Destinations London Schedules

Here you will find the full schedule for all sessions and presentations at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show London including: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Meet The Experts Theatres 1 and 2, Experience The World & Taste The World.

To help you nagivate this page, here is a useful guide:

  • You can filter by day or by Theatre (these are known as Tracks)
  • Meet The Experts Theare 1 is coloured in dark blue
  • Meet The Experts Theare 2 is coloured in red
  • Stanfords Travel Writers Theatre is coloured in green

What are the various stages?

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Brought to you by Stanfords, hear inspiring talks from explorers, adventurers, historians, novelists, TV personalities and many more of the very best travel authors.

Meet The Experts Theatres 1 & 2

Expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure.

Experience The World Stage

Dive in and experience world cultures, and entertainment. Enjoy the spectacle of cultural performances and get involved with interactive displays. Here you will discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Taste The World Stage

Get a taste for unusual international delicacies with hundreds of free world food and drink samples and discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Destinations London 2019 Schedules

Meet The Experts London - Theatre 2

Sun 03 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

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Johnny Bealby
Wild Frontiers CEO & Founder

Presentation title

Pakistan – Reaching New Heights

Having first stepped foot into Pakistan and the remote Kalash Valleys – home to the last of the pagan tribes to inhabit the Hindu Kush – more than 20 years ago and returning almost every year since, travel writer and founder of adventure travel company Wild Frontiers, Jonny Bealby, firmly believes it is still one of the most exciting destinations out there.

Having marked its 70th anniversary in 2017 and curiosity in this fascinating country ever increasing, Pakistan is re-emerging as a dream adventure travel destination.

With a history dating back to the Indus civilisation of the fourth millennia BC, a hugely hospitable population,  fast-improving infrastructure and the most impressive mountain landscapes anywhere on earth, it is a country that is sure to impress even the most experienced traveller.

Join Jonny to delve behind the misconceptions of this wonderful country.

Sun 03 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

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Beat Germann
General Manager, Sales and Marketing

Presentation title

Eco luxury travel experiences across South India

For a long time, eco sensitivity and luxury were opposites. We have created a tour that combines modern comforts and lived community and eco sensitivity with an enhanced and amazing experience factor. Hands on experiences and being part of culture and community. This tour brings you closer to culture, experiences and introduces you to some of the finest Eco Resorts in South India, where eco sensitivity is lived and practised since almost 3 decades. 

Sun 03 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

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Heather Green
Regional Destination Manager, Italy
Gennaro Contaldo
Chef and Citalia Brand Ambassador

Presentation title

Spot light on the Amalfi Coast and interview with chef Gennaro Contaldo.

The Amalfi Coast is often considered Italy’s most beautiful stretch of coastline, and it’s easy to see why. The soaring mountain peaks are a dramatic backdrop to a coast that's dotted with colourful towns and sandy coves. Hear all about the laid-back but glamorous lifestyle from our expert Heather Green, who will talk through top tips on the best ways to explore this stunning part of the world.


Followed by an interview with renowned Italian chef and Amalfi Coast native, Gennaro Contaldo, where you can hear his top recommendations when visiting the Amalfi Coast, along with the opportunity to ask him questions. Having grown up in the picturesque fishing village of Minori, Gennaro will share his passion for his home region, including his favourite must-do highlights, the hidden gems to explore off the beaten path and, of course, where to try the best local specialties and mouth-watering dishes.




Sun 03 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

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Javier Solis
Expedition Leader

Presentation title

A Penguin Paradise – The History of Isla Magdalena.


An overview of this beautiful island, its history, the amazing and ever growing colony of Magellanic Penguins and the tour that can be done exclusively on board of Australis.


Sun 03 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

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Jessica Jackson
Regional Destination Manager

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USA self drives

Hayes & Jarvis specialises in creating tailor made, bespoke itineraries, and for the USA, hitting the open road on a self-drive holiday is the best way to see and explore all the incredible sights of this magnificent country – whether by motorhome, car or even on a Harley Davidson.


From iconic Route 66 to Pacific Coast Highway, we’ll explain why the USA is such a perfect self-drive destination and just how simple it is to navigate the roads and highways as you follow your own path (along with our expert recommendations).

We’ll also discuss about our favourite self-drive destinations such as New England, Deep South and USA’s National Parks as well as new, upcoming destinations that will be hot for 2019.

Sun 03 Feb 15:30 to 16:15

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Simon Clifford
Europe Product Manager

Presentation title

Classic Russia and beyond

Simon will cover the highlights of Russia’s two greatest cities, with insider tips on the best places to go and things to do. This will include Moscow; the epicentre of modern Russia, and St Petersburg; renowned for its magnificent palaces, world class museums, elegant canals and grand architecture. Going beyond this, Simon will also talk about The Golden Ring; a string of ancient settlements to the north-east of Moscow comprised of onion-domed churches, medieval monasteries, traditional crafts and beautifully unspoilt countryside. Finally, Simon will inspire listeners with an experts knowledge of the Trans-Siberian Railway, including the Tsar’s Gold which is often viewed as the ultimate rail journey. This will also cover Kazan and its Unesco-protected Kremlin as well as Volgograd.