A Review of the Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show

A Review of the Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show

When you have decided that travel is an integral part of your life, it’s the natural order of things to do all that you can to learn your craft from people who know a whole lot more than you do.  So, when I’d heard that a new travel show was coming to Atlanta, I had to check it out.

This type of show is primarily aimed at travel agents who want to learn more about different destinations that they may consider promoting for their clients’ future travel plans. However, as a travel blogger, I felt it was necessary to stay on top of what’s shiny and new in the world of travel and pay them a visit as well.  Rest assured that these shows are open to the public at large so there is a lot of great information here for people who are planning class reunions, family vacations or honeymoons to peruse.

The Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show was exhibiting at the Cobb Galleria on October 22 & 23 for the first time, so my daughter and I made sure that we would be in attendance.  The parking was free and the entry fee was $15.00 at the door, but we scored a pre-show discount online of $8.00.

There are so many choices out there that it can get confusing as to where to go next.  Shows like these will allow you to get a good overview of said destinations from live human beings, they will also provide you with information, brochures, discount coupons, freebies and contact info should you want more detailed info later.  It’s a good way to get all of those random questions answered by people representing those destinations all under one roof.

There were literally hundreds of travel associations, Tourism Boards, City CVBs, Resorts, Tour Companies, Countries, Travel themed magazines, hotels, state parks and conference centers in attendance, so don’t be shy to approach every booth that you are interested in with any question that you can possibly conceive of.  This is your recognizance mission…get all of the data that you can while you are there.

I had a wonderful conversation with a rep from Tourism Ireland representing tours of Ireland.  They were all too happy to share the various tours that they offered, tour pricing and they provided lots of reading material for me to take home in a lovely green bag stamped prominently with “Ireland”.

I would have to say that the show was quite well-rounded.  There were seminars with guest speakers who are giants in the travel profession.  I had the pleasure of attending a presentation on Traveling Smarter: When to Splurge & When to Scrimp given by Pauline Frommer.

The daughter of Travel Guidebook legend, Arthur Frommer, Pauline is the creator of the very popular Pauline Frommer Guidebooks.  She gave helpful tips on what’s worth blowing the bank on and what’s not while traveling.

The second presentation was given by the very vivacious Samantha Brown whose first comment was the first question that people ask her is how she got her job….and rightfully so!  I would kill to have Ms. Brown’s job as I am one of her avid fans and would to travel all over the globe on someone else’s dime.

She was the host of the Travel Channel’s wildly successful “Passport” series.  Sam travels 200 days out of the year with her husband.  She was an energetic and enigmatic speaker and a strong cheerleader when it came to encouraging others to pursue their travel dreams.  She’s my hero.

Some of the fun, hands-on activities to participate in were:

* Climbing the rock wall
* Zip-lining from one end of the hall to the other
* Learning how to scuba dive in a heated pool on set
* Sample the assortment of international cuisine dishes prepared on site
* Photo ops with Bubba the Alligator courtesy of the Louisiana CVB
* Free Segway riding lessons
* Trying your hand at a game of bazooka ball

There were many opportunities to sign up for chances to win trips, booth giveaways, get travel discounts and door prizes.  I think the highlights were the entertainment on the Global Beats Stage from acts as diverse as belly and Bollywood dancers to Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop and Afro-Caribbean singing to Storytelling with Drums, there was something of interest for every attendee and lots of knowledge to spread around to those who share a love of global travel and the people who make each destination so special and divine.


Where will the next Travel and Adventure Show be held?



Renee King
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  • Gray
    Posted at 21:08h, 11 December Reply

    I’m so jealous you got to meet Samantha Brown! I just think she is so funny. Back when I had cable TV, I used to watch her shows on the Travel Channel all the time. I wonder if all the travel shows have that many fun events going on? I may have to look into the Vermont Travel show myself….

  • ElleX
    Posted at 21:39h, 11 December Reply

    Wow. I didn’t know that this show existed! I may try to get to the DC show.

  • Abby
    Posted at 01:25h, 12 December Reply

    Loved this recap! So many shows come through Vegas, but I can never go because of work. But I’ve always wanted to — I am so curious. This exceeded my expectations!

  • Candice Michelle
    Posted at 10:08h, 12 December Reply

    I’m sure it will be worth it to go to that travel show. There are so much things to learn and that’s what I love the most.

  • Emme Rogers
    Posted at 14:13h, 12 December Reply

    Wow! That looked crazy busy. Sounds like it was a lot of fun though.

    ~ Emme

  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 21:38h, 12 December Reply

    I’ve never thought to go to a show like this, but it sounds like it was worthwhile. And affordable!

    • Renee
      Posted at 14:03h, 14 December Reply

      Very affordable, Scott…..I think you can gain lots of info and contacts by attending.

  • jade
    Posted at 22:07h, 12 December Reply

    This sounds similar to the LA Times Travel Show last year- looking forward to attending again in 2012 and hopefully connecting with some new tourism boards.

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:36h, 14 December Reply

      Jade, it’s practically like one stop shopping…..go for it.

  • jenjenk
    Posted at 01:20h, 13 December Reply

    I loved hearing Samantha Brown speak – she gave the most hilarious story of her interview process…it was easy to see how she got the job. i know a lot of people love her or hate her, i’m definitely one of the people who love her! 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:33h, 14 December Reply

      Jen…she is the best! I love her madly!

  • Uttoran Sen
    Posted at 10:54h, 14 December Reply

    It is so great to have an opportunity to see the Tv. star in person, i have only ever saw her in the travel shows. I guess you had a lot of fun,

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:29h, 14 December Reply

      I did! Thanks for stopping by!

  • James Kenny Photo
    Posted at 09:24h, 15 December Reply

    This is great! I went to something similar in Barcelona a few years ago- wasn’t quite as big though!

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 01:47h, 19 December Reply

    I’m glad you got to experience this! I went last year when the travel & adventure show was in LA and plan on going next month when it returns. I want Samantha Brown’s job too! 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:46h, 28 December Reply

      Definitely put it on your calendar. Great networking op!

  • Rich
    Posted at 15:20h, 09 March Reply

    Zip-lining is on my bucket list of things to do.

  • Crested Butte Lodging
    Posted at 11:51h, 25 May Reply

    You mention your conversation with the Travel guy from Ireland, it’s great when you can meet guys that actually want to have a conversation with you other than just selling to you. I love travel shows.

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