Meet the Experts Theatre

We've gathered the industry's best to bring you insider's tips, expert advice and truly inspirational stories. As a discerning traveller, we know you are looking for experiences that are truly unique and bespoke to your interests. That's why we are offering complimentary talks every day at the Fair in our Meet the Experts Theatre. This intimate and exclusive setting will allow you to get to know the celebrities and experts that will be giving talks and being interviewed, sharing accounts of their travel tales and imparting their wisdom for those passionate about exploring all corners of the world.

 

Meet the Experts Timetable

Thursday 2 November 2017

Find Your Equilibrium

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Giles Coren in conversation with David Annand, Men’s Editor, Conde Nast Traveler

We are delighted to have writer, critic, columnist and television presenter Giles Coren as one of our expert speakers at this year’s Luxury Travel Fair.

Giles will be talking about his experience filming for BBC TWO documentary 'Amazing Hotels: life beyond the lobby' which premiered this year. Giles will be speaking on 2 November.

There will also be a 15 minutes Q&A  with the audience. 

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Whales & Bears of British Columbia with Chris Breen, Wildlife Worldwide

British Columbia is home to some of the finest bear watching and whale-watching anywhere on earth. Blessed with the largest remaining tract of coastal temperate rainforest, mountains and salmon-rich rivers, brown, black and spirit bears all call this area of Canada home. The seas are home to humpback, grey, minke and orca whales as well as otters, seals and sealions. Enjoy beautiful imagery and inspirational stories taken from Chris’s first-hand experiences in this stunning destination.

 

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How to see the Rugby World Cup in Japan with David Lee, Into Japan Specialist Tours

David Lee originally studied Japanese in Kyoto and has lived in Japan for a total of 8 years. His company has been arranging travel and educational programmes between the UK and Japan for more than 20 years.

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Gastronomic Wanderings in the Cevennes with Guy Wolley

Earlier this year Guy walked the GR70, a 274 km trail between Le Puy and Alés, in the Massif Central of France which follows the 1878 journey of Robert Louis Stevenson. Here he will share his enthusiasm for that walk, for the haunting beauty of what is the least populated part of France and for the richness and variety of the food that he encountered along the route.

 He will bring some specialities from the region to share!

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Friday 3 November 2017

Historic Houses as Heritage and Resource for Luxury Travel with Alessandro Cavazza de Altamer

  • Historical houses: The importance of the European private heritage as a resource for tourism - Focus on Italy
  • Case study: The Castle of Tabiano - From private residence to open site for hospitality
  • Beyond the gates: Creating and managing a network of historical houses
    • The promises and challenges of ensuring a uniform level of high hospitality standards

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Tristan Gooley in conversation with David Annand, Men’s Editor, Condé Nast Traveller

We are delighted to have author, natural navigator and Vice Chairman of the UK’s largest independent travel company, The Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley as one of our Expert Speakers this year.

He will be discussing his travel adventures, from leading expeditions in five continents, climbing mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailing boats across oceans as well as being the only living person to have flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic. 

There will also be a 15 minutes Q&A  with the audience. 

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Travelling South Africa with Malcolm Peasnall The Independent Traveller

For close to 40 years the Independent Traveller product Director Malcolm Peasnall has been travelling in South Africa.

The Garden Route is always a favourite for British visitors particularly in the UK winter and Malcolm will share his  40 years experience of the area. It is perhaps the off the beaten track destinations that make a trip really special, so come along to discover how to get the best out of your trip. The current high value of the pound makes the trip very affordable.

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Luxury and adventure in southern Patagonia with Kim Mouncer, Bespoke Latin America

The talk will introduce Patagonia and Patagonia expert Kim Mouncer. She worked in the area for many years as a guide and will share all her knowledge. The talk will be about 'Luxury and adventure in southern Patagonia' focusing on how to get around the region, the best trekking areas and how to do it in style.

 

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Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Mark Bingley, Louis Roederer

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Saturday 4 November 2017

Chateau Castigno

Born in 1976 in French Reunion Island - Elsa studied political science, philosophy and journalism.  But her passion for gastronomy pushed her to commit more than 15 years in Slow Food movement, and the International Disciples d’Escoffier. She worked from 2006 to 2013 between Argentina and Uruguay, in food and wine world developing experiences such as pop-up restaurants and events - and in media with articles, books, and radio chronicles. In 2015 she started Village Castigno, a project of wine tourism in South of France, and now she moved with her family to this organic wine estate to develop the 5 stars hotel, and implement « the art of slow living ».

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Chadden Hunter in conversation Conde Nast Traveller Editorial Team

Discussing his experiences working with National Geographic and Discovery Channel and more recently producing BBC series Planet Earth 2, we are delighted to have Chadden Hunter as one of our expert speakers at this years Luxury Travel Fair. 

There will also be a 15 minutes Q&A  with the audience. 

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Wildlife Worldwide: Wildlife Photography In The Far North

Home to some of the continent’s finest wilderness and an incredible array of wildlife, Svalbard is about as far north as you can travel. Polar bears, walrus, whales and an array of birdlife all feature across this remote archipelago. Bret will take you to the icy realm of the polar bear and a cruise around the island of Spitsbergen.

 

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Handmade vs Manufactured with Johanna von Gilsa Carlitos Handmade

Carlitos Handmade are fashioning in a small town named Słupsk / Stolp in Poland with partners that are the finest cutters and leather craftsmen. Every article is tailor-made and produced with highest quality demanding with generations of know-how, passion, creativity and diligence is the basis for our unique craftsmanship. They are proud of the great skill set of their partners and the unison of their design ideas that create unique items and small beautiful collections.

 

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Sunday 5 November 2017

The Remote Luxury Madagascar with Aleem Raheem, The Earth Trip

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Lord Norwich in conversation Conde Nast Traveller Editorial Team

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Directing Wildlife Videos with Will Fox, On Track Safari’s

Wildlife conservationist and filmmaker Will Fox is originally from Yorkshire, but has worked in big cat conservation in Africa for the last fifteen years. During that time he has also produced and directed many wildlife safari television shows, often broadcast LIVE from the African bush, where his knowledge of big cat behavior has enabled worldwide audiences to be immersed in the action as it happens.

Will has had a lifelong passion to protect wildlife and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a visiting Research Fellow at Reading University. 

He founded the INGWE Leopard Research program in 2004, which works to conserve and protect leopards in South Africa. He has also travelled extensively throughout the continent where his skills in wildlife capture have helped with Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyena conservation and research projects.

Will believes that tourism and conservation must work hand in hand to support each other and so in 2007 he created On Track Safaris. Since 2007 OTS has gone on to win awards for its work in conservation with profits being used to support wildlife conservation and community education programs in Africa.

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Brilliant Baja with Helen Bryon, Wildlife Worldwide

On a recent visit to Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Helen’s expectations were blown out of the water by the incredible wildlife on offer. From leaping dolphins, somersaulting mobulas and flying fish, to more breaching humpbacks than you could shake a stick at! This marine mammal extravaganza has left an indelible impression, and describing the sheer and utter brilliance of her trip is Helen’s mission for the evening.  

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Title: 30 Years, 90 Ships, 100's of Destinations find out all you want to know about the world of Cruising.

My first job in travel was when I was just 18 years old, as I moved into the role of business development manager for a Travel Company in Cambridge, my role involved me more and more with the cruise market. Gaining more experience in other sectors of the trade was necessary, before stepping off on my own and I joined Fred Olsen Travel as cruise development manager. “The confidence to set up my own business came from the work I did at Fred Olsen’s. The company is part of a multi-million pound cruise empire and the hunger and knowledge to grow the business was everything I wanted.  In 2009 I finally realised that I had accumulated all the background and knowledge to do it for myself. So it’s now been over 7 years since I launched Ponders Cruise and Travel a successful company creating tailor made holidays, delivering superb service to all our clients and the passion to keep doing this is still as intense as the first day we launched.  this is all enhanced by a truly amazing couple of years whereby we are truly being recognised as experts in our field as in 2016 I was awarded winner of CLIA Cruise Manager of the Year 2016

We have also been finalist for CLIA - Best River Cruise Newcomer, Best Group Travel Provider in the UK 2016 and Highly Commended Cruise Consultant of the Year 2017 for one of our team Zoltan Biczo. 

So now with over 30 Years in the Travel Industry and explored over 90 Ships and visited 100's of destinations, I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you. 

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