New Attractions and Exhibits from Around the World
February 10 & 11 at Long Beach Convention Center, 2007
Los Angeles, CA, January xx, 2007 — The prestigious and popular Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show – the country’s largest active and adventure extravaganza — opens next month at the Long Beach Convention Center, February 10 & 11, 2007. Promising world-class exhibitors, exciting attractions and expert-led seminars, the event will provide attendees with everything they need to imagine, explore and ensure that their next vacation is a hassle-free experience. This year’s show will include a diverse line-up of attractions including scuba pool, kayak demonstrations, golf swing analysis and vibrant cultural performances on the Los Angeles Times Global Beat Stage
The Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show provides a convenient, all-encompassing locale at which to book that next big vacation and speak with travel experts to completely customize your trip. Hundreds of exhibitors, representing thousands of destinations, will line the aisles with virtually every type of vacation imaginable and the event will feature destinations, resorts and tour operators from across the globe offering everything from elephant tours in India to sailing in Greece, volunteer vacations in Honduras to photo safaris in Africa and from heritage-based tours in Ireland to cultural tours in China to name just a few.
In addition, attendees will be offered a sneak peak at The Times’ completely redesigned, multimedia Travel “section.” The integrated print and online offering is set to be unveiled in late February and will focus on local and regional destinations. Travel will also include a viral, self-sustaining web community supporting user-generated content.
A number of pavilions will highlight some of the hottest trends in the adventure travel niche, such as the Caribbean Pavilion, sponsored by CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) reflecting the vibrance and color of the Caribbean culture; The Asia Pacific Pavilion sponsored by PATA (Pacific Asia Tourism Association), Africa Pavilion, and the See America Pavilion, sponsored by Travel Industry Association (TIA) will be offered. Worldwide destinations represented at the Show include those from Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and the USA.
A compelling series of seminars will be presented on both days. Noted guidebook author Pauline Frommer will speak about travel deals – where to find them and how to get them, while Rick Steves of the popular PBS travel series will address the topic of “Budget European Travel Skills.” Huell Howser, ever popular producer and host of “California’s Gold” on PBS will be present “California Journeys.” Other seminars topics will include Internet travel, digital photography and travel writing.
National Geographic ADVENTURE will feature a spectacular series of seminars from some of its award-winning journalists:
• Colin Angus and Julie Wafaei, “2006 Adventurers of the Year” – The New Magellans – the First Circumnavigation of the Planet Using Only Human Power
• Christopher Percy Collier – Writer/Photographer: “360 Degrees of Adventure,” through compelling images and stories
• John Haslett – “Voyage of the Manteno” Haslett’s adventure of building a raft and sailing 5,000 nautical miles, inspired by Thor Heyerdahl’s famed Kon-Tiki voyage.
• Costas Christ, ecotourism pioneer and columnist – “The New Age of Adventure: How Responsible Tourism is Changing the World of Travel”
The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 11th. Tickets to the Expo are $10 for those ages 12 and older; children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. The Greek National Tourist Office is the presenting sponsor of The Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show. Contributing sponsors for the event include Guam Visitor’s Bureau and Turkish Tourist Office.
For more information, please visit www.latimes.com/events.