Seminar Descriptions - 2013

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Travel & Adventure Theater Destination Theater

Saturday - November 2, 2013

Main Stage MC:
Mark “Hawkeye” Louis
Host - Travel With Hawkeye and Award Winning Dallas - Fort Worth Morning DJ, 96.3 KSCS

10:45am - 11:45am

1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Patricia Schultz,
Travel Writer, TV Producer and Author 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die

Best-selling travel author and TV producer Patricia Schultz discusses some of her favorite destinations from the newly revised 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, followed by signing of her books.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:00am -11:30am
 

FOCUS: TRAVEL TIPS
Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home
Wayne & Pat Dunlap,
Plan Your Escape®

The Dunlap’s give first-hand insights to help you discover great travel values and safely realize your travel dreams for all types of travel from weekend getaways to longer vacations and trips. You will learn the best time to travel, how to pack less and be better prepared, secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, car rentals, restaurants, & cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s - You can’t afford to miss this presentation!
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:45am - 12:15pm

FOCUS: ALASKA
Land of the Midnight Sun and Adventures Year Round
Tia Froehle, CTC, AWE,
Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled in 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 your BIG WILD LIFE Alaska Adventure is awaiting for you.
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12:15pm - 1:15pm

The Bachelor: A Reflection on Romance and Travel
Chris Harrison,
Host of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

As the longtime host of ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison has seen some of the most shocking moments on television—and he’s traveled to some of the most exotic places in the world. Harrison will reflect on romance and travel and answer all your burning questions.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:45pm - 1:15pm

FOCUS: THAILAND
Amazing Thailand
Ben Fleming,
Marketing Manager, Tourism Authority of Thailand's Los Angeles Office

The Kingdom of Thailand is famous for its fascinating history, delectable food, buddhist temples, and spectacular geography. But it is Thailand's unique culture and friendly people who epitomize Thailand's "Land of Smiles" reputation. Join us to learn about the wealth of exceptional experiences that await travelers to modern Thailand from new luxury hotels and resorts through to boutique tours which introduce travelers to true Thai culture and hospitality.
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1:30pm - 2:15pm

FOCUS: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Your Photographic Voice: Getting Personal with Travel Photography.
Peter Poulides,
Photographer, teacher and owner of The Spot Studio in Dallas

Travel is a personal experience and your photography should reflect your personality. The goal is not to come back with postcard-perfect images of all the sites you visit. That’s what postcards are for! Peter encourages photographers to shoot what they really see, what draws their attention and what seems exotic and interesting to them. In this seminar we'll look at a range of images from close-up portraits and details to sweeping landscapes and panoramas. We'll discuss techniques to help you bring back photos that will give others a taste of your unique view of the world.
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1:30pm - 2:30pm
 

What You Need To Know Before You Plan Your Next Vacation
Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer Guides and Publisher of
Frommers.com
 
In this fast-paced seminar, Pauline Frommer will give you money saving methods of travel, less usual destinations and ways to tailor your vacation so that it fits your personality..

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:30pm - 3:00pm

FOCUS: JAPAN
Affordable Adventures in Japan from an American Point of View
Nancy and Bob Kerstetter,
Independent International Travelers, Travel Writers for Village Hiker Publishing Company

Want to explore the delights of Japan, but feeling timid or intimidated? No need to despair! Japan is affordable, accessible, diverse, colorful, friendly and safe. You can travel Japan without knowing the Japanese language or spending a fortune―large or small. Learn from experienced and independent travel writers Nancy and Bob Kerstetter of Dallas-based Village Hiker Publishing Company (villagehiker.com). Discover the green, mountainous countrysides. Delve into the clean, vibrant cities. Visit sites from antiquity. Hike mountains paths through bamboo forests. Shop for the latest fashions and the newest technologies. Zip along on the quickest, smoothest rails in the world. Encounter the varieties of Japan and its people from tranquil ancient to hyper modern. Proponents of low-cost, maximum-enjoyment travel, the Kerstetters share experiences and travel tips from their visits to Japan, plus oodles of breath-taking photographs.
Presented By:
Japan National Tourism Organization

2:45pm - 3:15pm
 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Animal Presentation

Meet SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s animal ambassadors and learn important conservation information. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. A global leader in animal care and conservation, SeaWorld Parks has helped rescue over 22,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.

Join our animal educators at The Dallas Travel & Adventure Show as they share conservation information and introduce animal ambassadors.

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3:15pm - 3:45pm

FOCUS: NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand: The Apex of Adventure 
Jeff Adam,
Air New Zealand Vacations

Join Destination Specialist Jeff Adam as he canvases pictorial North and South Islands seeking those experiences that have positioned New Zealand as an apex adventure destination. While local Kiwis are blessed with a phenomenal playground of landscapes seemingly collected from all four corners of the world, it is their spirit of adventure that provides opportunity to truly embrace this scenic wonder. So whether you seek mild activities or are a hard core adventure seeker, you will find plenty of opportunities to experience the very best of New Zealand.
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3:30pm - 4:30pm 

Bert Kreischer, Host of Travel Channel's Trip Flip

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4:00pm - 4:30pm

FOCUS: CRUISE/RIVER CRUISE
Cruises and River Cruises: How to Buy the Right Cruise or River Cruise at the Right Price.
John F. Krieger, Founder & President, Cruise & Tour Center

Cruising both on sea and rivers all over the world is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned cruiser, nationally recognized cruise travel expert, John F. Krieger, will teach you all the tricks of how to buy the right cruise or river cruise vacation and save money doing it. You’ll learn how new ship and river boat technology has dramatically changed and improved the cruise experience and how to match your cruise dream with the right product. From mega ships to intimate river boats, there is a cruise for everyone and every budget. Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

Sunday - November 3, 2013

11:45am - 12:45pm

1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, Travel Writer, TV Producer and Author 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die

Best-selling travel author and TV producer Patricia Schultz discusses some of her favorite destinations from the newly revised 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, followed by signing of her books.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12noon - 12:30pm

FOCUS: TRAVEL APPS
Leave the Spouse at Home, and Take Your Smart Phone
Mark "Hawkeye" Louis,
Host - Travel With Hawkeye and Award Winning Dallas - Fort Worth Morning DJ, 96.3 KSCS

A humorous yet practical look at traveling with your smart phone. You'll find out how to make international calls for free, how to become your own interpreter and where you can find last minute deals all with the help of your smart phone. You'll want to leave the spouse and home and travel exclusively with your iPhone!

12:30pm - 1:00pm


FOCUS: ICELAND
Tales of Iceland
Matthew Trinetti,
Founder, GiveLiveExplore

Where can you find the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe? Or, Europe's largest glacier? And, the world's most active volcano? How about the infamous Northern Lights, natural geothermal hot springs, and the original Geyser? It's the same place that touts itself as one of the happiest and safest countries in the world; a country that houses the world's highest number of writers, authors and artists per capita; and a nation where over half of its citizens refuse to deny the existence of "hidden people." Iceland is a country like no other. And there's never been a better time to visit. In this session, Matthew Trinetti, founder of startup publishing company GiveLiveExplore, will tell you why (and how) you should visit Iceland right now, explains why the world needs less guidebooks and more storybooks, and uncovers the magic behind the strange, beautiful, and remarkable country that is Iceland.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

FOCUS: CULINARY TRAVEL/VOLUNTEER VACATIONS
How to Experience the True Culture of a Country Through "Volunteer Vacationing”
Sucheta Rawal, Founder of Go Eat Give

When you visit another country, do you end up eating at tourist-trap restaurants and bring back exact same pictures as all of your friends? Do you feel with your limited vacations, you can only scratch the surface of another culture? Sucheta Rawal, founder of the international nonprofit, Go Eat Give will tell you how you can avoid being a tourist and get the authentic experience of another culture, while saving time and money. Picture yourself smoking a cigar at a Jazz club in Havana, learning Batik painting at an artist's home in Bali, or watching the change of guards at the borders of India! Do this all while chowing through the local cuisine and giving back to the communities you visit.
   Attend this session for a chance to win a two night getaway at the Santa Fe Sage Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Winner must be present to claim prize.
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1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Transformative Power of Travel
Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer and Actor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:45pm - 2:15pm

FOCUS: TEXAS
Iconic Texas Itineraries – A Photographic Journey
Griff Smith,
Photo Editor, Texas Highways Magazine

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2:30pm - 3:30pm
 

Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home
Wayne & Pat Dunlap, Plan Your Escape®


The Dunlap’s give first-hand insights to help you discover great travel values and safely realize your travel dreams for all types of travel from weekend getaways to longer vacations and trips. You will learn the best time to travel, how to pack less and be better prepared, secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, car rentals, restaurants, & cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s - You can’t afford to miss this presentation!
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:30pm - 3:00pm

FOCUS: CENTRAL AMERICA
The American Bridge – Travel That Matters
Leigh Ann Cloutier, CTC, President,
Rico Tours

The Central American Isthmus joins North and South America bridging not only flora and fauna, but also ideology. Making your travel dimensional by meeting local people and experiencing more than just the hotels, food and art. Join Leigh Ann as she shares her passion for Central America and offers tips on planning your next Central American Vacation.
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3:15pm - 3:45pm

FOCUS: SPAIN
Spain: A Perfect Blend of History, Culture, Food and Modern Comfort
Supinder Singh, President, Palace Tours

For many travelers, Europe tops the list of travel goals and desire. There are many opportunities and options for travel to Europe and something for everyone... In this presentation you'll hear the many ways to experience and immerse yourself in the wonderful destination of Spain. Looking for something different in your next vacation to Spain? Maybe staying at historic buildings that are now 5 star hotels, or how about a luxury train cruise? How can you best plan your next journey? What are some current deals and travel opportunities to take advantage of? You’ll leave this session with insider tips on travel to Spain.
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