Meet the Experts Theatres

Meet the Experts Theatres

Our two Meet the Experts Theatres play host to expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Our TV Celebrity and travel expert speakers give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure with more than 50 hours of free talks.

SEE BELOW FOR THE MEET THE EXPERTS 2020 SCHEDULE!

You can go on a journey to some of the world's most beautiful scenery including the hidden gems of the South Pacific, sail across the Altantic and explore ancient lands of the Kimberley with imposing mountain ranges and coastal landscapes. From the glaciers of Svalbard to the tropical paradise of Dominica, there really is something for everyone at Destinations.

You do not need to book in advance to these sessions and all are included in your ticket to Destinations!

2020 SCHEDULE!

The Meet the Experts 2020 Schedule is now live! Plan ahead and have a browse at which of our adventurers are speaking on the day you are visiting....

HIGHLIGHTS

TV Presenter, Explorer and Author, Benedict Allen will discuss travels and adventures in Papua New Guinea. Actress, singer and TV personality, Claire Sweeney will be inspiring others to see the world as a solo traveller. Former space scientist and civil servant in India and now founder of The India Travel Company, Harji Sing will transport the audience to Varanasi; one of the oldest living cities in the world.  Celebrity chef, Lotte Duncan will be presenting why she believes than an escorted tour is one of the best ways to see the world. TV Chef, John Torode will be sharing tales on his Kimberley adventure (APT Luxury Travel, Tourisng & Cruising) and British mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonnigton and adventurer, Pip Stewart, will also feature. 

Be taken upon a Nomad horse ride in Mongolia with the true wealth of this magical country lying in a simple way of life with Sam McManus (YellowWood Adventures Ltd) or venutre into the glorious scenery and major sights of Alaska whilst camping and travelling in an RV with Brett Milholin (Cruise America & Canada RV Rentals).  Wendy Wu (Wendy Wu Tours) will be lifting the lid on China and Japan evolving and reinventing themselves for the future and why, in 2025, both will have one of the most futurist travel agendas in the world. Embark upon the jeep treks and footpaths on the Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush with Mahmood Saiyed (Karakorum Jeep Trek International) and disover the experiences with the truly isolated, diverse and hospitable peoples of Hunza and Kalash. Finally, Anika Paust (Best Served Scandinavia) presents Svalbard as a sustainable destination for Artctic getaways and introduces new experiences, including the first fully electric snowmobiles in Scandinaviaand the hybrid electric catamaran.

See the full Meet the Experts 2020 Schedule below! 
Click on the arrow for further informaion on the session and speaker. 
 
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30 Thursday January 2020
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10:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
South America: Classic Routes and Iconic Destinations
10:45 to 11:30
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Jonathon Lillie

Director
30 Thursday January 2020
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11:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Eritrea - Ethiopia's Forgotten Neighbour
11:30 to 12:15
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Justin Wateridge

Managing Director
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Illona Cross

Travel Expert
30 Thursday January 2020
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11:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
A personal journey through China & Japan, where ancient traditions meet futuristic ambitions
11:45 to 12:30
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Wendy Wu

Founder and Chairwoman of Wendy Wu Tours
30 Thursday January 2020
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12:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Cruising and Walking - does Cruise & Walk offer the best of both worlds?
12:30 to 13:15
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Julie Peasgood

Cruise expert, travel journalist and TV presenter
30 Thursday January 2020
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12:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
The Kimberley – Australia’s final frontier
12:45 to 13:30
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John Torode

TV Chef & APT Ambassador
30 Thursday January 2020
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13:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Eastern Europe: The Road Less Travelled
13:30 to 14:15
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Simon Clifford

Europe Product Manager, Cox & Kings’
30 Thursday January 2020
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13:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Lost and Found - adventures off the beaten track in Papua New Guinea
13:45 to 14:30
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Benedict Allen

Writer, traveller and adventurer
30 Thursday January 2020
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14:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
It should never happen to a game ranger
14:30 to 15:15
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Will Fox

Wildlife Conservationist, On Track Safaris
30 Thursday January 2020
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14:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
The USA: Top 10 Ultimate Rail Journeys
14:45 to 15:30
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Tim Hall Hall

Great Rail Journeys Tour Manager
30 Thursday January 2020
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15:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
The truth about Pompeii: separating fact from fiction
15:30 to 16:15
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Dr Estelle Lazer

Forensic Archaeologist
30 Thursday January 2020
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15:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Iceland – A Year-round Destination
15:45 to 16:30
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William Gray

Discover The World, Photographer and Writer
30 Thursday January 2020
31 Friday January 2020
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10:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Discover Culture: Uncovering the Mystery Behind China’s Ethnic Minorities
10:30 to 11:30
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Madison Plantier

Article Writer and Travel Expert
31 Friday January 2020
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10:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Chile's Route of Parks - protecting 28 million acres of Patagonia through conservation and tourism
10:45 to 11:30
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Thomas Power

Co-founder, Pura Aventura
31 Friday January 2020
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11:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Islands & Atolls of the South Pacific
11:30 to 12:15
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Pierre Thomas

Noble Caledonia Tour Leader
31 Friday January 2020
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11:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Inspiring Galapagos
11:45 to 12:30
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Emily Davies

Travel Consultant
31 Friday January 2020
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12:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Seeing the World as a Solo Traveller
12:30 to 13:15
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Claire Sweeney

Just You Travel Ambassador
31 Friday January 2020
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12:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
2020 Vision: The Destination and Travel Trends That Will Be Big In This Coming Year
12:45 to 13:30
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Duncan Craig

The Times & The Sunday Times Travel Editor
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Susan D'Arcy

The Times and The Sunday Times Hotels and Spa Editor
31 Friday January 2020
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13:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Beautiful China, New Silk Road
13:30 to 14:15
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Kevin Songyan Sui

Editor of Amazing China magazine Controller of China Hour UK
31 Friday January 2020
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13:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Chris Bonington’s Antarctic Firsts
13:45 to 14:30
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Chris Bonington

Sir Chris Bonington CBE
31 Friday January 2020
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14:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Wanderlust
14:30 to 15:15
31 Friday January 2020
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14:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Top Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Cruise
14:45 to 15:30
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Adam Coulter

UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic
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Helen Beck

Vice President, International Sales and Marketing – Crystal Cruises
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Andrew Schweitzer

Key Account Manager – Viking Cruises UK
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Anthony Daniels

General Manager UK & EMEA – Hurtigruten
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Karen Sequira

Marketing & PR Director, UK&I and MEA - Norwegian Cruise Line
31 Friday January 2020
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15:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Kenya - Wildlife, Wilderness and White Sands
15:45 to 16:30
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Julia Morgan

Tour Leader
31 Friday January 2020
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16:00 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Wanderlust - Travel Photograph of the Year
16:00 to 16:45
31 Friday January 2020
1 Saturday February 2020
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10:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Discover Australia’s ancient lands, extraordinary landscapes with its Indigenous and historic connections
10:30 to 11:15
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Ian Morris

Coral Expeditions - Guest Lecturer
1 Saturday February 2020
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10:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Ngumu - An Exodus Film Premiere
10:45 to 11:30
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Crista Cullen

Great Britain Olympic Gold Medallist
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Olly Pemberton

Director, Cameraman and Editor
1 Saturday February 2020
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11:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
What's Hot in 2020
11:30 to 12:15
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Sarah Jackson

Destination Manager – Europe & Morocco
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Naomi Garcia

Destination Manager - Asia & Australasia
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Laura Ponting

Destination Manager - Africa
1 Saturday February 2020
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11:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Varanasi - One of the oldest living cities in the world
11:45 to 12:30
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Harji Singh

Founder & CEO, Harji’s India and The India Travel Company London
1 Saturday February 2020
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12:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
The Impossible Photograph
12:30 to 13:15
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Paul Goldstein

Photographer, guide and presenter
1 Saturday February 2020
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12:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Walking on the Wild side, South Africa’s untouched Wild Coast
12:45 to 13:30
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Siseko Yelani

Tourist Guide
1 Saturday February 2020
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13:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Overlanding - Key to the Curse of Over Tourism
13:30 to 14:15
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Charlie Hopkinson

Dragoman Director
1 Saturday February 2020
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13:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Why An Escorted Tour is one of the Best Ways to See the World
13:45 to 14:30
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Lotte Duncan

Celebrity Chef
1 Saturday February 2020
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14:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
A private tour of the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia) – this is how we do it!
14:30 to 15:15
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Phil Teubler

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Sally Chambers

1 Saturday February 2020
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14:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Enigmatic Wildlife - Finding Earth's most incredible creatures
14:45 to 15:30
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Keith Barnes

Director of Tropical Birding
1 Saturday February 2020
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15:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
The ultimate adventure in the last frontier – Alaska by motorhome
15:30 to 16:15
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Brett Milholin

Cruise America RV Rentals Anchorage Hub Manager
1 Saturday February 2020
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15:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Pakistan - The Jewel in the Crown of Adventure Travel
15:45 to 16:30
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Jonny Bealby

Wild Frontiers Founder and MD
1 Saturday February 2020
2 Sunday February 2020
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10:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Wild Botswana
10:30 to 11:15
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Dan Free

Manager Wildlife Worldwide
2 Sunday February 2020
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10:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Nomad Horse Riding In Mongolia
10:45 to 11:15
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Sam McManus

Managing Director, YellowWood Adventures
2 Sunday February 2020
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11:30 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
New Zealand and the Cook Islands
11:30 to 12:15
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John Lightwood

Silver Fern Holidays Director
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Ian Griffiths

Cook Island Tourism U.K. Manager
2 Sunday February 2020
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11:45 am
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Can adventure make you happier?
11:45 to 12:30
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Pip Stewart

Adventure Travel Journalist
2 Sunday February 2020
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12:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Endangered
12:30 to 13:15
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Paul Goldstein

Photographer, guide and presenter
2 Sunday February 2020
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12:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Safari’s around the world – how to pick what’s right for you
12:45 to 13:30
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Andy Squirrell

Titan Travel Managing Director
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Ben Davis

Titan Travel Head of Product
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Phil Ellis

Titan Travel Product Manager - Africa
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Cassie Stickland

Titan Travel Product Manager - Latin America and Far East
2 Sunday February 2020
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13:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Zimbabwe - Your Next Safari
13:30 to 14:15
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Matt Gammon

Senior Africa Specialist
2 Sunday February 2020
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13:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Dominica - Finding alternative adventure in the Caribbean
13:45 to 14:30
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Carmel Hendry

Product Manager - Americas
2 Sunday February 2020
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14:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
The Silk Road: Beyond the Hype
14:30 to 15:15
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Diana Darke

Author & Middle East Expert
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David McGuinness

Tour Operator Director
2 Sunday February 2020
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14:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
North Pakistan: Home of Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush
14:45 to 15:30
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Saiyed Mahmood

Director KJTI Ltd.
2 Sunday February 2020
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15:30 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 2
Svalbard: Sustainable destination for Arctic experiences
15:30 to 16:15
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Anika Paust

International Sales Manager at Hurtigruten Svalbard
2 Sunday February 2020
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15:45 pm
Meet the Experts - Theatre 1
Madagascar v The Galapagos - The Ultimate Wildlife Destinations
15:45 to 16:30
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Laurenne Mansbridge

Director
2 Sunday February 2020

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