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

Fri 01 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

Event stream:


Justin Wateridge
Managing Director at Steppes Travel

Presentation title

MAKING A WAVE OF CHANGE IN TRAVEL: The fight against single-use plastic.

The statistics are devastating. Plastic has increased twenty-fold over the past 50 years, and will double again in the next 20 years. Already present in the stomachs of nearly all the world’s marine birds, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish, covering large swaths of the Pacific in floating garbage slicks.


We can change this. Plastic pollution is not nature’s choice but ours.


Here's to the challenge of ensuring all business, airlines, properties become more conscious of plastic consumption - the power is in the hands of the consumer, our travellers to make a wave of change.


Fri 01 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

Presentation title

Malawi- Africa’s Most Complete Destination

Malawi always had stunning landscapes, amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world. It’s now undergoing an amazing wildlife transformation, including the world’s largest elephant translocation and predator introductions. These will see the country emerge as a safari gem and one of the most complete destinations in Africa - Lake, Landscape, Culture and now Wildlife experiences of the highest quality. Malawi is a genuine hidden gem - a small yet beautiful, varied and welcoming country uncrowded with tourists. The genuine smiles that greet all visitors really do make it the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Malawi is one of the safest and friendliest countries in all Africa, with a fascinating variety of sights, activities and experiences on offer and an excellent tourist infrastructure, it’s just waiting to be discovered. Get a taste of the amazing beauty and variety of the country in this illustrated and entertaining talk.

Fri 01 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

Event stream:


Penny Smith
Travelsphere Travel Ambassador

Presentation title

Why Escorted Touring is a great way to see the world

Travel Ambassador Penny Smith will be talking about why an escorted tour is a great way to see the world, she will be dispelling some of the myths about touring and inspiring travellers with her experiences following her trips with Travelsphere to India and the Amalfi Coast.

Fri 01 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

Presentation title

The Lesser known Kerala

The talk will cover some hidden gems of Kerala that remain unexplored by the visitor.

While much is known about Kerala there is much that remains unknown, places explored by Harji during his 16 years there. Among the regions Harji will talk about are Mujris or Kondangalur, which has the oldest mosque, church and synagogue in the country; Thattekad, a tucked away bird sanctuary; Parambikulam,perhaps the richest wildlife park in the state; Bekal, a beach that is emerging and Thrissur with its rich tradition of promoting Kalaripeyattu, Kathakali, Mohinattam and Panch vadyam.

Of course Harji will also cover the popular areas of Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kovalam and the unique backwaters and the eco tourism that they sustain.

Fri 01 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

Presentation title

Sensational Costa Rica with Wanderlust

Costa Rica is bursting with natural wonders, an abundance of adventure and is the ecotourism capital of the world. Author and photojournalist Alex Robinson provides an insight into Costa Rica’s highlights and insider secrets. Alex Metcalfe won a photo assignment there in the last Wanderlust Photo of the Year Awards, and reports back with beautiful images of his trip, saying “Costa Rica has it all!”. Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes talks about why “off-season” is actually the best time for white water rafting and for seeing turtles nest on beaches.

Fri 01 Feb 16:00 to 16:45

Presentation title

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Awards

Many thousands of entries were received in this, the UK’s biggest travel photography competition, giving the judges difficult decisions to make! The final 40 photographs are exhibited at the show, and representatives of the judging panel will talk through the final selection, and what makes them so special, before announcing the category winners, each of whom win photo assignments to magical Hong Kong and Macao.