2016 Seminars

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

What’s On Down Under: Travel Worthy Events in Australia & New Zealand in 2017

Rob Hill
President & Owner, Downunderguru

No one throws a party like the Aussies and Kiwis, and there’s no better time to visit Australia and New Zealand than during one of their many major events.  Whatever your interests - food and wine, sports, the arts, indigenous culture and more – there’s likely a festival or event that will make your dream trip Down Under even more amazing.  Come learn about “what’s on” in Australia and New Zealand in 2017!

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Arizona's Best Undiscovered Hikes

Roger Naylor
Author & Travel Writer, Arizona Republic

Hiking options are endless in Arizona with its remarkable diversity of scenery, habitats, and terrain. Hundreds of trails explore every corner of this remarkable state. But when you yearn for solitude, these are the trails that can provide it.

Slip away from the crowds and enjoy Arizona’s best undiscovered hiking trails. These hidden gem hikes will introduce you to quiet places from the Grand Canyon to Sedona’s red rocks to the Mogollon Rim. They’ll take you through Prescott’s Granite Dells to the Sonoran Desert to Historic Route 66 to Arizona’s watery West Coast and everywhere in between.

These are the paths that are off the beaten path. Use them to unlock Arizona’s backcountry beauty. It’s even more magical when you have it all to yourself.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

KJZZ's Cooking Through Spain Tour

Jim Paluzzi
Vice President, Division of Public Service, Rio Salado College, & General Manager, KJZZ 91.5

KJZZ's General Manager Dr. Jim Paluzzi regularly hosts specially produced travel experiences for our listeners. This past summer, eight lucky travelers spent two weeks in Spain, where they learned authentic cooking techniques in Galicia, the Basque Country, and Madrid. In May 2017, ten KJZZ listeners will get to travel to Andalucia (the south of Spain), Barcelona, and Madrid and will experience the culture of Spain through food, learning to cook traditional dishes guided by experienced master chefs. Come see why cooking through Spain is such a memorable way to travel the country.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Change Through Tourism: Sustainable Tourism and the Responsible Traveler

Rebekka Goodman, Ph.D.
Lecturer & Director of ASU Master’s in Sustainable Tourism, Arizona State University

Sustainable Tourism is the name of the game! This talk will discuss the trends, barriers, definitions and reasons for why sustainable tourism is the only way we can move our industry forward. It’s hard to believe that tourism can help contribute to solutions for global problems, but we can in fact have our cake on vacation and eat it too. From urban tourism or national park visits in Arizona to safaris in Tanzania to boutique hotels in Hawaii, even luxury resorts in Mexico can play their role in maintaining the cultural, social and economic viability of a destination. As tourists have more power to determine the details of their travel plans we must all better understand how those decisions can empower local communities and contribute to maintaining resilient ecosystems.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Roosevelt River Expedition

Jeffrey Lehmann
Host & Producer, Weekend Explorer

In 1914, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and famous Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon led an expedition of 26 men down a river with an unknown course, then called the “River of Doubt.” The expedition was to explore and map the river including collecting unique Amazonian flora and fauna. Bad planning left the expedition on the edge of starvation and Roosevelt trying to commit suicide, three men died.

Follow adventurer and multi Emmy-awarded TV host and producer Jeffrey Lehmann as he strives to survive this still remote river with two Brazilian Special Forces colonels and a Brazilian-born professor 100 years later as they retrace Teddy’s adventure on the Roosevelt-Rondon Centennial Scientific Expedition. Learn about the history of the original expedition and then how Jeffrey survived piranha attacks, an aggressive giant crocodile, hostel Indians, a menacing jaguar, a close call with a very poisonous stingray, an aggressive troupe of huge wild monkeys, mishaps in the rapids, and so much more.

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