfares on American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue and United from Newark, New Jersey- EWR; New York City- JFK; Charlotte, North Carolina- CLT; Atlanta, Georgia- ATL; Orlando, Florida-MCO and Miami, Florida- MIA to our twin-island destination- ANU!
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Sensational Solo Travel: Building the Confidence to Travel Alone and Have Fun

Senitra Horbrook, Editor at The Points Guy
Want to travel, but don’t always have family & friends to join you? In this session, we’ll explore reasons to travel solo & how to overcome some of the fears that might keep you from doing so.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Magic of Mexico & Mundo Maya – Here Comes the Mayan Train

Sara Zapata Mijares, CEO, Mundo Maya Travel and Founder & President Mundo Maya Foundation
Mundo Maya Travel invites you to travel with us through an ancestral yet adapting great culture of our Mayab/Mayaland. Come enjoy the mysticism of the great pyramids of Chichen Itza, one of the 7th New Wonders in the World, Uxmal, houses built with palm leaves, the natural preserves of wild species and the traditional flavor of our mestizo food.

Sunday, February 19

Credit Card Points - Travel Events

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Sensational Solo Travel: Building the Confidence to Travel Alone and Have Fun

Senitra Horbrook, Editor at The Points Guy
Want to travel, but don’t always have family & friends to join you? In this session, we’ll explore reasons to travel solo & how to overcome some of the fears that might keep you from doing so.

10:30 am – 11:00 am
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.

10:45 am – 11:45 am
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

11:30 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Tia Froehle, Tourism Sales Manager, 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!

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

Tech Tips for Smarter Travel

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
Technology has become even more important for travel these days. There is no doubt that our smartphones can be the most important travel tool in today’s world. Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. This highly informative talk is updated every year and “packed” with the most up to date savvy travel tips to help you maximize your tech to travel smarter. 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 easier 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. 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

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

Adventure Awaits in Ireland

Barbara Wood, Manager Western USA, Tourism Ireland
A kayaking trip from dusk into darkness and then into a world of stars that sparkle in the water with bioluminescence. A cycle around a lake overlooked by grand country houses or along one of our Greenways designed for cyclists. A golf adventure at the edge of the Atlantic. A walk along a windswept coastal trail of beautiful, rugged scenery. Visiting Ireland is all about getting outside. Join us to learn more about this island of Ireland’s adventurous side.
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

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

How to Maximize Your Hotel Dollars, and are Loyalty Programs Worth It?

Kevin Song, Advisory Panel Member, The Points Guy
How to decide how and where to spend your hotel dollars? Which loyalty programs deliver on upgrades, club lounges, and free breakfasts and which don’t? Should you ditch loyalty programs and instead use booking websites, credit card rewards programs, or other channels? A lively look at how to develop a hotel strategy for your travel needs and dreams.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of The Frommer’s 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

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

On a Photographic Safari in East and Southern Africa

Paul Swart, President, Natural Migrations Inc.
Paul will cover the highlights of going on a photographic safari through East and Southern Africa.

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

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private ToursTours…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

So, You Want to Go to Antarctica or the High Arctic? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Steve Wellmeier, Managing Director, Poseidon Expeditions USA
There are more choices than ever for the intrepid traveler interested in exploring the polar regions – Antarctica, the Arctic and even the North Pole! With these choices come many questions: what exactly are “the polar regions” and where can we go and what will we do and see on arrival? What kind (and size) of ship do I want to be on? Will the ships and our activities be environmentally friendly? What does the traveler need to know about climate issues, and how these might – or might not – affect tourism operations in the polar regions? Steve will do his best to answer these and many other questions you might have about visiting Antarctica or the Arctic!

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

2022 Travel and Beyond: An Insider’s Guide to Europe, Mexico, and Bucketlist Cruises Today

Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert + Creator Ask A Concierge
Ready to travel again? Travel expert, author, and former award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares what the travel landscape looks like from an insider’s perspective, as well as her personal experiences cruising in Antarctica, visiting the beaches in Mexico, and flying to Europe. Covering what the current travel experience is like and best practices for a smooth trip, she’ll also share some of the biggest trends in travel that we can expect in 2022.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

From Star Wars to Game of Thrones: How to Visit the Most Incredible
Destinations Depicted on Screen

Derrik J. Lang, Lifestyle Editor, Shondaland
Learn how to explore the jagged Irish island that doubled as Jedi temple in the latest Star Wars trilogy, the real-life valley in Washington state that inspired Twin Peaks, the California oasis that portrayed Shangri-La in the classic Lost Horizon, and several other exotic destinations depicted in popular film and TV series. In this session, you’ll also discover one-of-a-kind travel experiences that bring fantasy into reality, such as training like a Game of Thrones warrior and partying like the aristocracy in Bridgerton.
Rudy Maxa

3:00 pm – 4:00 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

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

Trips You Can Take With a Single Credit Card Sign-up Bonus

Carissa Rawson, Travel Writer, Points and Miles Expert, Just Plane Points
Wondering why people keep talking about points and miles but not quite ready to go all-in? Let’s walk through a series of vacations you can take from just a single credit card sign-up bonus.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Destination Theater

Explore Multicultural Miami Experiences

Petra Brennan, Director of the Tourism Business Enhancement Program, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism & Development Department