Seminar Descriptions - 2014

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Travel Channel Theater
Sponsored By:
Destination Theater

Saturday - February 22, 2014

10:30am - 12noon

Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves
Rick Steves, Author, Rick Steves’ European Guidebooks, Host, Writer & Producer, Public Television, Rick Steves’ Europe 

Rick Steves, public television host and author of over 50 guidebooks including the travel skills handbook, Europe through the Back Door, shares lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of travel. His entertaining, information-packed 90-minute slideshow lecture will teach you all the latest on stretching your travel dollar, avoiding crowds, packing smart, and eating and sleeping well. When he’s ripped off on the road, he celebrates, happy to go home and teach his traveling students about the latest scam. Learn from his mistakes rather than your own. After spending a third of his adult life living out of a rucksack in Europe, Rick knows exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and dollar in your next adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:15am - 11:45am

What Every American Needs to Know Before Traveling Abroad
Michelle Bernier-Toth, Directorate of Overseas Citizen Services, Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs

Traveling abroad? A career diplomat from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will be on hand to provide important information on what to expect while traveling and tips for how to stay informed. Learn what types of emergency services U.S. consulates/embassies provide and what to do in case of an emergency.
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12noon - 12:30pm

FOCUS: MAINE
North Woods Law
Colonel Joel Wilkinson, Director of the Maine Warden Service, as featured on Animal Planet's hit show, North Woods Law

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12:15pm - 1:00pm

Todd Carmichael, Coffee Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Host of Travel Channel’s “Dangerous Grounds”

As owner of La Colombe, coffee fuels his passion for adventure, and travel is his life. Carmichael explains how, when hunting down rare strains of coffee in some of the most fascinating and unseen places in the world, you never know what the next adventure will be. He relishes those unexpected moments and off-the-beaten-path experiences that you could never plan for, such as surfing the Nile river and navigating the mountains of Nepal in an ultra-light aircraft.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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12:45pm - 1:15pm

FOCUS: HAWAII
The Magic Isles of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi
Chris Kaiaokamalie, Director of Sales for the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau (MVCB)

Kama’aina (locals) say, “Maui no ka ‘oi” or “Maui is the best”. A common Hawaiian phrase, it portrays a very uncommon island. Malihini (guests) the world over soon discover what locals have long known – the “Magic Isle” is one of the pre-eminent visitor destinations anywhere. Time and time again, Maui captures “Best Island in the World” honors and at first glance, it’s not difficult to understand why – crystal waters, golden beaches, breath-taking scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, and cascading waterfalls. But dig a little deeper, and prepare to reap the rewards. Her treasures are as diverse as her people. Bow to the majesty of a cosmic sunrise ritual that is Haleakala Crater. Delight in the remote village of “Heavenly Häna” on a drive considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Revel in picturesque and historic Lahaina where whaling ships once laid anchor. Salute the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) heritage of Makawao where some still ride horses down the rustic main street. Discover the Marine Preserve of Molokini and plan for a marine “ed-venture” like no other. At the core of anything Maui offers is the foundation of what makes this island and Hawai‘i so special and sets both apart from the rest of the world – our islands’ native host culture with its time-honored traditions of aloha and ho‘okipa (welcome). Cultural events, activities and other opportunities abound on the Magic Isle year-round.
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1:30pm - 2:00pm

FOCUS: ANIMAL PRESENTATION
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 Washington D.C. Travel & Adventure Show as they share conservation information and introduce animal ambassadors.

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1:15pm - 2:15pm

Samantha Brown's "How to Travel Better"
Samantha Brown, Host of Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2014”
 

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
 
Click Here to Learn More About Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel

2:15pm - 2:45pm

FOCUS: SOUTH AMERICA
Highlights of South America 
Don Forster, Product Manager, Latin America

Got a bucket list? From Machu Picchu, to the Galapagos and Carnaval, and so much more... South America has something for everyone.

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2:30pm - 3:30pm

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

3:00pm - 3:30pm

FOCUS: Europe
Europe Your Way, Hassle Free 
Patrina Mack, TravelZingo

Meet TravelZingo which delivers a completely new approach for planning a vacation that takes away the headache yet ensures you have the most enjoyable trip possible, all effortlessly and in as quickly as 30 minutes. No more price shopping to figure out when and where to go. TravelZingo lets you focus on where to go first because our partnerships with travel consolidators deliver the best available pricing for any destination you choose. In our presentation, we’ll show you just how easy it is to select an itinerary from our library of thousands of travel expert designed itineraries, customize it to your travel preferences, book your vacation and have all your pertinent travel documents and destination content available for your mobile device when you depart.
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3:45pm - 4:15pm

FOCUS: TAIWAN
It's Time for Taiwan, the Heart of Asia
Sasha Chou,
Marketing Manager of Taiwan Tourism Bureau NY Office
Ken Chong,
Area Sales Manger of China Airlines

Taiwan is one of Asia's industrial powerhouses, and its diverse natural assets and cultural attractions make it a draw for visitors as well. The island-nation nurtures a wide array of tourism and ecological resources, a diversity of traditional folk customs, a rich culture, modern arts, and fantastic food. Visitors discover that Taiwan is “beyond their expectations.” Because of its unique historical and geographic background, today Taiwan reflects an extremely vivid and diverse culture. And, Taiwan's national carrier China Airlines offers great service, connecting easily from the US to Asia. This seminar will provide an understanding of Taiwan's beauties and traditions as well as useful transportation information. This seminar also includes interactive quizzes with winners taking home horse lanterns as Taiwanese treats.
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3:45pm - 4:45pm

Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves
Rick Steves,
Author, Rick Steves’ European Guidebooks, Host, Writer & Producer, Public Television, Rick Steves’ Europe 

Rick Steves, public television host and author of over 50 guidebooks including the travel skills handbook, Europe through the Back Door, shares lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of travel. His entertaining, information-packed 60-minute slideshow lecture will teach you all the latest on stretching your travel dollar, avoiding crowds, packing smart, and eating and sleeping well. When he’s ripped off on the road, he celebrates, happy to go home and teach his traveling students about the latest scam. Learn from his mistakes rather than your own. After spending a third of his adult life living out of a rucksack in Europe, Rick knows exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and dollar in your next adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

4:15pm - 4:45pm

FOCUS: CENTRAL ASIA (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan)
Adventures on the Great Silk Road across Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
Christina Tarasova,
Marketing Manager Owadan Tourism Turkmenistan

Join destination specialist Christina Tarasova as she introduces two increasingly popular new travel destinations in Central Asia: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan were largely closed for foreign visitors but since the collapse of the USSR, they gradually opened their doors to foreign guests, and travelers can now experience a complete overland journey along Central Asia¹s Great Silk Road. Join us on an adventurous journey that reveal the ancient architectural marvels of Samarkand and Bukhara, the spectacular landscapes of the Karakum Desert and the Yangikala Canyons and diversity in arts and traditions of the colorful Uzbek and Turkmen cultures.
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Sunday - February 23, 2014

11:15am - 12noon

FOCUS: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Art of Travel Photography
John Hoover,
Freelance and Assignment Photographer

This is your passport to incredible travel images! Discover how to capture the mood of people and places from your next destination by creating dramatic landscapes, interesting cultural portraits and dynamic event images. During this enlightening seminar, you’ll learn valuable drills, what gear to bring and how to pack.

11:30am - 1:00pm

Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves
Rick Steves,
Author, Rick Steves’ European Guidebooks, Host, Writer & Producer, Public Television, Rick Steves’ Europe 

Rick Steves, public television host and author of over 50 guidebooks including the travel skills handbook, Europe through the Back Door, shares lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of travel. His entertaining, information-packed 90-minute slideshow lecture will teach you all the latest on stretching your travel dollar, avoiding crowds, packing smart, and eating and sleeping well. When he’s ripped off on the road, he celebrates, happy to go home and teach his traveling students about the latest scam. Learn from his mistakes rather than your own. After spending a third of his adult life living out of a rucksack in Europe, Rick knows exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and dollar in your next adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:15pm - 12:45pm
 

FOCUS: ALASKA
Land of the Midnight Sun and Adventures Year Round
Tania Hancock, Visit Anchorage/Alaska Land & Cruise Adventures

Anchorage may be Alaska’s largest city, but that doesn’t mean the frontier is far off. Anchorage is a modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness and filled with outdoor adventures and urban amenities. The city is home to comfortable hotels, but also as many as 1,500 moose. There are world class dining options, but also hundreds of miles of trails, perfect for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. The city sits next to one of the largest state parks in the nation, Chugach State Park, with 500,000 acres of wilderness, wildlife and high adventure. Iconic national parks: Denali, Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias, Lake Clark and Katmai national parks are all within easy reach of the city by road, rail or air.
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1:00pm - 1:30pm
 

FOCUS: NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand: Adventures in Middle-Earth
Matt Greenham, Air New Zealand Vacations

Join Destination Specialist Matt Greenham, as he explores the wonders of New Zealand and the amazing diversity of its North and South islands. New Zealand is a destination packed with adventure activities! For the thrill seekers there’s no shortage of adrenaline-charged experiences from bungy jumping to jet-boating. This South Pacific country is blessed with a phenomenal playground of landscapes that inspires the spirit of adventure in all who visit. The truly spectacular scenery formed the setting for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies, and Matt will present on some of the key locations and tours associated with these visually stunning films. 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 Middle-earth; New Zealand!

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1:15pm - 2:15pm  

The Transformative Power of Travel
Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer and Actor

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:45pm - 2:15pm
 

FOCUS: CRUISE
Carnival Pride-Cruising from Baltimore
Kathy Donnelly, Business Development Manager, Carnival Cruise Line

Presented By:
Maryland Port Administration

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Samantha Brown's "How to Travel Better"
Samantha Brown, Host of Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2014”
 

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
 
Click Here to Learn More About Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel

2:30pm - 3:00pm
 

FOCUS: RAIL TRAVEL
The World-Wide Growth to the Tourist Railroad Industry
Robert Van Camp,
Creator and Producer, "Great Scenic Railway Journeys" TV Series 
Sandy Burky,
Managing Director of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad 

Come aboard and enjoy the world of rail travel with Robert Van Camp, creator and producer of the 13-time, Emmy award-winning Public Television Series, and Travel Channel UK's, Great Scenic Railway Journeys.

This half-hour session will highlight the history, growth and ever gaining popularity of the world-wide tourist railway industry with its final destination being the nearby mountain state of West Virginia, where one of the largest tourism rail initiatives is now taking place.

Van Camp engineers a fast paced presentation using segments from the Great Scenic Railway Journeys series, the longest running, highest rated rail travel show on Public Television and the Travel Channel UK, which recently received the prestigious, “Program Excellence Award”. Sandy Burky, Managing Director of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, based in West Virginia finishes the presentation by offering insight into the Wild & Wonderful recreational and rail offerings in the Mountain State.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Attend this seminar for a chance to win 1 Pair of first class tickets on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroads New Tygart Flyer trip and 1 Pair of Tickets to take a trip on Pullman Rail Journeys.
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3:15pm - 3:45pm
 

Meet the Youngest American to Visit Every Country in the World
Lee Abbamonte

Highlights, stories and expert tips from 15 years of traveling and becoming the youngest American to visit every country on Earth!

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Don Wildman, History Explorer and Museum Enthusiast, Host of Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum"

As host of Travel Channel's “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Monumental Mysteries,” and "Greatest Mysteries," Don Wildman pulls back the curtain on an unseen America. In his first series for the network, “Off Limits,” Wildman crisscrossed the United States, going behind locked doors to uncover the secrets of our country’s man-made world. Whether unearthing notable tales behind artifacts and monuments across the U.S. or exploring hidden turfs, he discovers the fascinating behind-the-scenes of our everyday life. Wildman embraces the meaning of being a traveler, and shows how lifting the veil on our surroundings – from museum relics to buildings and bridges – can reveal unforgettably adventurous stories.
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