Stop by the Meet the Experts Pavilion located in the south concourse, where travel connoisseurs are available one on one to offer advice, insight, tips, information and inspiration on a variety of travel topics.

Saturday, January 25

11–11:45 a.m.

Everything You Need to Know About Credit Card Points and Frequent Flyer Miles
Delve deep into the world of credit card and airline points. Want to know the best redemption value of your Chase or AMEX points? Perhaps you want to start planning that 10th anniversary trip to South Africa with your United miles. Whatever it is, Award Magic founder, Ari Charlestein is here to answer any of your loyalty-related questions.
Expert: Ari Charlestein, Award Magic

Driving Holidays in Europe
Ultimate Driving Tours C.E.O., Anthony Moss will offer tips and information on where the best driving is, how and where to get the best deals on rental cars and where the best places are to stay.
Expert: Anthony Moss, C.E.O. – Ultimate Driving Tours

Adventure Travel and Southeast Asia Travel
Everything from how to travel responsibly to traveling with the kids and introducing them to emerging destinations.
Expert: Andrea Ross, Managing Director, Wild Frontiers

#TransSibChallenge – How to Make a True Russian Active Adventure?
Is Russia a dark post-Soviet country with unfriendly people? All the myths about travel in Russia will be crushed by “Svoya Tropa” today!
Expert: Yaroslav Avdiev, the leader of the “Svoya Tropa,” Russian incoming tourism brand

Croatia: Land, Sea, Culture, Cuisine
Blessed with striking beauty, a thriving culinary scene, and a rich cultural heritage, Croatia is your destination for the ideal Mediterranean holiday. Let the World’s Top Croatia Travel Specialist open up this little-known region of the world to you, revealing her deep insights into its fascinating history, untainted natural beauty and ancient local traditions.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Wanda S. Radetti, Founder and President, VisitCroatia.com – Tasteful Croatian Journeys

 

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Barcelona and Beyond!
Bound for Barcelona? Spain expert AnneLise Sorensen shares insider tips and juicy tales on the coastal capital, including hidden museums, lively local neighborhoods, unique hotels and wine-fueled tapas bars. Make the most of your visit by venturing across Catalonia, from the sun-warmed Costa Brava to Cava Country to medieval Girona to the soaring Pyrenees.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: AnneLise Sorensen, Writer, Editor and Explorer (@AnneLiseTravels), author of “Top 10 Barcelona,” “Rough Guide to Spain” and more

Being an Airbnb Experience Host
Are you considering becoming an Airbnb Experience Host? Hear Travel Writer and N.Y.C. Tour Guide, Brian Cicioni discuss how he turned his love of New York’s rich music and film culture into two unique, five-star-rated Airbnb experiences.
Expert: Brian Cicioni, Travel Writer and Tour Guide and Airbnb Experience Host, www.IMayRoam.com

How to Properly Pack for Your Next Getaway
Larry Lein knows about luggage. The C.E.O. of the new luggage brand, ROAM, the only company that allows you to fully customize your own luggage. Larry was part of the executive team at TUMI as its longtime E.V.P. Learn the ins and outs of master packing techniques so you can travel like a pro.
Expert: Larry Lein, C.E.O. and Co-Founder, ROAM Luggage (@roamluggage)

U.S. Civil Rights Trail
Learn about the U.S. Civil Rights Trail where the surviving landmarks of the movement occurred. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail travelers can walk in the footsteps of the heroic foot soldiers and learn how they overcame adversity.
Expert: Lee Sentell, Director, Alabama Tourism Department

Marketing Sustainable Travel Solutions
Expert: Jim Damalas, C.E.O. and Founder of Greentique Hotels

1–1:45 p.m.

Due North: Insider Scandinavia
Yes, Scandinavia is the land of fjords, herring and very good beer. Make the most of your visit by going beyond the usual travel circuit with Scandinavia expert AnneLise Sorensen. Discover wildly inventive New Nordic cuisine, edgy art, soaring architecture that rivals the snow-tipped peaks, secret coastal hiking trails with views of gliding glaciers and the most progressive eco culture in the world. AnneLise will also share insider tips on how to explore Scandinavia on a budget.
Expert: AnneLise Sorensen, Travel Writer, Editor, Reporter, Photographer, Speaker, TV/Radio

Tips on Traveling to Bhutan and Neighboring Countries
If you are looking for a unique and memorable holiday consider Bhutan. Declared the number one travel destination for 2020 by Lonely Planet.
Expert: Ms. Thinley Dem, Managing Director, Sakten Tours & Treks, Thimphu, Bhutan

The Secrets of Traveling to Greece 365 Days a Year
Get inside tips and why Greece is the it destination for your next vacation.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Fay Georgousis, Greek National Tourism Organization

Everything You Wanted to Ask About Sandals and Beaches Vacations
Speak to an expert about anything to do with honeymoons, destination weddings, autism-certified (Beaches) resorts and all-inclusive vacations.
Expert: Sebastian Maureschal, Business Development Manager, N.Y.C. for Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Argentina: Seeing the South American Country of Contrasts
From Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, to the vast stretches of Patagonia, your questions answered on what to see in this sophisticated country, currently an exchange rate bargain.
Expert: Michael Luongo, Freelance Journalist, www.misterbuenosaires.com and former Frommer’s Buenos Aires author and About.com Argentina expert

 

2–2:45 p.m.

Travel Tips for the Best Travel Experience
Are you well-traveled and looking for new inspiration or are you planning your first trip and looking for direction? Travel expert Nancy Barkley shares her insights and advice.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Nancy Barkley, Owner and Founder Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways Luxury Travel

Explore Albania
A 3,000-year-old country located in the Mediterranean, in front of Italy and next to Greece. Why Albania is recommended by The New York Times as a new destination for the third year in a row. Discover places to visit and prices for your next vacation.
Expert: Nevila Dudaj, Founder/General Manager of Adriatik Tours LLC

Plan Your Alaska Vacation
Visit Anchorage helps plan your perfect Alaska vacation. Always wanted to visit Alaska? Now is the best time to visit!
Expert: Juno Kim, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Travel Tips for Food Lovers!
Do you like to discover the original flavors of the typical cuisine in the place you visit? Travel expert Pasquale Limatola (@airhomerestaurant) can offer suggestions, strategies and tips to help you turn your trip into an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Expert: Pasquale Limatola, C.E.O. and founder of AirHomeRestaurant.com

The Middle East: Seeing Where Civilization and History Began
The Middle East is often a land of perplexing mystery to travelers, ranging from ancient cities, religious centers, vast deserts, to beaches and other surprises. How to travel there, and what are some logistics to consider?
Expert: Michael Luongo, Freelance Journalist, Author and Middle East academic researcher

Expo 2020 Dubai
In October this year, Dubai will host the latest and most exciting World’s Fair in the event’s 170-year history, Expo 2020 Dubai. Come and learn more about how more than 190 countries are coming together to showcase some of the latest in inventions and innovation, and how millions of people from around the world will be able to enjoy some of the best new architecture, incredible shows and performances, and dining options ranging from food trucks to Michelin stars. More than just a show, this Expo is also a chance to encourage people from around the world to make a difference. Find out what you’ll be able to see at The World’s Greatest Show.

 

3–3:45 p.m.

Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Heritage Travel
Ukraine and Eastern Europe offer old-world history, culture and architecture for seasoned travelers and those seeking their heritage. Ukranian-born Sophia Kulich (sophia@sophiastravel.com) gives tips on what to see and do, and how to plan a heritage journey.
Expert: Sophia Kulich, owner of Sophia’s Travel and Jewish Travel Agency.

Traveling to Antarctica
Come learn about life onboard a small expedition ship from Hayley Shepard, Polar Latitudes V.P. of Expedition Operations, who has led trips to Antarctica. Hayley’s world-class team has developed Antarctic programs for both first-time visitors and those returning for a deeper exploration.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Hayley Shepard, V.P. of Expedition Operations, Polar Latitudes

Responsible, Adventure, Education-Based Travel and Tourism
Insight on responsible recreation, adventure tourism and education-based travel.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Immerse Submarine Piloting

Setting Sail: Everything You Need to Know About Cruises
All you need to know about cruises and why all the negatives heard are merely myths. All questions will be answered. Which cruise line/ship is best for me? How to choose a room? Which itinerary? Also learn how to save money and the top 10 hacks to make your cruise the best vacation ever.
Expert: Liam P. Cusack, Managing Editor, Cruise & Travel Report

Madagascar, a New Destination
Keen to get an exotic Madagascar experience? Come find out all that the island of Madagascar will offer you including lemurs, colorful chameleons, the wonderful endemic flora and fauna such as stunning orchids, enormous towering baobab trees and paradise of sandy beaches.
Expert: Sitraka Ratsiresena, Marketing Manager, Anaytours Madagasikara Viatges

 

4–4:45 p.m.

Top Tips for Solo Travel
Travel solo once, and you’ll want to do so always. Advice from a seasoned, enthusiastic solo traveler, including solo-friendly cities, itineraries, culinary experiences, hotels, getting around, safety and more. Without the buffer of a travel companion, there’s a heightened immediacy to experiencing new countries and cultures — make this your year to travel solo.
Expert: AnneLise Sorensen, Travel Writer, Editor, Reporter, Photographer, Speaker, TV/Radio

Africa Safari Planning Tips
When, Where and Why questions answered and tailored to your dreams and needs!
Expert: Mark Ridge, Owner, Adventure To Africa

Hostels Demystified
If you’ve ever wondered what a hostel is, and more importantly, if it’s right for you, stop by and learn more about the ins and outs of hostelling. From what to pack and what to expect to planning your itinerary (and saving time for spontaneous activities!), we’ll share tips on how to choose the right hostel and make the most of your experience at a HI USA hostel.
Expert: Lisa Jordan, Vice President of Marketing, Hostelling International USA

Ingenious Travel Tricks: Save Money, Time, Space and Travel Like a V.I.P.
Learn simple tricks that will make travel easier, cheaper, more luxurious and less stressful. Learn what and how to pack. These hacks will turn your trip from ordinary to extraordinary!
Expert: Liam P. Cusack, Managing Editor, Cruise & Travel Report

See Mexico Beyond the Beach Resorts
Do you want to explore Mexico beyond the beach resorts? Mexico expert Stephanie Schneiderman, founder of Tia Stephanie Tours can help orient you to some of Mexico’s cultural destinations, such as Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán, Yucatán, Campeche, Veracruz, Puebla and more. From cultural traditions, cuisine, textile and craft traditions, Stephanie is happy to share information on the country she loves and grew up in.
Expert: Stephanie Schneiderman, Founder, Tia Stephanie Tours and Cultural Journeys to Mexico

 

Sunday, January 26

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Tips for Finding the Best Flight Deals
Learn how to fly anywhere in the world for less. How one travel blogger and author takes advantage of flight alerts, error fares, budget airlines and travel hacking strategies to find deals like a $38 flight to New Zealand and $16 flight to Ecuador. The best websites for flight alerts, how to get airlines to honor mistake fares and travel hacking strategies to earn 100,000 frequent flyer miles without going anywhere!
Expert: Jen Ruiz, Travel Blogger and Author of Jen on a Jet Plane.

Italian Food Lovers: This Is Your Spot!
If you are a foodie, and dreaming of Italy to enjoy art, culture and the best food and wine traditions, let’s meet up! Discover all our activities around Italy and start planning your gastronomic itinerary today!
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Virginia Viviani, Sales Manager, Rome and Italy Group

Anything and Everything About Planning an African Safari That Matches Who You Are
How to plan a trip, all things to consider and best places to fit you and your traveling companions from this 33-year ro in the Africa biz.
Expert: Karin Jones, C.T.C., M.B.A., Africa Pro Managing Director, Anastasia’s Africa

Now Is the Time to Visit Alaska
Have you always wanted to see the majestic beauty and wildlife of Alaska? Certified expert and Alaska enthusiast Jeff Sturman of Princess Cruises and Cruises to Alaska (cruisestoalaska.com) will offer his 20+ years of experience escorting Alaska tours to help you create the one-of-a-kind vacation that’s right for YOU.
Expert: Jeff Sturman, Alaska Certified Expert (ACE); member, Alaska Tourism Industry Association (ATIA); member, Visis Anchorage; Owner, Best Cruises & Tours, cruisestoalaska.com.

 

1–1:45 p.m.

Using Frequent Flyer Miles and Loyalty Points to Maximize Travel
Do you have frequent flyer miles, hotel points and credit card rewards you don’t know how to use? Jamie Larounis (@theforwardcabin), loyalty program rewards expert, helps you figure out how to best use the miles and points you have.
Expert: Jamie Larounis, Travel Loyalty Programs Analyst, UpgradedPoints.com

Bhutan, “The Land of the Thunder Dragon”
Lonely Planet’s number one country to visit in 2020! Bhutan, also known as The Last Shangri-la, a tiny kingdom in the Himalayas, has a rich biodiversity, ancient tradition and culture, pristine environment and friendly people. Bhutan is at the forefront of environmental stewardship and the government’s “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy is a unique way of regulating tourist flow into Bhutan and providing an enriching visitor experience. Learn more about this least visited nation tucked away in the Himalayas.
Expert: Mr. Lotay Rinchen, Bhutan Travel Expert, Co-Founder, Bridge To Bhutan (@BridgeToBhutan)

Off the Beaten Path With Markets and Festivals
Off the beaten path destinations can ease the burdens felt by increased tourism in many popular vacation destinations. Providing a way to really experience local culture and cuisine, local festivals and markets give visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of locals. With a plethora of indoor and outdoor festivals and markets throughout the world, there is never a lack of great finds! Gain tips as you plan your next trip — including Christmas markets, food and folklore festivals, and flea markets of Europe.
Expert: Lisa Vogele, Author, Travel Consultant and Tour Operator

Adventure Travel for Adults and Families
25 years of adventure travel gives Dan Austin keen insight on what to expect and how to get the most out of adventure travel. Often considered the No. 1 Family Adventure Travel company, working with families is clearly our specialty.
Expert: Dan Austin, Founder/C.E.O., Austin Adventures

 

2–2:45 p.m.

Active (and Not So Active) Travel Ideas for 45-Plus
Places to go where you can be active while enjoying cultural and gastronomic pleasures as well as where to find “insider” local and authentic experiences. Carolyn Worthington (@healthyaging.net) also shares ideas for solo travel, bucket list or multigenerational trips.
Expert: Carolyn Worthington, Publisher, Healthy Aging Magazine

Polar Expedition Cruises
A growing business accessible for everyone? What to expect from a polar expedition cruise and who books this type of cruise. Providing guidance if you should choose the Arctic or Antarctica.
Expert: Franklin Braeckman, Marketing and Sales Manager, Oceanwide Expeditions

Pakistan in 45 minutes With Adventure Tours Pakistan
Are you looking for adventure/cultural/spiritual/heritage tourism in Pakistan? Adventure Tours Pakistan is delighted to share a handy travel guide, tips and ideas to enhance your travel experience to “Phenomenal Pakistan.”
Expert: Naiknam Karim – C.E.O. and Huma Gul – Consultant at Adventure Tours Pakistan

Japan Travel Tips and Amazing Experiences
Get tips on cultural etiquette, travel passes, navigation, money matters and finding the most unique and personal, active and immersive experiences when traveling in Japan – in both cities and countryside. Plus, get a heads up on the July 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
Expert: Marian Goldberg, Principal, Goldberg on Travel

Expo 2020 Dubai
In October this year, Dubai will host the latest and most exciting World’s Fair in the event’s 170-year history, Expo 2020 Dubai. Come and learn more about how more than 190 countries are coming together to showcase some of the latest in inventions and innovation, and how millions of people from around the world will be able to enjoy some of the best new architecture, incredible shows and performances, and dining options ranging from food trucks to Michelin stars. More than just a show, this Expo is also a chance to encourage people from around the world to make a difference. Find out what you’ll be able to see at The World’s Greatest Show.

 

3–3:45 p.m.

Central Asia Tours With Zulya Rajabova
Looking for the rich cultural exploration, meeting locals and authentic cuisine in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan? Talk to the Silk Road Tours expert, originally from Uzbekistan, Zulya Rajabova for the best tips to Central Asia.
Expert: Zulya Rajabova, President of Silk Road Treasure Tours, Conde Nast Central Asia Expert

Portugal and Spain. A Family Affair
Discover pristine beaches, castles, palaces and child-friendly hotels with amazing experiences for toddlers to teenagers. Create memories for your family as you explore Europe’s best kept secrets.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Marco Fernandes, Vice President of Sagres Vacations, Destination Specialist for Portugal and Spain.

How to Conquer Mongolia as a Traveler?
Mongolia is the last remaining region where authentic nomadic culture and true wilderness co-exists side by side in Central Asia. Badral Yondon offers tips, strategies and advice to help plan and travel better in one of the least explored countries.
Expert: Badral Yondon, President and C.E.O. of Mongolia Quest and Certified Interpretive Guide.

Bespoke Luxury Travel in Italy
Stop by and ask questions about Canossa Grand Tours, Canossa Events and bespoke luxury travel in Italy.
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Luigi Orlandini, Chairman and President, Canossa Events

 

4–4:45 p.m.

Exploring the African Diaspora in Latin America With Kim Haas
Discuss Afro-Latino individuals and organizations who are making a positive contribution to their communities through art, cuisine, dance, music, environmental conservation, literature and other topics.
Expert: Kim Haas, Creator, Executive Producer and Host of the PBS Afro-Latino Travel Show, “Fusion.”

How to Live and Work Overseas
Interested in making travel a permanent part of your life? Living abroad could be the next step — ask the basics, from moving process to visas, which is often light years easier done than most people think.
Expert: Erica Ho, Editor, Map Happy

Why There Is Nothing Like Australia — How to Have the Experience of a Lifetime in Just Two Weeks
Expert2020欧洲杯备用网址: Lisa Rossmeissl, Travel Expert, Adventurer, Writer, Certified Aussie Specialist and Owner of Boomerang Escapes — A Full-Service Leisure Travel Agency

Ghana’s Heritage Offering — Beyond the Return
Ghana has been in the spotlight since the country launched its unique diaspora offering
“The Year of Return.” Hear insights on what Ghana has to offer and tips on African travel in general.
Expert: Akwasi Agyeman, C.E.O., Ghana Tourism Authority, and Coordinator, Beyond the Return

 

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