Travel Talks

Join us on Saturday and Sunday at the Cork International Travel Fair in association with Cork Airport the perfect place to book your next dream holiday.  To help you discover the ideal destination whether it be for a quick getaway or holiday of a lifetime, the Cork Travel Fair will host guest speakers on both Saturday and Sunday.  Our guest speakers will talk in detail about fabulous destinations at home and abroad, local attractions and activities for all the family.

Highlights include:

Discover Newport – Evan Smith – President & CEO

Exploring Rhode Island & New England through the Providence Gateway

Evan has spent the last 30 years of his career with Discover Newport. After serving 15 years as VP Marketing for the organization he was promoted to President in 2005. Discover Newport is a destination marketing organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport, Rhode Island and the eight surrounding townships as a premier destination for both business and leisure travel.

Discover Newport’s comprehensive sales & marketing program focuses on attracting leisure visitors and meeting/convention business in order to positively affect the economy of all the communities represented.  Tourism is one of the largest industries in Newport, Rhode Island generating in excess of $700 million in gross revenue.  Discover Newport continues to work collaboratively with other hospitality- based partners to develop new travel packages and other event- based initiatives to ensure the destination remains competitive in the national & international marketplace.  Evan began his career in the travel industry working for an American based tour operator for three years. From there he spent nine years in hotel management. He is a current & past board member of numerous travel organizations.  At 63, Evan can reflect back on his extensive travels worldwide for both business and leisure pursuits. One of his favourite sayings is that “I love to travel, and I love the satisfaction of helping others travel and the seeing the joy they experience when exploring our unique part of the world.”

Full Schedule available on the day at the Cork International Travel Fair.