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 Phil Keoghan, 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.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

10:30 am – 11:30 am
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

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

Why You Should Bring a Wi-Fi Hotspot When You Travel

Shushi Shiraga, Vice President, XCom Global, Inc.

Learn how traveling with a Wi-Fi hotspot can help you save money, make traveling better and keep your internet secure.

Come watch the presentation and get a SPECIAL DISCOUNT coupon that is limited to the audience!

Tour Taiwan - Travel Shows

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

Taiwan Essentials

A panel of Taiwan Travel Experts

Join travel experts from Taiwan as they share information about many of their tour products.

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

12 Noon – 1:00 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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12 Noon – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

Cruises – One size does not fit all!

Mauricio Ponce, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, 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.

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1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti Are Closer Than You Think

Kristin Carlson, Director of Marketing, 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!

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1:00 pm – 1:45 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.

Celebrity Travel Speaker Phil Keoghan

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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Travel Theater

NOW: No Opportunity Wasted

Phil Keoghan, Host/Co-Executive Producer, The Amazing Race & Author, No Opportunity Wasted

Join Phil Keoghan as he takes you on a journey through his travel adventures around the globe and shares his passion for living life and fulfilling dreams. Hear how Phil’s NOW (No Opportunity Wasted) philosophy helps in setting life goals and seizing every day.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

Why 2017 Will Be an Amazing Year for Travel Bargains All Around the World and Where to Find Them

Wayne Dunlap, Author, Plan Your Escape

Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home… From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries), and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 151,000 social media followers, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of amazing easy-to-use strategies to help you travel for less than half the cost for all levels of travel from luxury to budget. You will learn where the bargains are, the best time to travel, how to make money while you travel, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, car rentals, exchanging money, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s – You can’t afford to miss this presentation! Popular 5-star rated travel book Plan Your Escape signing immediately following.

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2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

See More of Alaska: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Ashley Heimbigner, AWE Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska destination expert and lifelong Alaskan, Ashley Heimbigner. With more moose, more glaciers, more national parks, more daylight and more coastline than any other state, Alaska has it all. Start with Anchorage, an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. Maximize your land or cruise experience with adventures that take you from city to summit, from sparkling waters to snow-capped peaks and beyond.

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

3:00 pm – 4:00 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

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

What’s On Down Under: Travel Worthy Events in Australia and New Zealand in 2017-18

Rob Hill, owner and President of Downunderguru

No one throws a party like the Aussies and Kiwis, and there’s no better time to visit Australia and New Zealand than during one of their many major events. Whatever your interests – food and wine, sports, the arts, indigenous culture and more – there’s likely a festival or event that will make your dream trip Down Under even more amazing. Come learn about “what’s on” in Australia and New Zealand in 2017-18, followed by general information and a Q & A about travel Down Under with Rob Hill of Downunderguru.

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

Travel Light by Packing Right: How to Carry-On

Annslie Bigbee, Packing Expert and Regional Director, Briggs & Riley

Annslie Bigbee will discuss how to pack in 1 carry-on bag for a 1 week trip and the latest trends in luggage and innovative travel products.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

11:30 am – 12:30 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

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11:30 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

See More of Alaska: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Ashley Heimbigner, AWE Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska destination expert and lifelong Alaskan, Ashley Heimbigner. With more moose, more glaciers, more national parks, more daylight and more coastline than any other state, Alaska has it all. Start with Anchorage, an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. Maximize your land or cruise experience with adventures that take you from city to summit, from sparkling waters to snow-capped peaks and beyond.

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11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Light by Packing Right: How to Carry-On

Annslie Bigbee, Packing Expert and Regional Director, Briggs & Riley

Annslie Bigbee will discuss how to pack in 1 carry-on bag for a 1 week trip and the latest trends in luggage and innovative travel products.

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12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

How to Visit All Three US Virgin Islands in One Vacation

Jacqueline Hodge Jackson, Regional Manager, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism Southeast Region

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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12:30 pm – 1:15 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

1:00 pm – 2:00 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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1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Destination Theater

Israel: Land of Creation

Richard Liverance, ThM, DMin, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Marketing Director, Western Region USA

As the Land of Creation, Israel connects us to the origin of all things and inspires us with creative hope for the future. Strategically located in the center of the world, Israel is a land-bridge, connecting Europe, Africa, and Asia. As such, it is a land steeped in a history that has defined human civilization the world over. Israel is also a land of wonder. It is the place where heaven reached down to touch the earth and faith and redemption were born. The stories forged in Israel that the entire world has come to know have changed people and nations and inspired countless works of art, music, literature, speech, science, and valor for thousands of years; and today, Israel’s technological innovation, diverse culture, and ongoing adventure captivate millions of visitors every year. We invite you to come join the adventure.

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1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Cruises – One size does not fit all!

Mauricio Ponce, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, 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

It Feels Good To Travel Kindly: 10 Tips On How To Be A Kind Traveler

Jessica Blotter, CEO & Kindness Curator, KindTraveler.com

Did you ever have a craving to ‘do more than travel’ while vacationing and positively impact the places you visit? Desire more ‘feel good’ feelings around your travel experiences that leave you with a greater sense of purpose and a full & happy heart? Jessica Blotter, CEO & Kindness Curator of Kind Traveler, delivers 10 impactful tips on how to become a force for good when you travel, creating a more conscious, mindful, and purpose-filled vacation that leaves you feeling complete. You’ll also learn how you can unlock exclusive hotel rates while also helping to positively benefit local communities, the environment and animals. Additionally, when it comes to getting the most out of your vacation from a health perspective, you’ll discover tips on how to have a mindful vacation that benefits your mental and physical wellbeing. Join us for this illuminating presentation designed for a better you and a better world. Travel Kindly & Often, www.kindtraveler.com.

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1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

Emerging Destinations

Patricia Schultz, Best-selling Author 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die

Patricia’s Emerging Destinations presentation features four eye-opening trips that have slowly and recently been securing their place in the global limelight: Iran, Myanmar, Cuba and Antarctica (including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia). Listen to her experience and anecdotes and learn why Americans are joining the still limited number of travelers who return with similar tales of an authentic, safe, fascinating and welcoming adventure.

The New York Times bestselling author of 1000 Places To See Before You Die shares details on how to get there, pre- and post- add-ons that augment the experience, and what to expect once you arrive — all illustrated in beautiful, full-color photography. Both a wish list and practical guide, Patricia’s Emerging Destinations presentation will encourage you to reconsider your bucket list, and illustrates why and how these special places guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

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

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Why 2017 Will Be an Amazing Year for Travel Bargains All Around the World and Where to Find Them

Wayne Dunlap, Author, Plan Your Escape

Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home… From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries), and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 151,000 social media followers, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of amazing easy-to-use strategies to help you travel for less than half the cost for all levels of travel from luxury to budget. You will learn where the bargains are, the best time to travel, how to make money while you travel, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, car rentals, exchanging money, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s – You can’t afford to miss this presentation! Popular 5-star rated travel book Plan Your Escape signing immediately following.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

So, You Want To Be a Travel Writer

Ron James, Executive Editor/Publisher Wine Dine & Travel Magazine

Almost every hardcore traveler has thought about being a travel writer. The idea of getting paid for doing what you love is powerful stuff. Being treated like a VIP and getting freebie dinners, accommodations and transportation is more than attractive. In this session veteran travel magazine publisher/writer Ron James will tell it like it is to be a travel writer in today’s changing publishing landscape. He’ll tell you what it takes to get your foot in the door and the reality of the benefits of being a travel journalist. And he’ll show you some tips for writing compelling travel stories.