Boston Globe Travel Show to take place February 20-22, 2009 at the Seaport World Trade Center


BOSTON, MA – More than 15,000 people are expected to explore exotic winter escapes at the 2009 Boston Globe Travel Show on February 20-22 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. This major three-day travel event will feature exhibitors from around the world, trip giveaways, travel deals exclusive to the show, cultural and culinary presentations, book signings, and much more.

The Travel Show will be open to the public on Friday, February 20 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm; Saturday, February 21 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; and on Sunday, February 22 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Tickets for the show are US$10 for Saturday or Sunday. The Friday night preview is free. Tickets are available at the show or in advance at . Children 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

Author Presentations:
Travel experts and authors Arthur and Pauline Frommer will present:
– “Best Bargains for the Year Ahead” on Saturday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
– “Travel in Troubled Times” on Saturday from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Patricia Schultz, international bestselling author and veteran travel journalist, will present “1,000 Places to See Before You Die – Around the World” on:
– Saturday from 10:15 – 11:15 am
– Sunday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The three-day event will feature a diverse set of travel exhibitors and suppliers, representing every segment of the travel industry. Attendees can get detailed information on a variety of trips to every region of the world and even book their trips while at the show. From family trips to honeymoon getaways to solo excursions, there are great travel options for everyone at the show.

In addition to travel information, the show will feature a host of cultural performances from destinations in the US and around the world. These include:

Wild Survivors
Exotic animals from around the globe will take center stage as SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove present “Wild Survivors.” Animal educators will introduce a variety of exotic creatures, including a lemur, penguins, an alligator, and many more, while sharing important conservation information.

“Celebrate Carnival in Aruba”
Presented by Aruba Tourism Authority – will showcase flamboyantly-dressed dancers to the vibrant beat of live music from Aruba.

Traditional/Folk Dance Group of Sociedade Cultural Acoriana
Show visitors are invited to participate in dances that showcase a variety of Portuguese cultural dances, instruments, and songs.

Jamaican Limbo Demonstration and Contest
There will be a public limbo demonstration and contest, with the winner taking home a three-night, all-inclusive package for two to Point Village Resort in Negril, Jamaica.

Food is an essential part of every vacation, and this year’s culinary offerings are bigger and better than ever. The show will have three stages where local chefs and celebrated food writers will offer tastings from some of their top destinations for cuisine. Joining The Boston Globe Travel Show this year are Annie Copps, food editor of Yankee Magazine, and the Bay State’s world barbecue championship winning team, “I Smell Smoke!”

Attendees at the 2009 Boston Globe Travel Show will also have an opportunity to win great giveaways from local exhibitors, including a luxurious four-night stay at Guoman’s five-star Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, a trip for two to Mexico, a vacation for two at Jade Mountain Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia, and a free Royal Caribbean Cruise.

All information about the show, entertainment, and trip giveaways, as well as a full list of exhibitors, can be found on The Boston Globe Travel Show Web site at .

Boston Globe Travel Show Sponsors
Aruba Tourism Authority is a supporting sponsor of the 2009 Boston Globe Travel Show. Lead sponsors are Vacation Outlet, Hunt’s Photo and Video, and Worlds of Discovery (including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, Discovery Cove, Sesame Place, and Aquatica). Contributing sponsors are Azores Express and TNT Vacations.

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