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 and 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 Andrew Zimmern, Rick Steves, 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 an 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.

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robertford

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

Adventures in Bhutan

Robert Ford, Partner, Bhutan Peak Adventure

In this session, we will explore the mysterious destination of Bhutan to see what makes it a unique adventure and cultural destination to visit and how it can be combined with neighboring countries to make a spectacular holiday in South East Asia. Bhutan offers several long distance high altitude treks, cycling, motor biking, and rafting.

drrichardhansen

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

Bella Guatemala Travel – “BGT Experiences”

Dr. Richard D. Hansen, Archaeologist and Director of the Mirador Basin Project

Take a journey into the land of the Maya with BGT’s Guatemala and Belize destination experts. Gain a deeper understanding about the Maya civilization from the world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Richard D. Hansen of El Mirador. Learn tips on how to travel like a local, must-see locations and things to do for an experience of a lifetime. Discover why Guatemala and the neighboring country of Belize is a top travel destination for travelers worldwide. For show special travel deals and giveaways, visit us at booth 851.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:15 am – 11:30 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

JeffAdam

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11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

Experience Australia and New Zealand with Down Under Answers

Jeff Adam, Australia and New Zealand Specialist, Director of Sales, 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

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

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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12 Noon – 12:45 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

TekuraKelley

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12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti are closer than you think

Tekura Kelley, Trade and Promotions Manager, Tahiti Tourisme

Tucked away in the South Pacific, just 8 hours from Los Angeles, the Islands of Tahiti are closer than you think.  Boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts; each of the 118 islands and atolls have something for everyone. Worlds away from the hectic daily grind, where a natural balanced rhythm between the land and the people exist, means connecting with what is really important in life. Discover the escape of a lifetime today!

russellhannon

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert

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 money on your next great escape.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

See More, Spend Less: How to Travel in 2017

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

Get more out of your vacation, whether you’re a luxury lover or a backpacker. Pauline Frommer offers straight-shooting tips and tricks for getting the best deals on airfares, accommodations, cruises and attractions. She’ll count down the hottest destinations of the year, alongside those that give the best value for the dollar, and discuss the new trends that will be shaping the way you travel. 

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

rogernaylor

Arizona - Travel and Tourist Expo

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Walking in Paradise: The Joy of Arizona Hiking

Roger Naylor, Travel Writer

When it comes to hiking possibilities, no state can match Arizona for sheer staggering diversity. Arizona is the only state where you can hike into the one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. And not far from the Grand Canyon you can hike amid alpine tundra, climbing to the summit of Humphreys Peak at 12,633 feet. In fact, Arizona has 26 peaks that are over 10,000 feet.

Arizona is the only state where you can hike in the Sonoran Desert. We step outside and walk among cactus as tall as five-story buildings. We can also explore the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails weaving among the red rocks of Sedona alone. Then you add the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, the Superstition Mountains, Chiricahua National Monument, Organ Pipe National Monument, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, the White Mountains, the Mogollon Rim, Monument Valley, 30 state parks and so many more.

When we go outside to play in Arizona, we’re in the big leagues.

DianaRiel

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

Cruises – One size does not fit all!

Diana Riel, Director of Business Development at 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.

Travel Indonesia - Travel and Adventure Show

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Indonesia

andrewzimmern

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

Andrew Zimmern, Three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

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

A Guide to Better Travel Photography

Ralph Velasco, Travel Photography Instructor, Author and International Guide, CEO, PhotoEnrichment Adventures

Travel photography instructor, author and international guide Ralph Velasco has organized and led more than 60 cultural tours, with a focus on photography, around the world. In this presentation he discusses the importance of working from a Shot List in order to create a varied set of images from any destination, one that tells the complete story of the place. He’ll define exactly what a shot list is and explain how to effectively develop and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of photos from your travels.

Ralph will also reveal his Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography to another level, whatever type of camera you use, or your experience. To visually demonstrate these simple-to-understand and easy-to-implement tips and concepts, he’ll be using images from his recent trips to India, Romania, Vietnam, Lapland, Iceland, Spain, Tuscany, the Adriatic, the Baltics, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, and more.

martinaldrich

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Northwest Passage — A Changing Frontier

Martin Aldrich, Business Development, Adventure Canada

To travel the legendary Northwest Passage is to join the ranks of history’s great explorers, to see our world through new eyes. Today, the allure of this mythic destination is greater than ever; large cruise ships have begun to explore its wilderness, and unprecedented archaeological discoveries have driven interest to a fever pitch. But what are the ramifications of this Arctic Fever? Join Adventure Canada Expedition Leader Matthew James Swan for a discussion on the future of polar tourism—its effects on the pristine environment, the sensitive local wildlife, and the regional culture. Learn what steps operators can take to approach this destination sustainably, and how Adventure Canada’s unique approach to expedition travel has established industry-leading best practices for unparalleled passenger experiences in the Far North.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

3:45 pm – 4:45 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

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

Eldertreks

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:30 am – 12 Noon
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

MaryGrady

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Destination Theater

LAX – Serve The World Connecting People, Places and Cultures

Mary Grady, Director Media and Public Relations, Los Angeles World Airports

Our Mission at Los Angeles World Airports is “To serve the world – connecting people, places and cultures.” As we transform Los Angeles International Airport we are committed…

to serve global customers and local communities; to safely and securely bring people together – connecting L.A. with a global society and to enrich quality of life for individual travelers, the community, and – through the economic development we stimulate – the entire L.A. region. Join us to learn more about transforming LAX into a world-class airport.

rebeccawarren
adamskolnick
ashleygarver
sarabenson

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

The Art of Independent Travel

Rebecca Warren, Managing Editor of Lonely Planet magazine
Adam Skolnick, Award-winning Journalist and Author
Ashley Garver, Lonely Planet US Marketing Manager
Sara Benson, Lonely Planet Writer 

Lonely Planet knows how to take the road less traveled. From solo to sustainable travel, hear about the top trends and off-the-beaten path destinations on Lonely Planet’s radar in 2017 from magazine managing editor Rebecca Warren and a panel of Lonely Planet experts including Sara Benson, Ashley Garver and Adam Skolnick.

andrewwartenberg

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11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

How to Visit All Three US Virgin Islands in One Vacation

Andrew Wartenberg, Midwest Regional Manager United Sates Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

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 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

prescottyoung

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12 Noon – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

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

Prescott Young, Area Manager, Business Development / USA Sales & Marketing The Bahamas Tourist Office, Los Angeles

With more than 700 islands and 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. In this presentation, representatives from the Bahamas Tourist Office will share the latest promotions 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.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

12:30 pm – 1:30 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

Tour Taiwan - Travel Shows

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Taiwan

JoseAntonioGonzalez
EmilioFaillace

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

Bella Guatemala Travel – “BGT Experiences”

Jose Antonio Gonzalez, Bella Guatemala Travel Tour Leader
Emilio Faillace, Bella Guatemala Travel Tour Leader

Take a journey into the land of the Maya with BGT’s Guatemala and Belize destination experts. Gain a deeper understanding about the Maya civilization. Learn tips on how to travel like a local, must-see locations and things to do for an experience of a lifetime. Discover why Guatemala and the neighboring country of Belize is a top travel destination for travelers worldwide. For show special travel deals and giveaways, visit us at booth 851.

marshabarton

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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise, the Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Marsha Barton, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences of South Central Alaska. See what amazing Alaska adventure is waiting for you!

DianaRiel

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

Cruises – One size does not fit all!

Diana Riel, Director of Business Development at 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.

JohnnyJet

2:00 pm – 3:00 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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2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Fiji

edsalvato

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merrynjohns
jeffgundvaldson
duanewells

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

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

Ed Salvato, Editor in Chief, ManAboutWorld Magazine
Merryn Johns, Editor in Chief, Curve Magazine
Jeff Gundvaldson, Owner, Brand g Vacations
Duane Wells, Travel Writer

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!

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

See More, Spend Less: How to Travel in 2017

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

Get more out of your vacation, whether you’re a luxury lover or a backpacker. Pauline Frommer offers straight-shooting tips and tricks for getting the best deals on airfares, accommodations, cruises and attractions. She’ll count down the hottest destinations of the year, alongside those that give the best value for the dollar, and discuss the new trends that will be shaping the way you travel. 

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

AngeloCarotenuto

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3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Great Tips on How to Book Your Perfect Italian Vacation

Angelo Carotenuto, Founder and co-owner of LivItaly Tours

Meet Angelo Carotenuto, top-rated tour guide of Italy since 2005 and founder of LivItaly Tours, to learn about Italy’s most famous stereotypes (food, culture, music, art, fashion, Ferrari, nature, soccer, wine) and find ways to experience them all on your next Italian vacation. Tips on ways to explore Italy, book with the best tour operators, quality-check, and the ability to come back with awesome memories for you and your loved ones.

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

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

A Guide to Better Travel Photography

Ralph Velasco, Travel Photography Instructor, Author and International Guide, CEO, PhotoEnrichment Adventures

Travel photography instructor, author and international guide Ralph Velasco has organized and led more than 60 cultural tours, with a focus on photography, around the world. In this presentation he discusses the importance of working from a Shot List in order to create a varied set of images from any destination, one that tells the complete story of the place. He’ll define exactly what a shot list is and explain how to effectively develop and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of photos from your travels.

Ralph will also reveal his Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography to another level, whatever type of camera you use, or your experience. To visually demonstrate these simple-to-understand and easy-to-implement tips and concepts, he’ll be using images from his recent trips to India, Romania, Vietnam, Lapland, Iceland, Spain, Tuscany, the Adriatic, the Baltics, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, and more.

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4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

The China National Tourist Office, Japan National Tourism Organization, and Korea Tourism Organization

The China National Tourist Office, Japan National Tourism Organization, and Korea Tourism Organization are pleased to hold a short conference announcing their joint promotion efforts to increase tourism to East Asia. Our beautiful, varied region has many delights to offer travelers from opportunities to experience rich cultures, long histories, and delicious foods. Representatives from each organization will take part and are happy to invite everyone to Visit East Asia.