Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have America’s 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 4 theaters located on the show floor.

4 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown, Rudy Maxa 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.

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.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Wanderlust and Lipstick - Travel Expos

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

Essential Tips for Women and Men Travelers

Beth Whitman, Founder and Editor of Wanderlust and Lipstick Wander Tours

So many women (and men) are feeling more empowered than ever to live life to the fullest and take on new adventures. No matter the destination, travel can be the most rewarding experience of your life. Join seasoned travel pro, Beth Whitman, and learn her secrets to: making your travels safe; making the most of your budget; overcoming language barriers; journeying alone without being lonely; packing light and more.

This talk is sponsored by LOWA Boots.

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Discover Why Guatemala and Belize are Top Travel Destinations for Travelers Worldwide

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

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 our experts Guatemalan tour guides Jose Antonio Gonzalez and Emilio Faillace. Lear 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 are top travel destinations for travelers worldwide.

For show special travel deals and giveaways, visit us at booth 620.

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

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Destination Theater

European River Cruises

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

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, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite itineraries and personal experiences.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

12 Noon – 12:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Like A Pro: Packing Tips & Savvy Travel Skills

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

Make the next trip, the next best trip of your life! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed seminar on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares and inspires travelers with savvy tips to travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, new airport security rules and tricks, saving money, sightseeing hacks, 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 like a pro. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? No problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Rudy Maxa

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

The Transformative Power of Travel

Rudy Maxa, Award Winning Travel Journalist, Travel Expert, Radio & TV Host

One of America’s premier consumer travel experts, Rudy Maxa, shares the not-so-obvious benefits of travel that make travelers more creative and more likely to live longer. Rudy’s highly anecdotal and personal account of becoming a travel journalist and what it’s like shooting television shows in dozens of countries is both informative and memorable. He not only offers advice on the best time to buy an airline ticket to get the best price, and how to get a better room at a luxury hotel, Rudy also shares how he was expertly scammed in Buenos Aires while on vacation, and how you can learn from his being swindled.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

David Kasser, Vice President, Tourism Development and Sales, Visit Anchorage Alaska;
Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit? Come and learn what Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

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

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Cathy Kusuma, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Agent Engagement, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

Fiji - Travel Expos

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Destination Theater

A Fijian Warrior’s Guide to Happiness

Ruth Daly, Regional Director Tourism Fiji

Discover why the Fijian people are some of the Happiest on Earth, based on the philosophies of a Fijian warrior, and learn how Happiness will find you on your next trip to Fiji!

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

What Smart Travelers Need to Know to Navigate the World and Why the World has Suddenly Become a Global Buyers’ Market

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

You’ll learn everything you need to know to navigate the world of airlines, hotels and all things travel…and why offline might actually be better than online.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Wayne Dunlap - Travel Expert Speaker

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

How to Travel for Half the Cost for All Levels of Travel and Where to Find Amazing Deals in 2018

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 & 45 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger, and author of the 5-star rated travel book “Plan Your Escape®”, 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, actual bargain trip ideas all over the world you could book today, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s on travel – You can’t afford to miss this presentation!

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy – Boutique Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President of Your Own Italy

For those who want to experience the real Italy, join me as I share my love for Italy, with the heart and soul of the culture and its people. Your Own Italy focuses on living like a local from staying in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll travel off-the-beaten path with guided tours that include…wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, walking city food tours, hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy.

Tour Thailand - Travel & Tourist Expo

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

Open to the New Shades of Thailand

Candy Krajangsri, Marketing and PR Executive, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Los Angeles Office

Our session will provide information about Thailand through a new set of lenses, uncovering the undiscovered and touching on interesting new elements in both familiar and new places.

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

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

How to Capture Great Travel Photographs

Ralph Velasco, CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment

Travel photography instructor, author and international guide Ralph Velasco has organized and led more than 70 cultural tours, with a focus on photography, around the world, teaching hundreds of people, just like you, to make great travel photographs.  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.

Along with many other practical and easy-to-implement tips, Ralph will 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 concepts, he’ll be using images from his recent trips to India, Romania, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Lapland, Iceland, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, and others.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

3:30 pm – 4:30 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
Kristin Carlson - Travel Expert Speaker
Tahiti - Travel Expos

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti Are Closer Than You Think

Kristin Carlson Kemper, Managing Director, 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!

PATA - Travel Show & Expo
Royal Caribbean - Travel and Adventure Shows

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

10 Reasons Why You Should Always Use A Professional Travel Agent.

Gail Strickland CCTE, CTC, Emmy Award Winning Show Host, and Producer “The Traveling Girls”
Panelists:
Vincent Trotter, National Account Manager, Royal Caribbean International;
Laurnie Jackman Durisoe, Owner, Pantai Inn – Rated the Top Hotel in San Diego by Trip Advisor;
Lisa Stein Koon, CTC, President, Panorama Travel;
Cynthia Dial, Award-Winning Writer and Author

Attend for a Chance to Win Amazing Travel Prizes!
Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:30 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

How to Be a Changemaker When You Travel to America’s Most Loved Cities

Jessica Blotter, CEO and Co-Founder, Kind Traveler

Did you ever want to leave a positive mark on a destination that you’ve visited? Positively benefiting local and global communities, the environment, and animals when you travel has never been easier. Not only does traveling kindly feel good, but it also rewards with exclusive offers from some of the world’s best hotels in America’s most loved destinations. Find out how Kind Traveler, the first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform, is empowering travelers to become changemakers in cities including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Austin, San Diego, and more. From helping to provide nutritious meals to families in need, to supporting homeless animals through rescue efforts, you’ll discover ‘Kind Hotels’ and unique giving back opportunities that are kind to both your heart and wallet.

Sarah Dandashy - Travel Expert Speaker
As a Concierge

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

Curating Your Best Trip: How to Guarantee a Seamless Travel Experience

Sarah Dandashy, Award-Winning Concierge and Producer/Host of Ask A Concierge

Get the travel scoop from an insider! Learn how to travel better and happier with a few tips from an award-winning concierge. Sarah will share insight on how to have the best experience while traveling and how to score that coveted upgrade!

Tour Taiwan - Travel Shows

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

Time for Taiwan 101 

Presented by Travel Agents for Taiwan Tourism

Travel specialists to share all the essentials about traveling to Taiwan. If you are interested in visiting the 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!

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

What Smart Travelers Need to Know to Navigate the World and Why the World has Suddenly Become a Global Buyers’ Market

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

You’ll learn everything you need to know to navigate the world of airlines, hotels and all things travel…and why offline might actually be better than online.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Cathy Kusuma, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Agent Engagement, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

Israel - Travel and Adventures Shows

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.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Travel Smart with Technology

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

Do you want to use your smartphone 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 to answer all of these questions and so much more. 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

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

1:45 pm – 2:45 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

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Explore the Nine Islands of the Azores and Their Unparalleled Beauty

Zeto Carvalho, Station Manager, Azores Airlines, Grupo SATA

If you’re looking for an enriching trip which you will never forget, the Azores are your destination. Join me to learn about the customs, traditions, nature, culture, and gastronomy of the nine Azores islands… S. Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Pico, Graciosa, Faial, S. Jorge, Corvo and Flores.

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, its idyllic landscapes grant these islands with a unique mystique. The past isolation of the archipelago together with the different origins of its first inhabitants give the Azorean islands a rich cultural diversity, which makes each island a new world waiting to be explored. In the Azores you will find landscapes of unparalleled beauty, monuments carved in stone expelled by volcanoes, museums that will take you back in time, animals unique in the world, a gastronomy stuffed of intense flavors and people who will receive you with arms wide open. All the necessary ingredients for a dream trip.

Wayne Dunlap - Travel Expert Speaker

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

How to Travel for Half the Cost for All Levels of Travel and Where to Find Amazing Deals in 2018

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 & 45 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger, and author of the 5-star rated travel book “Plan Your Escape®”, 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, actual bargain trip ideas all over the world you could book today, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s on travel – You can’t afford to miss this presentation!

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

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel Theater

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Global Edition

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 1,000 Places To See Before You Die takes you around the world by sharing a few of her favorite destinations, continent by continent. Dipping into the book’s rich and varied collection of attractions, the author shares history, interesting facts, and beautiful photography that help illustrate some of the globe’s countless treasures – from the fjords of Norway to Patagonia’s dazzling glaciers to the Sing Sing Festival in Papua New Guinea.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following