Los Angeles Times Travel Show Brings New Exhibitors and Speakers to 14th-Annual Event January 28-29

Los Angeles Times Travel Show, named one of BizBash's "Top 10 Southern California Trade Shows and Conventions," returns to the L.A. Convention Center January 28-29 hosting exhibitors from destinations around the globe on the largest show floor in the West. In its 14th year, the 2012 Travel Show will deliver all-new themed areas focused on family and active vacations, cruises, and luxury and leisure travel. A culinary stage will serve up regional and exotic flavors with cooking and cocktail demonstrations, while experiential activities and cultural performances will complete the international atmosphere.

The popular Los Angeles Times Pavilion, a must-see for show attendees, will showcase The Times' renowned editorial experts and offer a wealth of practical information. The Pavilion's intimate, interactive presentations and Q&As will highlight Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award-winning reporters and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers including:

Times Travel editor Catharine Hamm and a full roster of guests will also be speaking throughout the weekend. Don Wildman ("Off Limits"), Josh Gates, ("Destination Truth"), Sarah Schlichter (IndependentTraveler.com), Alice Short (Times Features editor) and Booth Moore (Times fashion critic) are scheduled to join headliners Rick Steves ("Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door"), Lisa Ling ("Our America"), Arthur Frommer (Frommer's travel guides), and Adam Richman ("Man v. Food Nation," "America the Edible") for talks and panel discussions on topics ranging from budget travel to the best shopping destinations.

Considered an essential for anyone planning trips in the New Year, the show is designed to prepare adventurers to hit the road and maximize the experience of traveling. American Express Travel Services will be on site ready to create itineraries and book travel, while the U.S. Department of State will be providing passport services. Tour operators and travel professionals representing locations near and far, various modes of transportation and recreation and related products and services will be on hand all weekend, offering information, special pricing and giveaways.

Los Angeles Times Travel Show's sponsors include Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Visit Mexico, Best Western and Korea Tourism Organization. Media partners include KTLA, PBS SoCal, Travel World News, OnTravel, KFWB, Hoy and LA Inc. - the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at www.latimes.com/travelshow. One child age 16 and below admitted free with paid adult. Registration for the January 27 industry conference for members of the travel and tourism trade is $30 per person. Additional details are available at http://events.latimes.com/tradeday.

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