Event Schedule

2018 Special Guests and Activities


Travel Channel Star Josh Gates

Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, January 21 at 1 p.m.
The world is a mysterious place, and no one helps you unearth those mysteries better than adventurer and TV personality, Josh Gates, host of the popular Travel Channel series, Expedition Unknown. Josh’s spine tingling tales of his most memorable excursions will inspire you to find your own adventure. This is your chance to meet Josh one-on-one and grab an autograph following his stage appearances.


Passionate Travel Guru Darley Newman

Friday, January 19 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 at 12 p.m.
Darley Newman, inspiring travel influencer and star of PBS’ Travels with Darley, will bring her travel expertise to this year’s EXPO. Focused on her mission to connect with the people and culture of the destinations she visits, she’ll share her tips for truly authentic travel experiences. Darley will also answer questions and be available following her stage appearances for photos and autographs.


Kids Day with Columbus Zoo Animals

Saturday, January 20
Designed to entertain youngsters while providing useful travel tips for parents, Kids Day offers families a day packed with costumed characters, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Kids can meet the animals that travel with Jack Hanna as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium takes the stage at 11 a.m. And the entire family can play the “Passport for Prizes” adventure game to be entered to win an unforgettable Hocking Hills weekend getaway.


The Wayfarers

Saturday, January 20 at 4 p.m.
Sponsored by Ohio’s Appalachian Country, The Wayfarers’ magnetically spirited performances draws on their revered Appalachian traditions. Thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles and rich harmonies will deliver a lively show. You’ll hear instantly why they have been asked to share the stage with the biggest names in bluegrass and country music.

AAA Travel Stage

AAA Travel Stage, presented by Royal Caribbean

2018 Stage Schedule

Friday, January 19

1:00 p.m. – Birding: A Soaring Trend with Dawn Hammer Tabata of the Grange Audubon Center
2:00 p.m. – Exploring the World in Comfort with Viking River Cruises
3:00 p.m. – Star of PBS’s Travels with Darley, Darley Newman
4:00 p.m. – Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor with Jayne Davis of the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
5:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions

Saturday, January 20

11:00 a.m. – Animals from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
12:00 p.m. – Star of PBS’s Travels with Darley, Darley Newman
1:00 p.m. – What’s New with Royal Caribbean
2:00 p.m. – Travel Channel Star Josh Gates
3:00 p.m. – Packing Tips and Luggage Picks with Barbara Yakima of Delsey
4:00 p.m. – Music of Appalachia with The Wayfarers, courtesy of Ohio’s Appalachian Country
5:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions

Sunday, January 21

12:00 p.m. – Discover the World with Trafalgar
1:00 p.m. – Travel Channel Star Josh Gates
2:00 p.m. – Discovering a Destination through its Food with culinary tour guide Nick Dekker
3:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions

Destination Showcase Theatre

Introducing Destination Showcase Theatre

New to this year’s EXPO, we’re excited to introduce Destination Showcase Theatre. It’s your exclusive opportunity to hear firsthand from the world’s top travel providers about vacations of a lifetime. This intimate presentation space gives you special access to insider information and great deals.
Presentations are open to all EXPO guests, but to reserve your space, just click on the link(s) below.

Friday, January 19

1:30 PM – Come Seek Your Next Cruise Vacation with Royal Caribbean
2:30 PM – All Aboard Amazing with Rocky Mountaineer
3:30 PM – Experience Alaska on Holland America Line

Saturday, January 20

11:30 AM – Discover the Viking Cruise Difference with Viking Cruises
12:30 PM – Sail Beyond Borders with Celebrity Cruises
1:30 PM – The Best of Greece with Trafalgar
2:30 PM – National Parks by Rail with Amtrak Vacations