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 Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Josh Gates, 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.

Saturday, February 16

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, he’ll explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from four months in Europe, Rick reveals exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Responsible Travel: Tips on How to Make a Positive Impact on The Places We Visit

Andrea Ross, Wild Frontiers U.S. Director

Drawing on her experience living in Cambodia for 10 years where she started both a tour company and a non-profit organization designed to connect travelers with the needs of the local community there, Andrea Ross will give a brief summary of the evolution of responsible travel over the years followed by specific tips on how today’s socially and environmentally responsible travelers can ensure their trips have a positive impact on the places they visit.

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

The Best of Southern Peru

Renato Romero, CEO & Founder, My Peru Guide 

Renato is an experienced travel agent operating and conducting tours in Peru with more than 10 years of experience in the travel industry. He is also a Spanish teacher at College of the Canyons who enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge of his country and culture. He created MyPeruGuide.com to share this knowledge with travelers who are interested in visiting Peru.

Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

11:15 pm – 12:00 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier

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.

12:00 Noon – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel in 2019 – Where will you go next?

Alexander Howard, Lonely Planet Editor, Digital Product

One of the main questions on every traveler’s mind is “Where to go next?” Harnessing the collective travel experience of Lonely Planet’s writers, editors and staffers, the annual Best in Travel list is your answer. Lonely Planet editor Alexander Howard will guide you through 2019’s great travel experiences, exploring the globe’s up-and-coming destinations, highlighting trends that are shaping travelers’ itineraries in the year ahead, and sharing some personal favorites from his own extensive travels

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in The USA & Canada Before You Die

Discovering Europe’s many scenic and history-rich waterways by river boat is one of today’s most comfortable and enjoyable ways to travel. Patricia explores the pros and cons and how it compares to ocean cruising, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite river itineraries in Europe – as well as a few beyond.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

African Safari Travel – When, Where, How

Juno Kim, Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska bust popular myths and legends of Alaska while highlighting the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. Come learn what your Alaska adventure will be.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Ultimate Packing & Travel Tips for the Best Trip of Your Life

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full time professional traveler. This highly informative presentation is 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 packing smart, safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! 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

Pauline Frommer

Frommer Books - Travel Expos

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

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

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Ralph Velasco

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Take Travel Photographs Everyone Wants To See!

Ralph Velasco, CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment

If you’re looking to create inspiring photographs that everyone will want to see, then join professional travel photographer and international tour leader Ralph Velasco for this information-packed session.

Learn about the importance of anticipation and timing, approaching and positioning your subject, working with a theme, visual storytelling and so much more.  Finally, you’ll learn Ralph’s Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography from ho-hum to Holy Cow!  And anyone can put it into practice. Now, let’s get out and shoot!

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

Broadening Your Global Perspective Through Travel

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Acclaimed travel expert, Rick Steves 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 demonstrates how travel can be truly transformational. Drawing from lessons he’s learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shares that by traveling thoughtfully you can take home the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Jared Kamrowski

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

How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible

Jared Kamrowski, CEO / Founder Thrifty Traveler 

This session will save you hundreds of dollars off your next flight. Learn how to leverage several tools to help you save on flights anywhere in the world. We’ll also discuss how to find flash sales and mistake fares like an expert travel hacker.

Gerry van der Walk - Travel Expert Speaker

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

Magical Masai Mara.  The Wildlife. The People. The Experience.

Gerry van der Walt, C- Founder of Wild Eye | International Tour & Expedition Leader | Public Speaker | Nature & Travel Photographer

The Masai Mara has not only been voted the best game reserve in Africa by the World Travel Awards but also plays host to the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world – the great wildebeest migration.

However, there is a whole lot more to Kenya and an authentic Mara experience than just the incredible wildlife and never-ending landscapes.

In this interactive presentation Gerry van der Walt will, through video content and beautiful photography, share some Mara magic with you as he explores the people, the culture, the wildlife and the amazing bucket list experience that is a safari to the greatest game reserve in the world.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about wildlife in Kenya, the great migration, the Maasai culture, safaris in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem or being a part of an authentic camping experience, this is a presentation you do not want to miss.

Sunday, February 17

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, he’ll explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from four months in Europe, Rick reveals exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Destination Theater

Anthony’s Key Resort – What Makes it Special and a Unique Destination Compared to Other Resorts.

Haydee Galindo Hyde, Director of Bahia Tours, Inc.

Anthony’s Key Resort is a family owned-operated dive resort in Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras. Much of the staff at AKR has worked with the Galindo family for over 25-30 + years. The exceptional personalized service to guest is unlike anywhere in the Caribbean or the world. Anthony’s Key Resort, in Roatan is a safe and family friendly setting for all age ranges.

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Amazing Hiking Trails in Europe

Claire Dunne, Customer Experience Director, CaminoWays.com and Greenlife Tours Ltd.

The CaminoWays.com hiking and cycling vacation experts will introduce the audience to amazing hiking trails in Europe, such as the ancient Camino de Santiago routes, the Via Francigena to Rome, Ireland’s spectacular hiking trails and much more. The Camino de Santiago is a network of ancient trails taken by pilgrims across Europe for many centuries on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world walk the Camino each year. Discover its fascinating history, the different routes to Santiago and why it should be in on your bucket list. A trip of a lifetime, a unique experience and journey for the soul.

Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier

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.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Traveling Smart with Technology

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer,  AngelsTravelLounge.com

Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. 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 easy 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 and easier. 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

Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Nevada: Go Home with More Stories Than Souvenirs

Teri Laursen, Director Sales and Industry Partners, Nevada Division of Tourism

Nevada is a land of dramatic contrasts that beckons adventurers to breathtaking landscapes of rugged mountains, rivers, parks and lakes in the scenic high desert, and dazzles visitors with exciting resorts, elegant dining, world-class shopping, big-name entertainment, professional sports and cultural experiences in 24-hour cities Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. From neon to nature, we’ll explore the world of adventure in Nevada enticing you to “Go Home with More Stories Than Souvenirs”. Discover Nevada’s many things to do, places to go and places to stay.

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in The USA & Canada Before You Die

Discovering Europe’s many scenic and history-rich waterways by river boat is one of today’s most comfortable and enjoyable ways to travel. Patricia explores the pros and cons and how it compares to ocean cruising, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite river itineraries in Europe – as well as a few beyond.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

Visit East Asia: Japan, Korea, & China

Aki Kadomatsu, Marketing Coordinator, Japan National Tourism Organization
Soyeon Jin, Marketing Assistant, Korea Tourism Organization
Evan Chan, Marketing Manager, China National Tourist Office

Join the tourism offices of Japan, Korea, and China for an informational seminar on the highlights of these great travel destinations. Come learn about the exceptional food, historical & modern cultures, unique activities, beautiful natural landscapes, and the abundance of attractions that are bringing an exponential number of travelers to these East Asian countries! All three tourism offices are indispensable resources for travel trade professionals, meeting planners, and travelers. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get tips on the ultimate must-see’s and must do’s!

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Time for Taiwan 101

Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Travel specialists will share all the essentials about traveling to Taiwan. If you are interested in visiting this fascinating island that is a food paradise, nature wonderland, and a world-class cycling destination, make sure to stop by for Taiwan flight and tour specials! 

Gerry van der Walk - Travel Expert Speaker

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

African Safari Travel – The Good, The Bad and the Interesting

Gerry van der Walt, Co-Founder of Wild Eye, International Tour & Expedition Leader, Public Speaker, Nature & Travel Photographer

Africa is without a doubt one of the world’s most diverse wildlife and nature destinations but there are still many myths and misconceptions around traveling to this beautiful continent. Generalizations and assumptions around African safari travel are rife and perpetuated by both the media and popular culture. With so many fallacies about African safari travel, it’s often hard to get a true and honest insights into a place that is as complex as it is beautiful. In this fun and entertaining presentation Gerry van der Walt will share the good, the bad and the interesting aspects of traveling to Africa for a safari by exploring aspects like accommodation, dining, travel and transfers as well as general safety considerations. If you’ve never thought about traveling to Africa for a safari this presentation might change your mind. If you’ve ever thought about traveling to Africa for a safari this presentation will help you to plan and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

Embracing the Unknown

Josh Gates, Host, Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown

Explorer Josh Gates is the host and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s hit series Expedition Unknown. Armed with a deep-rooted passion for adventure, Josh travels around the world and off the map to find the truth behind iconic legends and thrilling archaeological mysteries. Join Josh in-person for an exclusive talk about his most daring expeditions and close calls as well as real-world advice on how to make your next vacation the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking to climb a mountain or kick back on an all-inclusive cruise, Josh shares practical tips from his travels to help shift your next vacation into another gear.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Traveling to Normandy & Europe: Tips from an Experienced WWII Tour Guide

Rudy Passera, Owner & WWII Interpretive Guide of Normandy American Heroes

Do you want to travel back in time and history and experience incredible soldier’s stories? Then join me as I take you on a journey through the history of the Normandy Campaign. I’ll provide you with insider tips on how to personalize your tour based on your preferences…and interests.

  • Why are private customized itineraries the preferable way to travel?
  • How do you prioritize the European sites you want to discover pending on the time, budget you have?
  • How do we manage the transportation options and challenges within Europe for you?
  • What Historical, Cultural & Heritage interests do you & your family/party/group want to experience?
  • What considerations must you take before traveling to Europe such as but not limited to time of year, climate, etc.?
  • Why is the 75th Anniversary of D-day, the event you don’t want to miss!
Johnny Jet - Celebrity Travel Speaker
JohnnyJet.com

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Trade Secrets to Travel Like The Experts Do

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

Join me to learn how to maximize your rewards and credit cards points coupled with savvy travel tips, apps and web sites to travel smarter, cheaper and more comfortably.

Pauline Frommer

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

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

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Best of Southern Peru

Renato Romero, CEO & Founder, My Peru Guide

In this session travelers will learn about the greatest sites and activities that Southern Peru and Lima have to offer. Travelers will also learn how to get the most out of their visit to Peru based on their hobbies, accommodations, and food preferences. Our founder will also present two tour packages which he will personally conduct.

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

Medical Tourism: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Frank Nunez, CEO, My Medical Destination

My Medical Destination will provide the information you need to determine if traveling for your treatment is the best option for you. MMD will also help you select the right doctor and the right destination. We’ll provide you with helpful tips to make this easier.