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Adventures in Travel Expo Blows into Chicago January 10-11:

More than 200 Exhibitors from Around the World Highlight
Cultural, Active, Experiential Vacations and More

Chicago, IL, (December 11, 2008)— If you’re looking for adventure, escape and worldly activities, right here in Chicago, then drop the remote, rouse yourself off the couch, and head to the only place that fits the bill: Adventures in Travel Expo, Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. While there, you can learn to scuba dive, climb a rock wall, ride a camel, and book your next vacation right on the show floor.

Plan a far-off adventure or a quick weekend getaway with the help of over 200 exhibitors from India to the Philippines: whether you join a group trip, or custom-tailor the adventure of your dreams, you’ll find top experts in every aspect of experiential and active adventure, ready to help and you will save hundreds of dollars on show only vacation discount offers.

“Our exhibitors and partners know how important value is to travelers today. Many have special experiences just for Expo attendees,” noted John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm, Expo organizer. “And of course, there’s no better value than the unforgettable memories of a life-changing adventure.”

Throughout the Adventures in Travel Expo, the National Geographic ADVENTURE Theater and the Adventure Expo Theater will spotlight seminars and presentations by top travel experts and adventure travel authors and photographers such as Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Worlds; Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die adventure journalist and photographer Peter Potterfield; and National Geographic ADVENTURE photographer Peter McBride.

The Global Beats stage will feature entertainment from around the world, almost nonstop, including the Mariam Tanzania Dancers; Kaua'i Hawaiian Entertainment; Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; Oneida Nation; Filipiniana Dance Troupe; Jasmine Jahal Dancers on Saturday; Hooked on Drums, the Natya Dance Theater and That Tall Juggler Guy will join the lineup on Sunday.

The event is presented by the Chicago Tribune with National Geographic Adventure magazine as the National Magazine Sponsor, the Travel Channel as Supporting Sponsor and the Philippines Department of Tourism as Featured Destination. It is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (formerly the Rosemont Convention Center). Hours are 10:30 AM-5:30 PM on Saturday; 11 AM-4:30 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $15.00, and may be purchased online at www.adventuresexpo.com.

The Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE) is the world’s largest active and adventure travel show for the trade and consumers. In 2009, it will be presented in five U.S. cities: Chicago, January 10-11; Los Angeles, February 14-15; Washington, DC, February 21-22. New York City, October 10-11; Seattle, December 5-6. ATE highlights responsible, experiential, active, adventurous, cultural and heritage travel with exhibitors, presentations, hands-on adventure experiences and cultural performances. For more information, visit the Adventures in Travel Expo website at www.adventureexpo.com.