LA Times Travel Show 2014 Recap
Last weekend, we hit the LA Times Travel Show. For anyone planning their vacation or traveling enthusiasts in general, the LA Times Travel Show is your travel one stop shop. It was also conveniently located at the LA Convention Center. Here are my personal highlights.
After dealing with traffic, parking, and the mob of travelers, the hula dancers from Guam gave me a breath of fresh air. The booth representatives were friendly and welcoming. I can imagine the same hospitality if I visit their island. For more information, visit http://www.visitguam.com/.
I also had a delightful chat with the folks of Incredible India. We spoke about culture and my representative debunked the myth that Indians were strictly vegetarian. All my former Indian co-workers never ate meat so I appreciated the clarification. For more information, visit http://www.incredibleindia.org/.
I wasn’t very worldly when I approached the Curaçao booth and asked, “Can you tell me about Cu-Ra-Cow?”. They graciously corrected me and explained about the special second c (cu-ra-sow). In addition, they also gave me a quick overview of this Dutch Caribbean island and their numerous water activities. For more information, visit http://www.curacao.com/.
X Marks the Spot
I was impressed by this gadget that allows you to take the ultimate “selfie”. It is pole that attaches to your camera and can be extended away from you so you can take a great picture of yourself. The best use of the Xspot is if you are snowboarding or skydiving and you take a video of the event. The shots look amazing. For more information, visit http://xshot.com/.
Who’s the Boss?
The highlight of the show for me was hearing Alyssa Milano speak about her UNICEF experience. I’ve been a fan of hers since Who’s the Boss. It’s amazing that she has stayed out of the tabloids and has matured into a savvy business woman and world improving spokesperson. She shared her fascinating journey to Angola and Kosovo. The audience cheered during Q and A when she said what is the point of being a celebrity if you don’t use it to change the world? I couldn’t help but leave a bigger fan than before. Much respect and more power to Alyssa Milano. For more information, visit http://www.unicefusa.org/partners/ambassadors/alyssa-milano.html.
Continue reading for a wonderful recap of the 2014 LA Times Travel Show by the LA Times themselves.
Alyssa Milano, Adam Richman, Henry Rollins and Arthur Frommer
Inspired Spirit of Exploration at 16th Annual Travel Fest
The 16th annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show, Southern California’s must-attend travel event of the year, brought together more than 22,700 celebrity speakers, travel professionals, industry experts, members of the media and consumers at the L.A. Convention Center, January 17-19, for an inspired variety of ideas and places to explore, plenty of ways to discover how to become a better traveler and the services needed to go just about anywhere.
Headliners Alyssa Milano (UNICEF Ambassador, host of “Project Runway All Stars”), Adam Richman (host of “Adam Richman’s Fandemonium,” author of “America the Edible”), Henry Rollins (musician, activist, author of “Smile, You’re Traveling”) and Arthur Frommer (publisher of more than 340 Frommer’s travel guides) were joined by an impressive roster of authorities on a variety of topics, including Johnny Jet (JohnnyJet.com), Kevin Coffey (police detective, expert in travel crime avoidance), Brian Kelly (The Points Guy), Betto Arcos (Global Village), Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA), Andy Murdock (Airbnb), Ed Kushins (HomeExchange.com), and Nico Melendez (TSA), each sharing road-tested tips for getting the most out of travel experiences.
This year’s show featured an expanded LA Times area where award-winning journalists hosted salons with their favorite experts on international sports events, major music fests and useful travel tech, as well as a presentation on The Times’ signature “Postcards From the West” series. The Travel Smart stage had a full schedule of mini-seminars on the best of Europe for 2014, getting the most from your vacation budget, staying connected on the road, travel safety and the latest in alternative lodging. Over at the Flavors of the World kitchen, acclaimed chefs treated audiences to cooking demos and samples of regional cuisine. Attendees were also entertained by live cultural performances and had access to a screening room showing travel films and reader-submitted vacation videos.
The show floor was filled with exhibitors from near and far offering travel services, products and advice, as well as show-only specials and giveaways. Travel Show exhibitors created a lively and colorful environment with exotic dishes, live musical performances, engaging displays and a wealth of information. Standout exhibitors Guam Visitors Bureau (Best in Show), Chumash Casino Resort (People’s Choice), AMResorts (Best Design and Décor), Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport Singapore (Most Innovative), Cruise Planners (Most Interactive), Tourism Malaysia (Best Use of Space), and Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto (Rookie of the Year) were presented with awards from the show organizers. The complete exhibitor list is available on the Travel Show site.
The three-day series of events, including the trade day for travel industry professionals and weekend show open to the public, is produced by the LA Times in collaboration with MSE Management and IMG Worldwide. Sponsors included Changi Airport Singapore, Guam Visitors Bureau, LatinEscapes.com, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto, and Incredible India. Land Vacations by Cruise Planners, American Express Travel Representatives, provided on-site booking services.