A variety of travel experts and regional tourism representatives will be on hand for the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show, which will be held at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. According to a Jan. 15 press release, this year’s event is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors who will explore vacation options worldwide.
The show will feature more than 300 exhibitors, a culinary stage on which chefs demonstrate regional specialties, a cultural stage for speakers and performances, and giveaways that include trips and travel-related accessories and gifts. A beer pavilion, available under separate admission, will highlight more than 50 varieties of beer from 20 breweries in New England and other areas of the U.S.
Noted travel writers Arthur Frommer and Patricia Schultz will each make two presentations during the weekend. Mr. Frommer will discuss “When to Splurge and When to Scrimp on Vacations” on Saturday morning and “Get Out of Your Vacation Rut: New Types of Vacations and Destinations to Consider” on Saturday afternoon. Ms. Schultz, author of “1000 Places to See Before You Die,” will take to the stage on Friday evening and Saturday morning to present highlights of her travels.
Additional speakers include “Survivor” alumni Gervase Peterson and Jon Dalton, as well as author Mark Murphy. Music and dance troupes from Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Hawaii, and the Azores will perform during the weekend program, and SeaWorld will offer animal presentations and conservation information.
Show hours are Friday, Feb. 7 from 5:30–8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance on the Boston Globe Travel Show website for $10 or at the door for $15. There is no admission fee for children younger than 12 years old.
The beer pavilion will be held on Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per session in advance and $35 at the door and include admission to the travel show. Admission to the beer pavilion is limited to individuals who are at least 21 years of age.
The full schedule of programs is listed on the Boston Globe Travel Show website, which also includes the exhibitor floor plan, a list of giveaways, driving directions, and parking information.