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Adventures in Travel Expo Announces Speaker Line Up

National Geographic ADVENTURE Editors, Travel Icon Richard Bangs, Travel Channel Host Samantha Brown to Provide Insight, and Tips on Active Travel

WASHINGTON, DC - Nobody buys a car, a home or a stock without doing research and listening to the experts. Why should planning an active trip be any different? The top travel industry leaders will be available under one roof at the Adventures in Travel Expo at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW) on February 21-22, 2009.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Travel Channel host Samantha Brown and “the father of adventure travel,” Richard Bangs. Editors, contributors and photographers from National Geographic ADVENTURE, the leading adventure travel magazine, will be on-hand throughout the weekend to share their stories and offer advice to all show attendees.

Brown is most known for her work as the host of Girl Meets Hawaii, Great Hotels, and the Passport Travel Series which all currently air on the Travel Channel. Over the years, she has become a major name in the travel industry, compiling popular lists of destinations domestically and internationally. Since she practically lives on the road, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of hotspots, from tourist attractions to the secret treasures not listed in guides. She will headline Saturday’s events with a discussion of how to plan the trip of a lifetime.

Adventure travel icon Bangs will deliver Sunday’s keynote presentation. An author, explorer and entrepreneur, Bangs has written over 1,000 articles, penned 16 books, led hundreds of expeditions around the globe and started several successful businesses. He will share with attendees a sneak-peek of his latest project called “Quest for the Kasbah,” a book and PBS TV series that will launch in February.

A cadre of editors and contributors to National Geographic ADVENTURE will speak on a variety of topics. On Saturday, photographer Tom Clynes will give a presentation about his journeys to the ends of the Earth and the ordinary people doing extraordinary things he met along the way.

He will focus on how the adventurers, climbers and explorers he has met can help us reshape
ourselves. Global Travel Editor Costas Christ who has visited 126 countries, and seen the best and the worst of tourism, will use his two decades of responsible travel experience to discuss how to take world class trips and also help protect the earth at the same time. Famed contributor and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster will unveil his new film project in the OCEANS 8 series, which chronicles ten years of sea kayaking expeditions around the world, ending with a recent month-long trip through Antarctica.

National Geographic ADVENTURE 2007 Adventurer of the Year Honoree Trip Jennings will talk about his Rivers In Demand project to access and document parts of the globe never seen by the outside world. His adventures include kayaks and crocodiles, AK-47s and whitewater rapids and much, much more. The magazine’s 2008 Adventurer of the Year Honorees, Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg, will retell their incredible story. From 2006 to 2008, the pair became the first people to trek the entire 7,800-mile length of the Andes. They were forced to blaze their own trails and fight exotic illnesses. During their journey, they encountered peoples who have lived, self-contained and self-sustained, for thousands of years. .

Author, magazine contributor and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kira Salak will expound on two of her first-ever trips. She was not only the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea but also the first person to kayak solo for 600 miles along the Niger River, ending up in Timbuktu. The New York Times has called Salak “a real-life Lara Croft” for her intense travels to remote locations.

There will be additional seminars, including Green Living Project president and founder Rob Holmes discussing responsible travel in Africa, a session for “wandering women” led by Beth Whitman, author of “Wanderlust and Lipstick,” and more.

ATE consumers will experience hundreds of travel exhibitors offering vacation ideas, information and special discounts for adults, families, and honeymooners on any budget. There will also be unique exhibits, seminars, cultural performances on the Global Beats Stage, booth prize giveaways, and contests.

Some of the features include scuba diving, a rock climbing wall, and a virtual hang gliding simulator.

Now entering its 5th year, Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE) is the premiere active and adventure travel events showcase in the United States, providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and opening minds to new places around the world.

A full schedule of seminars and special events, along with an application for media credentials, can be found at www.adventureexpo.com.

Tickets for the show are available for $15 at the door or for $10 in advance at www.adventureexpo.com. Children under 16 are admitted for free.