PLEASANTON, Calif. -- The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaways Show
and Conference with Great Spas of the World will feature a panel
discussion led by Valarie D'Elia, who hosts "The Travel Show" on
the WOR Radio Network and "Travel with Val" on NY1 News.
The trade show will be held at Long Beach Convention Center in
Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 and is sponsored in part by
D'Elia is a fourth-generation travel professional who stamped
brochures at her family's travel agency when she was 5 years old.
She worked as an agent in high school in the afternoons after
Her family tradition of travel dates to 1902, when her
great-grandfather came from Italy and opened a bar in Bridgeport,
Conn., which evolved into a travel agency when people came to him
for his knowledge of travel.
"He became known as someone who knew how," she said. "He
ticketed people in steerage class to make the transatlantic
D'Elia's grandfather and father continued to grow the agency,
and her mother still works as a travel agent. D'Elia considers her
work in broadcasting an extension of her work as an agent, as she
makes a living from travel expertise.
"The travel industry has become a tough business today," she
said. "You have to put a price on your expertise."
D'Elia will share her expertise on romantic travel in the panel
discussion, "The Peso Payoff: Romance and Honeymoons South of the
Border, and Beyond to Latin America."
Agents always will be needed for weddings and romantic
vacations, D'Elia said. "If you have a big group, you're not going
to want to go on the Internet.
"And your honeymoon is the one big vacation in your life. I
don't think [clients] want to take a chance on their
For more information or to register for the show, visit www.honeymoonshow.com or call (925) 249-2233.