Last week I was reminded that most everyone loves to travel. Ask and you shall receive! This weekend I’m headed to the LA Times Travel Show 2012. Here are some of my adventures from last year.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Times Travel Show, returning to the L.A. Convention Center January 28-29, today announced the schedule of world-class travel experts, hands-on activities, regional cooking demonstrations and cultural performances being presented at the highly-anticipated 14th-annual event. A free mobile guide is being offered for the first time and will put the five-acre show floor in the palm of attendees’ hands to provide timely updates on event information, show-only specials and giveaways. The schedule, list of exhibitors and registration for the mobile guide are now available at latimes.com/travelshow.
Exhibitors representing destinations around the globe, from the warm waters of the Caribbean to Alaska’s glaciers, will present a wide variety of options to satisfy every traveler’s palate. The Travel Show will also feature activities designed to provide a mini-vacation in the heart of downtown L.A. Attendees will have the opportunity to hop on an exhilarating zip line presented by Ecuador Ministry of Tourism, “walk on water” inside bubble rollers, climb a rock wall and glide down a rappel tower. The show’s Culinary Stage, sponsored by Tourism Ireland, will serve samples of regional and exotic cuisine. Performers representing cultures from Africa to Japan will also add to the international atmosphere and The Times’ award-winning Photo staff will be shooting exclusive souvenir photos.
Los Angeles Times Travel Show giveaways include a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Yukon, Canada from Boreale Explorers; an international adventure from Explore!; a “Barefoot Perfect” Vacation Package from the Belize Tourism Board with airfare, dining and activities included; and a visit to the Verde Valley in Phoenix complete with lodging, dining and entertainment provided by The Heart of Arizona.
Tickets for the weekend show January 28 and 29 are $10 each, and for a limited time visitors can redeem discount code “LATPR” to receive $2 off. Registration for the industry conference on January 27 is $30. Additional details can be found online at www.latimes.com/travelshow. Connect on Facebook.com/LATimesEvents and @LATimesEvents (#travelshow) to stay up to date.