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, Andrew McCarthy, 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.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Saturday, March 16

Lee Abbamonte

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

How I’ve Traveled to Every Country in the World and Amazing Stories from the Journey

Lee Abbamonte, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in The World, Entrepreneur, TV Personality 

Take a journey with Lee as he shares his stories from around the world and how his travels have inspired millions of would be travelers.

Andrew McCarthy
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor, and Director

Join Andrew to hear about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He’ll discuss fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Destination Theater

Dive in Wonderful Indonesia

Jim & Alicia Ward, Avid Scuba Divers, Photographers, Biologists/Conservationists, Owners of the See Through Sea

Being the largest archipelagic country and the country with the second largest biodiversity in the world, Indonesia has so many underwater treasures for divers and snorkelers of all levels to discover. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, D.C. presents Jim & Alicia Ward—avid Kona-based duo-divers, professional underwater photographers, marine conservation influencers—who will share their diving trip to Labuan Bajo—which they claimed as “one of the best, if not the best” location they have ever dived, and to Raja Ampat-Papua—which they visited just two months after with the Bucket List Family. See the marvelous photos and videos they took during the trips, get their tips, and find out all reasons they cannot wait to return to Wonderful Indonesia this year!

MSC Cruises

11:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Destination Theater

Discover the Best of the Caribbean with MSC Cruises

Denise Reichwein, Regional Sales Director, North East (USA), MSC Cruises (USA) Inc.

Want to know what the highest rated excursions and the most amazing islands are in the Caribbean? Come learn about the steepest zip line in St Maarten, 1950s car tours in Havana, rainforest tours in Puerto Rico and much more. You’ll discover how you can enjoy 4 different Caribbean islands in a week on an MSC cruise.

Come see why MSC Cruises has the world’s most beautiful ships and the most exciting itineraries to experience the best destinations in the Caribbean and around the world.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

11:30 am – 12:15 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

Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Travel Theater

Travel Smart: Lessons Learned From a Life Lived on the Road

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska Myth Busting: Uncover the Truth About an Alaska Vacation

Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, 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.

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

12:30 pm – 1:15 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!

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy: Private 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 with accommodations in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll travel off-the-beaten path with local guides, indulge in wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, embark on walking city food tours, enjoy hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy. All private – just for you – and customized to fit your dreams and your budget!

Mickela Mallozzi
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

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

DNA Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Join Mickela Mallozzi, Host of the Emmy®-winning travel series on PBS, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, on an inspirational journey of travel through one’s own DNA – her upcoming season features destinations based on her DNA map!  Learn how you can research and plan your own successful DNA trip, learn how to dig deeper with heritage travel through your genealogy, and find real connection in places around the world where your ancestors come from!

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

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

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Adventure in the National Parks

Becky Lomax, Author of Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks, Moon Travel Guides
Michaela Riva Gaaserud, Author of Moon Virginia & Maryland, Moon Travel Guides
Hilary Nangle, Author of Moon Acadia National Park, Moon Travel Guides

National Parks: America’s treasure. From misty mountains to coastal redwoods (and islands beyond!), there’s a park and an adventure out there for everyone. Come join our travel experts, including former park guide and author Becky Lomax, as they share their favorite outdoor adventures, how to plan unforgettable trips to US parks, and offer advice and tips on scenic driving routes, road tripping multiple parks, finding top outdoor activities, and more.

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

2:30 pm – 3:30 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

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

A Journey Through Switzerland

Diego Michel, Marketing Manager North America, Switzerland Tourism

A vacation in Switzerland will make you happy. Learn everything about the small Alpine country in the heart of Europe with its four languages and cultures, how to best explore its spectacular natural environment, how to enjoy its historic towns, and travel around with one of the best public transportations systems in the world. Switzerland is closer than you might think!

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Travel Theater

Know Before You Go! Travel Safe, Travel Smart & Travel Well

Ian Brownlee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

The Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs offers important safety and security tips for U.S. citizens interested in traveling and living abroad. Our mission at the Department of State is to give you reliable, up-to-date safety and security information before and during your trip. If an emergency happens overseas, know that we’ll be here, ready to help. Join us to learn how to travel safe, travel smart, and travel well.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

A Journey Through the Balkans: Budapest to Dubrovnik

Eric Reid, General Manager – North America, Tucan Travel

Join us as we talk more about this two-week tour which combines a number of countries in former Yugoslavia, traveling from Hungary down through Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, all the way through Croatia.

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

How to Travel Safely and Explore More

Kellee Edwards, Travel Channel TV HostMysterious Islands

Step away from being a tourist and emerge yourself in the culture by being a traveler. Travel expert and Travel Channel TV Host Kellee Edwards explores the world by land, air and sea as a licensed pilot, advanced open water scuba diver and explorer. In this session she will share how to step out of your comfort zone, in addition to connecting with people, places and activities through enhanced interactions.

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

Greece – 365 Days a Year!

Fay Georgousis, Public Relations Executive, Greek National Tourism Organization

Join representatives from the Greek National Tourism Organization as they explore various highlights of this most beautiful and scenic country and its fabled islands. Learn about adventure and the surprising outdoor activities that will amaze you. Not to mention the history, antiquities, art, culture, cuisine, and the people who are best known for their hospitality (philoxenia). Find out the secrets as to why everyone is flocking to Greece!  A destination for 365 days a year!

Sunday, March 17

Mickela Mallozzi
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

DNA Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Join Mickela Mallozzi, Host of the Emmy®-winning travel series on PBS, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, on an inspirational journey of travel through one’s own DNA – her upcoming season features destinations based on her DNA map!  Learn how you can research and plan your own successful DNA trip, learn how to dig deeper with heritage travel through your genealogy, and find real connection in places around the world where your ancestors come from!

Places to Love - Samantha Brown

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Travel Smart: Lessons Learned From a Life Lived on the Road

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Meet the Four Legged Heroes of Travel

Donald Polliard, Agriculture Specialist and Canine, and his Detector Dog HairE, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

Imagine being less than two feet tall and having to navigate the luggage carousel at the busiest airports in America. This can be a daunting and intimidating task, but everyday detection dogs battle through the large crowds sniffing backpacks and luggage looking to prevent harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases from entering the U.S. Dogs have a long history of working in partnership with humans. Building on this partnership between humans and dogs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detector dogs are a key tool for screening passengers and cargo. Don’t miss this session. Come meet the stars of the show, AK9 D. Polliard and his detector dog HairE who will teach you what not to bring back on your next trip.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Vintage Luxury Barge Cruising in France

Kim Dickey, Sales and Marketing for French Canal Boat Company

Introduction to barge cruising… specifically to our own barge in Burgundy.  Highlights will cover why barge cruising is becoming increasingly popular and how the barge, crew, itinerary, region, food and wine all combine together for a truly unforgettable vacation experience.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

12:30 pm – 1:15 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

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

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

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Adventure in the National Parks

Becky Lomax, Author of Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks, Moon Travel Guides
Michaela Riva Gaaserud, Author of Moon Virginia & Maryland, Moon Travel Guides
Hilary Nangle, Author of Moon Acadia National Park, Moon Travel Guides

National Parks: America’s treasure. From misty mountains to coastal redwoods (and islands beyond!), there’s a park and an adventure out there for everyone. Come join our travel experts, including former park guide and author Becky Lomax, as they share their favorite outdoor adventures, how to plan unforgettable trips to US parks, and offer advice and tips on scenic driving routes, road tripping multiple parks, finding top outdoor activities, and more.

Ralph Velasco

1:45 pm – 2:30 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!

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Mount Washington Cog Railway: An Adventure of a Lifetime

Thomas Lane, Travel Expert & Marketing Assistant, Cog Railway

Join Thomas Lane as he takes us on an adventure of a lifetime in exploring the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway, located in scenic Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Featuring amazing photos and stories of the railway and it’s 150-year history, the presentation will be educational and fun! Learn all about the Mount Washington Cog Railway and the White Mountains region of New Hampshire including travel tips and ways to ensure a visit to last a lifetime.

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

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

Europe and Its Many Don’t-Miss Treasures from Paris to Dubrovnik

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, leads us through the highlights of Europe – from its world-class cities like Vienna and St. Petersburg, to lesser known gems like Kinsale in Ireland’s County Cork and  Slovenia’s coastal town of Piran on the Adriatic Sea.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:45 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.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

Cameroon “All Africa in One Country”

Minister of State (Senior Minister) Bello Bouba Maigari, Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Republic of Cameroon

Presentation of an Emerging Tourism Destination