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A Weekend Full Of Wanderlust, Inspiration And New Destinations At The LA Times Travel Show

The 15th annual LA Times Travel Show, the largest event of its kind in the western U.S., brought together more than 22,000 celebrity speakers, travel professionals, industry leaders, members of the media and consumers at the L.A. Convention Center, February 22-24.

Headliners Rick Steves (author and host of "Rick Steves' Europe"), Arthur Frommer (publisher of more than 340 Frommer's travel guides), Phil Keoghan (Emmy® Award-winning host of "The Amazing Race," best-selling author), Mike Wolfe (star of History's "American Pickers"), and Andrew McCarthy (actor and author of "The Longest Way Home") were joined by an impressive roster of authorities on a variety of topics, each sharing road-tested tips for getting the most out of travel experiences. The five-acre show floor was filled with exhibitors from near and far offering travel services, products and advice, as well as show-only specials and giveaways. Attendees also were treated to live cooking demonstrations, fun activities such as a zip line, Bubble Rollers, repelling wall, a wild animal show and postcard-worthy photo ops.

LA Times Travel, Food, Fashion and Photo staff gave presentations and talks on signature subjects ranging from SoCal Close-Ups local guides to tasting tips for globe-trotting foodies. Budget travel experts John DiScala ( JohnnyJet.com), Gabe Saglie (TravelZoo) and Brian Kelly (The Points Guy) shared valuable insights into maximizing vacation dollars. Rudy Maxa (The Savvy Traveler) gave pointers for surviving travel in 2013, while Marybeth Bond ( GutsyTraveler.com) tackled how to pack a suitcase and Joanna Stern (ABC News Technology Editor) gave a rundown on the latest in portable tech. Josh Gates ("Destination Truth") and Julia Dimon ("The Travel Junkie") each revealed their secrets for staying safe in extreme environments and picks for the best places to find adventure this year.

LA Times partnered with MSE Management and IMG Worldwide to produce the three-day event, which included the second annual all-day Industry Conference. Travel Show exhibitors created a lively and colorful environment with exotic dishes, live musical performances, interactive displays and a wealth of information. Standout exhibitors Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Ecuador Ministry of Tourism, Singapore Airlines, Cruise Planners and CP Vacations, San Diego Zoo, Goal Zero and Armenian National Tourism Organization were presented with awards from the show organizers. Sponsors included Ecuador, Taiwan, Toyota, Air Berlin, Düsseldorf Marketing and Tourism, Guam Visitors Bureau, Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau, South Africa, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Aquarius Laughlin, India Tourism, Megabus, and FLO USA, as well as a number of industry partners and media sponsors.

The countdown is already on for the next LA Times Travel Show and Industry Conference, scheduled for January 17-19, 2014 at the L.A. Convention Center. To stay up to date on all LA Times events, join LATimesEvents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram