Thousands of travel enthusiasts are expected at the L.A. Times Travel Show this weekend to explore potential vacation spots, taste new foods, watch travel videos and films, and meet celebrities such as actress Alyssa Milano and travel guide author-publisher Arthur Frommer.
The 16th annual show at the Los Angeles Convention Center opened at 10 a.m. Saturday. The keynote speakers in Petree Hall are Frommer, who will be on at noon, and Milano, who will appear at 3 p.m. Doors close at 5.
Frommer, who has written more than 300 travel guides in a career that spans 60 years, tells value-minded travelers they should plan to spend less on hotels in 2014 because rising airfares will cut into their vacation budgets. Milano will discuss the importance of her charity-related trips to places such as Kosovo, Iraq and India as a UNICEF ambassador.
Sunday’s headliners will be TV personality and food man Adam Richman (noon), who will host an upcoming "Food Fighters" show on NBC, and KCRW-FM (89.9) radio host, author and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins, former frontman for 1980s punk band Black Flag, at 2:30 p.m..
Several films will be screened during the weekend, including "Highwater," an adventure film about pro surfing's Triple Crown on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, and the Robert Redford-narrated “Sacred Planet,” about environmentally sensitive sports around the world.
The show also will feature food demonstrations like mixologist Aidan Demarest of Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, the Edison Downtown, Hollywood Roosevelt and other bars shaking things up at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Sunday will feature chef and culinary school founder Anne Willan at 1 p.m.
Los Angeles Times writers and travel experts will moderate panels on topics such as how to make it to and survive at music festivals, a discussion about avoiding fake discounts, and a rundown of the must-have smartphone apps when traveling.
Throughout the convention center there will be exhibitors in booths to steer people everywhere from the lakes and glaciers of Alaska to the mud volcanoes and "oil spas" of Azerbaijan.
Hours for Sunday are also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10, with a 2-for-1 deal available to Times subscribers at the travel show's website.